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#EveryoneInTents

Leaders make the camping magic happen, we salute you in wanting to take your Section, your Group, your District or even your County camping. Damboree operates a number of Facebook Groups as a support and self help community for those looking to get involved in Damboree

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Frequently Asked Questions

2022 Occasional Approvals & Approved

How do I become a Nights Away Adviser?

First off, you need to think that Camping is best, ideally have camped lots, led camps etc. Have a chat to your relevant Commissioner and your Training Manager.

If you complete Mod25N validation using a Damboree event to assess someone for their Nights Away Camping Permit, then you can apply for one of our Gold Badges, which for the 2022 cycle are sponsored by Online Scout Manager

Does Damboree do Nights Away Assessments?

NO! We don’t. Not as active support unit members. We may have other roles in Counties or Districts that enable us to do assessments, however the ASU does not offer Assessment-As-A-Service.

This is often a common misconception of Damboree, we’re here to support and encourage, not deliver. We don’t organise Damboree events, we cheer from the sidelines, and help break down barriers to leaders taking young people camping.

So what can Damboree do to help me promote nights away in my Group/District/County/Region/Country?

  • Well, we have a cracking badge scheme that supports Beavers, Cubs & Scouts, broadly aligned to the Outdoor Challenge with some Damboree magic thrown in.
  • We have Gold Badges for those who get their first Campsite Permit, so your leaders can join a prestigious alumnus of around 350 Gold Badge owners.
  • Golds for those who step up to become Nights Away Advisers, and support you in your manager/supporter role ensure you’re delivering minimum standard with competent well mentored & supported permit holders.
  • We have a network of Active Support Members to support and encourage engagement with Damboree & Nights Away Permits
  • Our Active Support Members can challenge those out-of-date notions that some adults in your District/County may harbour without affecting your local dynamics. Allowing us to annoy your people instead of your team.
  • Attend County Rallies, District Conferences to promote Nights Away Damboree Stylee

Adding Damboree Badges to your Section OSM

Our Head of Programming the OSM Bits, has added the 2020 badges, including Scouts, to Online Scout Manager, so you can now add the badge, and tick off the criteria and award it, just like any other badge in OSM.

These have also been made available to Scouts Australia for their Joeys, Cubs and Scouts.

This allows you to do preparation activities before or after your Damboree Event, and tick them off! Who doesn’t like a good ticking off….the to-do list.

As long as you have an OSM Gold Subscription (if your District or County isn’t paying for it for your group/section, badger them to do so as bulk licensing saves money and gives them a natty dashboard view of their County/District) you can add the Damboree 2020 Badges.

In order to do that please follow the instructions below:

#DescriptionImage/link
1Log into OSMhttps://www.onlinescoutmanager.co.uk/
2Select the Section you want to add the badge to
3Select Badges from the left hand Menu
4Select the area you would like the Damboree badge adding to. It’s possible to add the Damboree badge to:
* Challenge
* Staged
* Core

Which one you choose is upto you, as we suggest Core, but it is your choice. For our section we added it to the Core badges for 2019.
5Click “+Badge” in the top right of your OSM pane
6Type “Damboree” in the search box and you will see the Damboree badges configured in OSM
7Click on the badge you would like to add to your section, this will pop up the badge details, the requirements etc.
8Click “Add badge to my ‘Core’ Area” and it will pop it into your Core badges area of your OSM
9You can now manage requirements of this badge and attached it to your Programme or Events just like you would any other badge in OSM

The badges themselves can be ordered from our online store, they are not available from Scout Shops, or through yoru Badge Secretaries.

If you need any help with configuring OSM there is now a Self Help group on Facebook that you can join to get crowdsupport:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/157906375505510/

Camp Theme – Harry Potter

Introduction

The Wizarding World of Harry Pottertm has been a fantasy of many a young person since the Philosophers Stone hit our bookshelves in 2001, nearly 20 years later Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have incorporated the world of JK Rowling in their weekend camping adventures. With the help of our Damboree Community member Jonathan Lloyd we’re presenting the resources and notes they used for their HP weekend


Duration

This theme is designed to last a weekend, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.


