County Cup 2014

Basic information

Date: 2nd - 4th May

Patrols of 6 – 8 members.

All members of the patrol must be 15 years or younger as of September 1st 2014.

Cost: €25 per scout

All scouts will need consent forms but individual group scout leaders will take charge of them.

Thursday 1st May

Teams may go up to Larch hill and put gear on their site.

NO gadgets can be pre-built, all gadgets must be made on site during the competition.

The Theme for the weekend is “Medieval”. This theme should be incorporated into your patrols County cup. Their patrol sign, their campsite, their sketch and costumes etc...

All teams must be registered 2 weeks before the event.

A minimum of 1 adult leader per patrol is required. More leaders are encouraged to come as we will need leaders for marking.

Venture scouts are requested to help out running the bases.

Patrol Jobs





Site Manager

Fire Chief

Quartermaster Stores

Quartermaster food

This is just a guideline, you may wish to have different jobs and a member of the patrol may have more than one job.


The Patrol leader (PL) of the patrol is the leader of his/her patrol. They should lead by example. They should guide their patrol to do their jobs. They should be overlooking ALL the projects and making sure that their patrol is happy, in good spirits and working well. They need to keep their patrol on task and speak for their patrol when required. As well as represent their patrol when asked. They must be able to delegate jobs to their patrol members. They must be able to use each member of their patrol to the best of their ability. They should listen to their patrol and above all be friendly and loyal to their patrol. When a patrol is fallen in, the PL stands in front of his/her patrol.


The Assistant patrol leader (APL) must back up the PL at all times. The APL and the PL should work together to ensure the patrol are working to the best of their ability. When the PL is not with his/her patrol the APL takes on the roll of the PL and acts accordingly. When the patrol is fallen in the APL stands to the left of all the scouts.


The cook of the patrol is completely in charge of the meal (even above the PL). He/She must ensure that they have clean hands and that all assistant cooks have clean hands. They must work with the fire chief to ensure that the fire is ready to cook on. They must ensure that the food is cooked properly and on time. They must ensure that there is enough food for the entire patrol as well as a meal for the markers. They must cater for vegetarians and finally they must make sure that they are “cleaning as they go”, a pot that had mince in it is very difficult to clean the next day... The cook should have water on the fire boiling while the patrol are eating so that wash-up is ready to go.


The scribe is in charge of the Log book and the sketch. He/she must ensure that the log book is completed and emailed off to the CPC (email below). They must ensure that the patrol are keeping with the medieval theme of the weekend. They are also in charge of the patrol profiles and the notice board. They must make sure that the notice board is ready to go and attached securely to the gate. The scribe is also in charge of the sketch, which should be included in the log book.

Site Manager

The site manager is in charge of the site. They must make sure that all the tents and the gadgets are put in the right place. They must ensure that the fire is in a safe place and away from the tents. They should also check that gadgets and tents are safe. They should check that the tents are properly pitched and also make sure that there is NO litter on their site. The site manager should be proud of his/her site and keep it neat, tidy, secure and safe.

Fire Chief

The fire chief is completely in charge of the fire. They must make sure the altar-fire is built safely and that the fire tray or barrel fits perfectly in the altar-fire. They must make sure they have protected the spars with mud or tin-foil. They are also responsible for the amount of wood they have. They should have a wood pile with wood separated out according to size. They must have a cover to put over the wood in case it rains. They must make sure there is a fire point (central in the site) with sand and water. They should be competent chopping and cutting wood so as to put in the fire. They should be able to light the fire and get it going so as it is appropriate to cook on. They must maintain the fire according to the chef's instructions. They must make sure that the fire is out if they are leaving the site.

Quartermaster Stores

The QS is responsible for equipment over the weekend. They are responsible for the group equipment. They must make sure that they have enough spars. They should work with the patrol to pack away the gear. They should work with the patrol to organise the spars and pack them away according to what gadget they are going to be used for. They should know where every piece of equipment is and how it is used correctly and safely. They should store equipment safely and properly so as the equipment is not damaged. They are responsible for the equipment over the weekend and must make sure it is packed away right and clean and they must make a note if anything is broken or lost.

Quartermaster food

The Quartermaster food is in charge of the food over the weekend and works with the chef to ensure there is enough food for the weekend. They should have a menu and give it to the scribe to be put into the log book. They should coordinate the shopping for the weekend and make sure they have enough money. They must ensure that the food is stored correctly. That cooked and raw food are separated. That meat and vegetables are separately stored. They must make sure that cold food is stored in a cooler box and that they have an ample supply of ice blocks.

