Our troop has troop tents, and we requre new scout patrols to use the troop tents. As a patrol gains experience, we allow them to use thier individual tents.
When they're new, the uniformity is good. But as the scouts gain experience, and get "into" the program they start getting more and more of thier own personal gear (christmas/birthday presents, buying them through thier allownence, jobs. etc...). If a scout is into camping enough to want/buy thier own tent, I fully support them being able to use it on a troop campout. Using the new "gadget" is part of the fun of camping.
Vernon L. Palango
Scoutmaster, Troop 131
The best progress is made in those Troops where power and responsibility are really put into the hands of the Patrol Leaders.
-Lord Baden-Powell, Aids to Scoutmastership