Even though our summer camps might be cancelled (watch this space for updates from the different sections), why not create your own camp at home this summer with your family. Camping is a great family activity and gives you a chance to spend some time together and share challenges and experiences – just what the scouting movement is all about.
Step 1: A Place to Sleep
Choose a place to create your den, hang your hammock or put up your tent. You can create a place to sleep using a number of items that you’re likely to find lying around your home, from blankets and cushions to boxes and bits of furniture, you might have a hammock; some of you may even have your own tents and garden space to spare. Camping doesn’t have to be outdoors – there is no reason that you’re living room cannot be transformed into a camping site for a night! Persuading your Beavers, Cubs or Scouts that you’re living room camp shouldn’t be permanent may be more of a challenge!
Step 2: Stories Around the Campfire
What is camp without some stories! Stop storytelling becoming a lost art and make up some scary tales as you sit together in the dark. Or share the storytelling as a family and each add to the story to create something really different! No campfire, no problem! If you’re camping inside, why not put out some candles (your Beavers, Cubs or Scouts should be able to light these carefully) to set the campfire mood. If you’re outside, a BBQ works well as a fire, or perhaps you have a chimnea or fire pit? Candles can also work nicely outside but make sure that you find some jars to stop them blowing out in the wind.
Step 3: Camp Grub
Worm stir fry anyone? Not convinced? No – nor us, not unless forced to for survival. That being said, camp is a great opportunity to try some different and new foods. Aim for something that could be cooked in a Dutch oven or over an open fire. How about a delicious chilli con carne or bolognaise sauce? Or wrap some potatoes in foil and pop them in the embers, the bottom of your BBQ (or the oven if all else fails!). Get the kids involved in the cooking – even young Beavers have all the skills needed to help create some delicious camp grub.
And, what is a camp without marshmallows?!?! Use your candles or fire to give your marshmallows a little browning around the edges! Watch out they get quite hot!
Step 4: Flashlight Finder
Whether you’re camping inside your home or in your back garden, a flashlight treasure hunt is a fun adventure. Wait until its dark hide your treasure and then watch everyone hunt. A good prize could be a delicious snack or just bragging rights!
Step 5: Camp Hike
Why not use your one hour of exercise to fit in a family camp hike? We all love a night hike, but you can go any time of day. Plan your route and see if your Beaver, Cub or Scout can help you navigate your way.
Step 6: Make it your Own
Why not come up with your own at home camp tradition, something that you’ll always remember and you can add to any future camping ‘trips’ either at home or when we can once again explore the great outdoors. We’d love to hear what you come up with!
Don’t forget to send photographs of your camping adventures to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you’re getting up to! We hope to include a gallery on our website of all of your ‘at home’ summer camps, so let us know if we can include your camping story online. Stay safe and have fun!