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    New Member lbdgolfer's Avatar
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    My son and I returned from Ordeal this past weekend and on Friday night we were the only 2 hammocks setup. There were 2 more that showed up on Saturday after the rain stopped. They didn't have tarps with them so they had to wait to setup. I had several questions from the non-hammockers about the setup and sleeping. Hopefully I'm converting people over to hammocks once they see the benefits.

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    My last group outing in NY off of the AT there were 2 scout groups. One group was almost exclusively hammocks.

    Also when I was hiking on the AT in CT there was another short section hiking group that slept in hammocks.

    It's catching on pretty fast. 3 years ago I was basically the only one in a hammock when I hiked.
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    I suspect this was a near automatic response. In our unit we tried as much as possible to make sure the younger scouts are paired up in a tent and have any single campers be an older scout. This provides a level of safety and often helps avoid adverse reactions some times found with scouts just learning to camp. I have seen more than one new scout suffer from home sickness and fear of the real dark experience available in scout camps.

    Likley you will have some success when time for a second thought is taken.

    Our OA conclave had 6 hammocks, and I expect near double that next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrusselsSprout View Post
    I suspect this was a near automatic response. In our unit we tried as much as possible to make sure the younger scouts are paired up in a tent and have any single campers be an older scout. This provides a level of safety and often helps avoid adverse reactions some times found with scouts just learning to camp. I have seen more than one new scout suffer from home sickness and fear of the real dark experience available in scout camps.

    Likley you will have some success when time for a second thought is taken.

    Our OA conclave had 6 hammocks, and I expect near double that next year.
    If you're talking about my situation, the scout in question was a 14 yr old Life Scout, who had just finished his term as SPL. The Troop has a policy that only Star Scouts and above can tent alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perdidochas View Post
    The Troop has a policy that only Star Scouts and above can tent alone.
    I have a difficult time understanding the reasoning behind policies like this.

    Here's a brand new, 11yr old Scout who crossed over from Cub Scouts just this Spring.
    The photo is of his hammock set-up that he carried and used during our 50 mile AT trip this past July.


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    While SM and before, our troop had no formal rules about scouts sleeping alone. If a scout was new and inexperienced he usually would pair off with another scout. If we had a new scout without a buddy I would ask an older scout to step in and be a buddy. Never a big issue. As far as hammocks, we could have a couple of scouts bring one along with their tents. Nevr had any only hamick camp. We did have about 5 leadrrs who would on occasion.

    This year my webelos son took his hammock to camp ( so did I)
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    Hammock use has grown greatly, scouts or otherwise. One year ago, my last trip to the Sipsey Wilderness in AL, I saw more hammocks than I did tents. I bet even a year or two prior, odds are I would have seen zero hammocks on most days.
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    I gotta say its not really an Ordeal if you get to sleep in a hammock. My recollection of mine (over 40 years ago) was that I was led out into the woods, in the dark, told to sleep on the cold hard ground Right There. Had a sleeping bag but no pad.

    I used a hammock at summer camp this year and the other adults there were very interested...
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    October 18 I present to two troops interested in hammock style camping. Should be fun. I'll take my stand and let them take a spin in the hammock. Soundman might be able to help me out and show his hammock too. I'm taking a tablecloth along to demonstrate a DIY gathered end hammock. Could be a cool scout project to "make your own bed and sleep in it".
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    I agree with Grizzly...sleeping in a hammock is a luxury. At my ordeal in 1960, I had a flashlight, pocketknife, a blanket, and a couple of matches. We were dropped off one-by-one around the camp with no one looking out for our comfort. I slept a little but kept waking up when granddaddy long-legs would crawl across my face. I sure was glad to see the sunrise. Wish I had known about hammocks then.

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