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I took a few scout staves (the standard scout-shop kind) on a camping trip and the scouts had fun with them:   used them to haul their gear,  used them as poles for their dining fly, actually carried them hiking . . .

Now at least one of the scouts is saying that we should give a scout staff to every new scout joining the troop.

Thing is,  those scout-shop staffs seems rather heavy.   Has anyone tried using bamboo poles for scout staves (including using for dining fly poles)?  They have the merit of being lightweight, inexpensive, and readily available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MPXVSHO/

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One downside is bamboo is slicker and the lower friction makes them harder to lash...not impossible just slightly harder.

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I find bamboo to be harder to carve.

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