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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

Weigh the odds before buying a back pack

As a rule of thumb no person under 18 years of age should carry more than 1/4 of their weight.  So the most important thing to do first is to weight the Guide.  Now weigh what you think must go into the back pack.  Too much so begin to eliminate the stuff going.  Out goes the air dryer, electric tooth brush, beauty therapy items, creams and potations [ except sun screen and insect repellent].  Weight the sleeping bag, extra clothes, coat, dilly bag,  beanie and smalls.  Now you have a visual idea of what has to go into the thing you will having on your back!

There are three main types of packs on the market for you to choose from. The first – a hiking pack or rucksack. Usually with a top loading, single compartment and fully attached day pack. These are ideal for the hiking enthusiast as they are streamlined and don’t protrude past the body so they don’t get caught on branches etc. Hiking packs are generally a longer pack than a trav­el pack and this also helps with ease of use whilst hiking.

The second type of pack available is a Travel pack. They are for domestic and international travel . Since Guides do not usually wing it on a normal weekend camp don’t buy one of these just yet.

Last, but definitely not least, is the Hybrid pack. This is a combination of the Hiking pack and the Travel pack. These feature both top and front entry, with a detachable day pack, a cover for the harness and twin compartments. A hybrid pack is ideal for the traveller that will be partaking of some general travel land hiking. This is particularly useful for the week­end walk or the overseas holiday.

A Hybrid pack features

• Zip off daypack with organiser pocket

• A front pocket

• Adjustable harness with cover

• Top loading and front loading

• Dual compartment

• Lid with hydration system pocket

• Heavy duty 1000D nylon construction

• Polyurethane proofing.

So decide what you want to spend your hard earned money on and then is the pack going to be suitable. When sizing the pack make sure the lower back straps are connected around the front enabling the base of the pack to sit comfortably on the lower back.  Not the small of the back as back ache on camp is not friendly. If the back pack base is too low the center of gravity is out of wack.  Alter the shoulder straps then the lower straps.  try again. Remember it is your back. You are carrying your stuff around.  Being a ‘hero’ will not be apprechiated by you back.

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Things for ME to do before camp to bring on an expedition camp.

Check my registration is current

Organise own transport

Have I booked a ride with someone ?

Have I actually asked them?

Do they know where to go?

Have I given the driver a map?

Have I my Caregivers consent?

Have I my activity form signed and

handed in to the leader in charge?


Day Pack & Plastic Bag liner

Big Pack_& Plastic Bag liner

M. Bear (Fits across palm of Guides



Sandwhiches for first meal.

General food list is made seperately

before you go on each camp. Knowing

you eat one amount take twice that

amount. Bring the remainder home.


Water Bottle

Water in bottle.

Milk powder

Soup in sachets

Drinking choc (plastic baged)


Scroggin (raisins,nuts,choc pieces,

dried fruit, barley sugar, museli bars in

a couple of clip seal bags)

Dilty bag

Knife, fork, spoon (metal).

Bowl, plate, mug (Plastic)



Trangia (all parts)


Cooking spoon

Can opener



Pencil and note book.

Watch (if has second hands)


Tent, poles and pegs.


Sleeping bag

Sleeping mat

Pillow case (raps mat in)

Lightweight blanket

Plastic bag to store shoes in (Outside)


Trick to camping light: What you have

on and the following


Warm Socks x 2 pair

Waterproof shoes

Waterproof jacket

Beanie & Gloves


Warm pants

Shirt long sleeves

Trousers x 1 pair (or shorts if hot)

Nightwear (in plastic bag)

Track pants and top.


Personal Care Kit

In small containers put – shampoo,

conditioner, toilet paper, toothbrush

and paste, shammy type cloth & soap.

Be Prepared Kit

Salt (in sachets)

5 mt string

Small amount of money

Foil (30cm x 30cm)

Few matches and flint (With parental


Pocket Knife (small blade & with

parental consent)

Lacker Bands

Needle and thread

Torch and batteries

Clothes pegs x 4

First Aid Kit

Salt (in sachets)



Scissors (small ones)

Own antipain tabs (With parental okay)


Barley Sugar

Emergency Heat blanket


Safety Pins



Sanitary Pad (Covered type)

Churchill And Hazelwood Guide Units:

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Equipment for a 36 Guide camp 10 to 14 yr olds

  • 6 tent s
  • 1 store tent
  • 1 auto tent
  • 1  22′ screening
  • 2 18′ screening.
6 buckets

1 axe

1 copper

1 stove

2 dippers

7 lanterns


5 wash basins 2 baths 2 mattocks 2 spades 4 trowels 1 rake

1 tomahawk

2 toilet paper tins 4 fire buckets earth tins nalletts & pegs 1 hot water bucket

1 egg beater 2 covered baking dishes3 wagh urj digheg1 bread knife         ^ strainer 6 storage tins        3 trays 3 large mixing bowls  1 trestle table 3 raed. mixing bowls

