Wigwams: FAQs

All you need to know:

What is a wigwam?

They are wooden huts built in a beehive shape and are an alternative to tents. Please have a look at the photos in the wigwam section.

How many people can sleep in them?

  • Each wigwam sleeps 5 people on a raised bed area with mattresses. There is enough room to sleep 6 if you bring a blow up mattress for the floor.
  • The bed area folds up in the day to create lots of comfortable seating.
  • There are 6 storage shelves for kit plus space under the beds for bedding and boots, games etc. and a kitchen style worktop.
  • There are 6 storage shelves for kit plus space under the beds for bedding and boots, games etc. and a kitchen style worktop.
  • And each wigwam has two windows with lined curtains and a roof velux.
  • One has ramp access to enable wheelchair access.

Can you cook inside a wigwam?

The wigwams do not have cooking facilities – it is camping after all!   Cooking is done outside on either altar fires (metal cooking frame) or 2 burner gas stoves.  We have fire shelters (just in case it rains!).

You will have the use of the camp store equipment.  Please see the link for a list of the equipment available for use.  The wet weather shelter has a fridge and freezer and a kettle.

Is there access to toilets?

The outdoor toilet block is attached to the main house and has 4 toilets and sinks, plus one shower. There is an additional wheelchair friendly shower and loo. The toilet block is lit and has hot and cold water.

What licence do I need?

If you are in Girlguiding, it is essential that you check The Guiding Manual on the Guiding website for the most up to date information regarding the correct licence for running residential events.

What follows is a guide only; it is the responsibility of the person in charge to check these requirements are still current:

  • For one overnight with no catering: “Going Away With” Licence (Modules 1-4 of current scheme or Modules 1-3 of old Camp & Holiday Scheme, plus Module 4 – First Aid) – this is for an overnight stay only where no catering is involved.
  • For one overnight with catering: as above plus the licence holder also needs Module 5 – Catering.
  • For two nights or more: “Going Away With” Licence (Modules 1-4 of current scheme or Modules 1-3 of old Camp & Holiday Scheme, plus Module 4 – First Aid) and Modules 5, 6. Module 6 (Programme) needs to be of the same section as the girls being taken away.
  • If tents are also required as part of the residential event, the licence holder will also need to have Module 8 – Camp.

What should I bring?

  • Sleeping bag – no bedding is supplied
  • Pillow (the mattresses are covered in a sort of waterproof material- it’s not shiny and horrible but it’s not brushed cotton either)
  • Torch – for finding the loo in the night
  • Personal plate, cup etc.
Useful information

How to book: 
Please email us, with your name, details of booking query and a contact telephone number
newbigging@girlguidingdundee.org.uk

Important Visitor Information:
Can all be found on our Documents webpage


Newbigging wigwam - shared on the website