"residential experiences" as Scout HQ call them these days,
very important part of Scouting. We are always told to put the
"out" into Scouting and get outside as much as we can.
We plan to have at least one "night
away" a term, with more in the summer when we can sleep outside
in tents. Having a "Pack Holiday" where you sleep in a hall
extends our camping season so that we can do it throughout the
There are 4 levels of camping. You
will see the levels referred to on our camp publicity. The
higher numbers indicate that the camp is more challenging.
Sleeping indoors in a pack holiday centre with bunk beds
The high cost of this sort of indoor accommodation means that we don't
generally do this sort of event unless we are doing a joint
camp with another group
Sleeping indoors on the floor
We do this for our overnight camp at the hall which is
normally held in December. It allows us to have nights away
when it is too cold to be camping outside.
Sleeping in tents on a site with facilities
This is our preferred option and we try to have a couple
of camps each year like this, including our Summer Camp
which lasts for more than just the weekend.
Sleeping in tents on a "green field" site (no
permanent toilets or facilities)
We try to avoid this sort of camping. While it may not
seem that different to the Cubs who still sleep in their
tents in the usual way, the leaders prefer to spend their
time on activities rather than digging holes to empty
toilets into. There is plenty of time to do these sort of
camps when you get into Scouts
Please check our diary page for
confirmed camp dates. As soon as we know them we list them -
meaning that dates can be available well into the future. We
generally camp as follows:
- February - weekend pack holiday (level 1 or 2)
- June - weekend camp (level 3)
- August - week long Summer camp (level 3) - normally
starting on the second weekend in August
- September - weekend camp (level 3)
- December - overnight camp in our hall (level 2) - first
weekend in December
There is a
standard kit list
that we expect the Cubs to bring to camp. We may have to make
small changes to it for particular camps to cope with things
like special activity gear (e.g. swimming), themed activities
(e.g. costumes) or if we are camping indoors (e.g. need indoor
shoes). When we are at camp we generally do a full kit
inspection on the last day so that we can make sure everybody
has got all their gear. To do this the kit is laid out according
district kit layout.
We like you to make a bedding roll with your sleeping bag
and blanket on the inside and your groundsheet tied securely
round it. This is designed to keep your bedding dry when you are
on your way to camp. Even though our tents have groundsheets,
you can then sleep on your own one which may help you keep all
your things together. We used to make the bedding rolls on the
pack meeting before camp but don't do that now. That means
you'll have to make it at home so you may find these
A 10% discount
is available in Millets & Blacks shops, although not on sale
items. All you need to do is prove
that you are a Scout Association member by showing them your
We are often asked about the sort of kit that needs to be
bought. We also sometimes find that people who don't ask end
up with unsuitable equipment so thought it might be
worthwhile saying a few things about the camping equipment
Although a camp in a hall is not very strenuous we do have
camps under canvas and so it is worth buying equipment that
will be good enough for them.
- ideally a "mummy bag" that can be compressed into a small
bag. It should be a synthetic (rather than down-filled) bag
and may be sold as a 2 season bag or have words like
200 or 300gsm. In the Argos catalogue items such as
927/6206 would be suitable. They cost £17.99 and £19.99.
Since we don't camp outside in the winter there is no need
to buy anything more expensive (or more than 300gsm) unless you are looking
forward to Scouts. Don't forget to practice getting the
sleeping bag back in the bag! Because sleeping bags cannot
be washed easily we recommend using a simple cotton
sleeping bag liner which can then be washed after
Whether camping outside or
indoors on the floor you will need to have a
camping mat (340/5712,
£6.99) under your sleeping bag to stop damp and cold rising up.
We don't allow camp beds. If we are camping in tents
you will need a groundsheet that is at least 6' x 4'
909/9744, £9.99 which is a bit large but would be ok) to go under everything else
and also form the outside of your
The leaders always groan when we see kit arrive in black bin
bags. They always split and end up with the kit on the floor
in a big heap. An alternative is the nylon "stuff sacks"
which are sold in places like Millets for a few pounds each.
Peg your shoes
When we are
staying indoors we have to change in to our indoor shoes.
To stop the shoes getting in a complete mess and spreading
across the floor please bring a clothes peg with your name
on it. If you peg your spare shoes together then there is
less chance of them wandering off and because your name is
on the peg it is unlikely that somebody will put the wrong
pair on by mistake. It works in tents too as you always have
to remove your shoes before you go inside so peg them
together to keep them tidy.
The overall experience of a night away can be the first
step of independence for many children and may be the
longest, or first, time they have been away from their
parents. Some Cubs experience homesickness during our camps.
This is natural and tends to occur temporarily during free
time or when they are tired. We generally find that the next
day, after a good night's sleep, they are keen and
enthusiastic again and ready to join in with activities.
Homesickness is not a medical condition so should never
require a child to be sent home. We will tell you at the end
of camp if your Cub has been homesick but we would not
expect to be in touch about it during camp.
Finally, a special plea, please remember to make sure
that everything is named. This especially applies to
items such as uniform. It is inevitable that some personal
gear will get mislaid or mixed when on camp and if it is
named it can easily be returned to the right person.
We hope this helps. If you have any questions please ask before
spending a lot of money on something you are not sure about. The
Argos descriptions are just a guide to the minimum standard
required as you can see the products online and prices are
generally reasonable. You can get similar equipment from camping
shops like Blacks,
Mountain Warehouse in Horsham, or online from Amazon. If you shop at Millets
or Blacks you can get a 10% discount for
being a Scout Association member. Don't forget to click through
from our online shop,
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