Hertfordshire School Camp, Cuffley

Jennifer Ayto

The children on their way to the Hertfordshire School Camp at Cuffley in 1956 (link here) may have had a booklet similar to this introducing them to their week under canvas.  The introductory note from the Camp Warden promised that this was going to be great fun.

Wecome booklet for Cuffley Camp


The first task on arrival was to fill a sack and a pillow case with straw in order to make up the bed.  The booklet described how the bed was to be made and how the bedding was to be stored during the day.

Making your bed0009



Good campers, it was noted , “always keep themselves, their tents and equipment clean, neat and tidy”. Any incentive to keep clean may have been balanced by the fact that the showers were cold.




The daily timetable included educational activities and also some camp village duties.

Map reading for boys and cooking for girls!

Map reading for boys and cooking for girls!



There was a rota for collecting wood and water, preparing vegetables and keeping the area tidy.  One of the least popular tasks was undertaken by the “Jobbers”.  This involved collecting a scrubbing brush and a bucket with disinfectant and cleaning the camp village latrine.  The booklet noted that as the duties of a “Jobber” took up less time than others, they would be expected to help the maintenance group clean the village equipment.

Tent in Brackendene village (and latrine)

Tent in Brackendene village (and latrine)














Meals were taken in the dining shelter at the camp headquarters except for Sunday and Tuesday when the village was responsible for preparing supper and also on Thursday when the village prepared its midday dinner.  There was one predictable ingredient of the meal.  Each village had to prepare a bucket of peeled potatoes every day.  The morning milk (one third of a pint), afternoon tea and bedtime cocoa were also  prepared in the village.

Tea time at Brackendene

Tea time at Brackendene

This page was added on 13/03/2017.

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