Hello There ASM and Crew Advisor for Troop 55 Riverside RI and Crew 55 Riverside RI
For the troop all the adults (6) are now hanging on campouts and a lot of the boys have expressed interest in the hammocks. However the SM and the rest of us adults think that it is best not to alow the scouts sleep in hammocks unless they are the spl. We want them to learn the importance of relying on your buddy ie one boy carries the tent and one boy carries the food. we feel that this method is better to teach the boys that they should be working with their fellow scouts and not simply donig everything themselves.
On the other side of this when I first started the Crew It was only me and one other adult and one boy who was in a hammock and now we are almost a full crew of hanger we have 13 out of 16 youth hanging. now the only issue is having enough trees for everyone lol.
Why cant the two scouts split up the food and other communal gear? I mean they dont share everything, so what is special about the tent/tarp which teaches them to rely on each other?
Second, wouldnt we want the SPL to be leading by example? Who is he sharing communal gear with?
These would be the questions I would pose to the troop committee and the patrol leaders council. I would ultimately leave that decision up to the individual patrol.
We don't have hangers on every trip. But it is convient to have someone hang if there is an odd number attending from his patrol.
The crew gear is split up: stoves, tarp, fuel, cooking gear. So it is only the tent they are not splitting--but they have no one to share it with anyway.
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