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DofE Gold – Camp Craft

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  1. DofE Gold – Camp Craft Hamish Johnston D of E Gold Assessor

  2. Aim To identify the essential characteristics of successful Camp Craft in order that you will know the criteria against which you will be assessed on your expeditions.

  3. Method • Choosing suitable clothing, footwear and emergency equipment and knowing how to use it. • Choosing and caring for camping gear. • Packing a rucksack, waterproofing the contents, always keeping the weight down to a minimum, and about a quarter of the body weight when walking. • Choosing a camp site, arrangements for water, cooking and sanitation, refuse disposal, fire precautions. • Pitching and striking tents.

  4. Clothing, Footwear and Emergency Equipment • DofE Kit List – ‘MUST HAVE’, ‘Should Have’, ‘Could Have’ • No jeans ! • Boots not trainers; • At least one complete set of dry clothes; • First Aid kit; • Group Shelter; • Emergency Blanket;

  5. Camping Gear

  6. Packing the Rucksack • Waterproofing • Rucksack Liner • Waterproof bags • Principles

  7. Choosing a camp site, arrangements for water, cooking and sanitation, refuse disposal, fire precautions.

  8. Pitching and striking tents • Can be done with one – easier with two. • Sheltered • Away from the prevailing wind • Clear away stones • Shake both inner and outer. • Put the ‘inner’ away dry • Sweep the site for litter and dropped items. • Do NOT forget your poles and pegs bags!!!

  9. Best Practice - Tips and Hints • Concurrent Activity - Team Work!!! • No Wet Boots inside Tents • Take things out – Put things away • Tent-openings face away from the wind • Put wet clothes back on

  10. Hamish’s Kit List – Part I • updated • 9 October 2012 • (replaces all previous versions) • CLOTHING • M 1 pair walking boots (broken in) Brasher Fellmaster boot, very suitable for Silver/Gold expeditions • M 2 pairs walking socks BridgedaleWoolfusion Trekker, Bridgedale Women’s Woolfusion Trekker, BridgedaleWoolfusion Trail • C 2 pairs sock liners (optional) BridgedaleCoolmax Liner, Bridgedale Women’s Coolmax Liner • C 2-3 t-shirts Craghoppers – Base Tee • S Thermal t-shirt (optional) Craghoppers – Base Tee • M 1 (2) fleece tops or similar Craghoppers – Mission half-zip micro fleece, • M Mission Fleece jacket • M 2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans) Craghoppers – Terrain Trousers, Ventura Trousers • M Underwear • C Nightwear • CFlipflops/trainers/sandals etc (optional for evenings) • M Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate) • M 1 pair gloves (if appropriate) • C 1 pair shorts (if appropriate) • S Sunblock (if appropriate) Lifesystems - Mountain Formula SPF25, Mountain Formula SPF50, Mountain Combi Stick SPF50 • S 1 pair gaiters (optional) • M Waterproof over-trousers Craghoppers – Pakka Plus Overtrousers • M Cagoule/coat (waterproof & windproof) Craghoppers – Terrain Lite Shell, Pakka Plus Jacket

  11. Hamish’s Kit List – Part II • M Rucksack Vango – Contour, Sherpa, Pumori • M Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags) Lifeventure – Dri-store Bags (2, 5, 10, 15, 25, 40, 70 litres) • M Sleeping mat Vango – Adventure, Trek, Ultralite • M Sleeping bag Vango – Nitestar, Ultralite, Supernova, Latitude • S Waterproof bag for storing sleeping bag Lifeventure – Dri-store Bags (2, 5, 10, 15, 25, 40, 70 litres) • C Sleeping bag liner (optional) Lifeventure – Expedition Cotton Rectangle Sleeper, • C Expedition Cotton Mummy Sleeper • M Survival bag Lifesystems – Thermal Bag, Thermal Blanket, Survival Bag, • C Blizzard Bag • S Small quantity of money (optional) • M Notebook & pen/pencil

