BOY SCOUTS ASSOCIATION OF ZIMBABWE
Gordon Park is
Matabeleland Provincial Scout Camping and Leader Training camp
site. It is 100 acres situated on the Matopos National Park (Map 1:50 000
series: Worlds View 2028b3: PH 594364) and is subject to the
rules and regulations of the National Parks as well as Scout
camping and activity rules as set out in the Boy Scouts
Association of Zimbabwe, Policy Organisation and Rules.
To facilitate the
smooth administration of the Park, the following guidelines for
its use are to be observed:-
- Your group
must be in good standing with Province i. e. your annual
levy for the current year must have been paid.
- Cub scout
Packs and Scout troops wishing to use the Park are to
notify the Camp Commissioner at least two weeks prior to
their intended camp.
Address : Norman Scott
P. O. Box 929
Mixed camping is
not allowed. Girl Guides are invited to certain Provincial
events. On these occassions sufficient cooking equipment and
tents must be brought as the Guides camp in different area to the
Any Troop arriving
at the Park with Girl Guides who do not have the written
permission of the Guide Camping Adviser to camp at Gordon Park
will be sent home together with the Guides. (Rowallan Park is 4 miles up the road and is the Matabeleland Girl Guide camping ground.)
- Cub Scouts
camping must be accompanied by one adult to every six
- You are to
bring all your food with you as there is no food
available at the Park. The nearest store is 14
kilometres away. A tuck shop selling cool drinks and souvenirs
can be opened at arranged times.
- The nearest
telephone is at the National Parks Hazelside Office, 10
kilometres from camp.
- For camp
injuries which cannot be dealt with in camp there is a
Rural Hospital 12 kilometres from camp. (Adjacent to the
Matopos Police station).
- You are to
provide your own transport to and from camp. Transport
must also be available for emergencies.
- Packs and
Troops are to provide their own camping equipment i.e.
Tents, cooking utensils.
and abseiling equipment may be loaned from the Park
stores on the understanding that lost or damaged
equipment is to be paid for.
- If you plan
on hiking from the Park you should obtain maps :-1:50 000
series 2028a4, 2028b3, 2028c2 and 2028d1 form the
Surveyor General`s Office.
Gordon Park is in a National Park treat the birds,
animals and flora with respect.
- Do not
"scuffle" grass from your camp sites this
causes soil erosion. Rather cut it as this does not
destroy the roots.
- Be most
careful with your cooking and camp fires and do not leave
- Washing of
bodies and cooking utensils under stand pipes (taps) is
not allowed. Showers are provided for personal hygiene
and use a basin for your cooking utensils. Conserve
- A rubbish bin
must be used for all waste food and litter. Do not bury
any waste food and litter as animals will dig it up.
- No living
trees or shrubs are to be cut or chopped. There is plenty
of dead wood lying on the ground for cooking and camp
- Vehicles are
not to be parked in camp sites or on the parade grounds.
Parking areas are located adjacent to the Naomi Conolly
Lodge and Duty Hut.
- Buses are not
to proceed beyond the headquarters parking area.
- Liquor is not
permitted in any scout camps.
and games are played in restricted areas, e. g. football and
volleyball, are not allowed to be played on fields, as considerable
damage is done to the grass cover resulting in bare
patches and erosion of the soil.
- The Naomi
connolly Lodge is a general purpose hall. Furnishings
include trestle tables, benches, chairs, a gas fridge
(for which a charge is levied for the supply of gas) and
a bedroom with two beds. There is an outdoor kitchen with
a wood stove and washing up facilities.
- The Lodge is
- The radio
shack for Jamboree - On - The - Air camps.
- Cub Pack
- Packs wishing
to use the Lodge must indicate this on their camp permit
application form. Failing to do so, it will be assumed
that the pack will be camping in the Bowl camp site.
- The Justin
Ralphs Cottage provides additional sleeping accommodation
for the Naomi Connolly lodge. It comprises a lounge,
three bedrooms, toilet and bathroom.
- Any cooking
is to be undertaken at the outdoor kitchen serving the
lodge.4.2. The primary use of the Cottage is to provide
accommodation for adults who are involved in :
- The jamboree
- On - The - Air weekend
- Cub Pack
holidays (including small children of families assisting
- For special
- In certain
instances a charge for the cottage may be levied.
- Report to the
Camp Commissioner on arrival.
- Enquire as
to whether there are any special regulations to be
observed whilst you are in camp.
- Do not roll
rocks from kopjes - you may cause seious injury to
people, or damage equipment and installations.
- Report any
injury, no matter how slight. Troops and Packs are
requested to bring their own first aid requirements.
- Scout Troops
are to camp in the Bowl. Cub Packs not using the Lodge
are to camp in the Bowl.
- Camp raiding
is strictly prohibited as are camp initiations.
- The playing
of radios or tapes is not allowed. (If you cannot do
without these, then stay at home).
- The St.
George`s Chapel is available for quiet meditation or for
your Troop`s Scouts Own.
- When you
vacate the Park, leave your camp site clean and tidy.
Your rubbish will be incinerated by the camp staff.
- Items that
are found in camp are to be handed to the Camp
Commissioner. If you have lost any item, check with the
Camp Commossioner - it may have been found.
- Report any
leaking taps or burst water pipes to the camp staff.
- All work at
Gordon Park is done voluntarily. Respect other people`s
efforts, it is they who have made it what it is today.
- It is
customary for Packs and Troops to give 30 to 60 minutes
voluntary service during their camp programme, perfoming
some task at the Park. The Camp Commissioner will be only
to pleased to give you some small but valuable task.
- Have respect
for others who are in camp.
- Good camping
and enjoy yourselves.
ambiton to do right is the only thing that counts" Lord