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1. Who is the founder of Scouting / Guiding? Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell.
2. Where was Baden-Powell born? When? In Gilwell, on Feb 22, 1857.
3. What the full name B.P? Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell.
4. Who was B.P’s mother? Daughter of the British Admiral W. T. Sonyth.
5. Who was Joseph Brewer Smith? B. P’s great grandfather.
6. When did B. P’s father die? When Robert was about three years old.
7. Where did B. P study? Charterhouse School in London.
8. What was B. P’s hobby in his childhood? Hiking, camping, sailing and tracing the source of the river Thames.
9. When did B.P. become a captain? B.P. became a captain in British army at 26.
10. What was the nickname given to B. P. by the Africans? IMPESSA.
11. What does IMPESSA mean? “Wolf that never sleeps”.
12. When did B.P. become a Colonel? In 1899, before he left for Mafeking.
13. Where is Mafeking situated? In South Africa.
14. Who was the Sergeant Major of the Mafeking during the time of Seize? Goodyear.
15. By what means were the letters distributed at Mafeking during Seize? Bicycle.
16. What was the area of Mafeking during the time of seize? About 5 miles.
17. When and where did B.P. die? B.P. died on Jan 8, 1941, in Kenya, Africa.
18. Who is the author of the book, “Aids to Scouting”? Baden Powell.
19. What is called as B. P’s second life? Scouting.
20. Who was the chief of the world’s Girl Guides? Lady Baden Powell.
21. Who wrote the story of Baden Powell? William Hillcourt.
22. Who was Mr. William Hillcourt? Director of Boys Scout of America.
23. What inspired B.P. to start Scouting / Guiding? The war of Mafeking.
24. When was the war of Mafeking? In 1899.
25. How long was the war of Mafeking? For 217 days.
26. When and where was the first Scout camp held? In 1907, at Brownsea Island, Dorset, England.
27. Which was B. P’s first book on Scouting? “Scouting for Boys”
28. When did Scouting come to India? In 1909.
29. When and where was the first scouting for Indian boys started? In 1915 in Bengal.
30. When was B.P. declared Chief Scout of the World? In 1920 at the end of the first World Jamboree.
31. When was the Bharat Scouts and Guides started? Nov 7, 1950.
32. Where was the first Jamboree held? London.
33. What is first Aid? First aid is immediate help given after injury.
34. What are the four ports of observation? Seeing, Hearing, Smelling and tasting.
35. What is the goal of scout/Guide movement? To form good and honest citizens.
36. What type of Scouting did BP want to promote? Peace Scouting.
37. What does a scout/Guide try to be good at? Scout / Guide craft.
38. What is the use of the Reef Knot? For bandage, parcels, and packing.
39. With what hitch does the diagonal lashing begin? Timber Hitch.
40. With what hitch does the square lashing begin? Clove hitch.
41. What are the different types of lashing? Parallel lashing, sheer lashing, Diagonal lashing, Square lashing, Tripod lashing etc.
42. What is the Scout / Guide handshake? Left hand shake.
43. What is the joyous part of a Scout’s Guide’s life? Camping.
44. What does the camping bring to a Scout? Health and Happiness.
45. What is the knowledge of animals and nature called? Woodcraft.
46. How can you learn about different kinds of animals? By following their tracks.
47. Where does the whole sport of hunting animals lie? In the woodcraft.
48. How does a Scout / guide get to like the animals? By watching the animals in the open.
49. What is the chief duty of a Scout/Guide? Help those in distress in any possible way one can.
50. In the old days who were the real Scouts? The Knights.
51. What should a Scout/Guide do if he/she had forgotten to do the daily good turn? He / she must do two the next day.
52. Can a scout/guide be satisfied by reading books and think that he/she knows? No, he / she must practice it often.
53. When a scout / guide has learned all saving tricks what shall he / she have? Confidence in oneself.
54. What qualities does a scout / guide need to carryout all his / her duties? He / she must be strong, healthy and active.
55. How does a Scout / Guide keep himself / her self fit? By doing exercises in the Morning and evening.
56. What is the purpose of a Scout’s / Guide’s exercise? To keep up the circulation of blood.
57. How does a scout / Guide avoid thirst? By breathing through the nose.
58. What is the test to become a scout/Guide? Tender Test.
59. What does ‘Be Prepared’ mean? Readiness to do one’s duty.
60. What is ‘Be Prepared’ in mind mean? Disciplining oneself.
61. What is ‘Be Prepared’ in body mean? Making oneself strong, active and able.
62. What direction does the Scout/Guide Badge show? The North
63. How does a troop / Company stand for flag break? In horseshoe formation.
64. What badge one gets for his / her hobbies? Proficiency Badges or merit Badges.
65. What is a treasured companion of a scout / guide? The Staff.
66. How many members can be there in a patrol? Six to eight.
67. What name does a Patrol bear? An animal’s name.
68. How does a Fox bark? Ha-ha.
69. What is the cry of the night jar? Chur-r-r-r-r.
70. What is the cry of a wild boar? Broof – broof.
71. What colour is advised for bulldog? Light Blue and Brown.
72. What is the colour of the owl? Blue.
73. What is the dress of Stork? Blue and White.
74. Who were the first tribes of South Africa? Zulus.
75. Who is the author of the book “My sixty years in the Plains”? Bill Hamilton.
76. Which American President had great admiration for Scouting? Roosevelt.
77. How was the man who was good at finding ways in a strange country called? Path Finder.
78. Which is the direction or point, a Scout / Guide most often talks about? North Point.
79. How is the real North known as? True North.
80. Which star represents a man wearing a sword and belt? Orion.
81. What is the meaning of “Red at night, shepherd’s delight”? Fine day coming.
82. Who is the author of the Book, “The book of woodcraft”? E. Thompson Seton.
83. What should one learn in Sea – scouting? Swimming.
84. When was the first Air Scout camp held? 1907.
85. Where was the first Air Scout camp held? At Brown Sea Island.
