Originally Posted by PapaSmurf
I think this is a great effort to introduce Scouts to new camping adventures.
I'm all about telling Scouts what they CAN do. So often, all they hear from us adults is what they CAN'T do.
I am with you 200% on everything you have said in this thread.
OP: I can't think of anything else to add, that hasn't already been posted. All of the basics have been said
1. First Aid, always need that one
2. A chance to acutally "do" something= Make their own hammocks, or atleast campout in one, on several occasions.
3. A few from the camping and backpacking merit badges.
4. Pitching a tarp, straight and diamond. Benefits of pitching either way.
If you do design and have "merit badges" made, I would sure like to have one. I would gladly pay for it and shipping.
I am an ASM Troop 173 and am currently the only one hanging, infact, the only one in the district, that I know of. We just had out spring camporee, in a field, and I was the only one with a hammock. The weather was calling for rain, and I was told by another leader from another troop, that I was going to be wet. I told him "I'm going to be high and dry!!"