Preparation

Hogwarts letter and envelope

Download the Nico Stamping font to get the correct harry potter style font, I used a mail merge to fill in the names and address on both the letter and envelope.

“We bought packs of parchment paper to print on to, to give it the right look and feel. All letters were then wax stamped and hand delivered which the kids really loved. We also used the parchment paper and font to print things like the menu, tent lists etc.”

Venue Setup

Create House Point jars using big sweet jars (free from our local newsagent) and printed House logos

Large badges to mark out the House tables to recreate the great hall, and if your budget runs to it, you can get large house banners online for above each table.

Water bottle labels – We stuck the labels to our drinks water barrels.

Tent numbers – we used these around the site so everyone knew which tent they were in.

Depending how creative you and your team are there are a wealt of creative resources on the likes of PInterest & Instructibles


Activities

Each activity was worth house points and was recorded on the house point sheet. We used sweets from a cash-and-carry as the points system (1 sweet for each point) and filled up the sweet jars for each house (at the end of the weekend all the sweets for each house were divided up amongst the house to take home.)

Sorting Hat

“We recorded the sorting hat saying each of the houses on a phone and then used a Halloween witches hat to recreate the scene playing the correct house for each Young Person. (We used a Bluetooth speaker to make it louder).”

Each young person was then given a scarf/necker in the house colour with an iron on house badge already on. (all leaders were given a black scarf/necker with the Hogwarts badge on).

Philosophers stone challenges

Fluffy

3 leaders link together to create Fluffy (3 headed dog) and try and stop the YP from getting tennis balls across the room, if they catch them that person is out of the challenge.

Devil’s Snare

Is a game of Musical statues:

  • Young people move around (dancing, hopping, skipping, running) while the music is playing and to freeze into a statue when the music stops.
  • Tell him to remain like a statue until the music starts again.
  • Randomly stop and start the music by pressing and releasing the pause button on your CD player.
  • Anyone moving whilst the music is stopped is caught in the Devil’s Snare

Collect the Keys

You will need a lock with a working key (and something for the lock to open like a chest) and then 9 spares keys that all look similar. Hide the keys with varying degrees of challenge based on the section, around your site.

Wizards Chess

For Beavers we suggest changing this out for Giant Connect 4 and the YP had to beat one of the leaders for Cubs & Scouts a Garden sized-chess set version might work.

The Mirror of Erised

Spray paint a stone bright red (like the philosophers stone) and hide it along with a mirror in a wooded area. Suspend the stone in a tree above the mirror so they need to look into the mirror on the floor to be able to see the Philosophers Stone.

Riddle Challenge

The example below was used as a Riddle Challenge, it’s a thought-provoking problem involving the Grain, Chicken & Fox and getting them across a river. There are a number of ways you could make this an interesting experience and Potterfying it, by making the man Hagrid and replacing the fox and Chickens with Fantastic Beasts

The Question

A man has to get a fox, a chicken, and a sack of corn across a river.
He has a rowboat, and it can only carry him and one other thing.
If the fox and the chicken are left together, the fox will eat the chicken.
If the chicken and the corn are left together, the chicken will eat the corn.
How does the man do it?

The solution is linked to in Files and Resources towards the bottom of this page

Other similer logic problem solving puzzles could also be used.

Quidditch World Cup – Pong Edition

There are loads of resources online to show how this works. Use 500ml plastic bottles filled with sand and then use dowelling with a sewing hoop glue to it to create the big hoops, It was then all sprayed in gold.

We suggest using big cups and a ping pong ball for the pong part of the game. Make one of the cups a golden snitch cup worth more points than the other cups.

Each house was put into pairs and each pair takes it in turns to play another pair from a different house. Each game was timed and all scoring ping pong balls convert to their house points.

Hunt for Horcruxes – Orienteeri

Points were awarded for the time it took to complete the course as a team.                                                                                                  

  • The Ring/Resurrection Stone – I use a ring with a gem on it that I got from the dollar/pound store.
  • Tom Riddle’s Diary – Cheap stationery journal book                               
  • Hufflepuff’s Cup – Use a coffee mug that I got from the craft store, and with glitter glue, I wrote on the cup “Hufflepuff”.                                                                                                                    
  • Slytherin’s Locket – Locket that I got from the craft store.
  • Ravenclaw’s Diadem – Plastic tiara.
  • Nagini – Plastic/Rubber/Soft Toy snake.
  • Harry Potter – Framed picture of Harry Potter.                                                                                                                         
Potions

Making Slime!