These are the 8 traditional jobs for a patrol, however there are other important jobs.

First-aider is one such important job.

Points Breakdown

Campcraft -40%

Bases -30%

Test meal -15%

Log book & sketch -10%

Uniform and Sundry -5%

Time table (provisional)

Friday 7.00 pm: Start competition

Build site

11.00 pm: Finish building site


11.30 pm: Night inspection

Saturday 7.30 am: Scouts continue work on their site (they may get up before 7.30 but

may NOT work on their site)

11.30 am: Bases start

Scouts MUST make a pack lunch as they will be having lunch OFF-


1.30 pm: Lunch (at the last base scouts were at)

2.00 pm: Bases start up again

4.00 pm: Bases End -Scouts start preparing test meal

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm Test Meal (Markers will be marking from 4pm and will mark

meals when they are ready)

9.00 pm Campfire Sketch

10.00 pm – 11.00 pm Free time

11.00 pm Bed

11.30 pm Night inspection

Sunday 8.00 am Breakfast

9.00 am Strike site

12.00 pm Uniform and Final site inspection

1.00 pm Closing ceremony

Campsite Gadgets

Pictures of ALL the gadgets can be found in the scouting trail or online.

Campcraft General Information:

Gadgets may be free standing. Guy lines can be used for entrance gates.

No pre‐fabricated gadgets are allowed. This refers specifically to the tying of lashings

(typically figure‐of‐eight lashings on tri‐pods) in advance of the competition. Any such

lashings found on check‐in will be dismantled. This does not refer to table‐tops, fire

trays, patrol boxes, etc.

Troops are allowed to have the different gadgets bundled together, colour coded for

identification, etc, upon arrival if they so wish.

Tents may be of any type.

Fire extinguishers are banned on patrol sites. Past experience has shown that, in

general, Scouts do not know how to use them, and often the wrong types of

extinguishers are brought. Buckets of sand and water should be provided instead, and

fire blankets may also be provided.

The cutting of sods is not allowed. Fire trays must be used.

Please note that no equipment or timber poles/spars will be supplied to participating

patrols. Each patrol must supply all of their own equipment for the event.

If any structures are judged to be unsafe in any way and could cause harm to any person

the Patrol leader will be asked to either fix or take down the structure. In both scenarios

the Patrol will be told what the issue is with the structure.

Gadgets may run off each other e.g. A tripod that is part of the dresser can be used as part of the wash area too.

All lashing must be secure and able to hold the gadget in shape. Markers will be testing lashings by trying to move the spars held together by the lashing. They will not (should not) use excessive force to check lashings.

The required structures include

Notice Board (with just patrol profiles -these should be protected against bad weather)

Entrance Gate

Sleeping Tent(s)

Store Tent (Icelandic type)

Campsite Gadgets, to include:

o Pioneering Table & Seating with Dining shelter

o altar Fire (knee high to smallest scout)

o Food Preparation Area

o Dresser

o Waste Disposal (At least 2 bins)

o Wash Area

o Wood Pile & Chopping Area

o Gadget to raise equipment in boxes off the ground in the store tent


Patrol Sign

Fire Point


Tent(s) Standard of pitching

poles used correctly

tent walls taut

guy lines used correctly

Pegs used correctly – angle of peg, etc.

doors/porches used correctly

Sleeping Tent(s) Maintenance of tent

interior tidy

groundsheet & sacking used correctly (Icelandic‐type tent)

porch and inner tent used correctly (lightweight / ridge tent)

Storage TentStorage within tent

food & non‐food items stored separately

equipment items stored separately

use of space & general organisation within the tent

items not against the walls of the tent

there should not be a groundsheet in the store tent

all storage boxes (both food and equipment) must be raised a minimum of 1 foot off the

ground so as to allow the grass to ‘breath’ – this can be done by means of a campcraft

gadget or any other means

it is not permitted to attach any store gadgets to the tent poles

All items stored must be raised off the ground with a gadget.

