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

Brailing Peg

At the bottom of a canvas tent are small tabs or tags that a small tent peg is attached to and driven into the ground.  This enables the canvas wall to hang down and be attached to.  Thus protecting the inside of the tent from the elements out side.

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Canvas tent terminology

Brailing Peg

Brailing Tapes

Center pole



Expesnion Poles

Extension wall




Seam of Tent

Separator Pole

Side Pole

Sod Cloth




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The Kitchen Fly

A simple tented shelter.
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Team work goes into erecting and striking the canvas shelters that the Hazelwood and Churchill guides use as Kitchen , stall or other shelters.

These shelters are basic in that they consist of a piece of canvas with guy ropes attached which at one end attaches to the stakes in the ground [tent pegs] and on the other end of the canvas there are vertical poles withch attach to more stakes / tent pegs.  Once erected properly thre is little maintencance to do for these Kitchen Shelters as the air and sun light can freely get to the grass base.  The guy ropes may need tightening or loosening but this depends on the weather conditions mainly.

When stricking the canvas kitchen fly  team work is once again used [ a minimum of four people] as the two ropes on the main wooden poles need stabilizers[holders] and movers.

The kitchen fly’s  folding and packing away is the same as for all other square/ rectangle shaped canvas  tents.

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Before overnight stays, camps or expeditions leaders need to

The format for preparing, going, returning and evaluating overnight stays to expeditions is constant.  The value of being constant being that of repetition.  Everyone knows what you are in need of, will offer you help and be able to help you out / direct you where to find what you are looking for. The Guides and Parents also recognise the power of duplication.  They too become familiar with their procedures and pre-camp agendas.  Therefore when undergoing training as adults they are familiar with the standards set and are comfortable emulating this Duty of Care level needed.

  1. Have appropriate paper work completed sighted and signed off by District Leader.
  2. Leader in Charge needs to be qualified
  3. Parents need to be informed
  4. Guides need to be fully registered
  5. Guides need training too
  6. A pre-camp list for the Guides needs to be sorted out well in advance.
  7. Any Medical needs and processes known.
  8. Risk analysis to be done.
  9. Emergency evacuation procedures and assembly areas known and sited.
  10. Guides need input to the planning
  11. Attendance list needs to be up to date and current.
  12. Allergies to be known.
  13. First Aid kit checked and if necessary updated.
  14. Book site.
  15. Cleaning and maintenance to be done.
  16. Menu chosen.
  17. Program to include wide games, campfire, Guides Own, free time, outdoor activities, camp jobs, patrol activities depending on time available.
  18. Ongoing preperations for evaluations to be written.
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The City painting

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The High Country painting

Even looks cold enough for snow.

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Forest painting

This canvas was of the water falls and night trees within a forest.  Here it is being displayed at the Old Gipps Town Heritage park in Moe

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Friendships are formed

This post is about some of the Gipps guide friends hips that have formed over the years.  As I weed them from the computer they will be posted here.

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The Tarra Bulga Trail

Tarra Bulga forest
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It was decided to got on a day trip to Tarra Bulga National Park which is east of Churchill in the Strezlecki Ranges. The car was able to fit all of us who wanted to visit Tarra Bulga National Park.  However by the time we got there the trail choice was becoming limited.  It was decided that next time we would leave very early from home and then do a slightly longer walk… until we all found out how unfit we actually were.

The Trails went down and down.  Then of course they went up. The suspension Bridge was great.  Although by the look of it the really large trees underneath were touching the bottom of the bridge still.

When we got back we were glad that we had brought our own lunch as the local shop had closed for the day.

All around you there is a damp feeling as you pass under lots of Mountain Ash, Blackwood trees above, precariously hanging off the side of the banks were tree ferns and what Sue knew as Punga and

How ever of the photos that were taken these ones got on this page.  Probably cause they were all that were emailed.

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