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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    I camp well away from the scouts. Partly because they are noisy, but also to give them semblance of independence and force self reliance on them.
    Apparently in the states they have a recommended minimum distance rule, so patrols are at least 100 yards (or something) from leaders.

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    The area that we have the Hammock wheel in, also has flat areas for hike tents, so ground dwellers are near their friends.
    I like that hammock wheel. Very nice.

    We're going to have some interesting setups on our summer camp I think, there's a line of oak trees separating two bits of the field, so we'll either have free standing wheels on one side, or some will utilise the trees and have some poles coming off some trees. It's all going to be a bit random, so the Explorers should like it. As long as it's not too shanty town I won't mind.
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    I've never had the chance to try out a hammock yet. In the summer my favourite thing to use with my Cubs is bell tents. However when it is colder I prefer to have them in hike tents as smaller tents are far warmer. I'm guessing that in a hammock you have similar problems to when you use a camp bed, in that they can feel quite cold as air moves around you so easily. What times of year would you say they are most suitable for and do you use any additional insulation? Certainly they are something I'd like to try at somepoint. Also considering having my Cubs sleep in shelters that they have made at some point but that would certainly be a summer activity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmbaker View Post
    I've never had the chance to try out a hammock yet. In the summer my favourite thing to use with my Cubs is bell tents. However when it is colder I prefer to have them in hike tents as smaller tents are far warmer. I'm guessing that in a hammock you have similar problems to when you use a camp bed, in that they can feel quite cold as air moves around you so easily. What times of year would you say they are most suitable for and do you use any additional insulation? Certainly they are something I'd like to try at somepoint. Also considering having my Cubs sleep in shelters that they have made at some point but that would certainly be a summer activity.
    We camp in hammocks pretty much all year, last was in November, and our next is the last week of Jan. Underblankets can be picked up for about 10 and take away a lot of the wind chill, as long as you ensure all the kids have a decent 4 season sleepbag, then they should be fine. I find them much warmer than a tent even in the coldest conditions.

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    Out of curiosity, what do you do with their kit bags and how do you deal with providing privacy for getting changed etc.?

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    We usually have a 'changing tent' for them if they want one, but most of the boys have mastered getting dressed in a sleeping bag - if it wee an Olympic sport we we would be gold medalists!

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    Kit bags under hammocks, or if really wet, they can keep them in the building.

    If they need to they get changed in the shower area of the toilet block.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    Kit bags under hammocks, or if really wet, they can keep them in the building.

    If they need to they get changed in the shower area of the toilet block.


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    Where we camp there are no buildings, we camp totally greenfield in a forest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernwood View Post
    Where we camp there are no buildings, we camp totally greenfield in a forest.

    Replace "building" with "tent".

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