A couple of people had mentioned doing weekend camps with Scouts & Explorers in previous threads and I said I would post our programme here as a starter.
This will be our third year of doing it with our explorers. The first year we stayed in a hut on the Friday night and they made their own shelters for the saturday night - we did cheat though 'cos we knew there was a large dump of sheet metal on the site that they used.
Last year and this we have told them to bring a tarp/basha to sleep under for both nights, with the opportunity to make natural shelters for the saturday night. We try to change the set activities a bit each year - we've had firelighting on the programme for the last couple of years so we've dropped it this year, we did traps & snares last year as well.
We're expecting 4 patrols of 4 or 5 and have 4 bases (stands) for them to do in the activity sessions - sorry but I can't make that part of the programme space properly to make it easily readble. Feel free to ask any questions.
Itinery Survival Camp 2005
Am/pm leaders arrive at site and set up group tarps (at least 4+central leaders shelter), wood pile, scout out areas for stands, shelter and basha areas, prepare stands, set up own bashas
1830 – participants arrive at meeting point, are allocated patrols, quick verbal kit check and hike to site
1930 – Arrive site, set up bashas. Leaders start fire for evening meal
brew kits allocated
2100 – hot soup and rolls served
0700 – Rise, fires started in patrols, bread mixed and allowed to rise
Leaders start fire, prepare breakfast centrally, and any last minute preparations carried out to their stands
0745 – Breakfast served
0830 – Commence baking bread.
Knife and Axe lesson each group with their own leader
0900 – Stands start- 1 hr each, quick changeovers:
A) Wood carving-spoons/spatula/chopping boards-John
B) Bows- Duncan
C) Water collection, filtration and purification – Nick
D) Weather prediction using clouds and signs (1/2 hr + camp
Patrol 0900-1000 1000-1100 1100-1200
1 Wood carving Bows Water
2 Weather prediction Wood carving Bows
3 Water Weather prediction Wood carving
4 Bows Water Weather prediction
1200 – lunch-bread (baked earlier) cheese, ham, soup etc.
1230 - prepare evening meal (rabbit stew)
1400 – start building shelters (survival challenges also running during this time on an ad hoc basis
1800 -cook fish and prepare to eat (sun down)
1830 – 1900 eat
PM – evening session on woodland foods, mental strategy etc?
0730 – rise. Fires lit, breakfast (omelette with bacon and bread) cooked in patrols
0930 – final activity session as follows
1 Weather prediction
4 Wood carving
1030 – put bread on individual fires
1100 – start preparing pigeons
1230 – eat lunch
1300 – clear site
1400 – depart site, hike back to meeting point
1500 – pickup at meeting point
Menu to follow.