Hammock Camping Merit Badge - Unofficial

  1. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur while camping, including hypothermia, frostbite, heat reactions, dehydration, altitude sickness, insect stings, tick bites, snakebite, blisters, and  hyperventilation
  2. Learn the Leave No Trace principles and the Outdoor Code and explain what they mean to hammock camping
  1. Explain how hammock camping supports the Leave No Trace principles
  2. Explain how webbing straps (tree huggers) protect trees while hammock camping
  1. Hammock Camping Basics:
  1. Describe the features of 3 different types of camping hammocks, when and where they could be used, and how to care for hammocks. (Rope Hammock, Gathered end Hammock, Asymmetrical Hammock, Bridge Hammock, etc)
  2. Explain the four main parts of a camping hammock system (Suspension, Hammock, Tarp, Insulation)
  3. Explain two types of suspension methods (Tying Knots, adjustable friction lashes (Whoopie Sling),  Ring buckle, Marlin Spike hitch)
  4. Explain how to inspect your hammock system for safety before hanging
  5. Explain how to keep warm in a hammock, and when to use insulation: Under Quits, Top Quilts, Pads, Peapods
  6. Explain how hammock camping could contribute to a more enjoyable camping experience
  1. Tie the following, and explain where to use them in hammock camping: prussic knot, marlin spike hitch, garda hitch, Larks head
  2. Make your own gear: do two of the following
  1. Make your own camping hammock
  2. Modify the suspension on your camping hammock
  3. Build a hammock stand
  4. Make your own hammock insulation
  5. Improve your camping hammock system to make setup and take down easier
  1. Hammock Camping: Do the following:
  1. Show proper site selection for hanging a hammock
  1. Describe the characteristics of a good site with respect to safety and protection from the elements (dead trees,  widow makers, appropriately sized trees, wind protection, location of game trails, etc)
  2. Explain your hammock system and why you chose that site location
  1. Show how to hang a camping hammock system for an overnight trip. Include hammock, tarp, and insulation
  2. Demonstrate how to hang a tarp for protection in the following weather conditions:
  1. Warm and dry
  2. Wet and rainy
  3. Windy
  4. Cold and Snow
  1. Pitch a ground shelter using your camping hammock system
  2. Break camp and demonstrate the Leave No Trace principal before leaving camp
  1. Show experience in hammock camping by doing the following:
  1. Know and follow local regulations which may prohibit the use of trees and hammock camping
  2. Hammock camp a total of at least 7 days and 7 nights. Sleep each night comfortably in a hammock you have pitched. The 7 days and 7 nights must be at a designated Scouting activity or event. You may use a week of long-term camp toward this requirement.
  3. Help another scout earn the Hammock Camping merit badge
  4. Practice safe hammock camping principals