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

Time factors pf a planned camp fire

Notes by Kath Tanian.

Programs should:

  • be camper centered.
  • Provide fun, exercise and learning.
  • be geared to the age of the participants and their interests.

That there are FIVE principles of Campfire Programimg.

  • Preperation  [includes equipment, target audience, program]
  • Practice – can you run this program
  • Participation – singer, cheerers,,,
  • Punctuality – how long until finish time.
  • Peaceful ending – leave them begging for more.

Campfire programs consist of the following:

The Campfire Leader must also organise :

  • A fire tenderer…. NOT YOU.
  • Do not put out fire while campers are around the campsite.
  • A time to extinguish fire.
  • Fire buckets prior to start.
  • Wood pile prior to start.

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Kath Tanian’s campfire notes

Kath Tanian was a Girl Guide Leader and a District leader for the Hazelwood Girl Guide District for over thirty years.  During this time one qualifacation she achieved was the gaining of the Adult Campfire qualification.

During the time that Kath was in Guiding some not the copious notes kept were on camp fire cooking, camping, and songs.

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A clean camp kitchen is a ….

A CLEAN and TIDY KITCHEN IS A HEALTHY KITCHEN.   To assist you with this job here are ‘a few hints:

  1. Fire Place – see Fire Precautions.
  2. Keep a plentiful supply of cut firewood, at least 3 meters away from the fire.
  3. keep fire tools away from general  food storage.
  4. Light your fire early and have good hot coals to cook on, they are far better than good big flames.
  5. Keep food off the ground, cover with clean cloths, or keep in fly-proof containers.
  6. Tables must be clean and kept in orderly manner through out the preparation and cooking time.
  7. When preparing the food items use fresh clean food stuff and fresh clean utensils and chopping board.
  8. Keep prepared food  in containers.
  9. Cooking utensils should be kept neat and tidily stacked out of the dirt and away from the flies.
  10. Cooked food kept seperate from preparing of food.
  11. Garbage – food scraps, papers, rubbish :- Nothing is buried.
  12. Non-burnable rubbish will be taken home. Papers and packets burnt daily NOTE food regulations may require the packet labels to be kept aside for a few weeks before disposal.. Food scraps are put in a bag labeled ‘Wet Garbage.
  13. . Grease-pits must be as deep as possible with some stones at the bottom to help drainage. Or use a grease tin resting on stones or sticks in a secluded area, close to, but inconspicuous to the kitchen.
  14. . Ensure a plentiful supply of hot water for both cooking and washing up.
  15. Tea-towels and dish-cloths should be washed out each day on dilly bag line.
  16. Serving a meal is as important as the cooking; see that the servers make the plates look attractive and tempting. The appearance of a dish is almost as important as the flavour.
  17. 11. In the event of a ‘TOTAL FIRE ALA RM refer to your Standing Orders for Fire Precautions and Regulations.

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Disposal of Camp Rubbish.

This list has been revised before going onto the ours2share pages as many of the disposal ‘habbits’ over the last fifty years plus the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide unit have been camping te disposal and biodiversity awareness has become more eco-friendly.  These environmental factors are incorporated into the skills gain of the Guides.
Denotes items that appear in more than one place of disposal. Depends on camp-site regulations.

COOKING FIRE [Not BBQ] – if fire regulations permit having an open fire.

  • Punk – firewood
  • Burn refuse at night only if the day’s cooking is done.
  • Chop bones **
  • Egg shells **
  • Skins, peelings         **
  • Newspaper wrappings **
  • Banana skins  **
  • S.T. tin contents
  • Empty paper packets or soap wrappings
  • Paper wrappings   **
  • Orange peel ‘**
  • Onion skins  **
  • Egg shells  **
  • Tissues
  • Hair combings
  • Band aid ends, 1st Aid swabs.
  • Gadget string ends
  • Old gadgets
  • Banana skins  **
  • Milk cartons  **


  • Food scraps  [for composting]
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Burnt and bashed-flat tins  **
  • Fat trimmings from meat
  • Scraps of food wastage [For composting]
  • Egg shells  ** [For Composting]
  • Orange peel  ** {keeps mosquitos away if burnt slowly]
  • Banana skins  ** [For Composting]
  • Onion skins  ** [For Composting or making a dye from]
  • Bottles
  • Broken glass (wrapped)
  • Alfoil
  • Empty  foil soup packets
  • Cans       **
  • Plastic
  • Glad wrap – use
  • Polystyrene plates
  • Milk cartons – (or  plasticones)


  • Tea leaves
  • Bath water
  • Hand washing water.
  • Tea towel washing water
  • Strained vegetable water
  • Washing up water before grease set up

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camp ‘B’

Camp Preparations beginning with B

Bed Roll


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Camping without mosquitos


1. Camp in the winter! (Don’t forget to camp in the good weather as well)

2. Don’t camp where you know the mosquitos are!

3. Take a bottle of Skin-So-Soft from Avon …. mosquitos can’t stand it [but then maybe other campers cannot as well!]

4. Don’t eat bananas or coconut before going into ‘mosquito country’

5. Do eat garlic (copious amounts of it) before going into ‘mosquito country’

6. Don’t wear any perfume or fragrance on your skin

7. Wear white.

This information was orginaly from somewhere on the Guides Victoria Web page.

