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DC are off the cub camp soon, and I'm not sure what they should take to sleep in. They have SIMs and sleeping bags (nothing fancy), and can take thermals if the forecast looks chilly, but probably need an extra layer or two.
I thought either: a cotton liner (knocked up from old sheets) a fleece liner or a fleece bag to tuck the sleeping bag into?
I have some foil survival blankets , but they would probably be a faff and get trashed!
canada. part of me is horrified. part of me thinks no cubs have been eaten (that they are telling me) so they must know what they are doing...
we used the scout lodge last year and there were huge posters everywhere as they knew was a cougar using the area. and the park rangers turned up at 9pm to talk to the kids (sensibly) and then corral the leaders as to what action to take in the event of a sighting (carry a big stick, pick up all the children... all the children? )
i spent the entire weekend with my blood pressure going through the roof, doing head counts. and resolutely insisiting on two adults at the front, two at the back. it was like a military patrol. 'all clear'.
my main hope revolves around the fact that they might already have loads of leaders and won't want me.... <crosses fingers>
as a family we are planning on buying a trailer. somehow walls when i'm asleep seems so much safer than a bit of nylon.
The Cubs NEVER sleep for more than 3 or 4 hours 1st night, 5am getting up is a guaruntee even if they only dropped off at 2am.
This is gonna sound crazy, but cold weather camping; the best thing to sleep in is next to nothing. Sleeping bags are designed like a radiator, they hold body heat in them which keeps u snug and toasty all night, the more layers u wear, the harder it is for ur body heat to get into the sleeping bag and if you've got more than 3 layers on it's like a freezer as it's trapped between layers so no heat on ur body and none in the sleeping bag. I always tell the Cubs to bring aq roll mat (most important as cold air sits at the lowest point if you don't have a rool mat it's like sleeping on a block of ice, a sleeping bag and a quilt and pillow, with a quilt even the thinnest cheapest summer sleeping bags will be ample for warmth.
My parents send huge suitcases full of clothes ...... next time they come with a bag half the size and bear minimum just to make sure it doesn't look like neglect, as they all know and expect now that they come back in the same clothes they went in with a bag of still neatly folded clean clothes and a wash bag that consists of soap still in packet, toothbrush unused and toothpase still with original seal on packet....trust me it wont killl them not to wash for a couple of days, and also sometimes if it's really muddy theres no point in washing and changing as within 5 minutes ur just as dirty again.
Leaders always "send" the Cubs to have a wash, brush their teeth etc. This means we;re covered if any parents are funny why we havent made them wash etc. My cubs get what i'm really saying with this as I don't go into the washrooms with them .... what the eyes don't see etc. etc. again it wont harm them for a couple of days.
we have a badger that likes to terrorise the tents on our campsite .... thankfully it's usually the mess tent so the only thing that gets injured is the packaging on the swiss roll planned for saturday dessert (I learnt to put the food on up on the table at night and not leave in in the storage box low level) but seriously most wild animals (in the u.k) would be absolutely terrified of 6 loud noisy boys making rude noises and bad smells all night so wont usually go near the tents.
Be prepared to come home with everyone elses belongings except ur sons/daughters; torches, an odd shoe and generally things that either they went with on their person or had to remove at some point (still not sure how someone managed to go home with another childs hearing aid .... thats was an awkward conversation! LOL)
MOST IMPORTANTLY rememeber that after a camp asking polite normal requests such as, packing ur schoolbag for next day, getting ur p.j's on or having a bath ready for school next day always makes you "the most mean, horrible, unfair, bossy" parent ever to have lived ..... this "bad mark on ur parenting skills" is usually lifted by Tuesday morning.
good luck and on a positive note please bear in mind ...... whilst ur at home enjoying the peace and quiet and getting a rare lie-in on a weekend, the Leaders on camp are on 24/7 duty for 20 or so children; being sleep deprived, food deprived coping with bodily fluids, awkward eaters, lots of emotions, lots of mud and wouldn't have it any other way! ;-)