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mrsglowglow Fri 10-Feb-17 08:48:06

Having a mini anxiety moment here. Child is doing a scout camp tonight and tomorrow night so will be outside for 40 plus hours. Is this OK in the temperatures they are expecting. They will be in tents and sleeping bags with lots of layers but I'm now thinking am I crazy to encourage? My pfb is 12 so not really a baby and maybe you could knock some sense in to me.

Trifleorbust Fri 10-Feb-17 08:50:58

He will be fine! Unless he is camping in the Arctic? Honestly, they won't take them if the cold is a risk.

CurlsandCurves Fri 10-Feb-17 08:51:25

Hi my son camps in this weather loads no he's fine.
He's just camped for 2 nights up in Northumberland in January. Last year when they went there was 2 foot of snow on the ground and they were absolutely fine!

The only thing I said to him was if it's a choice between getting clean and staying warm, just stay warm! Which meant that he stayed in the same clothes all weekend to avoid stripping off and getting cold. Stinky but needs must.

LunaLoveg00d Fri 10-Feb-17 08:52:04

Yes it's fine - my child has done similar. Assuming he has a "all weathers" sleeping bag which can be used down to something like -20 and the correct kit like thermals, lots of layers of clothing that he can add/remove, good quality shoes. Tell him to keep his thermals on under his pyjamas or onesie. He'll be fine.

Just don't expect him to wash, or change any underwear.

BarbarianMum Fri 10-Feb-17 08:52:58

What temperatures are they expecting? If you mean 0, -1, -2 then don't worry But do ensure they have a proper 4 season sleeping bag, thermal underwear and lots of warm clothes inc hat, decent gloves and thick socks.

Poppiesway1 Fri 10-Feb-17 08:56:51

He'll be fine. My ds is camping with scouts tonight. They've camped in snow previously shock all were happy and had a great time!

whojamaflip Fri 10-Feb-17 08:59:41

Just done winter camp with my scouts and they were fine - they thought it was hilarious shaking the ice off the tents in the morning! (-3 overnight 😮)

Best advice is layers, layers and more layers - 2 sleeping bags, one inside the other, onesie and warm clothes to sleep in, loads of spare socks so they have dry ones to put on and spare boots or shoes in case they get wet. Thermals, warm hat and a couple of pairs of gloves.

Another tip is put a warm blanket on top of the roll mat, under the sleeping bag to stop the cold coming up from the ground and another on top.

Don't worry they will have a ball!

BackforGood Fri 10-Feb-17 09:03:20

He'll be fine.

Woolly or fleece hat to wear in bed.
Make sure he knows to take clothes off to get into sleeping bag, however cold it is, so he has layers to put on when he gets out of sleeping bag.
Make sure he has plenty to go under sleeping bag - that's where the cold comes from, the ground, not above him.
Layers, layers layers.
My dc all wear long johns / thermals on Winter camps.

My 3 are always disappointed if there's not snow, or at least ice and frost on Winter camp.

mrsglowglow Fri 10-Feb-17 09:11:17

Thank you so much sensible people! You've all confirmed what my rational part of brain was thinking. It's my daughter that's going as part of a camp arranged by the scouts but including the guides so I'm sure they know what they're doing. Thanks for all the tips and will send her with two sleeping bags and extra blankets to go under. We're Londoners southernsofties and never camped!

Magzmarsh Fri 10-Feb-17 09:18:13

Your concern is totally natural but he'll be fine.

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