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Camping is  the Scouter's opportunity and Scouts' delight. Camping essential to Scouting and development of boy / girl character.

The program depends on Site and Standard of Scouting in the Troop, modified by the views of the Scouts.

a) Open Air: Scouter should realize accepted necessities of life and should bear all in mind: Open Air preferably.

b) Food:  Balanced and sufficient. Sudden changes - bad to excellent - can be harmful.

c) Exercise:  Both general and specific.

d) Warmth:  Especially at night in camp; Over-clothing does not create warmth; activity does.

e) Cleanliness:  In conditions, as well as person. Inspections - outward cleanliness does matter.

f) Rest:  this Course no criterion - remains essential for growing child. Modern life grievously wrong in this.


Most important factor, thus great mistake to revisit at once. Impossible to recapture original thrill/fun.

Essential to visit site even for the shortest time, though much can be learned from careful reading of 1:50000 and/or 1:25000 0. S. maps. Consider advice re: Water, Soil, Aspect, Fuel, Supplies. If site has to be paid for get terms in writing and understand them. Get clear understanding about fire-wood, etc.

Call on Tradespeople (possible discount??), Doctor, Parson, A.C., and other Scouters. Plan visits from camp. Get information re: local history and events during times of camp. Consider holding surprise camp when all above is still done, but Scouts not told of site.


No scouts may camp without permission of their area commissioner. (PO&R "Read Me")...

PO&R 332 through to PO&R 340 "Get it right". No: "ifs or buts"; your insurance is at stake..

Yearly Planning

Careful planning and preparation is essential, Scout training year ends at Summer Camp about August or September. This is the time to make plans for Next Year's camp.

Hold Court of Honor as soon as possible after Summer Camp and discuss lessons learned. SM should be ready with ideas and suggestions. 

Themes for camps: Just good camping for new Troop; Cooking; Exploring; Boating; Pioneering; Woodcraft, etc.., or any combination of these. Court of Honor, makes choice of, say, three, leaving more definite decision later when site and progress in Troop can be considered. Choice then provides main theme or themes for next six months work plus inclusion of normal test work. Say Pioneering is choice; whole Troop makes sure of Tenderfoot knots, lashings and other extra knots: Models are built during winter.

Other subjects can be dealt with similarly, basic work often neglected. Many failures in the past are due to this, Scouter's job in meantime is to inform Group Council and Group Committee.

Group Council considers allocation of gear and property as between Colony, Pack, Troop and Crew, also repair and purchase of new gear, etc. Group Committee obviously concerned with finance, but not limited to this. Can help finding ideal site, can provide transport; can help by provision of gear on spot to save unnecessary transport. There is no end to what a Group Committee can do if allowed to join in this snowball effort. About this time courteous to bring in own AC and/or AAC(s); these can help, too, if only with advice.

Easter and Spring Bank camps provide opportunities of assembling and testing some isolated work done at widely separated Troop and Patrol meetings. Final choice of theme(s) can now be made.

NOW is the time, if not before, to inform parents of date, place, cost, gear required, etc... Start a Camp Bank, if not earlier and keep eye open for special cases - finance, school, work, etc...


Look on camping as our trump card, which it is. Not only for Scouters and Scouts, but parents and others who can be interested. Arrange PARENTS and Supporters Day with an attractive program including meals and refreshments at camp.

Traditional Training Handbook
2003 Baden-Powell Scouts Association






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