Operation Last Post

Between: 1st August 2021 - 3rd August 2021 Location: Ypres Sections: Scouts

Ypres, Belgium

1st August – 3rd August 2021

 

What is Operation Last Post?

Open to 200 Scouts (aged between 10 and 14 at the date of the expedition) and leaders, from all over Surrey, participating in 3 days of exploration, visiting, learning and to pay respect to the fallen.

 

Where is Operation Last Post?

Based from the Flemish Scout Campsite Merkenveld, with daily excursions to Brugge, Ypres (Belgium) and Arras (France).

 

When is it?

The first of a series of international operations, departing Sunday 1st August and returning Tuesday 3rd August 2021.

 

So what happens on OLP?

Leaving, very early Sunday morning, travelling via coach and Euro Tunnel to Belgium, visiting the Passchendaele Museum, followed by a hike (4 km) and visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery, retiring to Merkenveld to pitch tents and evening meal.

On the Monday, a later start, participants will have a morning of free time in Brugge, returning back to the campsite for a hot lunch and preparing their own cold packed dinner.  Then straight out to visit Ferme-Olivier Cemetery for an act of remembrance, visit to Essex Farm to learn more of what happened on the front lines, a visit to the Flanders Field Museum, eating their dinner, then witnessing the Last Post, before being coached back to Merkenveld for the night.

An early start on Tuesday, involving striking camp and loading vans / coaches and return travel back to the UK via a detour to the newly opened to the public Commonwealth War graves Commission Visitor Centre in France.

 


Operation Last Post Information

The Scout / Leader Participant fee is £180, which includes:

  • Transportation: return travel to Guildford and between activities
  • Accommodation: We will be camping at Merkenveld Scout Campsite situation 20 minutes from Brugge, Patrols will need to bring their own tentage
  • Food: Meals will be provided covering
    • Sunday: dinner,
    • Monday breakfast, lunch, dinner,
    • Tuesday: breakfast and lunch.
    • Eating utensils will be provided, however each participant is expected to pack a reusable water bottle.
  • Activities: Passchendaele Museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Brugge city visit, Ferme-Olivier Cemetery act of remembrance, Essex Farm, In Flanders Field Museum, Last Post under the Menin Gate, Commonwealth War graves Commission Visitor Centre in France.
  • Apparel: ‘Operation: Last Post’ branded baseball cap, polo short, UK Scout Scarf and badge

Not included, is the cost of any extra activities (those not provided by the expedition team), food during the journeys and of course own individual spending money. Each Patrol will need to bring their own camping equipment

In order to secure your registration, a deposit of £80 per Troop is required at the time of registration. Details of where to send the payment will be emailed to you within a few minutes of receiving your registration.

  • Phase 1 – Register Troop by 31st January 2020
  • Phase 2 – Register participants’ full details and transfer participants’ deposit (£80) by 30th September 2020
  • Phase 3 – Transfer remaining participant balance (£100) by 31st March 2021

Operation Last Post Registration

Welcome to the Operation: Last Post Online Booking System

 

OLP is open to 200 Scouts (aged between 10 and 14) and leaders from all over Surrey, participating in 3 days of exploration, visiting, learning and to pay respect to the fallen. Leaders will need to register their Troops interest using this system and send a £80 deposit before 31st January 2020. Register Now.

Further details about Operation: Last Post can be found on this event page.

If you have any questions regarding OLP, please contact bookings@operationlastpost.org.uk

If you would like to be part of the Service Team that will be helping with OLP (and not connected with a registered group) can also register HERE (opening soon).

 

Click HERE to register the interest of your Scout Troop.

Operation Last Post Payments

The Operation Last Post Administration Team would prefer all payments via BACS. In order to pay via this method, you will need the information below:

 

CAF Bank

Sort Code : 40-52-40

Account No : 00013107

 

Please use payment reference: OLP21 followed by your booking reference.

 

For example, if the 99th Bentley Copse had the booking reference 12345, the reference would be: OLP2112345

 

If your Group is unable to pay via BACS, please make out a cheque payable to Surrey County Scout Council and send it along with your booking receipt, which will be sent to you via email automatically once you have registered to:

Operation Last Post Administration,
County Office,
Bentley Copse Scout Campsite,
Hound House Road,
Shere,
Guildford,
Surrey,
GU5 9JH

Once your payment has been received, you will receive an email confirming your payment. These payments are also viewable from the View Payments and Balance page on the online booking system.

Operation Last Post Service Teams

OLP is looking for adult individuals willing to help support the smooth running of this international expedition, the teams are:

1st Aid Team

Catering team

Media team

 

Further details about a Service Team can be found by clicking on their name.

 

To register your interest, please click HERE

Operation Last Post Downloads and documents

Find what you need below (links will go live as the documents are produced):

 

Operation last post 2021 poster

Initial Information for Leaders

Operation Last Post Clothing

Directions to drop-off/pick-up

Campsite Map

Final Details for Leaders

Operation Last Post Timetable

Operation Last Post Leader Support Information

The role of the Leader in OLP is:

  • To promote Operation Last Post to the Scouts.
  • To register and give preliminary numbers for your Troop.
  • Ensure that all adults helping have a DBS.
  • To provide final numbers to the booking site.
  • To ensure that health forms are filled in.
  • Ensure that Scouts and adults all have their forms returned.
  • You are responsible for your Scouts’ behaviour, health and happiness. Operation Last Post will provide adult assistance, first aid etc to support you.

Operation Last Post FAQs

How much does OLP Cost?

The cost is £180 per Scout/Leader which covers, transport, accommodation, activities and apparel as described in the above sections.

Can I swap attendees if one Scout drops out at the last minute and another one can come in their place?

Please contact us should this issue arise.

What if I have more questions?

If you would like to talk to us in person, we will be at the Brookwood Last Post, which is the first Sunday of every month at 15:00. Then there will also be a briefing evening set for March 2021. Or alternatively, please email us

 

Operation Last Post Team

Name Role
Andy Dolan

Operation Last Post Leader

District Scout Leader (Woking)

Katy Cozens

Katy deals with all Operation Last Post admin

Kevin Yeo

Kevin deals with the booking site

Ian Cartwright

Transport Co-ordinator

ADC (Scouts) Woking

John Pain

Activities

ADC (Scouts) Woking

Roy Thompson

Site Manager

Explorer Scout Leader, Mavericks

Jess Wright

Clothing

Group Scout Leader 7th Woking

Lucy Longley

Media Team

Assistant Cub Scout Leader 1st Horsell

Kath Brown

Catering

Group Scout Leader Sheerwater, District Scout Leader

Nigel Longley

1st Aid

Cub Scout Leader 1st Horsell, District Cub Scout Leader

Kevin Davis

Brookwood Last Post Liaison

Explorer Scout Leader, Mavericks

 

 

Operation Last Post Social Media

 

www.facebook.com/surreyscouts
www.twitter.com/surreyscouts

Look out for #operationlastpost2021

 

 

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls