Basic requirements

  • Patrols are expected to bring all equipment required.  In terms of tents:

    • Sleeping tent(s) (may be of any type, but a maximum of three are permitted, and boys and girls must have separate tents for sleeping in).

    • Store tent (must be separate from the sleeping tent, large enough for all food and equipment whilst not in use, and must allow sufficient ventilation).

    • Dining shelter (must be distinct from the store tent and be of sufficient size to allow the whole Patrol to sit under it).

    • NB toilet tents are not required

  • Patrols are expected to bring all food required, to store it properly and prepare all items on site (no pre-cut vegetables etc.).  Alcohol is not permitted, even as an ingredient.  Judges will inspect all food and will remove any that is out of date (even if it has been frozen) and alcohol.

  • Gas appliances must be in good order.  Any deemed unsafe by the judges will be removed.

  • Alter fires will be provided (No ground fires are allowed). NB fire wood is available but provided kindling is recommended.

  • Camp gadgets are not judged as a subject in their own right but do contribute to overall site development. Well-constructed camp gadgets, made using traditional Scouting techniques, are therefore likely to attract higher marks during judging of the site. Gadgets should be constructed on site, but wood may be brought to site already cut to size. No live wood can be cut at the camp site.  Patrols are advised to bring all the gadget wood that they may require.

  • Axes and saws must have appropriate covers and must only be used by scouts with adequate safety knowledge.

  • Sheath knives are permitted on camp, but must be legal (i.e. blade no longer than 7 cm). They must be used properly and sheathed when not in use. Contravention of this rule will result in confiscation of the knife until the end of the camp, when it will be returned to the Scout Leader. It is strongly advised that clasp knives are brought in preference to sheath knives.

  • Mobile phones may be brought to camp but must not be used to make phone or video calls without first obtaining permission from the camp leader. Other features (e.g. camera, text messaging) may be used without seeking permission. If mobile phones are brought to camp, the organisers accept no liability for loss or damage.

  • Wet pits must not be dug.  Rubbish disposal will be available, but sacks must be provided by the patrols.

  • Serious misdemeanors will result in the home contact being called to arrange immediate collection of individuals or the whole Patrol.

  • A quiz will be issued to all patrols on arrival.  The quiz is to be handed in by 11.00 Sunday for judging.


  • All members of a patrol should ideally be in the same patrol within their troop/unit.  If this is not possible they must at least al be from the same troop/unit

  • Patrols must be of 4, 5 or 6 people

  • Age Limits

    • Scout Patrol members must be less than 14 and a half on the Sunday of the competition.

    • Explorer Patrol members must be more than 13 and a half, and less than 18 on the Sunday of the competition.

Home Contact

Each patrol is required to have a home contact (details to be entered on the entry form) who can act on behalf of the Troop/Unit:

  • Equipment (replacing or authorising changes to any piece of equipment that is faulty, broken or deemed unsafe by the Safety Officer.

  • Illness / Accident (be called upon to act according to the Scout Association Rules).

  • Misdemeanours (to act in conjunction with the camp staff to deal with any problems that may occur).

The home contact must not be part of the camp staff or related to any Patrol member (e.g. if the Scout Leader is a parent, they cannot be the home contact).