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Camp Laundry rules.

  • Name all the clothes that you bring to camp with you.
  • Unless you have your period only bring what you are wearing on Friday, one set of Pajamas and something to wear on Saturday. If you choose to wear a pair of shorts of Saturday also take along a pair of trousers.  What you wear on Friday you simply wear back home on Sunday.
  • Bring three plastic bags.  One for to be worn clothes, the second for worn and the third for soiled clothes.
  • Leave the clothes in the appropriate bag with your backpack.
  • Once the two clean ups have occurred in the mornings and just before bed anything found on the floor is placed outside away from the tent.
  • Note: a safe tent is a clean tent.

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Camp / Overnight stay Treatment Sheet.

First Aide Given By
Date of Camp
location of Camp
Date Time Name of Guide Treatment given

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What can you do for activities on camp

Apart from the skills of camping, here is the opportunity for activities impossible in  any other environment.  Make the most of

it, and leave things you   can do “back at the hall” to be done there.

Try these for starters –

  1. Breakfast at Sunrise (or tea at sunset) on the highest peak, the seashore, beside a bush stream, at the top or bottom of a waterfall etc.
  2. Patrol or individual challenges, requiring careful observation of natural surroundings, stalking, tracking, birdwatching, identification of flowers, trees etc.
  3. Using map, compass, directions by sun or stars to find your way to a given spot.
  4. Have an activities tent.
  5. Make rafts.
  6. Explore -unknown country, the bank of a creek, a bush track.
  7. Walk along the sand next to the sea.
  8. Try water activities like boating, canoeing, kayaking.
  9. Visit a local farmer and find out what he does.
  10. Billy cart derby,
  11. Ice blocking.
  12. What about making a commando course.
  13. Star-gaze.
  14. What about a Guides Own?
  15. Learn, practice and use ‘old fashioned’ tools.
  16. Challenge the Guides to doing 50 of the outdoor activities
  17. Have a campfire.
  18. Gather the wood, make the rope and then construct  the camp gadgets from scratch.
  19. Work on appropriate Badges.
  20. FIRST study the relevant chapters of the Leaders and Guide books and ask the Guides what would be a collaborative challenge for all to do? Then ask the Guides ‘How’ to achieve this and also to take the challenge one step further. Ask them how personally this challenge would build there skills?
  21. Have a theme for each camp or overnight stay.  Then link each theme together over a period of time thus the wholelistic learning and practicing of skills and current competencies are achieved.

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Great care must be used with this skill – learn to respect your axe and never ill treat it.

  • Chopping wood ‘should be a priviledge and the right should be earned.
  • Safety rules and care of an axe must be learnt first.
  • Never buy an axe with a painted handle because you can not check if the wood grain is straight.
  • Cut the toe off the end of the handle then the handle will not be damaged when knocking on the head.
  • To knock a loose head on strike the cut off toe with a hammer or on a rock etc, and rewedge the loose head.
  • After purchase mint the handle a bright colour so it is easily seen in x’.ic bush.
  • Never carry an axe on the shoulder. Hold the head in the hand,with back facing the way you want to walk, the side with the handle up in front of the shoulder and on the opposite side to a companion.  If you  happen to trip the axe can be thrown clear.
  • When handing an axe to someone let her grip it at the handle near the head before you let go.
  • The weight of axe heads vary – get an axe to suit your strength, (a “half axe” would be suitable for Guides).
  • Between camps protect the head with a leather or vinyl cover.
  • A blunt axe is a dangerous axe. A known sharp tool commands respect.
  • Only Leaders or very responsible Guides should sharpen an axe.
  • To sharpen – rest the head against a log and file toward back of blade with pressure on both ends of the file by using both hands.
  • When using a wet stone use circular movement from head to blade in clockwise direction.
  • When releasing an axe from a log, work the handle up and down.
  • When chopping, one hand has firm grip of handle, the other hand slides up and down the handle. Let the weight of the axe handle do the cutting, but always under your control. Like every other skill PRACTICE is essential – try hitting a chalk mark.
  • Clear the ground around you and get a firm footing. Cut large branches by striking at a 30% angle and forming a ‘kerf’ or ‘V’ shapecut. Stand to the opposite side when trimming branches, with back to the butt.
  • Do not cut living trees unless it is absolutely essential.

Safety rules;

  • Aim to chop where the stick you- are chopping is directly supporting by the chopping block – beware of tip cat danger.
  • Never chop on to or into the ground.
  • Keep spectators in front of you and at least 6 feet away. . never throw an axe.
  • Never leave an axe lying on the ground or propped against a log or tree.
  • Mask the axe when not in use.
  • If the head becomes loose stop at once.
  • If you become tired stop at once.
  • Learn to aim at a particular point on the stick or log you are cutting and do not be content merely to hit the log.
  • Keep your eye on the place you are trying to hit. . Keep calm.
  • Do not become over-confident or careless.
  • Do remember to wear shoes of a walking variety when you are going to use an axe.
  • Better yet wear boots with cap.
  • If you are wearing a lanyard or similar, take it off before you use an axe.
  • Finally, whenever you stop using the axe, mask it properly either by putting it back into its carrying case or by masking it into a wood block.

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