86. Where is the Brown Sea Island? In the English Channel.
87. At least how many yards should a person be able to swim to travel in a boat? 50 yards with clothes on.
88. Who were trying to experiment and make some kind of air-machine? Wilbur and Orville Wright.
89. To which country Wilbur and Orville Wright belong? America.
90. What do the Scouts / Guides use for signalling? Signal fires or smoke fires.
91. What does this smoke signal mean “Three big puffs in slow succession”? Danger.
92. What does “A succession of small puffs” mean? Come here to rally.
93. How does a Scout / Guide cover the fire? With a damp blanket.
94. Who used to signal news by means of beats on a drum? Tribes of Africa.
95. What every Scout / Guide ought to learn for signalling? The Morse Code.
96. What signalling is done by waving arms at different angles to each other? Semaphore.
97. What is the meaning of ‘Q’ in signalling? Q means ‘wait’.
98. What is the meaning of ‘R’? Message received correctly.
99. How does the Scout master / Guide captain call the troop /company together? What signal he / she uses? “Whistle signals” – the Scout’s / Guide’s call.
100. How can you prevent the end of a rope from becoming fragile? By whipping the rope.
101. Which shelter is the simplest form of a hut? Bivouac shelter.
102. How is bark or slabs of wood called? Shingles.
103. Who build their houses without poles? South African inhabitants.
104. Whose house is known as ‘teepee’? Red Indian’s.
105. Who uses the axe equally well left-handed or right? Good axeman / axewoman.
106. How is trunk cut into lengths called? Log.
107. How many bridges did Scouts make in Ashanti? Nearly 200 bridges.
108. With how many ropes do the natives make bridges in the Himalayas? 3 ropes.
109. How is ‘Scouts / Guides going from country to country travelling camp called? Tramping camp.
110. Whose tent is generally in the centre with flag and camp fire? Scout master’s / Guide captain’s tent.
111. In which country the Scouts squat on their heels? India.
112. How many kinds of fires do the Indians use? 4 kinds.
113. Can you name the four types of fires the Indians used? Council Fire, Friendly Fire, Signal Fire, Cooking Fire.
114. Which books give instructions for laying a fire? Two Little Savages.
115. What type of fire is used in North America for heating the tent? Reflector fire.
116. Whose method does the Boy Scouts of North America follow for fire-lighting? The method used by the Red Indians.
117. Who makes fire by sawing a log with a whipping cane? Borneos.
118. What are the only two things that Scouts / Guides leave behind on breaking up camp? a) Nothing and b) Thanks to the owners of the ground.
119. When one wants to observe wild animals, what should one do? Stalk animals.
120. What are some of the games in stalking? Scouting, hunting, message running, deer stalking, flag raiding.
121. What game is played in the open country and often killing, capturing are needed? Wide Games.
122. Can you say one of the Scout sayings? “Never say die till you’re dead.
123. Which are the exercises recommended for making the heart strong? The struggle and wrist pushing.
124. What exercises make the stomach work? Cone, body bending and twisting
125. What exercises make the Bowels active? Body bending, kneading of abdomen.
126. What games help to develop strength? Wrist pushing, staff tossing, follow the leader, and the struggle.
127. Which English poet wrote these words: “It is better to trust fresh air and exercise than to pay doctor’s bills to keep yourself healthy? Dryden.
128. How do germs spread diseases? Through air and water.
129. Which disease has affected a great many people because of spitting? Tuberculosis.
130. What is the knot used for saving a drowning person? Bowline.
131. What is the knot used for rescuing a person in a building on fire? Fireman’s Chair Knot.
132. What does it indicate when there is bleeding from the ears and insensibility after a fall? Injury to the skull.
133. What is the best antidote for all stings? Ammonia.
134. Can you tell some of the games in First Aid? Missionaries, Wounded Prisoners, Displays.
135. To restore anyone who is apparently drowned or someone who is not breathing, what should one do? Give Artificial Respiration.
136. When do we ask a person to breathe entirely through mouth? When bleeding from the nose.
137. Which is an excellent practice instead of tramping or cycling? Boat cruising.
138. Who is the Chairman of Patrol – in Council? Patrol Leader.
139. When and where was the first Girl Guide Movement started in India? Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)
140. In which year Lady B. P. become World Chief Guide? In 1930
141. How many stars are there in Great Bear? Seven Stars
142. What is Magnetic Variation? The Angle between True North and the Magnetic North
143. What is the full name of B. P.’s father? What was his profession? Herbert George Baden Powell. He was a professor of Geometry at Oxford.
144. What’s the name of the school where B.P. was first admitted? Dame School in Kinsington.
145. Who is the advisor of Court of honour? Scout Master / Guide Captain or Asst. Scout Master / Asst. Guide Captain.
146. Where and when was the first Gilwell Wood badge course in India held? Calcutta in Tolly Gunj from 3rd to 12th February, 1922
147. Who was the first Camp Chief of the Bharat Scouts and Guides in India? Sardar Har Dayal Singh.
148. Where and when was the 1st Training Conference of the D. C. C.’s held? Punjab State Training Centre at Tara Devi in the year 1954
149. When was “SANGAM” World Guide Centre opened? October 16th, 1966.
150. From whom did B.P. borrow the idea of left-hand shake? Ashanti Tribe of Africa
151. What is the meaning of the left-hand shake? It means a person trusts the other as he/ she offers his/her left hand putting away a shield for protection. In short it is a sign of friendship and trust. Besides, the left hand is nearer to the heart.
152. What are the four essential branches of Scout/ Guide Training? Character, Health and Strength, Handicraft and Service to others.
153. What is the International Scout/ Guide Emblem? The “Fleur-de-lis.”
154. Where and when was the First Himalayan (Rover) Wood Badge Course held? N.T.C. Pachmarhi from 28th May to 6th June 1958.
