you can use hammocks at northern tier also. dave
I'm not seeing many hammocks show up at camps here in southern Ontario Canada, but I'm sure other will begin see the light.
I knew that the location of the greatlakesjamboree.com last summer was a flat grassy field so I whipped up a turtledog stand and spent 8 nights comfortable nights in my troops dining shelter. I set it up each night and took it down each morning while waiting for the coffee pot. no problem!
I just took over as SM in our troop. While I agree that scouts should be encouraged to explore their options, don't disparage a leader/troop for having camping rules. Remember that a troop uses the Patrol method. If 7 members of a patrol are in tents and one member is in a hammock, he is separated from what the group is doing. This happened on one of our campouts where the patrol leader was in a hammock, and another patrol member got very upset that he was "acting better than the other patrol members."
A lot of times I require boys to pair up in tents. Why? Because Philmont requires boys to pair up and we're preparing for a trek. Please don't assume a Scoutmaster is an "out of touch power monger" just because you might not like a rule... there may be a good reason.
I bought and Hennessy hammock 1 year ago and this weekend there will be 7 of 14 scouts hanging for the annual Klondike. I'm guessing the noobs that aren't good at listening yet will have a case of CBS, but otherwise it looks to be a great time. Last summer, I took the older scouts on a 50 mile hike through the Ozarks and the boys who packed around tents have sworn to get hammocks for this summer's kayak trip. Good times. ;-)
I'm new to hammocking but it is catching on in my son's troop.
My son's ASM, first did it about 10 years ago (with his older son) and it didn't catch on until this year when he was in a group going to Northern Tier with his younger son.
This weekend is my second campout since I received my hammock. Lows will be in the Mid 30s. I don't have all the good stuff for cold weather camping but I'll try using a 0 degree sleeping bag and my sleep mat in the hammock with me.
My son is dying for me to get him a hammock but he'll have to wait until this fall when I can get another one.
Hmmm..... Maybe it would be a good project to make hammocks at a Scout meeting..... Be very interesting. Btw, what tablecloth do you use for diy hammocks?
Here are a few shots of our makeshift sweatshop for under quilts, whoopie slings and tree straps.