F. A. Q.
Frequently asked questions
|Could you send me more information on the base, or a brochure that explains the important characteristics?||On
the website (which contains more than 80 pages and 540 files) you can
find all the information you need for your excursions and camps.
www.bppark.it is always carefully updated and is much more
comprehensive than any brochure. From
the GENERAL INFORMATION page you can reach information regarding descriptions of the
camp, costs, firewood access, available gear, etc.
To find out how to get here, just click on the TRANSPORTATION
page, always updated and complete. We’ll leave it up to you to find the rest of the pages.
Below you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked
questions. For reservations,
we suggest using the user-friendly on-line application forms, so you can
get in contact with us quickly.
|We are a group of scouts and we are very interrested in coming. We would like ask you informaitions about proceed to come. Thank you for a prompt answer.||In our websites pages, you will find all the information you need. In general the last two weeks of July and the first 10 days in August are the most requested. We host up to 10 troops of 12/15 years age range (those who need wide areas for pioneering constructions) and 10 troops of 16/19 years age range (who normally have 2/3 people tents and need no great pioneering). We also host one pack of cubs/brownies (8/11 years age range) at a time in two huts (one for sleeping and one for eating). We have water taps all over the camps and three toilets/showers buildings and other chemical toilets, in a way that can be reached from every camping areas. Should you decide to book contact directly our general secretary Elio (adresses in homepage). If you are interested in the periods I defined the "most requested" I would suggest you to do it as soon as you can; in any case you can see from our website the progression of bookings updated every couple of weeks and also last year reservations. Should you need more info do not hesitate to contact me again o directly Elio. I do hope to see you in Rome and/or B.-P. Park.|
|What is B.-P. Park?||Our
camp has been called B.-P. Park since it was dedicated to the founder of
Scouting and has been made up thanks to the efforts made by some scout
groups (so far 34) of Lazio (Rome’s Region: one of the 20 regions of
Italy), AGESCI (Italian Catholic Guides and Scouts Association) regional
committee, and some entities of MASCI (the Italian Former Scout
Fellowship National Committee, Regional Committee of Lazio, Pordenone e
Torino). B.-P. Park association has been registered as a voluntary
organisation of Lazio Region (therefore it can also benefit of the
fiscal treatment for ONLUS, i.e. Non Lucrative Social Utility
Organisations) in two areas: “Environment” and “Social Services”.
They are the same areas in which AGESCI Regional Committee is registered.
B.-P. Park association is made of members appointed by the above
mentioned scout groups and MASCI entities; it owns the ground and
manages it only using volunteers (who do not even get an expense refund,
sustaining expenses on their own)
Scouts from all associations join and access the Scout base?
B.-P. Park membership is available only to AGESCI groups and MASCI
communities, we always have and always will host groups belonging to
other associations that share our same values and educational approaches,
in particular Scouting.
Cub Scout Packs come? Are
there sleeping quarters? Is
there a kitchen?
Cub Scouts and their leaders we have two 90 square-meter prefabricated
lodges, one housing 30 beds, the other set up as a kitchen, with communal
pots and pans and a dining area with four 8-seat tables (if you need
details about the pots and pans, ask us).
The use of gas and of the kitchen is included in the individual
|How are activities proposed by B.-P. Park; are they worth for kids?||
activities can be divided into two categories: those all the year
long and those during summer camps.
However B.-P. Park is not
a substitute of leaders of the units camping at the park; it only
proposes additional activities which are, in any case, optional activities:
in other words units camping can come thoroughly self organised and
structured having no need of additional proposals; it is intended
to exclude that leaders, with little imagination and creativity, could
have a camp prepared by others!
|Is it obligatory to participate in the activities offered by B.-P Park?||
Although we do propose activities for the groups, we do not expect everyone to partecipate. Our 10-year experience has confirmed that gatherings (for example bonfires and large games) of youth from all of Italy and from other countries are some of the greatest opportunities a summer camp at B.-P. Park offers. Therefore, you need not change the programmed activities. At the same time, however, we do think that once you arrive you will want to make a few adjustments in order to allow your kids to meet others. In other words, it depends on what you want to do.
|Do we have to pay any additional costs to participate in the activities?||Participation in the activities offered during summer camp is free and optional. The only activity that you have to pay for is the nautical activity at Lake Bracciano.|
|What kinds of activities can/must a troop do? Do we have to do any volunteer work or service projects?||For older Scouts we can arrange service projects for the maintenance of some of the camp’s infrastructures, assistance at the retirement home in Bassano Romano, or even an overnight trip to Rome to help out at a Caritas soup kitchen and/or participate in the Pope’s Wednesday audience (usually he skips a few in July and one in August while he is in the mountains; in any case, unless anything unexpected happens, the dates he is not going to be in Rome are known well beforehand). You can also go on short (or long, up to a few days) hikes around B.-P. Park. A few Italian and foreign groups also spend one day at Lake Bracciano, which is 15 minutes away by train (every hour) and a few minutes’ walk from Bracciano station. For service projects you can do at B.-P. Park please contact our general secretary Elio Caruso. In other words, you can stay at B.-P. Park on your own or to meet many other Scouts. As we like to say, there is the possibility to live the atmosphere of a permanent Jamboree. To contact other groups, check out the reservations section of the website.|
|Fees and reservations|
|What are the camping costs?||A chart with all the costs is on the GENERAL INFORMATION page. Just as an example, though, a group of 35 people with their own tents staying 15 days spends 1.050,00 €.|
the reservation binding? Once
we have made a reservation, can we back out?
we receive the down payment, the reservation is confirmed.
If you choose to back out, the down payment will not be returned.
|At the end of the camp, what do we do with the extra wood we bought?||The wood, which you can buy near the base (you can find addresses and contact information for this on the GENERAL INFORMATION page), which you don’t use and cannot take with you, can be either donate it to the base or else coordinate things with another group that comes before or after you to split up the costs (you can find addresses and dates on the reservations page).|
|Is there firewood?||The base has a fairly large wooded area, so dry firewood is easily accessible.|
there enough space to camp out in peace?
|There are no more than 20 units staying at B.-P. Park at the same time. Due to the base’s large size (35 hectares) it is possible, if you wish, to have virtually no contact with other Scouts. In any case, we suggest you survey the area to figure out the space you’ll need (e.g. dining area, tent spaces, etc).|
|We get into Rome by train. How do we take the train that goes to B.-P. Park?||If
your train comes in from France, Genoa, Livorno, or passes by Italy’s
north Tyrrhenian coast, you’ll probably also stop at Ostiense station (before
Roma Termini station). Get off at
Rome Ostiense station and take the train for Bassano Romano station (heading towards
If you’re coming from the direction of Florence or Naples, your train will stop at Roma Termini station or Roma Tiburtina station. Take the B line of the subway towards Laurentina and get off at Piramide. (The subway ticket costs 1 euro). Ride on three underground moving sidewalks and you arrive at Roma Ostiense station, from which there are hourly trains to Bassano Romano station.
The ticket from Roma Ostiense to Bassano Romano costs 2.89 € and you can buy it at Termini, Tiburtina, and Ostiense stations and at large “tabaccheria” smoke shops/bars.
Remember to reserve the stop beforehand! (see Transportation page)
|How do we get to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome from the base?||The train that leaves from 2 kilometres from the B.-P. Park stops 400 metres from the basilica and takes 1 hour. Just get off at the Roma San Pietro station and follow the tourist signs.|