Herbology

Planting some Cress or Sunflower seeds to take home

Trip to Hogsmede

Trip to the onsite Tuck Shop.

Photo Frame

Make your own ‘Have you seen this wizard’ photo booth. For example create a big cardboard cut out for the surround and then lots of extra bits for the kids to hold up.


Files and Resources

DescriptionLink/Download
Nico Stamping FontLink
Water bottle labels – were stuck to our drinks water barrels.PDF
Tent numbersPDF
Slime LinksInstructibles
Quidditch – Pong EditionLink
Quidditch – Live Action VersionLink
Photo FrameEtsy
Riddle Challenge Solution to River CrossingLink
Hogwarts Envelope TemplateLink
Hogwarts Letter TemplateLink
Hogwarts Letter MailMerge SpreadsheetLink
Whilst Every effort has been made to check the Files and Resources, Damboree is not responsible for 3rd Party links hosted away from the Damboree website

Contributors

Contributor/sGroup/District
Jonathan Lloyd – Originator2nd Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands District
Damboree has taken input from the Contributors, and fit it into the overall template and structure of the Camp Theme, we really appreciate the support our contributors make to the Themes in order that we can share them for others to use.

Disclaimer: Firstly this article resources here may contain images from protected properties, their display here is not a challenge to any ownership of those properties, they are provided here to help Camp Organisers plan their event with a Harry Potter theme. We do not claim any rights whatsoever to Harry Potter, we do not wish to cause any offence to rights holders by offering these resources to help organise Harry Potter themed camps.

Camp Theme – Scouting

Introduction

This camp theme is centered around the popular topic of Scouting. Enjoyed by over 30 million young people worldwide, in nearly 200 countries. Scouting is enjoyed by so many across the planet we thought it would be a great topic for a camp theme.

Duration

This theme is designed to last a weekend, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.

Activities

Beavers

Beavers are the foundation of Scouting in the UK & Canada, although the youngest section has other names around the world including Joeys and Keas. We suggest the following activities to help them get into the theme of Scouting, and to start their #skillsforlife journey.

Tick Box Activity Badge Link
[ ]Camp outside in tents with your Colony for at least one night Link
[ ]Help put up a tent Link
[ ] Build and light a fire Link
[ ] Learn how to tie three simple knots Link
[ ] Cook over a fire (e.g. twists or s’mores) Link
[ ] Learn a new campfire song and perform it Link
[ ] Set up your bed and sleeping bag Link
[ ] Find out how Beavers live in the wild Link
[ ] Draw a picture of the original Beaver uniform and name 3 differences Link
[ ] Take part in a brand new adventurous activity with your Colony Link
Cubs

Building on Scouting skills developed in the youngest section, Cubs can get really involved in the Scouting theme; here are some suggested activities and links to an appropriate badge.

Tick Box Activity Badge Link
[ ]Cubs sleeping outside for 2 or 3 nights Link
[ ]Help to pitch and strike your tent Link
[ ] Cook a Backwoods meal with your tent buddies Link
[ ] Show you know what things you need to do to look after your campsite and kit Link
[ ] Make, name and look after an imaginary camp pet… Link
[ ] Build a shelter/bivouac for two, and sleep in it for at least one night of your camp Link
[ ] Make a useful camp gadget Link
[ ] Erect and use a weather stone to give local weather forecast Link
[ ] Make a woggle out of something you have on camp, e.g. wood or cord, using knife skills or knotsLink
[ ] Perform a campfire skit or teach a new song Link
Scouts

Scouts is where the Scouting theme really comes into its own, almost if it was tailor made for them. Building on the Outdoor skills gained from Beavers and Cubs, Scouts experience the confidence to be able to fend for themselves with minimal interference from grown ups.