155. Who laid the structure of B.P. Memorial Guide Bhawan and which year? The then President of India, Dr.Rajendra Prasad, in 1956.
156. With which section is “Totem pole’ related? Cub Section
157. What represents the white block having shape of revised “L” at the lower fly and corner of the World Guide Flag? It shows our commitment to Peace.
158. Which part of a trestle is known as “Transom”? The upper most horizontal spar of the trestle.
159. In which year was the First World Guide Company started? In 1910
160. From which year was the World Committee of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts introduced to the new World Trefoil?1991
161. The Scout/Guide Movement are based on few principles: What are those principles? Duty to God, duty to others and duty to self
162. What is the meaning of Agraj and Agraja? Agraj means Elder Brother and Agraja means Elder sister
163. When and where was the first Camp of Girl Guides held in the World? In 1924, at Fox Lease, England
164. How many World Centres are having WAGGGS and Where? Four, Our Chalet in Switzerland; Pax Lodge in U.K.; Our Cabana in Mexico; Sangam in India
165. Where and when was the Ist World Jamboree held?Olympia, London, in 1920
166. How many Countries and how many Scouts participated in the First World Jamboree? 34 Countries and 8000 Scouts
167. For getting down from the tree Scouts and Guides take the help of a hitch, what is the name of this hitch? Draw Hitch
168. Who was the first Chief Patron of the Bharat Scouts and Guides? Dr. Rajendra Prasad
169. In which year was the branch for Handicapped Scouts started in the World? 1925
170. Who was the first Camp Chief of Gilwell? Captain Francis Gidney 1919-23
171. From which year was Rashtrapati Rover/ Ranger Award started? 1971
172. Who is the present National Commissioner of Bharat Scouts & Guides? Shri Lalit Mohan Jain
173. In which year did the Girl Guides Association merge with Bharat Scouts and Guides?1951
174. As per the rules of the association, how many Vice-Presidents in the Bharat Scouts & Guides are there? Six
175. Who was the Second Camp Chief of Gilwell? Colonel J. S. Wilson
176. What is the aim of Rovering? Brotherhood and service for others
177. Where is the National Training Centre? Parchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh
178. What is the full form of A.P.R.O? Aims, Policies, Rules, Objectives
179. Name the thread on which Scouts/Guides wear the whistle? Lanyard
180. When is the World Literacy Day? Sept. 8
181. When is the World Habitat Day? Oct. 5
182. At the age of 72 by whom was B.P. conferred the highest honour of “Peerage”? By King George V of England
183. When and where was the first Guide Company formed? In 1910, in England
184. Give the full form of WAGGGS. World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
185. How will you extend First Aid in case of stings and bites? Treat the sting with vinegar, if a bee stings use ammonia or washing soda.
186. Who wrote “Hand Book for Girls” and when? B. P. with the assistance of his sister, Miss. Agnes Baden Powell in 1912.
187. What do you mean by “Investiture”? A ceremony by which a boy/ girl becomes a Scout.
188. What was the initial idea of B.P. on Scouting/ Guiding? “A School of citizenship through woodcraft”.
189. Who was called the “Hero of Mafeking”? Baden Powell
190. On the head stone of B. P’s grave we find the Scout/ Guide sign, a dot inside a circle. What does it mean? “I have gone home”.
191. Where is B. P’s grave? In Nyeri, Kenya
192. On whose advice did B.P. give up his army career in order to look after the Scout/Guide Movement? King Edward VII
193. When and with whose help did B.P. start Girl Guide Movement? In 1910, with the help of his sister, Agnes Baden Powell
194. What is the National Bird, National Animal and National Flower of India? They are Peacock, Tiger and Lotus respectively.
195. Who established the Indian Boy Scouts Association in South India and When? Dr. Annie Besant, assisted by Dr. G. S. Arundale, in 1916.
196. Who established the Seva Samithi Scout Association in North India? Pandit Madan Mohan Malavia and Pandit Hridayanath Kunjru, assisted by Shri Ram Bajpai, in 1917.
197. What are the Honorary Degrees given to Baden Powell? Here are the Honorary Degrees given to B.P. LLD Edinburgh (1910); LLD – Toronto, LLD – McGill, Montreal, D.C.L. – Oxford (1923); LLD – Liverpool (1929) and LLD – Cambridge (1931)
198. Mention, with the year, some of the many Honours and Awards that B.P. received?
1901 -Companion of the Order of the Bath
1909 -Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath Knight Commander of the Victorian Order 1910-Order of Merit of Chile
1919 -Knight of the Grand Cross of Alfonso XII (Spain)
1921 – Storkos of the Order of Danneborg (Denmark) Order of the Commander of the Crown of Belgium
1922 – Commander of the Legion of Honour (France)
1923 -Grand Cross of the Victorian Order
1929 -First class of the Order of Merit (Hungary)
1931 -The Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (Austria)
1933 -Grand Cross of the Order of the Sword (Sweden)
1937 -Wateler Peace Prize
199. When and where were the World Scout /Guide Jamborees held?
1920 -Olympia, London.
1924 -Copenhagen, Denmark,
1929 -Arrowe Park, Great Britai,
1933 -Godollo, Hungary
1937 -Vegelenzang, Holland
1947 -Moisson, France
1951 -Bad Ishil, Austria
1955 -Niagara on the Lake, Canada
1961 -Manila, Phillipines
1963 -Marathon, Greece
1967 -Idaho, U.S.A.,
1971 -Nippon, Japan
1975 -Oslo, Norway
1983 -Alberta, Canada
1987 -Sydney, Australia
1991 -Mt. Sorak, South Korea
200. When and where were the National Jamborees held in India?
1953 – 1st Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
1956 – 2nd Jaipur, Rajasthan
1960 – 3rd Bangalore, Karnataka
1964 – 4th Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
1967 – 5th West Bengal
1970 – 6th Maharashtra
1974 – 7th Faridabad, Haryana
1979 – 8th Maraimalainagar, Tamilnadu
1982 – 9th Both Gaya, Bihar
1986 – 10th Bangalore, Karanataka
1990 – 11th Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
1994 – 12th Palghat, Kerala
1998 – 13th Chennai
2002 – 14th
2005 – 15th Haridwar



