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Frequently asked questions

 
     
The website    
     
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.
     
Hospitality  
     
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, chemical toilets can be provided when necessaryin a way that can be reached from every camping areas. Should you decide to book contact directly our general secretary (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 us. 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) as well as A.I.S.A. (Associazione Italiana Scout Avventista), CNGEI (Corpo Nazionale Giovani Esploratori ed Esploratrici Italiani sezione di Roma) and Federscout. 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)
     
Can Scouts from all associations join and access the Scout base?   Although present B.-P. Park membership are AGESCI, AISA, CNGEI, 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.
     
Can Cub Scout Packs come?  Are there sleeping quarters?  Is there a kitchen?       For Cub Scouts and their leaders we have two 90 square-meter prefabricated lodges, one housing 60 beds, the other set up as a kitchen, with communal pots and pans and a dining area with four 10-seat tables. The use of gas and of the kitchen is included in the kitchen daily cost.
     
Activities    
     
How are activities proposed by B.-P. Park; are they worth for kids?  

Proposed activities can be divided into two categories: those all the year long and those during summer camps.

Year long:

During the summer, there are some activities proposed to those units camping at B.-P. Park. These activities can vary from year to year depending on the availability of leaders and former leaders for this service. For example, among others: pioneering and cooking; camp fire techniques; stars watching; orienteering,first aid and nature activities, as well as a show of Italian and international guide/scout badges and patches.

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! But there is no doubt that activities proposed by B.-P. Park are always of high level and very much appreciated by all, leaders and kids.

     
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, which is not organized by BP Park.
     
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 out of Rome; 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. 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. 
     
Is the reservation binding?  Once we have made a reservation, can we back out?
  Once we receive the down payment, the reservation is confirmed.  If you choose to back out, the down payment will not be returned.
     
Wood    
     
At the end of the camp, what do we do with the extra wood we bought?   There is construction wood (pales) available in the camp. You can to rent it at 1,50 € per piece. You have to ask to the camp responsible, who can provide you with differ size of poles. Avoid to saw and to burn them. 
     
Is there firewood?   The base has a fairly large wooded area, so dry firewood is easily accessible.
     
Space    
     

Is 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).
     
Transportation  
     
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 Viterbo).
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 1,5 euro).  Ride on three underground moving sidewalks and you arrive at Roma Ostiense station, from which there are hourly trains to Capranica station.
The ticket can be bougth at Termini, Tiburtina, and Ostiense stations and at large “tabaccheria” smoke shops/bars. 
 (see Transportation page)
     
How do we get to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome from the base?   The train stops 400 metres from the basilica and takes 1 hour.  Just get off at the Roma San Pietro station and follow the tourist signs.

  

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Hike and Raid around B.-P. Park

Zip files contain for every hike: cartography (IGM) 1:25.000 ( in two A4 images ).
Hike 3 and 3A only is in english version!

HIKE

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I Tigli - 15/ 20 min - 1,5 km
Updated  2017

1 - B.-P. Park - Staz. Di Capranica - Fosso Tazzano - Bassano Romano - Staz. Di Bassano - B.-P. Park.

Km 16

No longer practicable

 

 

2 - B.-P. Park - Stazione di Bassano - S. Maria ai Monti - Bassano - S.Vincenzo - B.-P.Park

Km 15

Updated  2017

740 Kb

2A - B.-P. Park - Km. 11,5 Provinciale Bassanese - F.so S. Pietro - Bassano - S. Maria ai Monti - F.so S. Pietro - Staz. Bassano - B.-P. Park.

