Camping Essentials

Camping and Outdoor Activities

At the 258th Birmingham St Anne’s  Scout Group, we like to do outdoor activities. On average, we would normally run at least 2- 3 camps per year. We encourage ALL our members  to attend at least some of our camping and outdoor programme. We believe it nurtures independence and helps to develop social and interactive skills, something that being a scout is all about. So come along, get dirty, have a great time with the many friends you will make.

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Weekend Camps

These are close-ish to home and usually run from Friday night till Sunday lunch. Weekend camps are very active with wide games, campfires, more games, challenges and adventures. We usually ask parents to assist by driving your scout to and from the campsite (parents often car-pool).This helps keep the cost down as we don’t have to hire minibuses.

At Camp

You may share a tent with other members from your section. We usually have at least 4-6 in a tent.

You have to be able to keep your kit tidy and named so you don’t lose any of it.

Camping Equipment

With numerous camps coming up through years of Scouts (and maybe Explorers), please think about camping kit early in your scouting career. When you come on a camping trip with us you will need some extra personal gear. We will supply the tents, the cooking equipment and the activity equipment, but you will need to provide your personal gear. If you have space on your Birthday/Christmas List you might like to think about:

  • A good 60+ litre rucksack with a sleeping bag area in the bottom. This will protect your kit and last well. With lots of compartments you can learn what goes in each one and how to keep your kit tidy and secure.
  • A full and proper waterproof jacket designed for all-day out in the rain use, “normal street jackets” eventually let the rain in. There is a big difference between “waterproof” and “shower proof”. Gore-Tex, eVent and others are recommended. Walking the streets is one thing hiking on Dartmoor is something else and a good jacket is important.
  • Waterproof Trousers- same as Jackets
  • Torch – head torches work well at camp when you need both hands to do things. Ones with a red setting are handy for night hikes.
  • A cheap roll up camping mat that can attach neatly to the outside of your rucksack and can be dried easily if gets wet. Self inflating foam filled ones are a bit more expensive than the roll mats, and take up more space. Inflatable LiLo types should not be used as they have poor insulation against heat loss, and are not designed to sleep on.
  • A compact sleeping bag that squashes up small but keeps you warm, “mummy style” bags are available, but it is personal preference. You don’t need to bring a pillow on camp, just use a towel or some spare clothes. You can wear a woolly hat to keep you warm. It is important to keep warm at night when the overnight temperature drops dramatically.
  • Sturdy Boots/Shoes- At camp we use knives and axes to make fire wood etc. under no circumstances will you be allowed to do these activities wearing trainers. So boots are essential waterproof ones are best with a good sole.

The leaders are more than happy to advise on kit, on what they use and what is good for them. A full kit list is always provided before any camp takes place.

There are many retailers that offer a discount if you tell them you’re a Scout, just be prepared you might have to recite your Promise!! Always remember to take your necker with you as well:

Packing your Kit

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts regularly bring too much kit to camp, especially for short camps and mainly because their mums pack for them!! Scouts should always take the minimum possible kit to camp and make sure it is labelled and packed well. We’ll send out a kit list before every camp, please read it carefully and pack light. For this reason we have a few standing rules. These are designed to help train scouts for future activities and to make sure they are warm and comfy at night.

  • Scouts should pack their own kit, then they know what they have and where to find it, and what is theirs (especially socks)
  • All scouts must carry their own kit, parents are not supposed to help. This is a simple test if the kit is awkward for you to carry then you’ve probably packed too much or its badly packed. Very often we arrive at campsite or do overnight trips carrying kit so this is in the best interest for you.
  • Black bin liners should never be used for anything other than rubbish. Bin bags rip easily and things get wet, meaning a nasty night in your tent and no dry clothes in the morning
  • Sleeping bags should be packed inside the rucksack so that they are protected. Most rucksacks come with a sleeping bag compartment in the bottom. You have to make sure your sleeping bag is protected.