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Sample Camp Duties and Rosters

Duty rosters at camp can be arranged in lots of different ways. Here are some that I use as templates for my camps.

When I was first starting to camp with Guides, I had a hard time working out different duty rosters for each camp. I got so frustrated trying to think of what each patrol could do that I came up with a complete set of duties for different numbers of patrols to use as a template for future camps. Now I go back to this set, and choose or modify the patrol and staff duties according to the number and ability of the campers, the campsite and the expected weather conditions.Feel free to modify these to suit your own situation. If you'd like to publicise how you do it, I’d love to include your examples too. Just email me.
Outdoor Camps
Indoor Camps
Patrol Camps
Staff Duties
 
 
 

Sample Staff Duties for Outdoor Camps

Leader in Charge
First Aider
program and timings
provide first aid
marquee tent
supervise toilet cleaning
liaison with other LICs
bath screening
ceremonies
supervise baths/showers
emu bob
ensure teeth cleaning etc
 
ensure bedding is aired
 
 
QM
Camp Assistant
store tent
colour party
organise food distribution
prayer
supervise food preparation
supervise bath cleaning
supervise washing up
supervise campfire building
supervise checking patrol boxes
supervise campfire clearing
supervise buckets
organise clothesline

Sample Patrol Duty Rosters for Outdoor Camps

Notes:

These patrol duties presuppose, in most cases, that cooking will be done in patrols.

TWO PATROLS
Cook
Wood
care for store tent
baths
garbage cans
leaders’ tent
erect/strike clothesline
toilets
build/maintain woodpile
colours
choose morning prayer
campfire
patrol boxes
central Grace
report to QM
report to FA

 

THREE PATROLS
Cook
Camp
Bath
store tent
flagpole & Colours
toilets
kitchen tripods
woodpile
baths
Food distribution/preparation
campfire
woodpile
help QM
Help LIC
Help First Aider

 

FOUR PATROLS
Mess
Cook
set table for central meals
look after store tent
in charge of lanterns
prepare central meals
make sure buckets under taps don’t overflow
garbage
choose and read prayer at Colours
provide hot water as required
help QM
help QM
 
 
Lats
Camp
clean/maintain toilets
flagpole and Colours
keep campsite tidy
build and keep woodpile full and dry
provide hot water & clean tubs for baths
build/clear away campfire
erect/strike bath screening
look after leaders’ tent
help First Aider
help LIC

 

FIVE PATROLS
Mess
Cook
Lats
marquee
store tent
toilets
set table
cook central meals
hand basin tripods
lanterns
hot water
keep campsite tidy
serve central meals
garbage cans
woodpile
patrol boxes
morning prayer
help FA
gadgets - mess bags/teatowels
help QM
  
help QM
 
 
 
 
  
Bath
 
Camp
screening
 
colours
baths
 
flagpole
clothesline
 
woodpile
buckets (fire buckets, empty buckets under taps etc)
 
leaders’ tent
help First Aider
 
tools
 
 
Help LIC

 

SIX PATROLS
Cook
Wood
Bath
store tent
woodpile
hot water
food preparation
campfire
baths
set tables
keep marquee/store shed clean
screening
choose central Grace
report to Camp Assistant
morning prayer
report to QM
 
report to Assistant FA
 
 
 
Camp
Mess
Lats
flagpole
help Cooks
toilets
welcome visitors
serve meals
buckets
messengers
garbage cans
keep campsite tidy
colours
leaders’ tent
report to First Aider
report to GIC
report to Assistant QM

 

SEVEN PATROLS
Cook
Wood
Bath
Care for store tent
collect wood
clothesline
Food distribution
campfire
bath screening
Help QM
clean fireplaces
organise baths
 
Clear table
clean bath equipment
 
Help Camp Assistant
Help First Aider
 
 
 
Camp
Mess
Lats
Flagpole
serve meals
clean toilets
Colours
marquee
bucket brigade
Tidy store shed
garbage cans
collect wood
Clean campsite
wash central cooking gear
help First Aider
Help LIC
set table
 
 
Help QM
 
 
 
 
 
Gadgets
 
 
Help prepare activities
 
 
Make bath gadgets
 
 
Look after leaders’ tent
 
 
Central Grace
 
 
Make tripods
 
 
Help LIC
 

 

Sample Duty Rosters for Indoor Camps

TWO PATROLS (campers aged 10-14 years)
Kitchen
House
help prepare meals
clean bathroom
clean & tidy kitchen
fireplace
garbage disposal
set & clear tables
serve central meals
choose Grace
dry up
wash up
choose daily prayer/reading
clean & tidy main room
flagpole & Colours
clean & tidy patrol room
clean & tidy patrol room
help QM
help First Aider

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Duty Rosters

I have a simple way of choosing which patrols get which duties.

I create a grid with the day of the week on the left, and the number of patrols to the right, like this:

  Gadgets Cook Wood Bath Camp Mess Lats
Friday              
Saturday              
Sunday              

Then I look at who is in which patrol, and decide who needs to do which duties for experience or badgework. Once I have worked that out, I allocate one day of duties, usually the first day of camp, because that is the time when tents have to be erected, gadgets and flagpole made etc, and those are the camp duties that the girls usually have to do for their badges.

 
Gadgets
Cook
Wood
Bath
Camp
Mess
Lats
Friday
Swaggies
Trackers
Drovers
Jackeroos
Shearers
Stockmen
Bullockies
Saturday              
Sunday              

Then I simply move each patrol one space to the right for each subsequent day:

 
Gadgets
Cook
Wood
Bath
Camp
Mess
Lats
Friday
Swaggies
Trackers
Drovers
Jackeroos
Shearers
Stockmen
Bullockies
Saturday
Bullockies
Swaggies
Trackers
Drovers
Jackeroos
Shearers
Stockmen
Sunday
Stockmen
Bullockies
Swaggies
Trackers
Drovers
Jackeroos
Shearers

 

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