The children off to a week at Cuffley camp (link to photograph here) may had a booklet introducing them to their week under canvas. The introductory note from the Camp Warden promised that this was going to be great fun!
The first task 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. Good campers, it was noted , “always keep themselves, their tents and equipment clean, neat and tidy”. The 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.
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. (One the tents in Brackendene village, with the latrine in the background, below).
Meals were taken in the dining shelter at the camp headquarters except for Sunday and Tuesday when the villages prepared their own supper and on Thursday when the village prepared its midday dinner. Dinner always included potatoes with each village peeling a bucket a day. The morning milk (one third of a pint), afternoon tea and bedtime cocoa were also taken in the village. A reward for one member of each village was winning the best camper badge.