Camping Camping is one activity that the boy looks forward to in Scouting Scoutmaster‟s Greatest Opportunity Camping can‟t fail to grip every scout‟s wish It‟s outdoor life and taste of the world Improvised cooking techniques & menus Games of woodlands Tacking Path finding Pioneering Minor hardship Jolly of campfire songs In Scouting, what appeals to boys and is, at the same time an education for them, is real Camping. They prepare their own encampment to the extent of pitching their own tents & learning to cook their food. Camp is essential to the successful training of a troop The camp must be a busy one & not a school for aimless loafing The first Scout Camp was conducted by Baden Powell in Brownsea Island. Which led to the formation of scouting worldwide Kinds of Camping A. SHORT TERM CAMPING Overnight campouts & weekend trips Most troops go camping at least twice a year in nearby country or in scout camp grounds. By camping as often as you can, you have plenty of chances to master good outdoor skills. Outings of more than just a few days Spending a week with your troop at scout camp B. LONG TERM CAMPING Or an expedition that includes hiking, boating & etc. Longer trips usually take place in summer and Christmas vacation, when you are out of school C. VENTURE CAMPING Usually combines camping with backpacking, orienteering, wilderness conservation projects & dozen of other challenging activities Older scouts my join a Senior Scout Outfit, whose planning & practice lead to ultimate adventures deep in backcountry, on river and lakes, in wilderness areas, and over the open road. D. HIGH ADVENTURE CAMPING It takes you on wilderness treks of a week or longer. You can push yourself toward a mountain top, wrestle a canoe through thundering rapids, sail ship on the sea, scuba diving, etc. Preparing Scout for Camping Present yourself for inspection suitably clothed for the season and weather, & equipped & packed for an overnight camp. Camping clothes have 2 major functions : To protect the body surface from sunburn, insects, scrapes & cuts 2. To conserve body heat when the air is cold, & to ventilate heat away when the air is warm 1. Preparations for Camping 1. Decide WHEN you can camp. Choosing the date when all of you can be free from school or other obligations This depend on what you would like to do in camp. 2. WHERE will it be held? Will you have swimming, hiking, nature, arts & crafts? What facilities are needed & how much is the cost of camping in that place? FIVE S‟s OF A GOOD CAMP SITE : It must have a good SUPPLY OF DRINKABLE WATER AND WOOD for cooking, campfire and gadgetry needs. b. SLOPE a. It should not have too flat nor too slope. A gently sloping site is recommended. It should be a well-drained land, sheltered enough from the sun and the wind. c. SAFETY Site must not be a war zone or rebel infested area. Avoid pitching your tents beneath tress where fruits might fall into campers. Watch out for poisonous plants and animals The site must have access to a nearby medical center for emergency purposes. d. SPACE Enough space is needed for tentage, cooking, washing & activity purposes. e. SIGHTS Beautiful sceneries must be near enough to see. 3. HOW will you reach the chosen camp? Will you assemble at a certain place where you can fetched by a bus and then brought to the camp? If so, set the time for everyone to be at the assembly area. Or will you just meet one another at the camp site? Be definite 4. WHAT TO EAT in camp? “A well-feed camp is a happy camp.” Decide on a camp menu that is low in cost but high in nutritive value. Meals that are simple & easy to prepare will require equipments & are therefore the best choice of food in camp. It is wise to have a packed lunch for the first meal to allow more time for the setting in. 5. HOW MUCH IS THE COST OF CAMPING? Add up all the expenses: Transportation, food, program materials, campsite fee and the like. from the total amount you can decide the share of each camper What other sources of funds are available? Do you have troop funds allotted for this camp? 6. WHAT TO BRING? Trill of camping starts with the preparation Checking of the list of things to bring Packing & placing tags on every pieces of luggage Bring only necessities Equipments in Camping 1. PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS Pack, Dufflebag or Knapsack Camp uniform Working clothes Underwears Handkerchiefs Metal polish Broad brimmed hat / ball cap Scout Knife Slippers Watch Musical instruments Sewing / repair kit Swap materials Persona; medicine Rubber shoes Compass Comb / mirror Sleeping bag Complete scout uniform 1. Personal Equipments (Cont.) Socks Shoe polish kit Towels Writing materials Scout canteen Raincoat Jacket Flashlight Camera Toiletries Individual toilet paper Sleeping gears