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    Quote Originally Posted by DKRSL View Post
    Our former Cub leader, not that many years retired, speaks fondly of going to camp using one of these:


    Ours goes on camp with us, but we tend to need more stuff these days. I love the wheels on that one.
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    The perfect combination for camp:


    I can't help thinking we've overpacked. Minibus is half full of kit. The box trailer pictured above is now on the back of the minibus and is full of kit. The landrover is full of kit. And there's another trailer on the back of it also full of kit. And we decided not to do the food shopping until we get down there tonight.

    One last "Internet fix" and then time to hit the M5. Bye folks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by recneps View Post
    I can't help thinking we've overpacked.
    I think you might be right, we camped 26 people for a week with one trailer much smaller than that full of the camping kit and personal kit packed in the back of the transit 9 seater (so reduced down to 6 seats inc driver)

    And our GSL has the cheek to accuse me of overpacking lol.
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    If you are at a single fixed site, better to have and not need than to need and not have, I say
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    Quote Originally Posted by lakes_stu View Post
    If you are at a single fixed site, better to have and not need than to need and not have, I say
    It was a 6 hour trip to camp, if we forgot it then we certainly were not going back for it lol. I actually issued 2 fewer tables than I had intended to but I think it worked out better as we had more space in the marquee, to the extent that I am only going to issue 1 table for the marquee in future as the second table just seems to get covered in clutter (ok mainly my organisational clutter).

    I think the only thing we took and did not use at all were the hand axes (no fires allowed on site) and a spare tent (arguably it was used as a spare though lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakala.NL View Post
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    Having just driven home seven teenagers after a five day camp, I now believe that the perfect Scouting vehicle needs an air filtration and odour removal system. All the rest is just window dressing.
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    There is a reason when greenfield camping that swimming is an activity we often do on the last full day in camp

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    I used to have a series 2 long wheel base Landrover truck cab which was great for camp and loading gear into, if a little slow on the motorway.
    Also used to borrow the work 3.5t Merc Sprinter LWB for big camps which was great as it took all the gear and then could act as a meeting room in the rain.
    Currently running a Skoda Yeti 4x4 which recently took me and 3 scouts and all the kit to camp and on the slippy grass was great to have 4x4 button just to ease out of the campsite without any damage to site.
    The scouts thought it was a great vehicle

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiftypete View Post
    There is a reason when greenfield camping that swimming is an activity we often do on the last full day in camp
    We do swimming midweek. The last full day is always pack away patrol sites (leaving just patrol tents standing) in the morning, then an afternoon at the beach with a Beach BBQ in the evening. We did wonder this year whether we should have gone to a lifeguarded beach so they could have swum there as well! At least we made them paddle and wash their feet!

    I was driving back with the front window of the bus open despite the rain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiftypete View Post
    I think you might be right, we camped 26 people for a week with one trailer much smaller than that full of the camping kit and personal kit packed in the back of the transit 9 seater (so reduced down to 6 seats inc driver)

    And our GSL has the cheek to accuse me of overpacking lol.
    There was relatively little we didnt use. We could probably have coped with one less table in the mess tent. We could have made the Scouts bring their patrols site tables and chairs down to the mess tent when we did central catering. But it was just as easy to double up on those and not have to mess around once on site.

    Looking at the trailer yesterday as we we were loading to come home, the stuff we didnt use was:

    - The spare gas cylinders - but i wouldnt want to risk running out mid-meal
    - Some of the games kit - the Scouts were happy with the rope swing and barely used footballs etc
    - About half the box of rope.
    - The wash tent - pitched but, as far as we can tell, never used!
    - A few bits of cookware - e.g. a bit pile of warming trays which had been left in the trailer from cub camp
    - One small noticeboard
    - The felling axe
    - The board games (but if it had been raining more.....)

    There's stuff we could have coped without - but theres also stuff we wish we'd had with us (e.g. an event shelter to plug the gap between the mess tent and the storage trailer and keep the water carriers etc stored under.... and more water carriers). The pioneering poles for the camp gateway were an unnecessary luxury - but we'd take them again!

    Pretty much everything else got used.

    Personal kit wise I packed far far too much. I think i took 4 pairs of trousers for 10 days of camping and, apart from one cold evening, wore shorts the whole time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recneps View Post
    Personal kit wise I packed far far too much. I think i took 4 pairs of trousers for 10 days of camping and, apart from one cold evening, wore shorts the whole time.
    I did the exact same thing, packed 4 pairs of trousersand the only time I wore trousers was my uniform trousers on the way to camp and on arrival at camp after that I changed into shorts and never wore trousers again regardless of the weather.

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