Title Adventure Badge Choosing a campsite and behavior at camp CHOOSING A CAMPSITE CHOOSING A CAMPSITE 5 major considerations 1. Area preferably in partially shaded area that is sheltered from strong wind. However, tents should not be pitched under trees for safety reasons.
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Choosing a campsite
and behavior at camp
CHOOSING A CAMPSITE
Area preferably in partially shaded area that is
sheltered from strong wind. However, tents should
not be pitched under trees for safety reasons.
Ground chosen should be dry.
Note condition of soil as well.
For example, sandy ground tends not to hold tent pegs well,
while clay soil drains poorly so you might get flooded if it rains.
The ground chosen should be as flat
as possible. Do not pitch your tent on a slope.
The campsite should be near water sources for ease
of collection of water. However do not camp on
dry riverbeds or just by the river’s edge.
Do you have permission
to camp in the wilderness?
Seek permission from the owners of the land,
regardless of whether it belongs to the
state or private individuals.
Behaviour at camp
Check the ground before you pitch your shelter;
objects on the ground can tear your groundsheet or
the bottom of your tent. You may even get injured.
As most tents will not afford you a lot of space,
it is best to position all bags neatly in a row in the tent.
Leave all footwear neatly outside the tent to
prevent soiling of the groundsheet.
Keep the area around your tent clean and free of rubbish,
otherwise you may attract unwanted guests like ants and flies.
Also clear away other objects like rocks and fallen
branches that might cause people to trip over.
Establish routines to be followed by everyone.
If you have a schedule of duties or a programme sheet,
waterproof these and stick them at a
prominent place, using masking tape.
If you anticipate rain,
dig a trench all round each tent.
Make sure the trench has an outlet away from the tents.
Do not site the camp toilet near to water sources and
where food is cooked. Ensure all biodegradable
refuse is deposited into a small pit and covered.
When using water resources, spare a thought for other
expedition teams downstream. Do not defecate,
urinate or use excessive detergent or soap in rivers.
Any injury should be reported to the Officer-in-Charge.
Everyone should know where the first aid kit is.
Never light naked flames or cook in the tents.
Your tent is made of flammable material.
If in an unfamiliar area, you may want to sprinkle
sulphur powder around the campsite to
keep away snakes, scorpions etc.
When putting on your shoes in the morning, invert them
first to see if an animal has made it its home in the night.
Putting your foot straight in might cause the
animal to bite or sting you.
At night, ensure that everyone is accounted for.
All movement should be in pairs and with illumination.
Ensure that everyone knows evacuation
routines before all turn in.