SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Quartermaster

The Scout must complete all the requirements in one of the following alternatives.

Alternative A

  1. Assist a Group or Troop Quartermaster for an agreed period of time long enough to show their ability in the following areas:
    • The care and storage of tentage, including how to do simple repairs such as replacing guy lines.
    • The care and storage of cordage, to include whipping, splicing, hanking, coiling and safety inspections.
    • The safe storage and handling of all fuels used by the Group, such as methylated spirits, paraffin, petrol and gas.
    • The care of cooking stoves and cooking utensils, to include simple repairs, cleaning and general maintenance.
    • The convenient storage of all of a Section's training and games equipment.
    • The care and storage of equipment used for adventurous activities, for example, sailing gear, canoes and paddles, life-jackets and buoyancy aids, go-karts, and climbing ropes.
  2. Be able to keep a simple record showing the equipment issued and returned.
  3. Understand that general tidiness is the secret of good quartermastering. Explain how this is achieved in their own Troop or Group.
Alternative B
  1. Assist the Camp Quartermaster at a camp or holiday for at least five days.
  2. Show their ability in the following areas:
    • The care and maintenance of all tentage, including the ability to do simple repairs to guy lines and fabric tears.
    • The care and storage of all cordage, to include whipping, splicing, hanking, coiling and safety inspections.
    • The safe storage and handling of fuels used by the camp, such as methylated spirits, paraffin, petrol and gas.
    • The care and maintenance of cooking stoves and other cooking utensils.
    • The care, maintenance and general storage of all tools such as axes, spades and saws.
    • The care and storage of equipment used for adventurous activities, for example, sailing gear, canoes and paddles, lifejackets and buoyancy aids, and climbing ropes.
  3. Be able to keep a simple record showing equipment issued and returned.
  4. Demonstrate the importance of a First Aid kit, and be able to check that its contents are complete and up to date before going to camp.
  5. Describe how food is stored at camp.
  6. Show to the assessor the tools that they would take to camp to complete emergency repairs on equipment.
  7. Understand that general tidiness is the secret of good quartermastering. Explain how this was achieved in the camp at which they assisted the Quartermaster.