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Description

1. The County Patrol Camping Weekend (CPCW) has been running as an annual event for over twenty years. Over this time the number of Scouts attending has increased and the event has developed to ensure that it is a great experience.
2. CPCW is a weekend camp for Scouts. The Scouts camp in Patrols and cook on wood fires. We lay on a number of interesting, exciting and unusual activities (such as taking camels for a walk!) together with some more normal activities.
3. We typically get around 300 Scouts from across the County. We organise the Patrols into areas we call zones. Each zone is named after a dangerous animal (strangely appropriate we think!) and also has a particular colour. The animal name and colour are used to identify the members of the zone during the weekend and to help create a team spirit within the zone.
4. Each zone is staffed by experienced Scouters helped by a team of Explorer Scouts. The zone team gets to know the Scouts in the zone and ensures that everyone enjoys the weekend including helping them out when needed. The entry form requests information about the level of camping skill in the Patrol so that we can plan to help Scouts where they need it.
5. During the weekend we run activities that help Scouts to learn and improve camping skills. There is also a competition for participation and good camping over the complete weekend. Patrols will receive written feedback from the zone leaders to tell them what they did well and what they can improve in the future.
6. We ask that the Scouts arrive in as few vehicles as possible – we really don’t want each Scout coming in a separate vehicle. We’d really appreciate your help in organising this as it will make the start of the event much less stressful for everyone!
7. During the weekend, we think that it is important that the Scouts get to learn how to look after themselves and so we ask that parents and Leaders (etc) who are not helping with the event leave as soon as the Scouts are booked in. This is hard for some people, but we do have enough zone staff to look after the Scouts and it is important that we find out right from the start how good their camping skills are.
8. Parents and Leaders and others are welcome to come to the closing ceremony at 4pm on the Sunday. It is usually a fairly light hearted event and lasts about 30 minutes.
9. If as a Scout Leader new to the event you would like to see how the event is run, then we have a limited capacity to show you around at some point during the weekend. Just let us know at cpcw@oxonscouting.org.uk
10. We run CPCW to achieve the following:
Camping Improve and encourage camping skills in the Scout section.
Joining In Help Scouts to meet and learn about other Scouts across Oxfordshire.
Excitement Enjoy a fun and exciting camping experience.

Resources

PATROL KIT LIST
o Sleeping tent(s)
o Mallet(s)
o Groundsheet(s)
o Store tent and/or Dining shelter
o Rope/tape & stakes to mark out chopping area
o Lights (ideally 2 and either gas or battery powered)
o Washing up bowl, liquid, cloths, tea towels
o Fire blanket and/or extinguisher
o Matches
o Fire lighters
o Water container(s)
o Dixies, billies, frying pan, cooking utensils
o Plastic boxes with lids for food storage
o Cool box
o Table, chairs/benches
o First aid kit
o Heat protective gloves (for lifting pans from fire)
o Altar fire, grill and stand (if you have one)
o Tin foil, plastic bags, cling film (for food storage)
o Food, including your picnic.

Instructions

1. The Scouts should bring an altar fire if you have them at your Troop. We don’t have enough to go around and so every Patrol that brings on will really help us. The Scouts may need help in transporting some items like this.
2. Ensure that the Patrol has agreed a menu for the weekend and understand that they need to buy it for the weekend. A few important points for them to remember:
a. Saturday lunch needs to be something warm, as must one item for the picnic;
b. bring food for a picnic tea on Saturday afternoon; and
c. we will provide food for Saturday night.
3. The Scouts should agree their menu for the picnic and any costume that they will use. The theme is identified in the joining instructions, you may wish to discuss with them what it means to them and why.Each Patrol will plan its own menu and purchase its own food. You must prepare two copies of your menu for the camp. One copy should be handed in on arrival at the camp and the other copy should be displayed at all times in your Patrol site for the duration of the camp. You need to include something warm for Saturday breakfast. And you will be marked on this.

4. During the weekend we run activities that help Scouts to learn and improve camping skills. There is also a competition for participation and good camping over the complete weekend. Patrols will receive written feedback from the zone leaders to tell them what they did well and what they can improve in the future.
5. Saturday teatime is a huge picnic shared on your zone and based on the theme of “jungle” – you will win points for the food you prepare and for costumes. One element if the food needs to be hot. Have some fun!

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