Originally Posted by BrusselsSprout
I suspect this was a near automatic response. In our unit we tried as much as possible to make sure the younger scouts are paired up in a tent and have any single campers be an older scout. This provides a level of safety and often helps avoid adverse reactions some times found with scouts just learning to camp. I have seen more than one new scout suffer from home sickness and fear of the real dark experience available in scout camps.
Likley you will have some success when time for a second thought is taken.
Our OA conclave had 6 hammocks, and I expect near double that next year.
If you're talking about my situation, the scout in question was a 14 yr old Life Scout, who had just finished his term as SPL. The Troop has a policy that only Star Scouts and above can tent alone.