Km. 16

Updated  2017

747 Kb

3 - B.-P. Park - Ferrovia - Veiano - Acque Minerali - B.-P. Park

Km 15

Updated 2017

769 Kb

3A - B.-P. Park - Valle Nobile - Veiano - Fontanile Ponticiano - B.-P. ParkKm. 13 one day

Km. 19 two days Updated 2017

814 Kb

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Bassano Romano

Common of Bassano Romano E' a hospitable citizen of approximately 4300 ab. in province of Viterbo, that he rises on a tufaceo plateau and that boasts Etruscan origins. He tos be distant 33 km. from Viterbo and 60 km. from Rome. The strategic position has favorite since rising of takeovers the antichi times, and that is suffragato from the presence of vestigia of Etruscan necropoli. The rooms defended around the castle of XII century, i alleys, the external scales, arch it... confer them a particular fascination and the typical medieval aspect. Remarkable it is the intentional feudale palace from the Orsini, held then from the Giustiniani and finally from the family of the Odescalchi. The modern Bassano, is a laborious inhabited center, that it is been born and has been developed along the road that door to the railway station Rome - Viterbo.

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.Il Monastero di San Vincenzo Martire

...Il gonfalone comunale

Palazzo Giustiniani

S. Vincenzo Martire. To 4 km. from B.-P. Park, along the road that door to Bassano, erge huge that receives one community of monaci Benedictines - Silvestrini, than alive second the rule of Saint Benedict, in the spirit of Saint Silvestro Abbot. The church has been made to construct from Vincenzo Giustiniani, on plan attributed to Carl Maderno, to which Francisco Borromini has then worked. E' sanctuary of the Saint Face and is goal of every pilgrimage year, particularly the last Tuesday of the month; the main festivity celebrates the Tuesday before Ashes with one solemn Waking of prayer. From the Monastero a panorama admires not common beauty that it extends until Cimino and to the Soratte mount ecclesiali Groups they are received in foresteria equipping for prayer encounter, spiritual exercises, formative moments, cohabitations, lives school and conventions. The monaci, moreover, they collaborate for how much possible one, with the units scout that they camp to B.-P. Park

 

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Transportation

1) METROPOLITAN TRAIN: times and stations - fares - stop request - Rome train map - train + bicycle
2) PUBBLICO BUS: general information regarding the bus lines and the Scout base bus stop
3) CAR/PRIVAT BUS:
how to reach the base on your own: description, maps

1) METROPOLITANO TRAIN:

GENERAL INFORMATION
The camp is  6 Kilometres away from Capranica railroad station of "FR3" line from Rome to Viterbo (FR3 is a regional line of TRENITALIA, the Italian National Railroads Company). Transfers from almost any place in Rome to the camp are very easy also for big events, such as region, district and group camporees. This is due to the high number of passengers that can be brought by these "TAF" trains, allowed to carry about 850 people, and to the high number of stops in Rome city (more than 10 in addition to connections to lines A and B of Rome underground, the so called "Metro" or "Metropolitana").

Shuttle service :
there is a shuttle service, available from Capranica Scalo station to the main street junction, 800 m. away from the camp. you have to request it beforehand:
You must either fill out the appropriate form or contact the agent at B.-P. responsible for this service (see first page) request for shuttle service is restricted to Satudays and Sundays with the attached form, to be sent by mail in the Sunday before the requested wekend.

TIMETABLE
The useful trains and prenotables for stopped of B.-P. Park leave every hour: We bring back therefore only the minute of the passage to the station. ATTENTION: in the festive days and in August every day, the frequency is halved to a every train two hours. The trains are cancelled in fact that leave to the odd number hours.

Download the timetable of trains Roma- Viterbo, Viterbo - Roma            .

TICKETS FARES
Tickets are avaible in the most important railroad station in rome (Trastevere, S.Pietro, Ostiense, Cesano and the other stations with tickets office). You can buy tickets also in "tabaccherie" (tabagist shops with typical "T" sign) near all the big and small stations. When you buy a ticket you have to buy it for Capranica (stop after Bassano) because Bassano Romano is not a official opened station.
It's possible to use the ticket with integrated fares "METREBUS LAZIO" of atac www.atac.roma.it. This kind of ticket should be more cheaper than single ticket if you want use many different transport system in one day only.