Some Scout Quiz Questions to Ponder……….

I Set

1. What was Baden-Powell’s Christian name?

2. In which year was B-P born?


3. What was the name of the town in South Africa BP saved whilst in the Army?

4. On his return to England, BP wrote a book about training in the Army. What was it called?
Scout About
Scout Training in the Army
Scouting for Boys

5. In which year was the first experimental camp at Brownsea Island?

6. In 1916, Baden-Powell started a special Section for boys aged between eight and eleven. What was it called?
Young Scouts
Boy Cubs
Wolf Cubs

7. In 1986, who were welcomed as full Members of The Scout Association?

Beaver Scouts
Venture Scouts
Sea Scouts

8. What major change affected Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in 1990?
Headgear was abandoned
Girls were allowed to join
New uniforms were introduced

9. What is the Scout Motto?
Be Happy
Be Prepared
Be Loyal

10. With which hand to Scouts shake hands with?
Doesn’t Matter

II Set

1. What are our Founders given names?
Robert Stephenson Smythe
Robert Smith Stephenson
Robert Stephenson SmithRobert Stephenson Smith

2. Which school did Baden-Powell go to?

3. Baden-Powell left school to become what?
A teacher
An acountant
A soldier

4. Baden-Powell spent most of his career in Great Britain, India and Africa, but he spent some time in which Mediteranean Island?

5. In the late 1890’s Baden-Powell was sent to South Africa to…?
… set up a police force
… report on the gold reserves
… mine for diamonds

6. What made Mafeking (Mafikeng) so important?
Rich mineral deposits
It was on the railway
Rich agricultural land

7. How long were the British besieged there?
7 months
8 months
9 months

8. When Baden-Powell returned, he was a national hero, but he found one of his books being read by boys, which one was it?
Aids to Scouting
Adventures as a Spy
Scouting for Boys

9. In 1929 at Arrowe Park Coming of age jamboree was presented with a Rolls Royce, a Caravan, and a portrait, along with the item he had asked for, what was that?
A walking stick
A camera
A pair of braces

10. In which year did Baden Powell die?



1. Where was the first official Scout Camp?
Brownsea Island, Dorset
Humshaugh, Northumberland
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Fordell Firs, Fife

2. In which year did Scouting begin?

3. For what purpose was Scouting for Boys originally written?
As a handbook for the Scout Movement
As a training program for other Boys organisations
As a guide to how boys could improve themselves

4. Why did B-P found the Guiding movement?
He didn’t want girls in Scouting
He didn’t think girls were capable of Scouting
Scouting was not considered a proper activity for young Edwardian ladies

5. Which member of B-P’s family did he initially put in charge of Guiding?
His mother, Henrietta
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His sister, Agnes
His wife, Olave

6. In 1916 Baden-Powell started a section for younger boys, which was?
Cub Scouts
Wolf Cubs
Scout Cadets

7. On which of Rudyard Kipling’s books did B-P base this younger section on?
The Just So Stories
The Jungle Book

8. Which of the following books was not written by Baden-Powell?
Aids to Scoutmastership
From the Shoulder
Rovering to Success

9. B-P set up a section for Scouts who had grown passed the age of 18, known as?
Senior Scouts
Rover Scouts
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10. The initial Scout Law had how many parts

IV Set

1. Which knot looks very like a reef knot and is used to betray the unsuspecting person?
Thumb knot
Thief knot
Overhand knot

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2. Which knot is shown on the membership badge of all sections?
Reef knot
Figure of Eight knot

3. Which knot would you use to join two ropes of unequal thickness?
Clove hitch

4. If you turn the ends on a reef knot back on themselves you create another knot. What is it?
Clove hitch
Round turn and two half hitches
Larks head

5. Which knot would you use in first aid to fasten the ends of a bandage?
Reef knot
Square knot
Granny knot

6. Which knot would you use to begin square lashing?
Larks head
Clove hitch
Reef knot

7. If you had fallen down a cliff and someone threw you a rope, what knot would you use to tie round yourself?
Fireman’s chair knot

8. Which knot would you use to shorten a rope without cutting it?

9. Why do you whip a rope?
To stop the strands unravelling
To make it stiffer
To protect it

10. Which knot do you use to begin sheer lashing?
Round turn and two half hitches
Timber hitch
Clove hitch

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Campfire is the best part of any camping a scout attends. It is the time for the scouts to relax and refresh. It is the time for the scouts to bring out their latent talents . It is the time for the scouts to get rid of their stage fear and grow their team spirit and co-operation along with their leadership traits.


The Purpose of Conducting Campfires

  • Playacting, stories, songs and music can all be used effectively in a campfire program
  • The campfire circle can be a very memorable experience for your youth and a place to create memories and dreams
  • It’s a great way for youth to learn to express themselves, and have a feeling of togetherness with other youth.


Types of Campfires

  • Formal – very structured, follows a traditional outline; may be too rigid for younger youth
  • Informal – less structured, but still follows a traditional outline
  • Singsong – an unstructured gathering that doesn’t necessarily use a set outline
  • Campfires can also be held indoors using an artificial campfire.


Campfire Etiquette

Before a formal campfire, discuss the rules of good campfire etiquette:

  • Enter the campfire circle silently
  • Sit in a circle around the fire. Running around and horseplay are not permitted
  • Do not poke sticks or throw garbage into the fire
  • Be courteous to others; do not talk during a song or skit
  • Cheer all contributors for doing their best
  • Keep flashlights turned off after entering the campfire circle
  • Leave the campfire circle in silence.

Encourage members to wear their campfire blankets if they have them.

Building a Campfire

  • Check with local authorities to see if you need a fire permit, and how to obtain it
  • Keep campfires small and use existing fire pits wherever possible
  • Gather dead wood only, and have a sufficient supply for the length of your campfire
  • Never leave a fire/live coals unattended
  • Make sure your campfire is extinguished and cold before moving on
  • Follow “leave no trace” rule if using a new site.


Types of fires

You can use several types of fire styles for a campfire:

  • As a Pyramid style burns, the coals fall into the middle, helping the fire burn downward
  • A Log Cabin style is one often used for campfires. The idea is to let the fire burn slowly and die down as the campfire program nears its end.


Fire Clean Up

  • When the fire has burned itself out, sprinkle water over the ashes, stirring them occasionally to ensure that they are completely extinguished
  • If you’ve developed a new campfire site, scatter the ashes and replace the sod or decomposing material from the forest floor, returning the site to its original condition.