3 food covers

1 bread board

2 chopping boards

4 sets salt & peppers

2 water bins

3 sets spare cutlery

1 large bread tin

2 aeat safes 1 hot water bucket 1 plastic bucket 1 potato masher

3 each butter, 3 an, sugar dishes

1 set carvers

4 veg. peelers? 4 veg, knives

1 flour sifter

1 colander

1 grater

2 egg slicers 4 serving spoons

1 lemon squeezer

2 plate scrapers

4 large jugs 1 meas­uring jug

2 toasting forks

1 soup ladle

2 small enamel basins 2 wooden spoons

1 large Al.Boiler

2 med. Alr Boiler 1 grease tin 1 pig tin
2 scrubbing brushes 6 spare plates 6 spare mugs 3 soap savers cutlery holders ash bucket 2 large billies 2 med. billi

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Camp blanket are memories to unfold.

Memories are made to be passed on.  That way, legends are created.  Traditions are made.

Take camp blankets for instance. Sitting round a camp fire an experienced eye can see those who wear their ‘camp blanket’ in their minds eye.  The blankets may have bitten the dust in one way or another but those memory connects are there.

Even in today’s eco friendly, CO2 emissions aware society, when there are less campfires around people past and present remember the ‘woollen camp blanket’ being dusted off to ward away the chill factors.  When you were a babe in arms it had one use.  As a toddler ‘it’ became a tent full of adventure, gave security and a resting place to call home. The wearer knew the toddler knew the safety boundaries.  And then you grew.  New people came into the camp blankets life.

Today, as the Girl Guide movement goes forward some Girl Guides  remember seeing hundreds of different Girl Guide blankets.  When they were a young  Guide the owner may have let them snuggle in their one whilst they rested as the camp fire wound down.  Others may remember having their first badge on their blanket fussed over by someone older.  Either a young adult that was active and able to be looked up too.  As is often the case, “the best class room in the world is at the feet of an elderly person” (Andy Rooney).

Some Girl Guides had blankets of their own with items of relevance to them on them.  Histories, being stories, yet to unfold.

So, in the 2009/10 years, when Girl Guides is one hundred years, valuable links with the past are still able to begin to be forged.  Tales told, visual legends created, remembered, campfire traditions live on through the wearing on the camp blanket.

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‘E’ craft index

Egg Cosies

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Make an egg cosy

What you will need

  • Felt – white and yellow;
  • Pinking shears;
  • Needle;
  • White thread;
  • Craft glue
  1. We made adorable little egg cosies by cutting matching flat-bottomed egg shapes
    from felt using pinking shears. The shape had to be big enough to fit over the eggs when sewn together.
  2. Tie a stopper knot at one end of the thread. Put needle through the felts and pull gently until the stopper knot stops the thread from going all the way through.
  3. Now simply hand-stitch two halves together.
  4. Tie off the thread by sewing back on the thread several times and then thread needle and thread under the sewn last stick loop, half knot and through a loop again.  Pull and cut the thread.
  5. Glue on a pair of eyes and a yellow felt beak for a chirpy addition to the table.

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Where is the home safety in this picture

How many ways can you think of to keep your home safe. Write them here

In the drawing below, see how many possibly unsafe things you can find –

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‘F’ Crafts

Crafts beginning with a ‘F‘.

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‘T’ crafts

crafts beginning with a ‘T
  1. Tie dying   [making the dye, T- shirts]

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Natural dyes list

You can color items at home using bright vegetables, fruits, teas and other ingredients that you might already have in your fridge or on your pantry shelf.

Some of these natural dyes you may already be aware of.  Add to the list as you can.

  • Red- pomegranate, cranberry or cherry juice (Trader Joe’s stores are selling a tasty “Just Cherry” juice now)
  • Pink- beets/beet juice, crushed raspberries
  • Bright Gold- Raw tumeric (based on multiple studies, it’s one of the most powerful natural anti-carcinogens; a lot of markets are starting to carry it now in the produce section)
  • Brown- “black” coffee or tea, brown onion skins
  • Purple- grape juice, purple onions skin
  • Green- spinach, silver beat, wheat-grass juice
  • Blue- red cabbage, canned blueberries
  • Orange- carrot juice, yellow onion skins
  • Yellow-Green- yellow delicious apple peels

While dying items be aware of safety issues. Creativity is okay but care and respect for others, and their property is important too.  Once the dye methods are really looked into there are so many things besides t-shirts that may be altered and given the gift of being an individual item too.

The dyes are made for a one off use.  there is difficulty in saving the dye mixes as the mix being a natural make up will go off if stored.

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