Why do we go
what they think of when you say “
will mention camping and the outdoors. While the association of
The Aims and Principles of Scouting are to:
Provide opportunities for personal growth in areas of Physical, Intellectual, Spiritual, Emotional and Social development.
The Scouting badge system is centered on achieving the Aims and Principles. Camping gives many opportunities to participate in badge activities. Positive outcomes of Camping occur when the environment and activities at camp incorporate the principles and aims of Scouting. Badges directly related to camping are Scoutcraft, Campcraft, and the Jam-Packed Camper Award.
Camp is more
than just a place to have fun. It also offers
While it may
take some organizing to get there, once you arrive at camp life is stripped
back to its bare essentials. There are
no electronic distractions (mp3s, phones and gaming machines should be left at
home), and housework is minimal, centred around meals and hygiene.
Patrol method. Baden-Powell wrote:
“The Patrol System is the one essential feature in which Scout training differs from that of all other organizations, and where the System is properly applied, it is absolutely bound to bring success. It cannot help itself! The formation of the boys into Patrols of from six to eight and training them as separate units each under its own responsible leader is the key to a good Troop. The Patrol is the unit of Scouting always, whether for work or for play, for discipline or for duty. “
When you organise your camp, try to
make sure the
Overview of Activities which can be conducted while Camping
Most Scout camps are within a bush setting and many have
bushwalks or fire trails nearby.
Bushwalking is an excuse to see the bush close up. Also skills such as map and compass work can
be taught while bushwalking. This makes
the work done in the hall come to life (learning by doing). You could ask
Related Badges: Jam-Packed Walkabout Scout Award, Campcraft
After a few walks,
Canoeing and Water Activities
Some camps have canoeing and sailing as an option. Canoeing is great fun and builds leadership skills. It is possible to run a canoe course while on a camp – contact your Region Activities Team to see whether this can be organized. Canoeing can get badgework done as well. A level 2 certificate earns the Scout an anchor badge. Also, see the Water Activities Target badge, as many aspects of this badge are covered within a Canoe Course.
To find out requirements for running Canoe Activities, see the Water Activities Policy Document, Schedule A.
One Scout camp (
Caving allows the
Some Caves are run by commercial operators, and to visit these
you do not need a Caving Instructor. In
order to conduct caving activities in “wild” caves, you do need to bring a
A camp with a focus on caving can be run in order to gain a Caving Proficiency Badge.
Commando courses are great fun and can be run in many ways, for example as a time trial, or as a team building exercise by patrol.
Some Scout Camps run environmental programs and are always keen
Some of these activities could count towards the Environment Target Badge.
Fishing is a great social Activity. At the end of a long, tiring day, it is a
time to be calm, and maybe even get dinner.
To organise fishing, it will usually suffice
to ask the
See Rock Activities
See Rock Activities
While some camps offer ready-made navigation courses, Navigation activities can be done at every camp with a little planning. The Campcraft badge has many navigation skills listed. All of these activities could be tackled at camp, and are better done in a bush setting than at your Hall. If you have already covered these skills at the Hall, it is useful to reinforce them at camp.
Abseiling, Ropes and Rockcraft
Courage is knowing what not to fear. ~Plato
Scout is Courageous. For
Many camps list the above Rope activities as available. In order to run the activities, an Abseil Instructor must be present. There may be an instructor available through the camp – ask when you book. Alternatively your Region Activities team should be able to help.
your selected campsite has a Chapel or not, camping
offers an excellent opportunity to conduct a
is a very popular activity with
See the Water Activities Policy.
General Camping Activities
are many more activities which can be undertaken while at camp – just use your
imagination and that of the
The Scout Record Book contains many Proficiency badges which could be incorporated into Camping Activities, either in their entirety or partially.
These ones stand out as a natural fit with Camping:
Top Rope Climbing
The Scout Record Book published by
Guidelines for Scout Leaders and The Scout Award Scheme published
For information on Jam-Packed badges: http://www.dibbssm.net/getoutnsw/
Camping and Hiking published by