Fire Pits (1)

“Leave no trace” rule for building a campfire in a new site:

  • Gather enough sand or gravel to build a base at least 7-9 cm deep and about 60 cm in diameter
  • Scatter the sand/gravel after the fire has completely burned out and has been extinguished with water
  • When sand isn’t available, locate a grassy area where you can carefully cut out a section of sod or remove the decomposing materials.


Fire Pits (2)

  • Never build directly on the forest floor, exposed rocks, roots or near low hanging branches or trees
  • Dig a shallow pit down to the mineral soils or gravel
  • Now, build your fire in the hole
  • Afterwards, when your fire has completely burned out and all ashes have been extinguished with water, replace the sod and soil
  • If you must build it on a rock, find one big and flat enough to contain it; once the fire is completely extinguished, turn the rock over to hide the blackened scar.


Environmental Issues

  • Campfires today are a luxury in many places
  • Scouting is committed to the principles of land stewardship, wise use of natural resources and no-trace camping techniques
  • Uncontrolled burning in campsites can leave many unsightly fire scars over time
  • Use guidelines to minimize your campfire’s impact on the environment
  • The saying “take only pictures, leave only footprints” applies to campfires and other camping activities.


How to make the campfire programme effective and impressive?

The campfire program should have a definite, planned structure. It should happen similarly to how a fire burns – starting small, building to a bright excitement, and then tapering off to glowing embers. Moreover, the best campfires are well planned, yet look spontaneous. They are planned and rehearsed in advance of the campfire program. There are typically three parts to a typical campfire. They are:

Part 1: Opening – The opening includes parading to the formal circle, introductions, the fire lighting, and a short, upbeat opening verse that sets the mood and guidelines for the fire and welcomes people to the magic of the experience

Part 2: Campfire Program –The Campfire Program is the main portion containing skits songs, stories, stuns or games

Part 3: Closing – The closing of the camp fire is even more important than the opening. A solemn, quiet, impressive closing is an excellent preparation for a quiet, orderly end of the program

Planning a Successful Event Campfire

Planning Process

Ideally the patrol responsible for the Campfire Program (the Program Patrol) and Master of Ceremonies for the campfire program are assigned at the monthly PLC meeting along with the already established monthly educational themes. The Master of Ceremonies and Program Patrol works with all Patrol Leaders in the troop to create a successful campfire.

  1. The Program Patrol responsible for a specific campfire’s planning form
  2. All Patrol Leaders or assigned patrol member determine (in advance) what skit, riddle, and mystery the Patrol will perform and report to the Program Patrol.
  3. The Patrol Leader or assigned patrol member is responsible for scheduling and practicing skit prior to the campfire program
  4. The Program Patrol turns the Campfire Planner into the Senior Patrol Leader for approval the week prior to the campout.


The Program Patrol and Master of Ceremonies should follow several common-sense rules:

 Complete the Campfire Planner

 Preview new or unfamiliar skits

 Reserve the right to edit or veto Patrol skits, within reason of course.

o No inappropriate language or ethnic humor is allowed.

 Be respectful and affirming of everyone.

 Remind participants to bring whatever properties they need.

 Remind everyone to speak loudly, so all can hear.


Guidelines for Planning

Some general guidelines for planning the campfire program are:

 Keep the program short

o 40 to 50 minutes being about right for Scouts and Venturers

 Skits are usually never longer than 3 to 5 minutes and are ideally somewhere around 90 seconds.

 Get skits in place quickly; otherwise all the momentum gained in the evening is disrupted.

 Avoid ad-hoc or unplanned skits from Patrols, because they usually aren’t funny, are too long and don’t make any sense, not to mention the Scouts forget what they’re supposed to say and do

 Rehearse the skit beforehand. It will increase the Scouts confidence and can help to avoid whispering, fumbling, amnesia, arguing about who says what, and all sorts of problems.

 Campfire Material must pass Appropriateness Test

o Consistent with Scout Law

 friendly, courteous, kind

 Song, Stunts, Skits, and Cheers should not embarrass or demean any person or group.

 Gray areas to stay away from:

 Underwear

 Inside jokes

 Cross-gender impersonation

 Use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs

 Water

 Watch out for using or modifying skits that touch on sensitive topics

 Skits that are based on Ethnic or handicapped targets are not acceptable


Campfire Etiquette

The Campfire Master of Ceremonies makes sure Scouts follow proper campfire etiquette including the following:

 Prohibit flashlights from the circle.

 No unwanted Clapping or Booing – that’s why we have ‘cheers/regulated scout claps’

 No Talking – unless you’re involved in an activity, talking spoils the mood and detracts from whatever is going on.

o Make a no-talking rule.

 The campfire circle is sacred and always quiet before and after the fire.

 If wood needs to be added to the fire during the campfire, only the Keeper of the Flame may do it.

 No booing.

 Crowd control is easier if you insist on silence as the group enters the campfire ring. Make sure there is sufficient light so they can find their seats.

 Discipline is important. Squelch any horseplay immediately. Encourage enthusiasm, but maintain control.

 Get everyone involved in songs or stunts.

 Recognition should be a part of every campfire program. Have a number of cheers planned; be prepared to explain and show them, then let the group cheer each group of performers.

 Inspiration contributes to showmanship and is essential to a successful campfire.

 Quiet as the embers die. Ask everyone to leave the campfire circle quietly.


Campfire Discipline

The Master of Ceremonies is the leader of the campfire program and needs to maintain control. Below are some guidelines:

 Be tough but tactful when someone may be interrupting the campfire

 Address problems immediately – Scouts can get out of hand easily & quickly

 When friendly requests fail:

o Follow patrol method

 Ask Patrol Leader for assistance, if that fails

 Ask Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader for assistance, if that fails

 Ask Assistant Scout Master or Scout Master for assistance


The Campfire Program Planner

Be sure that every feature of this campfire program upholds Scouting’s highest traditions.

