Useful camp tips

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We have 780 scouts attending and a lot more on the waiting list. Check in will be at the site and will be signposted from Scone to Scone Palace. You shall only be allowed to check in complete groups – so please do not approach check in until all your scouts are together. At check-in you will be issued with an ID badge which has on it your name, number, sub-camp and your activities. Do not lose your badge as it will help us get activities organised quickly. Coach access is restrivtive so it is critical all bags are labled with the relevant sub camp colours.

Adventure Camp 2020 - Pre Camp Training

The Camp

31st Loans Scouts Group Camp preparation programme.
We have quiet a few new groups who have not been to one of these camps before and you are very welcome - to this end and as a polite reminder to those who have sent scouts before a list of items which I think can only benefit the scouts and potentially give you some programme ideas over the next few weeks

Where

Location of the camp this year.

  • Scone Palace, Perth

Tents

Ensure scouts know what tents they are sleeping in and how to erect them.

  • Erect/strike practice erect/strike at scouts
  • Live in practice camp at Hall - Friday Night

Food

Cook Simple food that give you enegry. Understand what you are cooking and how to use stoves.

  • Menu planning and shopping list at scouts
  • Shopping trip Wed night prior to camp
  • Stoves practice at hall
  • Cooking practice at camp at hall

Kit List

Inspection of all gear (group / personal) prior to going to camp e.g tent.

  • At scouts
  • At personal practice camp at Hall Friday

The Camp Programme

Camp Program

The Programme for the weekend
There are a range of activities avaliable it is important that you eat at meat times so you can be ready for activities at the scheduled time.

Friday

  • 7:00pm Registration/check in opens at Strathallan
  • Checking arrival of Scouts
  • 8:00pm Drop in Activities
  • 10:30pm Supper (provided)
  • 11:00pm Lights Out
  • 11:30pm Leaders Meeting in Main Marquee

Saturday

  • 7.30/8.30am Rise and breakfast
  • 8:30am Sub-camp meeting
  • 9:15am Flag break – official opening (top half uniform)
  • 9:45am Activities
  • 12:15pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm Activities
  • 4:30pm Soup on Sub Camp
  • 5:00pm Scouts Own Preperation
  • 5:45pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Evening Activities
  • 9:30pm Camp Fire
  • 10:00pm Supper (provided)
  • 11:00pm Lights Out

Sunday

  • 7:30/9:00am Rise and breakfast
  • 9:00am Flag break
  • 9:45am Activities
  • 12:15pm Lunch / Strike Camp
  • 2:30pm Flag Down and Closing

Suggested kit list

camp prep

What You Need To Bring
The camp is run as a lightweight camp and the following are not appropriate (Dining shelters, folding tales/chairs, patrol tents, large gas cylinders and burner units.)
Sleeping units we would ask are a max of 3 scouts

Please ensure scouts are familiar with the erecting of their tent particularly in darkness. There is no point in the scouts bringing cooking equipment if they don’t know how to use it – it being brand new is no advantage if they can’t work it! Due to the access/egress from the site it is almost certain that the scouts shall have to carry their own equipment.

Group

Note - Make sure your tent and Stove are complete and you know what you are doing with them.

  • Tent
  • Stove (tranja meth burning stoves.)
  • Fuel and spare fuel
  • Canteen cooking set
  • Dish cleaning materials
  • Non stick frying pan – cheap as chips at tesco/ikea – makes frying easy!
  • Matches (Matches and a lighter – for when the matches get wet)
  • Water carrier (Water carrier/water bottle doubles up – bring it empty!)
  • First aid kit

Personal

Note - There no need for expensive kit and please remember, no football strips, no mobile phones - no electronic toys.

  • Uniform
  • Socks
  • Trousers
  • Anorak
  • Shirt
  • Jersey
  • Shorts
  • Rucksack
  • Sleeping bag (Make sure scouts can re stuff sleeping bag into stuff sac – practice will be necessary)
  • Sleeping mat
  • Washing gear
  • Torch
  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Notebook
  • Pencil
  • Towel
  • Rucksack not essential – what is much more important is all gear fits into single bag – nothing tied on the outside which will fall off and get lost. Any big bag is fine.

Activity kit

Note - Think thin layers. Waterproofs, Swimming Kit and Clothes to get Wet & Muddy

  • Boots
  • Wool gloves or ski gloves
  • Wool hat
  • 2 pairs of (one for getting wet in the water)Training shoes
  • Wool socks
  • Wool sweater or fleece top
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Full set of clothes to wear for water activities
  • Loose fitting trousers (not jeans)
  • Day sack (a small bag to take on activities)
  • Swimming costume
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Waterproof jacket (e.g. cagoule)
  • Whistle
  • Emergency rations

Meal planning and cooking tips

Meal Planning and Cooking

Information to help your cooking
Before attending camp it would be useful that you spend some time with the Scouts that you are going to be cooking with. Make sure you know who is going to be cooking which meals and your own responsibilities at meal times. Don’t leave one person to it, everyone should be involved. Meal times can be a quick turnaround, preparation is the key. Know what meals you have and practice cooking them and clearing up. Don’t bring foods that you know you don’t like, won’t eat or don’t have a Scooby how to prepare. Storage of food at camp is important. Avoid bringing uncooked meat, if you do need to bring uncooked meat then this should be used at the start of the camp and not left to fester until Sunday evening.

