Camp / Overnight Activities
Probably the most useful form of luggage used, we normally suggest between 60 and 70 litres in size. This is normally suitable for both weekends and week long camps.
These can be purchased at varying levels of cost, and often can provide a great option as we often have to carry personal kit on arrival at a campsite.
Holdalls can provide another great option, specially for week long camps. With more options in regards to sizes, and costs.
Some members prefer this opton due to the style, that can offer easier access to belongings.
Hand Torch or Head Torch
A small hand torch or head torch is a sensible item, if possible, I would recommend packing batteries separately as sometimes they can be turned on in bag and drain batteries.
We would recommend two ideally for week camps, due to water activities.
Several options, probably the most comfortable is the self-inflating mats, the general purpose of these is to bring sleeping bag up off the sometimes rough/stony ground where the tent is pitched.
Electronics & Phones
We normally discourage bringing electronic devices on camps, for a number of reasons. They often become major distraction on events also causing issues between members.
Mobile phones, we get asked about these alot. We do not allow mobile phones generally at Scouting events, this is mainly for the above reasons it has also been proven to increase home sickness issues while we are away.
We do on some rare occasions permit mobile phones, normally with our Explorers members (who maybe expecting exam results). This is after a set of rules are set out which they are asked to agree to.
We do nomally ask members to bring along a drinks bottle for use on days out and for carrying drink when out on activities.
Day packs, such as school bags, these are used mainly during any day trips during camps. Also used for packed lunch on travelling to and from days.
This is probably the one area we would recommend a careful purchase. A sensible sleeping bag is important to ensure a comfortable and warm sleep.
We would recommend a 3 season these offer a good balance between cost and effectiveness. 4 seasons are great but often expensive and for most camps will likely be a bit over the top.
Up to individuals on exact contents, but camp wash bag and small towel is the rough setup normally. Camp liquid soap can be bought from camping stores and can be a good option.
We do not nomally allow Scout section members to bring camp chairs for a number of reasons, but from experience these tend to prove unsuitable seating for larger group events.
We do however normally allow Explorer members to bring camp chairs to camps.
Although this seems obvious, a few bits of advice on this would probably be useful. Firstly, layers are important so a variety of layers would be vital and knowing British weather, it is important that members are ready for cold nights and wet days.
On a Second note these days actual camp clothing can be purchased although not particularly necessary , there are many options for different budgets. One of the best examples is camping trousers these are often light wait and dry quickly so can prove useful.
Water proof layers are vital for camps, as although we obviously hope that it does not rain on camp. Obviously it can not be guaranteed.
Water proof jackets are always useful to have on camp, take care when purchasing though as not all coats are fully waterproof. Those that are tend to refer to as Hardshell coats, rather than softshell that offer shower proof protection.
Water proof trousers can prove useful although not strictly necassary on all camps, light weight or camping trousers often provide good rain protection and dry quickly.
Down to personal choice but sun hat and beanies can be helpful on camps.
Personal choice on this, just bear in mind if members need to get up in the night., it is normally a bit of walk to the facilities.
Some members do prefer to sleep in normal cloths and change in the morning. But completely up to individuals on this really.
Suitable footwear is probably one of the most important pieces of clothing. Sturdy footwear can help prevent injuries and discomfort. Walking boots are probably one of most suitable footwear items. Ankle support and tough footwear are used for hikes and often general camp use. However rough, trek or old trainers are often warn as well.
Week long Summer Camps often require several types of footwear. As a general guide, Summer camps often call for the following versions Hike/Walking boots, old or trek trainers (for general use) and old trainers or water shoes for wet activities.
Not much to say about this, goes without saying hopefully. Only real suggestion is pack extra, due to water activities.
Water Activity Clothing
Many camps see members take part in water activities. Generally these are out on rivers or open water (lakes).
Although this is often a Summer activity the waters are normally cold so sensible clothing can help members enjoy the activity more.
Although wetsuits etc are not necassary some members do choose to wear them. Normally we would recommend old clothing, long sleeve tshirts can be a good option. Swimming shorts are also advised. Old trainers or water shoes are also needed generally
Specialised Clothing - there is a large variety of clothing avaliable for water sports and activities. We would certainly recommend maybe over time building water activity clothing options.
Items such as rash vests offer great protection from the cold conditions and water shoes can be a great option as well.
Scarfs / Uniform
Uniform is not always required on Camps howver some Summer Camps we do ask members to travel in uniform. This helps at large scale events if uniform is avaliable for use during the week, and can help with indentification during travel stops.
Scarfs are always required on camps and activities, and most campsites require members to wear scarfs at all times.