  1. In a campfire planning meeting, fill in the top of the “Campfire Program” sheet (over)
  2. On the “Campfire Program Planner”, list all units and individuals who will participate in the program
  3. From each get and write down the name, description, and type of song, stunt or story they have planned.
  4. The master-of-the-campfire organizes songs, stunts, and stories in a good sequence, considering timing, variety, smoothness, and showmanship.
  5. M.C. makes out the campfire program sheet.
  6. Copies of the program are given to all participants.


Kind of programs to include in the Campfire



Spinning the yarn






Individual items




Group Song

Group Dance

Solo Song

Solo Dance

Dumb Charade

Kitchen Music

Yells by the scoutmasters

Program by the chief guest


Get the Feedback

Ask the participants both the scouts and the scoutmasters to give a feedback on the quantity and quality of programs and the way by which the whole campfire program was conducted. This true feedback ( oral or written) has guided me on the reshaping and redesigning the campfire in the forthcoming days.




All Faith Prayer

All Faith Prayer


Prayer means communication with God. Prayer will lead us into dependence upon God. A person completely declared before God “I am nothing” and God is supreme. And declare without God I am nothing. Prayer involves many aspects. Prayer produces faith. A person with faith without prayer is like a skeleton less a body. Prayer will lead us to confession. Prayer will lead us to conviction. Prayer will lead us to conformation. Prayer leads us to declaration. Prayer will lead us to make decisions of righteousness. Prayer will lead us to stand firm in God. Prayer will lead us to a victorious life.


Respect of Others’ Beliefs

The Scout Law teaches, “A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.” It is important that Scouts be taught to recognize the beliefs of other Scouts and to respect those beliefs. Scout outings and activities that span weekends should include an opportunity for members to meet their religious obligations. When planning an interfaith service, it is recommended that scripture, prayers, hymns, and all other parts of the worship be considerate of everyone present—respectful of all religions.


Purposes & Benefits of Multifaith Prayer

Multifaith prayer is an effort to symbolize and actualize the aspiration toward interreligious unity.

More specifically, multifaith prayer:

  • Acknowledges the rich diversity of humankind’s spiritual traditions.
  • Affirms the unity and solidarity of the human family while respecting religious differences.

“Unity amidst diversity” is the keyword here.

  • Provides an occasion and a safe environment to build and nurture relationships among faith traditions and among individuals in these traditions.
  • Appreciates common ethical values and a common search for truth.
  • Exposes individuals to the prayer, meditation, musical and ritual expressions of other religions.
  • Inspires common action in the realms of charity, healing, community service, social justice, scholarship, global issues and spiritual & religious care.
  • Provides an occasion to practice interreligious hospitality.

Four All Faith Prayer Meetings I conducted in my Troop


Court-of-Honour ( COH) of my troop was called for to discuss and decide about the all faith prayer meetings scheduled to be held by our troop in our vidyalaya premises. The opinions of various patrol leaders were considered and consulted.

Permission from the Principal

With the minutes of the COH meeting, our troop got the permission from the Principal to hold all faith prayer meetings in the Vidyalaya premises in the said dates.

Meeting of Scouters

The scoutmaster and assistant scoutmaster of my troop met in the scout room and formed various committees and fixed in-charges for performing following tasks relating to the conduct of All faith prayer meetings.

  1. Purchase of materials like oil, agarbathi, flowers, thiri, candles and a match box.
  2. Xeroxing and distribution of all faith prayer pamphlets
  3. Giving practice to the lead group
  4. Selection of scouts belonging to different religions
  5. Seating arrangement ( cleanliness, bed sheets, notice board etc)


The venue selected for conducting all faith prayer meeting is our school ………………………. ( that long hall where we used to conduct our scout camp classes). Because the venue chosen

  1. Is Calm and quiet
  2. Is Away from crowded classrooms
  3. Has a pleasant roofing design
  4. Has Enough fans and lights
  5. Has Sufficient ventilation
  6. Has In-built public address system with speakers


The all faith prayer meetings were held between 7:00 am and 8:00 am. The prayer in the morning after a fresh bath and pure thoughts is always better and fruitful.

Arrangements made at the place

  1. The venue was swept clean and kept neat and tidy.
  2. Clean bed sheets available in the vidyalaya were spread evenly.
  3. Agarbathis were there to spread the fragrance.
  4. A big lamp was placed in the front centre.
  5. Bunch of flowers were spread around the lamp to beautify it.
  6. Candles of different colour wrappers were placed around the flowers.
  7. Symbols of various religions were drawn on the floor.

Selection of Scouts

  1. Some scouts who are in the Vidyalaya choir group were given two days practice before the all faith prayer meeting to lead the prayer.
  2. Scouts belonging to different religions were voluntarily invited to offer individual prayer during the all faith prayer meeting. These scouts were asked to offer their prayer in front of the scoutmaster to check their voice and verses chosen.

Seating Plan of other scouts

  • The bed sheets brought by the scouts and guides were spread over the hall in a symmetrical way to present a pleasant seating design.
  • All the scouts were given a copy of the all faith prayer songs.
  • They were all briefed on the way they have to enter the hall and the way they have to exit after the all faith prayer.
  • They were also instructed on the importance of keeping quiet, without talking , during the entire course of all faith prayer programme.
  • All the scouts were asked to remove the shoes and enter the hall
  • Two non-scouts were asked to stand near the entrance of the hall to stop the scouts who may visit the hall after the starting of the all faith prayer.

Notice board

  1. The information about the all faith prayer meeting was made available in the S &G Notice board and general notice board of the Vidyalaya.
  2. A separate board mentioning the order of songs to be offered during the all faith prayer was placed in the hall.
  3. The aforesaid special board had symbols of various religions drawn over there by our beloved scouts.

Outcome / Result / Feedback

  1. A peaceful spiritual experience by all the scouts and scouters
  2. A growing respect for all the religious beliefs
  3. A broad minded attitude to see the goodness of all religions
  4. A realisation of the importance of group / common prayer
  5. An experience of a serene atmosphere
  6. Demand for more such prayers from my scouts




Organized camping is defined as an experience of group living in an outdoor  environment. It is a multi-level experience under the supervision of trained leadership. The program of activities provides fun and adventure in the outdoors at a site that provides seclusion and natural resources. Emphasis is placed on new experiences difficult to obtain in the usual indoor den atmosphere.


