Camping plays a very important
part in the life of a Ugandan Scout. Each year around 2000 Scouts
meet at the national campsite at Kaazi. The site is on the banks of
Lake Victoria 20 or so kilometers south of Kampala.
Scouts in Uganda construct
their own tents, though with support, some Groups are now able to
afford the sort of tent we would use in the UK. The traditional Ugandan
tent (or bivouac as we would call it) are made from poles and grasses,
lashed togtether with banana fibre. The poles are taken from one camp
to another, so conserving trees. Sometimes raffia mats or plastic
are used in preference to grass. Unlike most UK Bivouac's these tents
have to withstand heavy equatorial rains.
All sorts of camping gadgets
are constructed - tables, benches, plate racks, washing stands and
clothes hangers. Drinking cups can be made from bamboo.
There are many
photographs on the site of camping in Uganda. Look especially at photographs
of the Camporee
1998 and Uganda