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THEME: Patrol Camping and Patrol Living


Preliminary Reading Assignments:

For Scoutmaster and adult leaders:

Scoutmaster Handbook (Hillcourt's Fourth Edition)

Chapter 7: "Patrol Carries On"
Chapter 10: "Camping Overnight"

For Patrol Leaders:

Handbook for Patrol Leaders (Hillcourt's 1950s Edition)

Chapter 7: "Patrol Camping"
Also Chapters 1, 3, 11, and 12



bulletPaper and pencils.
bulletPatrol Record Book.
bulletCamp equipment and pack.
bulletMaterial as required for games selected.


(a) Opening Ceremony:  Senior Patrol Leader stages the Patrol's favorite ceremony, or one not previously used, developed by him in cooperation with an Assistant Scoutmaster.

(b) Business Period:  Usual short session (see Second Training Meeting).  Review of notebooks kept by boys participating in training, with special comment on the best by the Scoutmaster.

(c) Instruction Game:  "Pete Tenderfoot's Pack".   Assistant Scoutmaster shows pack filled to the brim, empties it on the floor, then repacks it, describing quickly the various items he puts in.  Each Scout makes list from memory under these three headings:

1. What necessary equipment did Pete have in his Pack? 

2. What unnecessary equipment had Pete included? 

3. Which important camp equipment had he forgotten to pack?  When lists are completed, make rapid check and decide on winner of this memory game.

(d) Discussion:  Start discussion of "Patrol Camping" by going over lists just produced, agree upon necessary equipment, then continue, covering such items as: Why is Patrol camping important?  How much hike training is necessary before first Patrol camp is undertaken?   What about the program of the Patrol Camp?  Cooking?  Health and safety?  Leadership responsibility?

(e) Camp Planning:  Divide Patrol into two groups, to fit organization described in HPL, for work prior to overnight camp and work in camp.  Then get to work planning for training camp.

1.  Consents and Program: (Patrol Leader, Scribe): Develop suitable form for getting parents' consent for boys' participation in Patrol camp.   Make outline program for camp. 

2. Equipment: (Quartermaster, Cheermaster): Break down the equipment list already developed into two divisions, covering Tenting and Cooking, then decide upon items for which various Patrol members will be responsible. 

3. Site, Travel, Collecting of Camp Fees: (Treasurer, Hikemaster): Decide upon camp site, method of getting there, and after consultation with Grubmaster, work out amount to be paid by each participant. 

4. Food: (Grubmaster, Assistant Patrol Leader): Make menu for camp, based upon samples in HPL.   Develop food list and estimate cost.  After all plans have been completed they are presented to the whole Patrol for discussion, correction (if necessary) and adoption.

(f) Fun Games: Two or three, such as Bean Relay, Pitch, Bowl, Oratory and Nail Driving Contest.   Rather than playing one only in its entirety, try several games.  When one has been learned by the boy leaders shift to the next.

(g) Recreation: 

1. Singing: Singing of a couple of appropriate camp fire songs. 

2. Round Robin Story:  One boy starts a dramatic adventure story introducing hero and villain, after one minute, he is interrupted, and the next boy takes over, starting where former boy left off, even if in middle of sentence and so on, until every boy has taken part. 

3. Scoutmaster's Three Minutes: based upon one point of the Scout Law.

(h) Closing Ceremony:  Under leadership of Senior Patrol Leader, group comes to salute and recites Scout Law.  This is followed immediately by usual closing ceremony.







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