Objectives of camping

  • Has a primary goal of helping patrols succeed.
  • Strengthens patrol organization for better year-round operation.
  • Is an excellent medium for attaining the purposes of the Scout Movement : character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
  • Is a valuable aid in the progression.
  • Meets individual boy’s needs and interests by offering a meaningful and educational
  • Scouting program.
  • Provides a method of recruiting, training, and inspiring present and future scout leadership.
  • Promotes fun and adventure with a purpose— the reasons why Scouts join and why they remain Scouts.


Factors to be considered before starting a camp

Scout camping can be held almost any time that leaders, boys, space, and a program are available. Usually, camps are held in the summer when boys are out of school; however, they can be held on Saturdays, during vacation days, or during school days for special groups. The program is flexible enough to be conducted just about anywhere, at any time. Before starting a scout camp, consider the following questions:

  • What is your “target group” of boys?
  • When will these boys be available for camp?
  • Can you conduct your day camp when they are available?
  • What is the location?
  • Is this location perceived by the community to be “safe”?
  • What kind of program can you offer?
  • What equipment is available?
  • What kind of facilities will this program require?
  • What specific facilities are available?
  • Is equipment storage space available?
  • What will you do about transportation for boys , staff, and equipment?
  • What will you do about meals?
  • What must you do to guarantee safety?
  • Can you meet the minimum camp standards with the selected location, program, and staff?
  • What will be your detailed, day-by-day program?
  • How many hours per day do you plan to operate the camp?
  • What staff will be required?
  • Will staff be volunteers, paid staffers, or a combination of both?
  • Where will you recruit your staff?
  • What are the sources of income to meet the day camp’s budget?
  • How will you promote attendance?
  • How many Scouts do you anticipate will sign up for camp?
  • Are you ready and able to give Scouts and their volunteer leaders a worthwhile experience that will help achieve Scout objectives in a scout camp this summer? If not, what must you do to prepare yourself?


Some Factors for Success:

Planning, Promoting, and Presenting

The motivation and purpose of Scouting are important factors in influencing boys of Cub Scout age as they take part in your day camp. The activities of the program, in addition to being fun adventures for the boys, should embody the basic objectives of the Boy Scouts of America—character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness. The day camp should complement and strengthen the Cub Scout program of the den and pack if it is to be a true success. Refer to this brief checklist often to assess progress and avoid last-minute difficulty:

  1. Involve the camping committee.
  2. Follow a timetable.
  3. Check state and local laws and national day camp standards.

4 Plan your budget and promotion.

  1. Plan transportation.
  2. Check camp facilities and hazards.
  3. Check rainy-day facilities and shelter from sun and wind.
  4. Arrange for water certification.
  5. Check equipment needs—tables, tents, flies, copies of the Incident Information Report, No. 680-016; first-aid logs; emergency vehicles; etc.
  6. Notify fire and police departments of your plans; make arrangements with hospitals for emergency situations.
  7. Secure storage for craft and sports equipment, and locked storage for records and valuables. Secure any local permits needed.
  8. Plan the program and recruit staff.
  9. Involve council professional staff—let them feel that they are a part of it, even if they are not directly responsible.




Select a campsite in an outdoor area where skills and activities can be conducted successfully. A park, ranch, canyon, lakeside, or Scout camping area is appropriate. In selecting a site, consider the following:

  1. Distance to travel
  2. Permission to use the area
  3. Permission to build fires
  4. Firewood for practice with knife and ax, for cooking fires, and for the campfire
  5. Sanitary facilities
  6. Drinking water



Prepare carefully to ensure ample and proper transportation. Cars should not be overcrowded. Select safe drivers; do not overload cars; and do not transport boys in a truck or camper, except in the cab. Primary leaders may seek help from parents, Scouters, and priesthood leaders. The bishopric adviser to the Primary should be informed of transportation arrangements.



During activities conducted at day camp, follow safety precautions to avoid accidents. If the entrance to the day camp is located on a busy highway, request the local police or trained Explorers, in full uniform, to direct traffic.



Permission slips and a tour permit may be required for this day camp activity. Consult with the troop committee or the local Scout council.



Food is an essential part of the day camp. It may be provided by a camp staff, by the stake and ward leaders, or by the boys and their families. The kinds of food provided will depend on the type of meal planned. The boys may cook their own lunch or be served by the staff. Match the food to the occasion. If the leaders serve a family dinner, families should make their reservations and pay in advance.



Skills are taught more readily when the number of boys at a skill station is not too large. When large numbers of boys attend camp, assign them to several different groups and have each skill station repeat its instructions. Use an assignment chart so that the leaders and the boys know to which skill or activity station to report at what hour. The leadership of each camp should prepare its own chart.



The leader and the boys should sign in when they arrive so that the names and number of those participating are available. At this time, the leader should obtain a patrol assignment chart to use throughout the day.



Visitors are welcome at any time at the day camp. Families of the boys could receive a special invitation to attend a day camp tournament, a family dinner, or the closing event.


Court of Honour

The Court of Honour of the troop was called for to discuss and decide various issues on the conduct of weekend camps. The input of all the patrol leaders and chairman of the court of honour was taken into account by the scoutmaster.

Permission from the principal

The minutes of the COH meeting was presented to the Principal for further consent. Principal’s permission to conduct week end camp in the Vidyalaya premises was obtained.

Committees formed

The following committees were formed to conduct the weekend scout camp in a smoother and efficient way.

  1. Accommodation committee
  2. Mess committee
  3. Documentation committee
  4. Photos and Videos committee
  5. Sessions committee
  6. Ceremony committee
  7. Session arrangement in-charge
  8. Campfire committee
  9. Hike committee
  10. Furniture committee
  11. Guest arrangement committee
  12. Camp Equipment committee etc.

