Well, I was talking to the Committee Chair for our local Troop last week and mentioned hammock camping. He was very interested and said that he had a scout bring one to summer camp but only used it to lounge in during free time.
He said that he was happy that my son was crossing over next year so that I can introduce the scouts to hammocking......
Guess I need to learn as much as I can myself then, LOL!
Just got back from a week at Camp Raven Knob, around Mt. Airy NC. The trading post there was selling Byer Traveller Lite hammocks for under $25. One adult bought one after his cheap net hammock tore and then one of the boys bought one.
I helped them with setting their new hammocks up. But after they tried theirs and mine, they all said mine was more comfortable.
ASM, Troop 212
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I'm a Bear den leader, packing for Cub Scout Adventure Camp that starts on Thurs. My son andI are packing our hammocks. Glad to see other Scouters on the forum.
Ressurecting a slightly old thread...
I was at Raven Knob the week after you for scout camp. Like many on this thread I am both an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts and a Cub Scout Den Leader in the Cary, NC area.
I actually purchased one of those byer moskito hammocks from the trading post at raven knob (awesome scout camp by the way!). Then, I realized I had no suspension so I went back and purchased the Byer Micro Hammock Rope Suspension (about $60 for both the hammock and suspension, all of this before I found HF) and hung it up for the last few days of the week. I love the pack size of the Byer Moskito! So small! Very compact! Unfortunately, the mosquito net does not work well for me. I am 6'1" and cannot get into a position where the net is not draped across my face. It also is a single layer hammock and as has been discussed many times here at HF is not a gathered end hammock but has a bunch of cord at each end. This means that a standard underquilt may not fit quite right though a 3/4 or 2/3 underquilt may work just fine. The netting would work if you had two ridgelines to make the netting more like a cube than a triangle (if that makes sense). Due to the cut of the netting and how it attaches at the ends of the hammock it hangs loose from the ridgeline to the side of the hammock but tight from the ridgeline to the ends of the hammock. If the sides could be pulled tighter, the netting could be held off the occupants face and head. I'm thinking about trying to mod the netting to either fully replace it with a better cut, add lines from the side of the hammock to a stake ala WBBB and/or changing from a single ridgeline to a dual ridgeline to pull the sides of the netting tighter to keep it off my face... Ah if the world could only take 30 hours to spin instead of 24, time is not my friend right now...
Back to scouts and hammocks... We are getting more and more boys and adult leaders hammock camping in the boy scouts. Right now we are up to 3 adult leaders and 5 scouts hanging with many more very curious about our systems. Some use DIY hammocks and some use HH or WBBB hammocks. It's definitely spreading and with winter coming I am going to have to pull the hangers aside at an upcoming meeting to talk about staying warm in a hammock. We had a couple boys very cold last month when the nighttime temp dropped to around 60. Maybe even have a DIY underquilt / topquilt creation meeting to make the necessities. With all the great plans here on HF I'm sure we could come up with something that would work for North Carolina...
P.S. I believe in the guide to safe Scouting, the use of homemade coke can stoves are on the no fly list. Alc stoves in general are not recommended.
Asst. Scout leader Pack 528 here in Indiana......
We will be crossing over to Hammocking hanging next year.....cant wait...