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Assuming you intend to visit the site, there are several factors you need to make note of before deciding exactly where you are going to site your tents.

Check which direction the prevailing winds come from, and whether there is any form of windbreak or sheltering hedge; make a note of if/where trees overhang the camping field - they may provide some shelter, but trees drip long after rain has stopped, may drop leaves, twigs and even branches in high winds, and are NOT a good place to be during a thunderstorm!

Ideally, try to choose a corner of the field which has shelter from the winds, is level or nearly so, with short grass, and which catches the evening sun - you may well want to sit out after supper especially in the summer months. Of course, if you are on a popular camp site the ideal places may well be already taken and you may have to settle for what is available!


Typical camp layout - adept to suit your own needs and circumstances!

Make sure you pitch your tents with sufficient space between the guy ropes to enable You to walk round them last thing at night, in the dark, to check that everything is secure and OK, without tripping over tent pegs, and keep the kitchen area and particularly the fire well clear of tents and preferably downwind, although of course the wind direction may change and you can't rearrange your whole camp once pitched.

CAMPS are traditionally laid out in a "U" shape, with the tents laid out along the sides of the U, the kitchen area at the top and the entrance to the camp at the open" end the U. We usually put the campers sleeping tents (patrol tents) along one arm" of the U and the Camper's tents and First Aid tent along the opposite "arm," with the store tents at the Top.

Campfire
Ideally the campfire should be located fairly close to the center of the campsite. You must take into account the prevailing wind direction before you set up any area of your campsite. You will not want the wind blowing the smoke and embers towards any tentage (or indeed any other area), and the prevailing wind will also determine your type and layout of the fire itself.
Position your campfire downwind of the rest of your campsite. If there is not already a fireplace you will need to clear the ground for a distance of around 2m of any dirt/grass/leaves etc, or use a form of trench fire.
See campfires for more information.

Woodpile
It is common sense that your woodpile should be within a short distance of your campfire. The wood should be graded and arranged into different sections. Woodpiles may differ in appearance, from the simple 'stack-it-on-the-floor' to the more complex wood shed. Even a simple stack should be provided cover against the elements, even if it is only a bin liner pegged over the top of the pile.
Ideally you should have a store of kindling as well; this most certainly should be kept dry.

Chopping Area
Place your chopping area adjacent to your woodpile. The area should be clearly marked and 'roped-off' forming a circle that is at least 2 arm+axe lengths in radius. Inside the chopping area you may want to place a log (in which you can store the axe when not in use, although they should have a sheath as well for when the weather turns). A chopping block or a simple tree stump or large log turned on its end will normally suffice.

Dining Area
A dining area can be immediately adjacent to the cooking area. It should be sheltered from the elements, and have easy access to where the food is prepared. You will need some form of seats/tables to eat from, make your own if you have brought none.
Waste food etc. should be cleanly disposed of in nearby 'bins'.

Storage
Mention has been made of storage tents below. If you do not have a first aid tent, then the storage tent must contain a full first aid kit placed within easy reach by the door. Any items stored in the tent must be off the ground, place on a platform constructed from natural materials or a table.
Storage could also include your own tents. Any clothing/equipment not being used should be neatly stored away in your bag/rucsac /backpacks and placed within the tent.
During the day, 'store' your sleeping bags and any wet clothes on an airing line. Simply erect two uprights and place a rope between them to hang the items on. This airing line should be at the upward edge of your camp out of the way of all the other areas.
Also during the day, if you have room and the weather permits pull your groundsheet out of your tent and store to one side to let your tent air, and the ground 'recover'.

Washing Area
If you have a washing area (if you are not using any of the camp toilet facilities) then this should be placed towards the center of the site as a whole. As it will be used not only for personal washing, but washing the dishes etc. it should be within a short distance of the cooking/dining area.
If you are using natural running water, care should be taken to establish a point from which you will take drinking water. You must then ensure that no-one washes, cleans pots etc upstream of this point.

Tentage
Where you place your tentage will determine the layout of the rest of the camp to a large extent. Tentage should be placed towards the outer edge of the site if possible (not in the middle of the field!). Choose a flat area, clear of any roots/rocks. Do not place tents right next to trees (especially solitary trees that will attract any lightning!), and be sure to look above as well as around on the floor. Look out for any possible 'deadfalls' from the surrounding trees. Common sense says that no tentage should be placed near the campfire/chopping area/toilets.
Care should be taken in the relative positions of the tents. No tents should be placed immediately next to the site entrance/exit. Leader tents should be placed in between the 'campers' tents and the entrance. If you have more than one leader tents, then place them at either end of the line of tents. Otherwise all the tents that will be used for 'living/sleeping' should really be placed in the same area, rather than spread around the site.

A first aid tent should be provided for any camp under canvas. This first aid tent must not be used for anything other than first aid, no sleeping/storing etc. It should be clearly marked and a full first aids kit kept inside at all times.
If you have any storage tents you may want to place them closer to the areas where they will be used (e.g. the kitchen area).

Toilets/Latrines
   
 
If you are using existing toilets you will have little choice about their location. If you have to camp close to toilets make sure they are downwind of the rest of your campsite (your campsite should not be next to the toilets in any case). If you have had to construct your own, make sure they are in fact 'off-site' and downwind of the prevailing wind.
They should be clearly marked and screened from view. Ideally the toilets should place some washing facility themselves. Latrines should be dug downhill of the camp and away from the water supply as well.
You must be careful not to dig them too far away otherwise people will be tempted to 'go' somewhere closer to hand!
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  Water taken from any natural needs to be purified before drinking to destroy possible contaminants. Use a filtering device, boil the water, or treat with water-purification tablets.
 
 
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