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06-03-2014 – Quartermaster

6 March 2014

If like me you thought that a quartermaster sounded more like a drink that a job title then read on…

Chill (the GSL) gave us a great insight in the importance of the role of a quartermaster. Without a quartermaster our camping and other equipment would be in complete disarray! We wouldn’t know who had what equipment was on loan, what kit was serviceable, and what needed to be repaired – not to mention in which container and on what shelf does something belong to!

From the session we learned that the QM’s main responsibilities are:

  • Maintain an inventory of all equipment and the store is kept tidy
  • Deal with bookings for equipment
  • Ensure all equiment is returned and stored properly after use and all damage is dealt with
  • Perform basic repairs or arrage to get the equipment repaired
  • liaise with the leaders to purchase new equipment

The evening was mainly spent cataloguing the tents and sorting them into two piles, one that was ok for use and one for tents that needed to be repaired. Once we had a good list (thanks Max for you excellent idea and enthusiasm) we returned the tents to the shelves in size order.

The activity was the first step to working towards the Scouts quartermaster activity badge. We will require several more sessions and some good needle work to get us prepared the up and coming camps we have planned (details coming soon..)

Thanks to all who attended this session, there was some good progress made!

That’s all until next week…

Bald Eagle

P.S If you still have equipment on loan to you can you please try to return it when possible as we have several tents unaccounted for and we need to ensure we have enough to accommodate everyone on the future camps…

 

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