CAMP THEMES : GUIDING TRADITIONS
|Ideas for Names
We are, and have always been, on first-name terms with the girls,
so for this camp we used the old "Captain" and "Skip"
and the First-Aider answered (or not) to "Nursie-Nursie!"
We stuck to the traditional UK Guide patrol names; at the time
our unit patrols were robins, chaffinches, swallows and nightingales
so for camp they chose flowers – thistles, bluebells, snowdrops
and scarlet pimpernels (unfortunately abbreviated to scarlet
Lots of crafts – they always like making friendship bracelets
(it keeps them quiet for hours), tie-dye tee-shirts, decorated
candles, quizzes, puzzles, card and board games. Knots, lashings
and and gadget-making.
Outdoor activities : Backwoods cooking; tracking (each other
or animal tracks; nature walks; night-time “Ghost walk” (be
careful if the girls are young / nervous / away from home for
the first time!); pioneering – rope bridges, ladders, A-frame
swings, shelters - depends on the equipment available. (We bivvied
in the woods one night)
Kite flying – some bought, most home-made (bin bags and split
Even mundane stuff like “wooding” can be made into a game –
we are lucky and use a site where we are allowed to go wooding.
Flag ceremonies etc.
||All the old favourites. Full fry-up for breakfast
every day – sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, tomatoes, eggy bread
or fried bread; DIY sandwiches and fruit for lunch; evening meals
– Corned Beef Chuck In (large Billy with water and Oxo cube(s),
add chopped up corned beef then chuck in whatever vegetables you
have! Cook until vegetables are tender, thicken gravy if necessary
just before serving – easy and delicious.) Camp Pizza – always
burnt, always delicious. If they make their own then they can’t
complain that they don’t like the toppings – provide a good selection
e.g. cheese, tomatoes, tuna, sweetcorn, peppers (green are cheapest
but red or yellow seem to cook quicker) onions, pepperoni or salami,
corned beef is OK. My QM Carol makes a mean Spag. Bol.