Camp guide book Art materials Insect repellent Swimming trunks Knot-tying ropes Spoon & Fork 2. Patrol / Troop Equipments Patrol / troop Tents (complete with guy lines, tent poles & pegs) Poles for Flags & Gadgetries Storage tent Ground Sheets Troop & Patrol Flags Pulleys for flag poles Mallet Ax Trash bags Ring Buoy & safety Equipments Bugles & whistles Fly tent set Screening for latrines Lanterns First Aid Kit Hand saw Ropes of assorted sizes Spade Shovel Maps 2. Patrol / Troop Equipments (Cont.) Casseroles, Pots, Pans & Kettles Bolo / Knife Chopping Board Washing Basins Plates, Bowls, fork & spoons Food Box Pot Holders Scouring Materials (steel wool, soap, etc.) Meat bags / canned Goods Water Container / pails Cooking Utensils Can opener Activity materials Cooking stove Matches Camp Layout 1. 2. 3. Entrance of the camp should be defined. Flagpole should have a prominent position. Best place to pitch the tents is in the open where it will get benefit of the morning sun. Ground under trees is generally damp & wet When it rains , heavy drops of rains coming through the trees can the tent Three is danger of falling branches or fruits which may hurt both campers & the tent 4. There should be enough space between tents to prevent tripping on guy lines & pegs. Between rows & pegs, there should be space for at least 2 campers to walk by. 5. Kitchen should be on the leeward side of the camp. In the direction when the wind blows Grease and refuse should be far from water supply to avoid pollution. It should be near water source. 6. Latrines should not be near the kitchen for sanitation purposes. It should be at least be 1 meter x 60cm x 30cm Pile of soil soil be on the trench with a shovel for putting in after use. 7. The campsite area depends on the ground area available & the beauty of the setting. LATRINES WASH PLACE KITCHEN STORAGE TENT PREVAILING WIND USUALLY COMES FROM SOUTHWEST TENTS Camp Sanitation Dispose of garbage properly if trash are not collected daily, dry & wet pits should be dug. bags, ground sheets, etc Air bedding every morning Sleeping Provide dishwashing facilities i.e. wash basis rack Have proper food storage facilities Camp Manners As a Boy Scout you are expected the ff.: Make a special effort towards anti-littering Observe silence during taps & if you wake up early. Do not disturb anyone until the rising whistle has been sounded. only must the camp site be orderly & clean, the campers must also have a really good wash daily. Cleanliness is a must in camp Not Avoid being fussy about your likes & dislikes on food. The menu is always set for the good of the majority Avoid eating sweets and junk foods in camp. Never leave candies or sweets in your sleeping tents. Observe patrol system in camp. Everyone should have a turn in doing the chores in champ. Rotate responsibilities among the patrol members. Patrol keep chart is useful to provide division of responsibilities. Courtesy is never outmoded in camp. Give due respect not only to camp leaders & fellow campers but also to nature. Breaking Camp Each scout must check his personal belongings Do you still have all the personal things you brought to camp? During the camp, new acquisitions to bring home ( i.e. souvenirs, gifts ,etc) must fit as well to the bag It isn‟t nice to see a camper going home with so many things sticking out o their bag all borrowed equipments Settle all your accounts & dues Return Do not stay too late on the last evening in camp. While you might want to savor the fun of camping on the last night, busy day lines ahead which will require your reserved energy. Leave your site in manner that no one will know you‟ve camped there. Burn all garbage Flatten tins & put them in trash bags Fill in all pits & latrines Put out the fire & burry the ashes Put a „foul ground‟ sign on former latrines areas Do a „police search‟ of the camp site for litters. Pick up every scarp of litter whether or not you put it there As you depart, make sure you leave nothing except your THANKS to the owner of the camp. Without his permission, there would have been no camp at all. Post – Camp Activity A camp doesn’t end in campsite. Some activities have to be conducted after the camp itself. Equipments & materials used must be returned to the appropriate venues for storage purposes. If tents are still wet from a storm during camp, it should be dried beneath the sun Dirty utensils must be cleaned Evaluation is necessary to know if the camp was successful. It also prevents camp leaders from repeating the same mistakes again. Appropriate reports must be submitted Leaders must ensure that the campers are well and arrived safely at home If possible, parents must be informed of their sons‟ performance in camp Keep a log of the camp.
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