We run two main camps over the year attended by both cubs and scouts and in addition the scouts attend the annual RN sea scouts camp at H.M.S Excellent in Portsmouth. Some cubs attend a Sixers camp which runs over a weekend. We also run an annual Chief Scout Gold Award camp and occasionally will run an overnight stay as part of a weekend outing.

A few weeks before the camp you will receive a 'Parents Information' letter that will provide all the arrangements for that camp and a detailed kit list.  You can take a look at this FAQs document that sets out some of our standard conditIons and provides a genric kit list. However, when packing for any camp you MUST refer to the list for that camp as it may differ. 

Online camps

During 2020 we ran overnight two virtual camps for cubs and scouts, including lots of traditional activities adapted for being at home, cooking fund, camp songs, dens and tents and plenty of noise. Here's the two videos from this unusual year:

Easter camp 2020

Winter camp 2020

Winter Camp

Winter camp runs over a weekend in February and the cubs and scouts sleep in cabins or other indoor accommodation in groups of 4-6.

A typical camp programme
19:30 Scouts and Cubs Arrive
20:00 Colours, camp safety brief
20:30 Wide game
21:30 Hot chocolate
22:00 Pipe down
07:30 Call the hands
08:00 Breakfast
09:30 Fire lighting
12:00 Scouts cooking lunch over fires
13:30 Crate Skating and Navigational Skills
18:00 Dinner
19:15 Room inspection
19:30 Wide Game
20:30 Hot chocolate
21:00 Movie
23:00 Pipe down
07:30 Call the hands
08:00 Breakfast
09:15 3G Swing and Shelter Building
12:30 Final Packing/ Room Cleared/ Lodge Clean/ Final Room Inspection
13:30 Sunset and Depart

Summer camp

Summer camp is under Canvas and attended by scouts and some of the older cub scouts. Scouts sleep in traditional patrol tents which they put up themselves on arrival and take down when we break camp. The location of camp each year varies and the format and focus varies according tot he location and facilities. The camp is more chilled than the winter camp due to the longer duration and there is time left for the scouts to hangout, meet other groups, practice their outdoor skills and relax. Each day is organised around a common pattern and the scouts cook on the camp fire several times during the week.

Summer camp
Summer camp
Summer camp

The scouts typically during the week get to prepare food themselves in the evening either on the fire, in the fire or in a special oven that sits on top of the camp fire or gas cooker. The scouts chop and prepare all of the food together in teams, many for the first time.

  • Baked potatoes
  • Vegetable stew
  • Pizza - they make the dough as well
  • Baked bananas with chocolate
  • Steamed sponge pudding

RN Scout camp

RN Scout camp is operated by the Admiral nelson Unit for RN Recognized Sea Scouts at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. Accommodation is on board HMS Bristol, a retired type 82 destroyer moored alongside Whale Island. Camp lasts a week and the scouts take part in either a week long powerboat or sailing course or participate in a mixed activity week which sees them skipper large sailboats, paddle, sail and powerboat.

HMS Bristol

Sixers camp - cubs

Sixers in a cub pack are the leaders of individual patrols and are usually the more senior cubs. The Sixers camp is a weekend long.