Tick Box Activity Badge Link
[ ]Scouts sleep for at least 2 nights as part of a Troop, Group, District or larger event or on a Nights Away Passport.Link
[ ]Create a free standing Damboree sign or camp gateway using pioneering skills and materials. Link
[ ]With others, pitch and strike your tents on the event, including kitchen/storage as well as sleeping. Link
[ ]Be part of a group of Scouts to arrange and set up a well-organised site. It should include sleeping tents, food and equipment stores, a fire or stove, kitchen and eating area. Link
[ ] Explore the environment of your camp and make sure you know where everything is. Respect the environment you are in and, at the end of the camp, leave the site as you found it. Take steps to reduce any harm to the environment. Link
[ ] Show how to use an axe, saw AND knife safely, setup an appropriate area for this activity. Link
[ ] Build a bivouac and sleep in it for the entire event, ensure your creation is robust and secure enough to last. Link
[ ] Paracord stuff; Be creative and teach others different techniques, e.g. woggles, bracelets, keyrings etc. Link
[ ] Plan and run a wide game for the event, at least 2 hours of activity. Link
[ ] Take an active part in a campfire or other entertainment, including laying and tending to the fire and ensuring it is well controlled. Link
[ ] Lead and run the cooking of an entire meal for the event. Understand the importance of food hygiene and a balanced diet and how that can work at camp. Link
[ ] Perform a campfire skit or teach a new song. Link
Explorers

Explorers and Young Leaders are in the unique position when it comes to a Scouting themed camp, as they can both show off the skills they have learnt along the way, through educating their peers or leading the younger sections to develop those important #skillsforlife.

For this theme we suggest that Explorers and Young Leaders can partake in both the Scouts level activities, but obviously bigger and better, with more flames and more bacon, as well as supporting the camp organisers & helpers (see below).


Event Organisers, Leaders, Young Leaders and Parent Helpers

There is even a programme of activities for yourselves as part of this Scouting themed camp. You are a vital component of a successful Scouting themed camp, whether that’s preparation in advance, the point of execution, or helping provide drying space for wet tents.

Tick BoxActivityLink
[ ]Mentor another leader through the Permit process Link
[ ] Organise a Damboree camping event for your Colony, Pack, Troop or Group Link
[ ] Take an active role in a larger District or County Damboree Event Link
[ ] Be a non-Uniformed or Parent helper on a Damboree Event Link
[ ] Be a Young Leader on a Damboree Event Link
[ ] Be a Uniformed helper on a Damboree Event Link
[ ] Be a Parent/Grandparent/Carer/Guardian helper on a Damboree Event Link

Menu & Feeding Times

Menu

Scouting themed camping can be a huge energy consumer as the young people get deep into the Scouting themed activities, so we propose the following meal schedule.

Whilst we will propose menu ideas on other themes, as we write them, Scouting themed camps should be youth led. The young people should be involved in the menu selection, as with the activities above, they should be involved in some elements of the preparation & cooking (we know, scary huh?).

Feeding Times
TimeMeal
07:00Breakfast
09:00Second Breakfast
11:00Elevenses (D’uh!)
12:00-14:00Variable Lunchtime Window
16:00High Tea
17:30Dinner
19:00Supper
21:00Hot Chocolate and Biccies
Repeat as necessary

If you’ve made it this far down the page, you will realise this is somewhat tongue in cheek. Scouting is a great theme for camping across all age ranges, and Damboree provides a framework for those Scouting themed camps to take place.

The Turquoise, Emerald, and Teal badges are based around the Outdoor Challenge badge which forms part of the Chief Scouts award for the relevant section.

Silver badges for adults are a way of rewarding yourselves and those who enable your camps whether that’s warm bodies for ratios, or full-on active participants.

Those who take young people camping, we salute you.


Links to Additional Resources

The following links are suitable activities for Scouting themed camps, you will need to vary the levels of support and supervision as part of your risk assessment – Beavers will need more hands on support than Scouts, and Explorers may need more fire extinguishers available than Cubs.

You know your young people and their abilities, to arrange the right levels of supervision, and drink lots of hot beverages, although camp tea in a metal mug is vile.

Website/Description Link
Bored Paracord (Youtube Channel)Link
Washing Up Stand (Youtube)Link

Contributors

NameLink

Do we have to attend a specific camp?

