Camp Quiet Hour

Cambridge District Scout Archive

The introduction of a quiet hour in the middle of the day, directly after what was often the largest meal of the day, was beneficial for several reasons. Camps can be relentless physical activity and rarely give time for personal space or reflection. Food was, perhaps, less digestible, at least if the references to the ready use of medication can be used as a marker.

A static subject for a photograph but these exist in the 5th Cambridge (Perse) archives held by the school. All undated but circa 1930’s.

This (above) has the suggestion of enforced separation. Below is a more communal activity, maybe planning for the next hike, but clearly not an enforced task as others are reading quietly.

Time for longer activities was timetabled, but it is unlikely that this rug would be finished on camp.

A 7th Cambridge patrol log book records the post midday meal ‘Shuteye’ in which they played pontoon (a card game) or (had a) ‘roughhouse’.

JWR Archivist Feb 2022