  12. Hamish’s Kit List – Part III • M Watch • M Whistle Lifesystems – Survival Whistle, Safety Whistle • M Torch (handheld or head torch) Lifesystems – Intensity 60 Torch, Intensity 220 Torch, • M Spare batteries & bulb for torch • M Personal first aid kit (see below) Lifesystems – Camping first aid kit, Trek first aid kit, Burns first aid kit • M Emergency food rations • M Water bottle (1-2 Litres) Lifeventure – Stainless Steel Bottle (600ml, 800ml), TritanFlask (500ml, 1000ml) • M Knife, fork, spoon Lifeventure – Basic Knife Fork & Spoon Set, Folding • C Knife Fork & Spoon Set • M Small pocket knife/pocket tool Victorinox – Pocket Tool • S Plate/bowl Lifeventure – Camping Bowl, Camping Plate, • C Titanium Plate, Lexan Camping Set • M Mug Lifeventure – Camping Mug, Titanium Mug • M Box of matches (in waterproof container) Lifesystems – Windproof Matches • M Wash kit/personal hygiene items Lifeventure – Wash Bag (Small), All Purpose Soap, Dry Wash Gel • S Towel

  13. Hamish’s Kit List – Part IV • M Tent(s) Vango – Hurricane, Typhoon, Spectre, Apex, Chinook, Mirage, Banshee, Equinox, Tempest, Cyclone, Halo, Omega, Spirit • MCamping stove(s) • M Camping stove fuel & safe container • M Cooking pans • SScourers • C Tea towels • M Food (lightweight & including snacks) • M Plastic bags (for rubbish etc.) • M Toilet paper • M Maps (1:50 000/1:25 000) OS custom made - OS Explorer Map or OS Landranger Maps • M Compass(es) • S Map cases • C Camera (optional)

  14. Hamish’s Kit List – Part V • M Storm shelter Vango – Storm Shelter. • C Stove multidisc Trangia – Multidisc 25 series, Multidisc 27 series • C After-sun cream • S Insect repellent Lifesystems – Expedition 50+ Insect Repellent, Natural 40+ • C Stopwatch • S Mosquito net Lifesystems – Micronet Mosquito Nets • C Emergency lightsticksLifesystems – 12h Light Stick • C Water purifying tablets Lifesystems – Chlorine Dioxide Tablets • C Travel plug Lifesystems – Travel Adaptor • S Waterproof bags Lifeventure – AloksakMulitpack • C Security pouch Lifeventure – Body Wallet (Waist, Chest) • S Waterproofing (pre-expedition ) Nikwax: Tech Wash 100ml Pouch, TX.Direct Wash-In 100ml • C Pre-packed expedition food Vestey Foods (www.DofE.org/go/vestey) single pouches & 12 hour packs • S String • M Spare boot laces • S Tin opener • C Sunglasses • S Ball, playing cards etc. • C Menu guidance

  15. Suggested Group First Aid Kit • At least 2 pairs of disposable vinyl (latex-free) disposable gloves • A large individually-wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressing • An individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressing • An assortment of individually wrapped sterile unmedicated adhesive dressings (e.g. Melolin squares) • An individually wrapped triangular bandage • 2-3 individually wrapped antiseptic wipes • Crêpe bandage • Large safety pins • Small pair of safety/medical scissors • A pair of tweezers • Assorted adhesive plasters (e.g. zinc oxide, fabric strip, waterproof) • Microporous (medical) adhesive tape • Blister plasters • Chiropody felt • Burns wound dressing • Eye wash (can also act as a wound wash) Participants should make the Expedition Supervisor, Assessor, other staff and team members aware of any relevant medical condition that may impact on their (or others’) safety. Participants should also make people aware if they are allergic to anything, including antibiotics or any other medicine or drug. In discussion with their Expedition Supervisor, participants might also include in their personal first aid kit appropriate personal medication, painkillers, antiseptic cream, antihistemine/bite cream and rehydration tablets/sachets.