General Food Tips

  • Use up rolls before bread as bread keeps fresher longer - Instant porridge – is excellent food (FUEL) and comes in many flavours
  • Drink plenty throughout the day. A bottle of diluting juice is a great idea to have and can be drunk hot or cold.
  • Use up leftover cooked bacon, sausage or egg makes a tasty lunchtime snack.
  • Each Sub-Camp will have hot water available at all meal times to save time – Pot Noodles would be good at lunch time. If using a Pot Noodle type please ensure you have tried them and like them.
  • Storage of food at camp is important. Avoid bringing uncooked meat, if you do need to bring uncooked meat then this should be used at the start of the camp and not left to fester until Sunday evening.
  • Preparing food in advance or freezing some leftovers in zip-lock bags can be beneficial. Frozen leftovers can help to keep your cool box cool.
  • Mark all your food for each meal.
  • Mark a mug with measurements, e.g. 200ml/500ml, on your mug with indelible pen before you go to camp.
  • UHT milk will last longer than fresh, especially as the camp will be hot and sunny!
  • Leftovers from one meal can make a good snack or be used as part of another meal, but if you’ve thought your menu through carefully you shouldn’t have much in the way of leftovers.


Cooking tips

  • Sausage Casserole: pre-cook sausages, fry onion, add to it tin mixed veg, chopped tomatoes, chopped sausage. Serve with pitta bread or crusty bread or the dreaded Smash.
  • Stir-Fry-Stuffed Pitta Bread: Chop very small fresh veg such as onions and mushrooms, fry with some bean sprouts if you like – add drained tin of tuna and some cooked meat and tin veg. Serve in pitta bread.
  • Sweets: Fruit, cake, fruit pies – the list is endless and serve with custard – the sort you just add water to. Angel delight and fruit. Tinned rice. Pancakes – use pancake mix.
  • Pasta: Take any Cheesy Pasta or Dried Pasta Choice. Cook & add to it corn, peas, drained tinned veg, tuna, chopped cooked meat. Tinned mince or stew is tasty mixed in with pasta.
  • Rice: Pre-cook rice then add in gently fired onion and add to choice of mix already given.
  • Noodles: Dried packed (not pot) noodles make a great base too. Just cook as directed then add from mix list.
  • Finally eating well gives you FUEL and makes you play well!

Breakfast

Make sure you eat something for breakfast; you’ll need as much energy as you can for your activities.

  • Cereal
  • Bacon, Sausages, Eggs on a roll. Or if you prefer not to cook then cold meat or a jam sandwich might be more up your street.
  • Porridge is good for filling you up and instant porridge makes life easier

Lunch

Packed lunches should be made in advance! You may be off site on activities all day so being able to grab lunch quickly is necessary.

  • Sandwiches or rolls with fillings of your choice. (Egg sandwiches are great but might get a bit whiffy so you might want to use them on day 1)
  • Cold sausage rolls, pies or pork pies
  • Cup a Soup is a handy thing to have, but bear in mind that if you are off site at lunch time you will not have the facilities to get hot water
  • Fruit, dried or fresh
  • Crisps
  • Biscuits, cake or malt loaf or something else sweet are an idea too

Dinner

Minimum of 2 courses.

  • Soups, particularly condensed soups, can make a great base for a meal. Add in some chopped (pre-cooked) meat and vegetables and have with rice or pasta.
  • Couscous with smoked sausage.
  • Pasta with sauce - fresh pasta will cook quicker. If using dried pasta, make sure your water is boiling before you add the water.
  • Noodles – pot-noodles are ok as a snack but don’t think of this as suitable for a meal. Noodles can be a great base to a meal when cooked with veg.
  • Boil in the bag foods - Make up meals that just need heated and store in zip-lock bags, they can then be placed in boiling water to heat them up. Benefits of cooking like this are: you can cook 2 different things at the same time (good for those with fussy eaters or dietary requirements in the same team). Cuts out on the washing up and the hot water can be used afterwards to make a hot drink or for other foods that need boiled water (couscous, custard etc.)
  • Sausages- pre-cook and add in some veg, chopped tomatoes or a sauce and serve with smash, bread or even in pitta bread.

Dessert

  • Cake, fruit pies, jam or anything you like with custard.
  • Tinned rice pudding either hot or cold (you can warm it in its tin)
  • Angel delight and tinned fruit
  • Or if you want to be adventurous you could make pancakes (measure your dry ingredients and bag before camp)