Welcome to HF from Mass.
I heard of a scout troop in new england where all they use are hammocks. Guess they wanted to make for certain that where they went they always had a place to call camp, rain, shine, hillside or whatever.
Your back will thank you.
When we crossed over I was using a small 2 man tent. All the other adults had these huge tents and I went with that for a while and a double height blow up bed to make that getting up and down thing easier.
I started hammocking after Summer Camp 2010, and have not gone back to the tent (unless the troop is camping in a location without trees.)
That includes 19 degrees one night. No problems, nice and warm and it sets a good example for the boys that you don't need to bring everything you own out to the field with you.
Asst. SM, Troop 212
All right! Another scouter! Welcome to the ranks.
I started off with a Hennessy. It was easy and a good transition from a tent. However, be warned that it doesn't often stop there
Lots to to learn, but you're in good company.
Author and illustrator: The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping
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Welcome from South Carolina. Scouts got me started with hammocks. Last summer about half the Venture Scouts on a week long canoe trip were a lot more comfortable in their hammocks than I was on the ground in my tent. They kindly let the old lady try a few naps and she was hooked.
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From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.
Welcome from Thomasville, NC. I cant believe I crawled out of a tent for many years also. Now Im proud to say my back is a very happy camper too! Glad to see that Scouting is still going strong!