No. The aim is to encourage each Colony/Pack/Troop/Unit to provide the opportunity for each young person to sleep outside in a tent. However some Groups are planning Group Damboree, including all three sections, and other Districts and Counties (Regions) are considering inviting Beavers to a larger events.

Is this an official Scout Association event?

Depends how you define official….We’re an Active Support Unit within Milton Keynes District, using social media to help spread the word, engage and support leaders, dispel myths, and make sure everyone knows the latest details with regards to Nights Away, in the UK, and ensuring that everyone who wants to, can camp, in tents.

We’ve been approached about becoming a National Active Support Unit, this is under consideration at this time.

What is the purpose of the Damboree

Originally the pupose was to support and encourage Beaver Leaders to gain their Campsite Nights Away Permit and to promote the fact Beavers in the UK are allowed to Camp. It is a way to dispel some of the myths surrounding Nights Away.

We’ve kinda scope creeped beyond that initial mandate to Cubs, and in 2020 Scouts, with programmes for to encourage their leaders to go for their Camping Permit.

Also other countries like Canada and Australia are going through a similar sitation to UK Scouting, albeit it a few years behind, where the younger sections are now able to camp without their parents being onsite, although having parents around to wash up etc is always encouraged.

We’ve now made the treasured Gold Badges available to any UK Member able to go for a Nights Away Campsite Permit, to encourage them and enable them to take their young people camping.

How do I purchase Damboree Occasional badges?

You can order Damboree badges from our store

Do I need a Nights Away Permit?

All qualifying camping and nights away events need to follow the appropriate National Scout Body rules.

Gold Badge Requirements (Scout Association (UK & BSO))

Complete 1 of the below:
– [ ]  Succeed in achieving your first Campsite or Greenfield Nights Away Permit as part of a Damboree event, must be registered in the Damboree site in advance.
– [ ]  Answer the Nights Away Advisers call and assess someone for their Campsite Permit as part of your Mod25 validation, where their event is a Damboree Event, must be registered in advance of the assessment.

It is not expected that you would get a permit, and become an Nights Away Adviser in the same Damboree cycle.

Upgrades from Campsite to Greenfield are not eligible for Gold, as you could already camp in tents.

Updated for 2022 Cycle, Gold badges are now available to all Scouting adults who go for their Nights Away Permit (Campsite or Greenfield. Lightweight Camping is not applicable.) as part of the Damboree Initiative, your event MUST be registered before the assessment date.

Silver Badge Requirements

The Silver Badge is the reward badge for those who enable your Damboree to happen, and those who support you in going for Gold.

Complete 1 of the below:
– [ ] Mentor another leader through the Permit process
– [ ] Organise a Damboree camping event for your Colony, Pack or Group
– [ ] Take an active role in a larger District or County Damboree Event
– [ ] Be a non-Uniformed or Parent Helper on a Damboree Event
– [ ] Be a Young Leader on a Damboree Event
– [ ] Be a Uniformed Helper on a Damboree Event
– [ ] Be a Parent/Grandparent/Carer/Guardian Helper on a Damboree Event

Emerald Badge Requirements

Complete 5 OPTIONS & all of the ESSENTIALS section.

OPTIONS
– [ ] Help to pitch and strike your tent
– [ ] Cook a Backwoods meal with your tent buddies
– [ ] Show you know what things you need to do to look after your campsite and kit
– [ ] Make, name and look after an imaginary camp pet…
– [ ] Build a shelter/bivvy for two, and sleep in it for at least one night of your camp
– [ ] Make a useful camp gadget
– [ ] Erect and use a weather stone to give local weather forecast.
– [ ] Make a woggle out of something you have on camp, e.g. wood or cord, using knife skills or knots.
– [ ] Invite a member of the Damboree Active Support Unit, Assistant County Commissioner – Cubs or County Nights Away Advisers (UK), or relevant equivalent Commissioner from your Scouting organisation, to your event
– [ ] Perform a campfire skit or teach a new song

Essentials – do ALL of these
– [ ] Cubs sleeping outside for 2 or 3 nights 
– [ ] Spell out Damboree in camp items
– [ ] Post pictures, or it didn’t happen, to Facebook using #DamboreeCubs #Cubsintents
#SkillsForLife_ContinuesWithCubs