Daily Routine

First Day

04:00 pm                                              –          Registration

07:00 pm                                              –           Meeting of officials and escort teachers

08:30 pm                                              –           Gathering of scouts ;Course Integration

10:00 pm                                              –           lights off


Second  Day

06:00 am                                   –           Rouse

06:30 am                                   –           BP’s Six exercises

08:00 am                                   –           Breakfast

09:30 am                                   –           Assembling for receiving the guest

10:00 am                                   –           Inaugural ceremony

10:45 am                                   –           Flag Break

11:00 am                                   –           Tea Break

11:30 am                                   –           Pravesh Written Test

12:30 pm                                   –           Uniform Checking

02:00 pm                                   –           Sing song Session

02:30 pm                                   –           Prathamsopan written Test

03:30 pm                                   –           Practical Tests – Pravesh( 3 Songs, Law & Promise)

04:00 pm                                   –           Tea Break

04:30 pm                                   –           Evaluation &Practical Tests continued

05:00 pm                                   –           Games

05:30 pm                                   –           Officials Meet &Preparation of Campfire

07:30 pm                                   –           Campfire

08:30 pm                                   –           Dinner

10:00 pm                                   –           Lights off

Third Day

05:30 am                                   –           Rouse

06:15 am                                   –           BP’s Six exercises

07:30 am                                   –           Kit Inspection

08:00 am                                   –           Flag Break

08:30 am                                   –           Breakfast

09:15 am                                   –           Uniform Final Checking

10:00 am                                   –           DwitiyaSopan Written Test

11:00 am                                   –           Tea Break

11:30 am                                   –           Tritiyasopan Written Test

12:00 Noon                               –           Practical Tests ( Knots and Hitches, lashings)

01:00 pm                                   –           Lunch

02:00 pm                                   –           Sing song Session

02:30 pm                                   –           Practical Tests ( Knots and Hitches, lashings) Continued..

04:00 pm                                   –           Tea Break

04:30 pm                                   –           Making Improvised shelter & Flag pole

06:00 pm                                   –           Officials Meet & Preparation of Campfire

07:30 pm                                   –           Grand Campfire

09:00 pm                                   –           Dinner

10:00 pm                                   –           Lights off

Fourth Day

05.30 am                                   –           Rouse

07.00 am.                                  –           All Faith Prayer

07.30 am.                                  –           Flag Break

08:00 am                                   –           Break fast

09.00 am                                   –           Session: First Aid and Practicals

10:30 am                                   –           Session : Compass and Estimation

11:00 am                                   –           Tea

11:30 am                                   –           Open Session

12:30 pm                                   –           Lunch

2:00 pm                                     –           Evaluation and Final Talk / Returning of Gears

2:30 pm                                     –           Valedictory Ceremony

3:30 pm                                     –           Lowering of the Flag and National Anthem


  1. The scouts/Guide Law is the law of the camp
  2. Punctuality is the “hall mark” of the camp. All calls are obeyed quickly and promptly.
  3. Bathing is done at specified hours.
  4. Campers go out of camp area only with permission of the Leader of the Course and then in proper uniform only.
  5. When Uniform is to be worn it is worn completely and correctly. It is worn during the entire training sessions.
  6. Visitors are first taken to the leader of the Course for permission and the else where in the camp: CAMPOFFICE , OUT OF BOUNDS : RESIDENTIAL QUARTERS, WELLS – LAKES ETC
  7. All cases of accident, ill health or injury, however slight are reported immediately tot he Leader of the Course through the Duty Patrol.
  8. Duty Patrol on duty from mid day to mid day change of duty in clock wise pattern amongst the Patrol which are given a particular priority on the fist day at the commencement of the course.
  9. Duty of Patrol Leader changes likewise, change of duties affected in a formal manner at the end of forenoon sessions at Session Circle.
  10. Lights out time in camp must be strictly adhered to be all and Leader will pay special attention to this. Between lights out and Rouse perfect silence must be observed.
  11. Postal Arrangements – Requirements from Quarter Master

CAMP ADDRESS            Venue: KendriyaVidyalaya ,NTPC, Kayamkulam

  1. Valuable with Quarter master for safety.
  2. All items emphaising “DISCIPLINE” need worthy attention. Only Disciplined Democracy can last long.






  1. Rouse the camp at 05.30 hrs.
  2. Prepare the Flag for breaking and lower the Flag at Sun set
  3. Assemble the Groups at required place at fixed time for work and activities.
  4. Assist as required with the gear and be responsible for its safe return after use.
  5. Any other job allotted from time to time
Duty No. 02


  1. Prepare the Opening Ceremony for CampFire
  2. Collect letters to be posted at 13.00hrs. And distribute letters, which have arrived.
  3. Look at any illness in the camp and report any illness to distribution of Medicines etc.
  4. Attend to the Notice board.
  5. Any other job allotted from time to time.


  1. Prepare the campfire programme and hand-it over to the leader of the course on the arrival of LOC. See that all trainees are seated 5 minutes before the time fixed.
  2. Look to the cleanliness of the council circles.
  3. Help in distribution of breakfast, evening tea and food is necessary and keep dining and plate washing place clean.
  4. Any other job allotted from time to time
  1. Keep the flag area clean.
  2. Look to cleanliness of sanitation block, its lighting arrangement and water arrangements. See that water post/drums are kept full and there is not wastage of water by over flow or leakage.
  3. Look to drinking water booth and keep the pots filled
  4. Any other job allotted from time to time

Rota Chart














All the ceremonies were held in a planned manner.

  1. Flag break ceremony
  2. Closing ceremony
  3. Change of duties in the noon time
  4. Campfire ceremony
  5. Investiture ceremony


Inaugural ceremony and Valedictory ceremony

Practical Sessions

The practical sessions were planned and conducted in the following areas.

  1. Knots
  2. Lashings
  3. Making Improvised shelter
  4. Camp gadgets
  5. First Aid
  6. Estimation
  7. Compass
  8. Scout Songs




Campcraft: A photo Gallery

KVS Unit, Cluster, District and Divisional Level Awards

Year 2012-2013

Application Forms and Circular

S-G Awards.11.2.13

Annexure – II