The camp ground should at all times be kept clean and tidy, not only (as I
have pointed out) to keep flies away, but also because Scouts are always tidy,
whether in camp or not, as a matter of habit. If you are not tidy at home, you
won't be tidy in camp; and if you're not tidy in camp, you will be only a
tenderfoot and no Scout.'
A broom is useful for keeping the camp clean, and can easily be made with a
few sprigs of birch bound tightly round a stake.
A Scout is tidy also in his tent, bunk, or room, because he may be suddenly
called upon to go off on an alarm, or something unexpected. If he does not know
exactly where to lay his hand on his things, he will be a long time in turning
out, especially if called up in the middle of the night.
So on going to bed, even when at home, practice the habit of folding up your
clothes and putting them where you can find them at once in the dark and get
into them quickly.
Songs, recitations and small plays can be performed round the camp
every Scout should be made to contribute something to the program, whether he
thinks he is a performer or not.
A different Patrol may be responsible for each night of the week to provide
for the performance. The Patrols can then prepare beforehand for the camp fire.
Camp fire is one of the happiest hours of camp.
Songs, recitations and small
plays follow each other on the program.
Cleaning Camp Ground
Never forget that the state of an old camp ground, after the camp has
finished, tells exactly whether the Patrol or Troop which has used it was a
smart one or not. No
Scouts who are any good ever leave a camp ground dirty. They sweep up and bury or burn every scrap of rubbish. Farmers then don't
have the trouble of having to clean their ground after you leave, and they are,
therefore, all the more willing to let you use it again.
It is a big disgrace for any Troop or Patrol or lone camper to leave the camp
ground dirty and untidy.
Remember the only two things you leave behind you on breaking up camp:
- Your thanks to the owner of the ground.
Another point to remember is that when you use a farmer's ground you ought to
repay him for the use of it. If you do not do this with money you can do it in
other ways. You can-and ought to-do jobs that are useful for him. You can mend
his fences or gates, or dig up weeds, and so on.
You should always be doing good turns both to the farmer and to the people
living near your camp, so that they will be glad to have you there.
PATROL PRACTICES IN CAMPING
The best practice in camping is camping whenever possible-single nights,
weekends, and longer camps.
In going to camp with the Troop it is essential to have a few "Standing
Orders", which can be added to from time to time, if necessary. The Patrol
Leaders are held fully responsible that their Scouts carry them out exactly.
Such orders will contain the camp routine and might point out that each
Patrol will camp separately from the others, and that there will be a comparison
between the respective cleanliness and good order of tents and surrounding
Each Patrol usually has its tents grouped together, well away from the other
Patrol, but within call of the Scoutmaster's tent which generally is in the
Bathing in camp is under strict supervision to prevent non-swimmers getting
into dangerous water. The following rules should be strictly followed:
(1) No Scout shall be allowed to bathe except under the personal supervision
of the Scouter in charge of the party or some responsible adult appointed by him
for the purpose. The safety of the place must have been previously ascertained
and all reasonable precautions must be taken, including the provision of a life
(2) A picket of two good swimmers, preferably trained swimmers and life
savers, must be on duty, undressed, in a boat or on shore as the circumstances
may demand, ready to help any boy in distress. The picket itself may not bathe
until the others have left the water.
In the Boy Scouts of America, a so-called "buddy-system" is used.
In this system, the Scouts are divided into pairs, or buddies. The two boys of
the buddy team are of about equal swimming ability. When in the water, each buddy is responsible for the safety of the other, under the
general supervision of the Scouter in charge of the whole party.
a camp loom it is easy to weave a comfortable mattress out of
heather, straw or grass.
Making a Camp Loom-Plant a row (No. 1 row) of five stakes, 2 ft. 6 in.,
firmly in the ground. Opposite to them, at a distance of 6 to 7 ft., drive in a
row (No. 2 row) of two stakes and a crossbar (or of five stakes). Fasten a cord
or twine to the head of each stake in No. 1 row and stretch it to the
corresponding stake in No. 2 row and make it fast here. Then carry the
continuation of the cord back over No. 1 row for some 5 ft. extra, and fasten it
to a loose crossbar or "beam". Fasten other cords from the other
stakes in No. I row to the stakes of No. 2 row, and then to the beam, tying them
here the same distance apart that the stakes are apart.
The beam is now moved up and down at slow intervals by one Scout, while
another Scout lays bundles of fern or straw in layers alternately under and over
the stretched strings. The bundles are thus bound in by the rising or lowering
of the cords attached to the beam.
If you move the beam first slightly to the right and then to the left so that
the strings fall first on one side and then on the other side of he stretched
strings it will twist the cords and make the binding much more secure.
HINTS TO INSTRUCTORS
In going into camp it is essential to have a few "Standing Orders"
published, which can be added to from time to time, if necessary. These should
be carefully explained to Patrol Leaders, who should then be held fully
responsible that their Scouts carry them out exactly.
Such orders might point out that each Patrol will camp separately from the
others, and there will be a comparison between the respective cleanliness and
good order of tents and surrounding ground.
Each Patrol usually has a tent to itself, well away from any others, but
within call of the Scoutmaster's tent.
Patrol Leaders to report on the good work or otherwise of their Scouts, which
will be recorded in the Scoutmaster's book.
Rest time for one hour in middle of day.
Bathing under strict supervision to prevent non-swimmers getting into
"Life Guards will be on duty while swimming is going on, and ready to
help any boy in distress. These guards will be on shore or in a boat
(undressed). They may only swim when the general swimming is over, and the last of the swimmers has left the water. A
life-line must be available." The observance of this rule has saved the
life of more than one Scout already.
Orders as to what is to be done in case of fire alarm.
Orders as to boundaries of grounds to be worked over, damages to fences,
property, good drinking-water, etc.
Note to Parents
Camping is the great point in Scouting which appeals to the boy, and the opportunity for teaching him self-reliance and resourcefulness, besides
giving him health.
Some parents who have never had experience of camp life themselves, look upon
camping with misgivings as possibly likely to be too rough and risky for their
boys. But when they see their lads return full of health and happiness
outwardly, and morally improved in the points of practical manliness and
comradeship, they cannot fail to appreciate the good which comes from such an
I sincerely hope, therefore, that no obstacle may be placed in the way of the
boys taking their holiday on the lines suggested.