Turquoise Badge Requirements

Complete 5 OPTIONS & all of the ESSENTIALS section

OPTIONS
– [ ] Help put up a tent
– [ ] Build and light a fire
– [ ] Learn how to tie three simple knots
– [ ] Cook over a fire (e.g. twists or s’mores)
– [ ] Learn a new campfire song and perform it
– [ ] Set up your bed and sleeping bag
– [ ] Find out how Beavers live in the wild
– [ ] Invite one of the Damboree Active Support Unit, Assistant County Commissioner – Beavers or County Nights Away Advisers (UK), or relevant equivalent Commissioner from your Scouting organisation, to your event
– [ ] Draw picture of the original Beaver uniform and name 3 differences
– [ ] Take part in a brand new adventurous activity with your Colony

ESSENTIALS – Do ALL of these
– Camp outside in tents with your Colony for at least one night
– Spell out Damboree in natural materials
– Post pictures, or it didn’t happen, to Facebook using
#DamboreeBeavers #BeaversInTents
#SkillsForLife_BeginsWithBeavers

What are the basic rules about running Sleepovers / Camps?

  • There is first aid and catering provision.
  • There is a minimum ratio for children to adults at such events, and all those sleeping overnight have full scouting DBS clearance.
  • The person responsible for the event must hold a valid Nights Away Permit.
  • We follow the Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) of the Scout Association in all that we do.
  • We do not plan anything we are not happy for our own children (if we had/have them) to do.

Teal Badge Requirements

Complete 5 OPTIONS & all of the ESSENTIALS section

OPTIONS
– [ ] With others, pitch and strike your tents on the event, including kitchen/storage as well as sleeping.
– [ ] Be part of a group of Scouts to arrange and set up a well-organised site. It should include sleeping tents, food and equipment stores, a fire or stove, kitchen and eating area.
– [ ] Explore the environment of your camp and make sure you know where everything is. Respect the environment you are in and, at the end of the camp, leave the site as you found it. Take steps to reduce any harm to the environment.
– [ ] Show how to use an axe, saw AND knife safely, setup an appropriate area for this activity.
– [ ] Build a bivouac and sleep in it for the entire event, ensure your creation is robust and secure enough to last.
– [ ] Paracord stuff; Be creative and teach others different techniques, eg woggles, bracelets, keyrings etc.
– [ ] Plan and run a wide game for the event, at least 2 hours of activity.
– [ ] Take an active part in a Campfire or other entertainment, including laying and tending to the fire and ensuring it is well controlled.
– [ ] Lead and run the cooking of an entire meal for the event. Understand the importance of food hygiene and a balanced diet and how that can work at camp.
– [ ] Invite Asst County Commissioner (Scouts), County Nights Away Adviser, or Damboree Team Member (Active Support Unit) to your Damboree Event.

ESSENTIALS – Do ALL of these
– Sleep 2+ nights as part of a Troop, Group, District or larger event or 1-night on a Nights Away Passport
– Create a free standing Damboree sign or camp gateway using pioneering skills and materials.
– Post pictures, or it didn’t happen, to Facebook using #DamboreeScouts, #ScoutsCamp, #EveryoneInTents, & #SkillsForLife_SucceedsWithScouts

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Occasional Badge Approval

2022 Occasional Badge Approval

Form to send to relevent commissioners to request permission to wear Damboree Badges in the Occasional Badge area of uniforms.

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Who are you?(Required)
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This helps make the email more relevant, and stop duplicate emails being sent

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Under POR 10.34 must be approved by a County Commissioner.
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Email Example

Dear Dave,

I am asking you for permission to wear the 2022 Damboree Badges in the occasional badge slot on the uniform for Trumptonshire.

Damboree is an initiaitive to encourage leaders, particularly Beaver Leaders, to go for their Campsite Nights Away Permits.

For more information about Damboree, please go to their website: Commissioners Information – Damboree

Replying to this email with your approval will allow the Damboree Team to display the current approved Counties to their participants, including other groups in our county/area.

We hope you will support their initiative this year to get our young people camping, and our leaders getting Nights Away Permits.

Kind Regards,

Windy Miller

1st Camberwick Green - Camberwick Green District
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