BICYCLE + TRAIN The bicycle train ticket costs €3.60 and is sold in the stations with a ticket office (Roma Tiburtina, Roma S. Pietro, Roma Ostiense, Cesano). It is valid for 24 hours, starting from your first trip and dependent on the distance traveled and the number of trains taken. The ticket gets stamped before you get on the train and gets divided in half: one half to keep and the other to put on the bicycle. In addition, you must have a regular passenger ticket.
The TAF trains that run on the FR3 Roma-Viterbo line unfortunately do not have a special space for bicycles. However, like on all TRENITALIA trains, it is possible to take a bicycle with you.
Our suggestion is to put your bicycles in the area reserved for wheelchairs, which is either in the first or last car of the train and marked by a wheelchair logo on the outside. It can fit 8 to 10 bicycles, with another 4 in the adjoining corridor. If you wish to take more bicycles, then you should probably split up among the different cars and put the bicycles near the exits, preferably avoiding the central ones.
To get to B.P. Park by bicycle it is best to use the Capranica station.
Experience has taught us not to ask the station personnel (who are usually poorly informed) for instructions, because the answer is always either "You can't take the bike on the train," or "Put it somewhere where it's out of the way." We suggest just to take the second answer for granted, take your bicycle on the train on your own, and try not to create discomfort for other passengers.
BICYCLES ON THE ROME SUBWAY: Riding on the subway with a bicycle is possible only on Sundays and only on the first car of the B line and the Roma Lido, for the price of a regular ticket (free if you have a yearly subscription). From both these lines it is possible to change to the Trenitalia FM3 Roma-Viterbo line at the Roma Ostiense stop

2) PUBBLIC BUS

It is possible to reach B.-P. Park using the Cotral regional buses, although trains are without doubt the cheapest, practical, and spacious way to get there, especially since it stops closer to the base.
Buses reach Bassano Romano (the end of the line), which is about 5km from B.-P. Park. This bus leaves from Rome at Saxa Rubra (on the Via Flaminia), which can be reached using the ATAC urban buses #200 and #232, or the Met.Ro urban train Roma-Viterbo (the other one) that leaves from Piazzale Flaminio (A line of the subway) every 15 minutes.
The other bus option is to use the Cotral Roma-Oriolo or Roma-Oriolo-Vejano lines which leave from Rome at Saxa Rubra. Given the distance between Oriolo station and B.P. Park, this option is useful for Hike and Raid (8.5 km).
For information on fares and time schedules,
call the Cotral toll-free number 800-15-0008 www.cotralspa.it:
Other useful numbers:
Roma Saxa Rubra bus terminal ticket office (+39)06-332-8331.

3) CAR/PRIVAT BUS

FROM ROME AND SOUTHERN ITALY: You can easily reach B.P. Park from the Grande Raccordo Anulare through the Via Cassia Bis (Cassia Veientana), exit 5, in about 45 minutes.
FROM NORTHERN ITALY: from the A1 highway, exit at the Magliano Sabina tollbooth.
DISTANCES: B.P. Park is about:
60km from the A1 highway (Magliano Sabina exit)
70km from Fiumicino Airport
5km from Bassano Romano
As for bus transportation, our usual contact person is Mr. Mario Alterio. Telephone: +39.068911822, +39.0633269589, +39.3386130876.
Fax: +39.0633269589.
Note: Buses must be parked 500m from the entrance. Cars can not circulate inside the B.P. Park.
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 Photographic visit

 

Click on the photos if you can see the blowups.  

In bottom to the page, the map of B.-P. Park with the point in which it has been taken the photo and the angle of visual. (numbered Photos)

 

 

 One of the glades with  water's point (1)

  The portal  (2)

Christian altar  (3)

 the great area with the background of the theater box, on the right the hygienic services

Aerial view of the base

 kitchen and refectory    (4) 

   the inside of the refectory

 One of the forest zones

 glade to the margins of the base

   baths and showers

 forest's zone

 Inside of the bed house

 One of the many wate's pointr

   From left, kitchen and bed's house

to hoist the flag (10)

   the snow to B.-P. Park: artistic " photo "

 

a little bridge up the stream (12)

 

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B.-P.Park visto dall'alto/B.-P.Park seen from above

Prenotazione per gruppi minori di 10 persone

Per gruppi minori di 10 persone è possibile contattare direttamente il sig. Fulvio (NCC di Bassano Romano, 349 3013612), al costo di € 2,00 a persona, a tratta, da corrispondere direttamente.