Scouts turn to log cabins for camping

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Members of the Scout Association are increasingly making use of log cabin campsites and other pre-fabricated centres as more traditional forms of camping become less popular.

Figures for the numbers of badges awarded to Scouts have revealed that those for basic camping skills are now among the least popular, the Daily Telegraph reported.

This trend has prompted the Scout Association to launch a 'modernisation' review that could see some badges axed and more modern alternatives brought in.

These could include badges for recycling, using social networking websites and even computer gaming, the newspaper said.

According to Scout Association figures, the "quartermaster" badge and a badge for "campsite service" are now among the least popular, with the latter having only 848 takers last year.

"The quartermaster and campsite service badge are quite specialist and the areas that you can go to do them are quite specialist," commented spokesman Simon Carter.

"Nights away is easier to achieve than camping; there are more facilities available. Camping is brilliant, but it doesn't have to be under canvas - it could be in a log cabin, a youth hostel or on a boat."

Posted by Martin Corby   - 26 November 2010
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