- What kit should my Cub bring?
See the kit list. If you don’t have everything, don’t worry, speak to a leader, we will be able to source any needed gear.
IMPORTANT: please label all your kit, or you probably won’t get it back at the end! It is amazing how much kit gets lost at camp. Biros work well on fabric, nail varnish is good for marking plates etc.
Please help your cub to pack the bag so that he knows where each item is. We are always amazed at how many items that “Mum didn’t put in the bag” are really there all the time.
Please don’t let him bring any electronic gadgets, in case they get lost or damaged. So, no DS’s and no phones!
- Can my Cub bring some sweets or treats?
Please, no. They should not need any, as we will make sure that every cub eats a good breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. Cubs that bring sweets tend to eat them all on the first night. They then get no sleep and have a rotten time the next day.
- What will the food be like?
This is your camp! The cubs will get a chance to choose their own food. If its reasonable, then thats what you get. If not, it will have to be leaders choice 🙂 Unless you have an allergy or dietary requirement at least try everything. There will be lots of choice! Breakfast and evening meal are usually cooked, lunch is sandwiches etc.
- How cold does it get at night?
Even in summer months it can be pretty cold, so your cub needs a warm sleeping bag. He should also bring a blanket but please be aware that it may get a little muddy. Wearing a hat in bed keeps your feet warm! It is also important to have a foam sleeping mat to lie on, to keep you away from the cold ground.
- Who will my Cub be sharing a tent with?
We try and let the Cubs sort this themselves, with leader supervision. We find the Cubs will choose who they are most comfortable with, and that will lead to the best time for them. Sometimes great friends can cause great trouble. Leaders know the members well, and will use their discretion. Ideally each tent will have an experienced Cub who can help the younger ones.
- Is there anything parents can do to help?
Talk to your child about what to expect. Let leaders know of any specific anxieties, these can often be resolved. Make sure that leaders have all the information they need about your child. Our general rule of thumb is that in any given situation we will try to act as a responsible parent would.
At the end of the camp, we may send your Cub home with some equipment or part of a tent that needs cleaning or drying. Please return it clean and dry at the next Cub Pack meeting.
- How can we contact my Cub at the camp?
It really is better not to. If there is an emergency we will be in touch but generally contact with home will only make any tendency to homesickness worse. Talking to Mum or Dad makes him remember what he is missing! If you have an emergency, then please call our designated Home Contact, whose details are on your camp information letter.
- What are washing and toilet facilities like?
All of the sites we use have permanent toilet blocks. Some have both hot and cold water, a few have showers. We try very hard to make sure that every Cub washes and brushes their teeth every day, but do check their soap and flannel when they get home to find out!