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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 In Scouting, what appeals to boys and is, at the same time an education for them, is real Camping.

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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
  • In Scouting, what appeals to boys and is, at the same time an education for them, is real Camping.
  • 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
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
Kinds of 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
      • Or an expedition that includes hiking, boating & etc.
    • Longer trips usually take place in summer and Christmas vacation, when you are out of school
    • 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.
    • 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
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
    • To conserve body heat when the air is cold, & to ventilate heat away when the air is warm
preparations for camping
Preparations for Camping
  • Decide WHEN you can camp.
    • Choosing the date when all of you can be free from school or other obligations
  • WHERE will it be held?
    • This depend on what you would like to do in camp.
      • Will you have swimming, hiking, nature, arts & crafts?
      • What facilities are needed & how much is the cost of camping in that place?
    • It must have a good SUPPLY OF DRINKABLE WATER AND WOOD for cooking, campfire and gadgetry needs.
    • SLOPE
      • 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.
    • 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.
        • Enough space is needed for tentage, cooking, washing & activity purposes.
      • SIGHTS
        • Beautiful sceneries must be near enough to see.
  • 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
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.
    • 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?
    • 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
Pack, Dufflebag or Knapsack

Camp uniform

Working clothes



Metal polish

Broad brimmed hat / ball cap

Scout Knife



Musical instruments

Sewing / repair kit

Swap materials

Persona; medicine

Rubber shoes


Comb / mirror

Sleeping bag

Complete scout uniform

Equipments in Camping


1 personal equipments cont

Shoe polish kit


Writing materials

Scout canteen






Individual toilet paper

Sleeping gears

Camp guide book

Art materials

Insect repellent

Swimming trunks

Knot-tying ropes

Spoon & Fork

1. Personal Equipments (Cont.)
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



Trash bags

Ring Buoy & safety Equipments

Bugles & whistles

Fly tent set

Screening for latrines


First Aid Kit

Hand saw

Ropes of assorted sizes




2. Patrol / Troop Equipments
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


2. Patrol / Troop Equipments (Cont.)
camp layout
Camp Layout
  • 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
  • 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.
Kitchen should be on the leeward side of the camp.
    • In the direction when the wind blows

It should be near water source.

    • Grease and refuse should be far from water supply to avoid pollution.
  • 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.










  • The campsite area depends on the ground area available & the beauty of the setting.



camp sanitation
Camp Sanitation
  • Dispose of garbage properly
    • if trash are not collected daily, dry & wet pits should be dug.
  • Air bedding every morning
    • Sleeping bags, ground sheets, etc
  • Provide dishwashing facilities
    • i.e. wash basis rack
  • Have proper food storage facilities
camp manners
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.
  • Cleanliness is a must in camp
    • Not only must the camp site be orderly & clean, the campers must also have a really good wash daily.
  • 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
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
  • Settle all your accounts & dues
    • Return all borrowed equipments
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
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.