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Camping 101

Did you know that we have many different types of camps, but they can be broken down into:
  • Standing
  • Mobile
Organisation
An effective camp needs organisation and structure.  So now we need to think of:
  • Who's coming?
  • When is it to be held?
  • Where is it to be held?
  • What's the budget?
  • Type of transport?
  • What badgework?
  • What is the theme?
  • What's the programme?
  • What permissions do we need?
  • What's the menu?

Can you think anything more?  What's been left out?

Computer Programmes
Camp Food PlannerThe Camp Food Planner is a great programme that can be used to record all the ingredients, quantities, recipes and attending numbers, so that you can a bank of knowledge that can be built up over time.

Standing Camps

These are usually take the form of 2-3 night camps where once you put up the tent, it stays up until you break camp.  However, these can be longer typically those being Jamboree of up to 14 days.  The camp is usually run along Patrol lines, where each Patrol do all their own tentage and cooking, joining in with these Troop at important times or sharing some common gear such as the dining fly.  You can also have a Patrol camp usually because the Patrol is needing to do something towards a Patrol Activity badge.

The camps require the "home" comforts, thus a trailer is needed to haul the gear and food.  So for these camps you will need:

  • Dry pit
  • Fire drums, wood and extinguishers
  • Patrol tents
  • Cooking gear
  • Dining fly
  • Table & chair
  • Wet pit
  • Activity equipment
  • Flag & pole
  • Boundary rope
  • QM tent
  • Leaders tent
Can you think anything more?  What's been left out?

Mobile Camps

These are usually where the members are hiking, or tramping (same as hiking just the term used in NZ), or on a canoe hike, or on bicycles, basically you are having to carry all the equipment you will need.  Sometimes a portion of the gear is taken be the parents either for safety reasons of simply to make it easier on the Scouts.

Typically the Scouts will use light weight hike tents, and use backpacks to carry all the gear and food.  The total weight to be carried by a Scout is ideally no more than 20% of their body weight, including water.
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