Through their time in Scouting, a young person will experience a wide variety of camps. The variety of camps, the seasons they camp in and the potential length of camps increases as a young person gets older. Also, the amount that
the young person is expected to do for themselves increases as they get older.
Below are some examples of the types of camp a young person might go on during their time at L&D, along with the approximate costs involved.
Generally lasts 24 hours, with one night away. Young people normally sleep indoors in bunk rooms, but they can also sleep in tents, and it is normally held at a fairly local campsite. This is the kind of camp that Beavers go on, as an introduction to camping. Although Beavers are allowed to sleep in tents and over a whole weekend, our Beavers only tend to go on sleepovers as a whole weekend is too tiring (for the Beavers and the Leaders looking after them!).
A whole weekend camp (Friday night to Sunday afternoon) in the summer. Young people sleep in tents, and do a range of activities (might be provided by the Leaders themselves, brought in, or might be provided by the campsite). This is the kind of camp that Cubs go on, as a ‘next step’ in camping.
Approx £30 – £50
A weekend camp, which might be held at any time of year. Scouts sleep in tents and do a range of activities (usually provided by the campsite or brought in). The focus is on the Scouts cramming as many activities as possible into the weekend, so the Leaders might do the cooking. It might be at a local campsite, or farther afield. This might be just with our troop, or perhaps with other troops from the District.
A weekend camp, held at any time of the year. Scouts sleep in tents, and while they might do various activities at the campsite, the focus is on the Scouts doing things primarily for themselves – the cooking etc. It might also be considered a ‘back to basics’ camp, with activities such as pioneering, orienteering or hiking, and cooking on wood fires. This might be just with our troop, or perhaps with other troops from the District.
A weekend camp, held at any time of year (although spring / summer is usual). Scouts setup camp at one campsite on Friday night, then hike to another campsite to setup camp for the Saturday night, carrying their own kit with them. They might then hike again on the Sunday. As the focus is on hiking, Scouts will usually eat easily prepared ‘boil in the bag’ meals on portable Trangia stoves.
Scouts will pitch tents as backup, but they will sleep in shelters they’ve built, either from natural materials or perhaps a tarpaulin and ropes. The Scouts will also do all of their own cooking on wood fires, using a minimum of utensils (perhaps only a knife, or whatever they can craft safely from natural materials) and no pots or pans (they might be allowed tinfoil, but will have to use other methods otherwise).
Specialist Activity Camp
Approx £20 – £40, could be more depending upon the activity though
A weekend camp, where the focus is on one particular activity. This might be caving, climbing or another activity, run by a specialist team, on a camp organised by the County. This might be just with our troop, with another troop or as a District.
Approx £200 – £300 in the UK, considerably more if abroad (although Scouts will do fund-raising to offset)
A week long camp (perhaps longer, depending upon where it is) with hundreds, possible thousands of other Scouts or Guides from around the country or the whole world. This might be in Leicestershire, somewhere else in the UK, or anywhere else in the world. A Scout will usually get the opportunity to go to at least one jamboree in the UK, but with other Scouts from the District or the County, might get the opportunity to go abroad. Scouts will get to do a huge range of activities over the week, and in the case of jamborees abroad, get to visit cities or famous landmarks.
Depends upon the type of camp the Scouts decide to do. Generally £20 – £30 though
Sometimes referred to as a ‘Passport Camp’, this is a camp organised and run entirely by the Scouts themselves. As such it is run by older, more experienced Scouts, although younger Scouts may still be invited to the camp. Leaders may camp with the Scouts, eat with them etc., or they may camp in the next field and cater for themselves, leaving the Scouts on their own, but to be close enough should there be any problems – the organising Scouts will decide which in discussion with the Leaders. The Leaders will help and guide Scouts during the planning, but the organising Scouts will do all the work themselves.