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    Member 11steve11's Avatar
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    THANK YOU Papa Smurf and John Sawyer

    Thanks Papa Smurf for starting this thread.
    Thanks to John Sawyer for recycling the mule tape our direction too.

    My son had a friend that invited him to a birthday party who used to be in cub scouts with him. My son invited this boy to a troop meeting and when I found out I dropped a line to his dad saying I wanted to show him something (hammocks). They made it to the meeting and after it was over I showed them hammock camping; they were all kinds of excited. This was Monday Oct. 4th

    On the way home I remembered this thread and swung into the walmart... for the first time they had suitable materials.

    I sewed up a Trek Light clone and using your 'Kit' idea; combined it with 9' of homewrap tyvek, old 'S' hooks, and some mule tape to become his birthday present under $10. In addition I gave them enough extra material and mule tape for his Dad to sew/make one.

    We gave it to them the next morning. He slept in it last night with a buddy and I suspect he'll be sleeping there again tonight.t

    Pictured below is my son in the 'Testing Phase' just before we drove it over.
    I suspect the material is a 2.2oz+ cordura. The hammock is 108" long and had no issue with me at 74" 265lbs.
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    Nice pics!

    Sorry about the late reply... Papasmurf was right on the money for the hammock stand but I made a couple of modifications:

    all 2x3 stud construction with 2x4 uprights. I'll have to run outside tomorrow and take some pics to show it off. It folds up easily, and has fewer parts than the one on the thread. Held my 210lbs up all weekend!
    "Do or do not, there is no try." -- Yoda


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    This is a cool idea to teach scouts to make things for themselves, and many will not want to go back to the ground! I am an Eagle Scout and just started volunteering with a local scout troop, I would like to introduce them to lightweight backpacking and hammocking! Thanks for starting this thread!

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    Great thread. I used mine at our Troop's Back to Basics last Spring and the Scouts (and Dads) took interest. I'll be trying it out for the first time in cold weather @ Valley Forge in a couple weeks with the Troop. Hoping to continue the hammock awareness!!!
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    It's not my place to say it... but this is beyond a sticky. This forum should support and encourage the scouts. hurrah!!

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    I agree with grok I have send many people I know who have kids in the scouts to the forum and they usually can't find this thread till I email a link to them.
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    Thread resurrection time - I've appreciated the tips here on cheap DIY options for scouts. Just ran across a much cheaper source for decent, poly straps that I wanted to share in the hopes that it remains available for others that use this thread in the future.

    $.12/foot of poly straps, shipped. From here:
    http://www.shipperssupplies.com/store/item.asp?i=58755

    Recommended in this thread:
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    Brian
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    This is a great thread. I'm going to bring this to my troop and make it into a project for those interested. Thanks for all the info.

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