Originally Posted by plowhorse
how have you gotten past the buddy system for sleeping? My son just crossed over and his troop is pretty resistant to allowing the use of a hammock.
There are no existing national guidelines to my knowledge that require a Scout to share a sleeping shelter with another Scout. While my Troop encourages younger Scouts to share a tent with a buddy, we do not require it.
My sons have, on occasion, slept alone even as Cub Scouts. My youngest son tented alone this past weekend.
Often, the easiest way to disspell a "policy myth" is to very politely ask for guidence in finding the written policy. Your Troop may have adopted this policy, but it is not required by national.
This is from page 31 of the Guide to Safe Scouting.
3. Buddy System. The long history of the “buddy system”
in Scouting has shown that it is always best to have at
least one other person with you and aware at all times
of your circumstances and what you are doing in any
outdoor or strenuous activity.