Pioneering table & chairs:

The table‐top should be a flat piece of wood, and should not be free to move

The height of the table and seating should be appropriate for the size of the patrol


No scout on the patrol should have to ‘reach up’ to the table, and neither should any

patrol members feet be dangling in mid‐air while seated free movement in and out of

the seating should be possible

Altar Fire:

The top of the fire tray should be knee high to smallest scout as a general rule

All timber and sisal in the immediate area of the fire tray should be heat protected with

mud and/or tin foil

The fire tray should not be free to move

The fire tray should be level

Food Prep Area:

The work surface should be waist height for an average Scout

The work surface should not be free to move

The work surface should be level

Waste Disposal:

Waste bags on the gadget should be clear of the ground

Waste bags should not be allowed to more than ¾ full

Washing Area:

Dishes, drying areas, etc. should be waist height for an average Scout

Ideally, provision should be made for the storage of water containers


Dresser is for storing pots/pans/utensils tidily

Everything should be clean, neat and tidy

Wood Pile & Chopping Area:

Fire wood should be graded – kindling to heavier wood (At least 3 grades of firewood should be


The wood should have adequate protection from the elements (A simple ground sheet

will suffice)

Axe & saw should be stored in a safe manner on the gadget or in store tent

Some form of plastic should be used to define a chopping area

The area should be adequate to allow safe chopping of wood – i.e. an arms length

clearance in all directions

The area should have some form of boundary

Use should be made of a chopping block

Safe storage of saws and axes is of most importance, whether this is done in the

chopping area or in the store tent

Scouts may use fire lighters to start the fire.


A single boundary line is sufficient – double boundaries are not recommended however

points will not be lost for this.

Interior boundaries should be kept simple

Fire Point:

This should be clearly identified and should be in a central location

No gadget is required a simple bucket will suffice.

Campfire Sketch

The Campfire Sketch Competition will take place on the Saturday night of The County Cup. The

points allocated to the campfire sketch will be added to your patrols total for the weekend. The

winner will also receive the sketch campfire blanket (donated by Sean Bollard, Rathfarnham) for

one year. Over the course of this year they are to take care of the blanket and add at least one


Uniform Inspections:

The uniform inspection on the weekend will take place at the end of the weekend and will be just for

members of the Patrol. Scouts do NOT need to arrive for the competition in uniform.

Appropriate Uniform:

Scout Shirt

Navy Slacks/Combats/SI Issue Trousers

Scout Belt (there are many type any will suffice)

Neckerchief (with Woggle)

Dark Socks

Activity Appropriate Footwear

Uniform Appearance:

Shirt Tucked in

All items well kept and not creased

Test Meal:


The test meal is an integral part of any County Cup. To maximise your patrols points tally the

meal will need to be prepared and cooked in a hygienic manor, taste good and be eaten by your

entire patrol. (Vegetarians can be excluded). The test meal will take place on the Saturday

evening and each patrol will have a total of 3 hours for the entire meal. This should include

preparing, cooking, eating and cleaning up after your test meal.

Below are some important notes about the Test Meal:

The test meal will be a two course meal

Either a starter or dessert can be chosen to accompany the main course

If a patrol chooses to prepare a third course, no extra marks will be available

You will be given the meat and you can add whatever you want to it and make any meal you want.

The main course of the test meal must be cooked on an open fire.

For the entire three hour period there will be a marker onsite to test all aspects of the

preparation, cooking, eating and cleaning.

There will be three MEATS available for the main course of the test meal

You MUST provide the rest of your ingredients

o Chicken

o Pork

o Mince



PL/Task Leader 25%

Patrol Spirit 25%

Patrol on task 25%

Task completed 25%

Patrols are encouraged to bring a copy of the scouting trail, an axe (safely), a pen knife, first aid kit, a camera, notebook and pen and their pack lunch on the bases.

The bases will be:

  1. Pioneering

  2. Ice-landics

  3. Fires

  4. Map & compass work

  5. First aid.

  6. TBC

  7. TBC

  8. TBC

Log Book

This year we are introducing the digital log book. Each patrol must send in their pre-log to


The pre-log should open with an introduction to your patrol. Your patrol name (for the County cup) should be included. Everything should be dated and in linear time sequence.

Patrol profiles:


Photo (optional)

Patrol job



Favourite food


Pre-County Cup training:

This should include your training records and date, including pictures.


Your Pre-log should have your FULL menu in it, from Supper on Friday evening to Lunch on Sunday. It must include the main test meal and be as detailed as possible.


The outline of your sketch should be in the log book. What the rolls for each member is and a rough outline of the plot of the skit.

Camp Log book

Each Scribe will be given 10 to 15 minutes on Friday night and Saturday night to write their log for the day and to upload pictures onto laptops.

The aim for the County cup is to promote high standards of scouting in our County and to prepare the teams that comes 1st and 2nd for the Phoenix challenge. In saying that, it is also our aim that every single scout and leader enjoy themselves and take something valuable away from the weekend. It is hard work but very rewarding and we encourage scouts to do their best but not to be overtly stressed or competitive. Friendship and Loyalty should be the main theme over the weekend for the scouts and we should all enjoy ourselves.

Good luck to everyone involved :)