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Plan. Pack. Pitch. Party.

Jazz up your wellies, get your face paints ready! This badge will help you make the most of camping at a festival.

1. Festival feast

Festival tickets can break the bank, so you might need to fix up cheap meals while you’re there.

  • But it’s not just price that’s important, you’ll want your food to:
  • Be quick and easy so you can spend your time having fun.
  • Not be perishable as you won’t have a fridge.
  • Not need too many utensils because you’ll have to carry them.
  • Give you lots of energy and keep you hydrated.

Come up with meal ideas for three days that fit these criteria. Be inventive – how can you make instant noodles more exciting or healthier?

Then, move from plans to plates… practise cooking the meals you’ve come up with on the outdoor stove you’ll be using at the festival.

2. Prepare for festival fun

Get your belongings festival-ready!

Do three of the following:

  • Make your own flower headbands.
  • Spray-paint or decorate your wellies.
  • Plan and practise face paint or decoration, or make a festival mask. Remember to take photos to show what you’ve done.
  • Make a flag to attach on or near your tent so you can find it easily.
  • Put together a festival fancy dress outfit, including an element of DIY clothing or decoration.
  • Prepare in a different way of your choosing.

3. Go to a festival

Go to a festival and put your preparations into action!

You could go to an outdoor music event, commercial festival or a camping event from the Girlguiding calendar.

Once you’ve been, think about your experiences. What would you do differently in the future? What could have made your experience more fun?

Cooking safety

  • Check the ingredients you use to make sure you, or other people eating, are not allergic to them.
  • You should be supervised by an adult when cooking, and follow good hygiene rules.
  • Tie long hair back and wash your hands before you start.
  • Always use oven gloves when handling hot items.
  • Check the cooking appliances are turned off when you’ve finished.

Knife safety

  • Always direct a knife away from your body when cutting, and use a cutting or chopping board.
  • Always hold on firmly to what you’re cutting and keep your fingers away from the blade.
  • If you drop a knife, do not try to catch it. Step back and pick it up once it has landed.

Fire safety

  • Never leave a fire unattended and wait until it’s fully extinguished.
  • Always have a bucket of water/sand/earth nearby to extinguish the fire.
  • Never light a fire on peat, under a tree or near shrubs/bushes.
  • Tie your hair back and make sure clothes and jewellery are tucked in.
  • Be aware of how the direction of wind could affect your fire.

Staying outside overnight

  • Make sure someone knows your plans – where you're going, how long you'll be, what you’ll be doing and when you’ll be back.
  • Have a way of contacting someone if you get stuck (for example, having a charged phone).
  • Prepare properly for your nights away, including checking the weather.