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Monday May 26 2008

Studentteacher83 reports on a town-country culture clash:

Year 7 camp takes place at the end of June and everything is being planned out. Two girls in my form asked if there would be anywhere to plug in hair straighteners. I know it’s only a camp for twelve year olds and it’s not like we’re heading out into a forest and surving by eating moss and slugs but they’re not really getting into the Ray Mears spirit of things.

Camps.  Camping.  In the countryside, presumably.  I’ve often thought that it might make sense to crank up the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides again, but make the background urban rather than rural.  Instead of learning tracking in the countryside, you’d learn how to follow someone in a city.  Instead of map reading in the mountains, it would be map reading with the A-Z.  Memorise not trees, but the London Underground.  Instead of animal spotting, car or motorbike repair.  (First aid, however, would still be first aid.)