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Program for One Long Weekend

The Long Weekend (Friday evening till Sunday afternoon) is easier to run and for that reason may be the most effective course.  It loses its advantages, however, where the boys sleep and breakfast at home.

The time table in this program has been arranged on the assumption that all meals will be cooked and served centrally by a Service Patrol of Rovers and/or Scouters. If circumstances demand that the Patrols must do their own cooking, mealtimes will need to be extended considerably and the duration of the course increased by at least 25%.

Residential Courses whether in camp, hostel, or Scout headquarters have much to recommend them, but makeshift sleeping arrangements which involve undue discomfort, or where provision for washing and sanitation is barely adequate, are to be deprecated.

If the boys return home at night, the evening meal can be omitted and a "hot brew" substituted halfway through the evening. Flagdown on such Courses should not be later than 9.30 p.m. Breakfast would be omitted and the "Limbering Up" exercises incorporated in the Games period at 9.45 a.m.

Friday Evening

7.00  Assemble

7.30  Supper

8.30  Course Routine

 Form Patrols

 Appoint Patrol Leaders and explain rota system

 Issue gear

 Allocate Patrol Corners or Dens

 Introduce Staff

8.45  First Troop Meeting

10.15  Evening Prayers, Flag down

            Court of Honor 1


7.30  Limbering Up Exercises

8.15  Breakfast

9.30  Inspection, Flag break, Morning Prayers

9.45  Games

10.00  Patrol Meetings

11.00  "Progress Reports" 1

11.30  Team Game

12.15  Patrol Competition 1

12.45  Break

1.00  Lunch

2.15  "The Course Till Now"

3.00  Patrol Competition 2

3.45  Observation and Deduction


4.30  Court of Honor 2

5.30  Second Troop Meeting

7.30  Supper

8.30  Patrols in Council

9.15  Campfire, or Indoor Program

10.30  Evening Prayers

            Court of Honor 3


          Early Services

8.45  Breakfast

9.30  Inspection, Flagbreak

          Brief Scouts Own, and Promise & Laws

10.45  Games for the Patrol Meeting

11.00  Patrol Expeditions

1.00  Lunch

2.15  "The Patrol Leader Reports"

 3.00  Point to Point

4.00  Wash and Brush Up

 4.15  Tea

4.45  "Progress Report" 2 

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