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    Hammock popularity growing in Scouting

    Went to a Order of the Arrow event last weekend.There were 8 hammocks in our campsite about 1 in 3 !!! My troop now has 4 people with hammocks!! Several years ago I was the only one in our district with hammocks!!!

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    Cool, I have scouting events the next 3 weekends. Helping with leader training this weekend, OA ordeal, and then Fall camporee. Will be hanging all three weekends and using my Turtledog stand. So far, I am the only one hanging, but have another leader in the troop is is interested.
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    My son and I just went thru Ordeal last weekend...

    He in his poncho-tarp army surplus hammock, and me in my Hennessy... (At least the second night. First night on the ground WAS an ordeal!)

    Met several others in Enos, WBBBs, and others.

    It's great to see more folks hanging around at events like this... It really prompts people to stop and ask about hammock camping!

    Last year at summer camp we had 6 or 7 scouts that picked up the inexpensive nylon hammocks they had in the scout shop and hung them in their tents! (You remember those old canvas tents they had at camp back when? They're still there! Ha!)

    Too much fun!

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    (You remember those old canvas tents they had at camp back when? They're still there! Ha!)
    What you talk'n bout? Our troop still has and uses them for camporees. Canvas wall tents and cots, except for me, I haven't sleep in one in about two years. Using my hammock and stand. Now will be the first time with the Turtledog stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunnr72 View Post
    What you talk'n bout? Our troop still has and uses them for camporees. Canvas wall tents and cots, except for me, I haven't sleep in one in about two years. Using my hammock and stand. Now will be the first time with the Turtledog stand.
    The boys actually hung theirs INSIDE the old canvas tents! Tied off to the metal supports and the door open on either end... It was really pretty nice!

    I don't think any of them are taking cots again this year!

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    Great to hear. I hope they are still following the LNT way in the woods with the hammocks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    Great to hear. I hope they are still following the LNT way in the woods with the hammocks.
    This from our Digital Eagle in Alabama.

    HAMMOCK POLICY - The GAC Forestry Management Committee has adopted a new policy for hammock use at GAC camps. This policy can be used as a "Best Practices" teaching opportunity for both youth and adults.

    * Selects trees with "tough" bark such as oak, hickory or pine over trees with "thin" bark such as maple or dogwood
    * Securing the hammock must be temporary. No nails, eye bolts, screws, etc. put in trees at any time.
    * 1 1/2 "-2" tension straps are approved and recommended over rope.
    * Secure hammocks to trees 8" in diameter or larger.

    Note the Digital Eagle is the news letter the district sends out.
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    Me and my son attended a cubscout camping trip in hammocks. we were the talk of the trip. I am sure we will see more hammocking going forward.
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    I'm a scouter who has been camping with a hammock for almost two years. One of the boys is claiming that the Scoutmaster told him that he cannot camp in a hammock with the Troop. I'm trying to figure out what to do. My oldest son wants to hammock as well, and I'm naturally gungho about hammocks.

    The first thing is I need to find out what exactly was said. Second, if the boy is accurately conveying the message, I will need an explanation for why. Third, I have to figure out in Troop politics what I can do about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perdidochas View Post
    I'm a scouter who has been camping with a hammock for almost two years. One of the boys is claiming that the Scoutmaster told him that he cannot camp in a hammock with the Troop. I'm trying to figure out what to do. My oldest son wants to hammock as well, and I'm naturally gungho about hammocks.

    The first thing is I need to find out what exactly was said. Second, if the boy is accurately conveying the message, I will need an explanation for why. Third, I have to figure out in Troop politics what I can do about it.
    Yeah, might need to mention that Lord Baden-Powell camped in a hammock....

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