Event: Overnight camp

We will be holding an overnight camp in the hall starting on Saturday 6 December. We are just sleeping for one night which makes it ideal for first time campers. It will be a level 2 camp.

We will concentrate on the basics – what behaviour is expected, how to look after your gear, what to do at night. We will also have fun and games in the hall and outside. Getting your first night away as a Cub is an important step as some of the other camps we run may not be open to Cubs that have not camped with us. We will be sleeping on the floor inside the hall. During the weekend we will work towards the navigator badge.

Reminders

  • We still have a few health forms outstanding
  • Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch if you are coming at 10am
  • Dress for the weather as we want to be outside on both days

Guest list
There have been no restrictions on numbers and all our Cubs were invited to attend. However, we have now closed the guest list so that we can finalise the plans. At 30 November we had 14 Cubs on the guest list. Those marked * have not yet returned our online health form:

  • Cubs arriving at 10am: Isabella, Ethan, Craig, Aiden, Lily*, Adam P, Adam S, Daniel*, Max
  • Cubs arriving at 1pm: Calum*, Olly*, Jim, Harry*, Jamie
  • Adults: Jacala, Marian, Tabaqui, Raksha, Bagheera (Sat pm & Sunday), Akela (Sat pm), Mel (kitchen).

Cost
The cost of camp is £11 which includes meals from Saturday afternoon and activities throughout the weekend. The same fee applies whether you come before or after lunch on Saturday.

Timing
We will start at 10am on Saturday morning. However, some of you have football matches and so the main part of the camp will not start until after lunch (please arrive from 1pm so that we can start activities at 1.30pm). Please let us know what time you plan to arrive by completing the box on the reply form. If it would be helpful to drop off your gear at the hall then we should be there from around 9.30am. On Sunday we will finish at 4pm, with the closing ceremony starting at 3.45pm.

Saturday lunch
Those coming on Saturday morning will need to bring a packed lunch. We will provide drinks. We are assuming that those coming to join us on Saturday afternoon will have had lunch. We will of course be having a cooked meal in the evening and are very grateful to have Marian and Mel looking after things in the kitchen.

What do I need to bring?
We’ve now published the kit list for this camp. There are no particularly different items from the standard kit list. We often have cold weather for this camp and of course everywhere is muddy so please bring suitable warm clothing (e.g. gloves) and welly boots so that we can make the most of being outside. We plan to go out on both days. You’ll also need some clean “indoor shoes” to wear in the hall. These can just be a clean pair of trainers but should not be slippers as they can be dangerous when running about. You should also remember that it can be quite cold sleeping on the floor so make sure you have suitable blankets and a carry mat to go under your sleeping bag.

I’ve not camped before – what kit should I buy?
For more information for first time campers please see our “camping with the Cubs” page. If you are unsure please talk to the leaders before you make any expensive purchases.

Behaviour at camp
Completing your first night away as a Cub opens the door to future camping with us as we won’t always let inexperienced Cubs come on our longer expeditions. However, there is more to camping than just surviving the night. At these camps the leaders are watching to see if the campers are ready to do further camps. For example, we might decide not to allow further camping if the Cub is always being spoken to for disruptive behaviour or is unable to manage their own kit. Having a messy tent or bedroom can make camping miserable for the person concerned and also the people they are sharing with. Similarly, disruptive behaviour can spoil camp for everybody else. In these cases we’d generally ask the person concerned to do the first timers camp again before they would be accepted for other camps. You may like to have a discussion about this with your Cub before they come to camp.

Sweets
Please don’t bring sweets to camp. There isn’t really time to eat them and we do provide a full meals service.

Badge work
We will be working on the navigator activity badge during the weekend. If you have not already completed it for your outdoor challenge, don’t forget to draw us a poster showing us what your best and worst bits were at camp.

Paperwork
You’ll need to complete our online health form before the event. It is now all done online – no need to print anything out.

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