View Poll Results: If a Hammock Camping Merit Badge Group-buy is offered, I would order:

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    Senior Member fuzzie's Avatar
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    From National: Hammock Camping Merit Badge is approved!
    :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    Send a PM to attroll (or any of the HF Staff) for questions about the use of the HF logo.
    Thought that was you? Mr. Mod.
    I'm a member of PETA!!!!

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    you have been watching way too much sugh......

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    Thumbs up boy scout hammock badge

    a big atta boy for you sir..fine idea and thinking out of the box..the knowlage on this site is a#1 and accurate..keep up the good work..hoo rah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunnr72 View Post
    Thought that was you? Mr. Mod.
    Well, if we don't know what specific question you're asking exactly, it's kind of hard to answer it...


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    Not to take away from the fun of this thread (and I do want patches), but there really is no reason the Camping Merit Badge could not be earned while hammocking - reading hammock as my variation of tent used to camp out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    7. Demonstrate how to have hot breakfast in your hammock by heating water with an alcohol stove without causing your silnylon tarp to turn into a burning death trap.
    As a scoutmaster myself, I chuckled reading this. My scouts idea of cooking over a fire (or just having a fire) requires flames at least 2' high, and usually with a long 'stir' stick that they can wave in the air once it's ablaze

    Even their achy stoves are cooler if the jets are oversized so the flames can come way out around their pots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    As a scoutmaster myself, I chuckled reading this. My scouts idea of cooking over a fire (or just having a fire) requires flames at least 2' high, and usually with a long 'stir' stick that they can wave in the air once it's ablaze

    Even their achy stoves are cooler if the jets are oversized so the flames can come way out around their pots.
    Fire Good!

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    In my mind, mastering basic scout skills is necessary for a scout to learn to enjoy any minimalist type setup- so I encourage scouts and parents to look toward it as a First Class on up "perk." Our Boys set up their own tents and hammocks. Those new to the troop are not encouraged to hang, but rather are buddied up with a more senior scout who can help set them up for success in keeping their gear organized and give them suggestions on what is needed/necessary for tenting. Setting them up to succeed and be able to feel self reliant is an important aspect in our troop. I will encourage newer scouts to try a nap in a hammock, but also show them some of the complexities at the same time. None of this is hard lined.

    Our troop has close to half a dozen boys hanging now. For these, the buddy system forms in a very natural system. Since setting up the hammocks is a bit more technical, the guys naturally graduate to each other to solicit advise on sites and critique setups and/or try out new setup tricks. Buddies tend to hammock sharing one anchor tree or setting up parrallel close to each othe

    If the Troop feels more comfortable tenting, perhaps the hammocks can be pulled out for Patrol functions when the groups are a bit smaller. For me, the key has been to use hammocks as one more tool to use in our outdoor method. Never let tha hammock become the emphasis. Utilize it as an option for those looking for an added dimension and an adjunct to advanced skill applications.

    Quote Originally Posted by plowhorse View Post
    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.
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    I have been involved in scout for over 20 years and have never seen a hammock used on a camp out until I found this site. I earned my eagle when I was 14 and I hope to get my son (now 2 years old) involved in scouting also. If there was a hammock merit badge when I was a younger I would have earned that one. Hopefully I will be able to change the way the scouts around here look at a tent very soon.

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