My cub scout sleeps in hennessey. We are only hammockers in the pack. We will bring them around by being the last two to wake up every camp out and the first two to have our site broken down each day.
I set up my hammock at Summer Camp this year, one of the Commissioners tried to give me grief sighting Youth Protection and I was exposing myself to the Scouts of my Troop. I had my tarp set in such a way that they could not see me, and I used another adults tent to change in. Then it became an issue of "Damaging Trees". I had to educate him on how Tree huggers leave no trace. Finally the situation was resolved when I very kindly showed him the rig and how I can do anything in the hammock that the tenters could to include maintain privacy.
Now, things are a bit different with Boy Scouts v. Tiger Cubs, but Youth Protection is Youth Protection.
I have been told I can not take the hammock to Philmont this coming summer. It is in writing, so I will not take it. They advise it is part of their bear safety plan. Not sure if I totally agree, but at least they took the time to write it.
Ask your council, I am sure it will be nowhere to be found.
Leaning over and getting the coffee started while still in the sleeping bag is a great selling point too. Have already converted a couple to the tarp.. now to get them out of the Bivy and in the air!
They will come around.
congrats to both you and your son for hammock camping while on cub scout event. When you do switch over to boy scouts, make sure you visit a few different troops and ask each of them about your boy being able to still hammock camp. Then make your determination of which troop you cross-over into. Trust me when I say that picking out the right troop will make a huge difference in how your boy fits into that troop. Also, give some thought into you also continuing to be a leader in that Boy Scout Troop.
I've never seen or heard of anything saying we can't hammock or that this doesn't follow Youth Protection. Our adults are never camped with the scouts. Near-by yes, but not with. If it's a long term camp, like summer camp, we adults will rope off our area and keep the scouts out. Even backpacking trips, adults never set up their camps with the scouts. Being female, I've got even more issues to worry about when hiking/backpacking/camping with the scouts. Following Youth Protection and keeping our camp sites seperated tends to work really well. And if I need to, I'll get a tent to use as a changing room.
IMO there are no youth protection issues when hammocking especially if you have an adult tent to change clothes, etc. and you use common sense. It is no different than me sleeping in a tent except I am hanging from trees. Fortunately, this has never been an issue.
Guide to Safe Scouting.
Here's what it says about privacy.... "Respect of privacy. Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations."
We have no problems with privacy issues rt hammocks in our BS Troop. In fact all of our guys hang. Having been DM/SM for Tigers up through BS I cannot figure out this privacy issue. Cann't figure out why Philmont bans hammocks as well. My son went this summer and had to go to ground (Go lite 3).
We build our hammocks for less than $20 making it much more affordable for our troop.
Some of the guys go to ground in the winter and we can't get the Dad's off the ground.
BTW Triggerhpy Ticket's done :-)
Will be taking my troop camping this weekend. It will be my first time in a DIY hammock I put together. Found out one of my Eagle Scouts who is now 25 uses a Hennessy, he will be using it this weekend. Hope this will get the rest of the Scouts interested in getting off the ground. I'm planning to have the troop make hammocks this Jan during several Scouts meeting and hopefully use this spring.
I'm the adviser for my son and daughters crew and Asst Scoutmaster for my son's troop. We recently took some of the crew on an AT section hike we had 7 people (3 leaders and 4 youth) and 6 hammocks and 1 tent. The youth in the tent is now wanting a hammock as well. The troop is slowly being converted to hammock camping.