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Explorers Camper Activity Badge

Explorers Camper Activity Badge

A night sleeping under the stars? Nothing better, but we Scouts know it takes time, readiness and know-how to get it right.

How to earn your badge:

  1. Camp under canvas for a total of 20 nights or more.

    Camping trips you have been on during your time as a Scout can count towards your 20 nights.

  2. Demonstrate the following:
    • care, simple repair and storage of your tent and cordage, including whipping, splicing, hanking, coiling and safety inspections.
    • safe storage and handling of fuels such as methylated spirits, paraffin, petrol and gas.
    • care of cooking stoves and utensils, including simple repairs, cleaning and general maintenance.
    • storage of a section’s training and games equipment.
  3. Take the role of camp leader during a camping weekend (or longer), involving at least eight people.

    Before you go:

    • discuss all aspects of the camp with an adult leader
    • manage the budget for the camp
    • choose the campsite, carrying out a risk assessment of the camp and activities
    • make sure all necessary equipment is organised
    • plan a menu and organise the shopping.

    During the camp:

    • organise the pitching of the campsite
    • make sure that camp hygiene standards are met
    • make sure that all equipment is stored correctly
    • build a pioneering project, for example a flagpole or a gateway
    • demonstrate safe knife and axe use
    • plan a cooking and cleaning rota and cook at least one of the meals yourself
    • organise the striking of camp and make sure the site is left as you would wish to find it.

    After the camp:

    • make sure that all equipment is stored correctly
    • evaluate how the camp went by discussing it with the other participants.


  • Young People can use an Event Passport to complete this badge without an adult present.

January 2015.

Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.

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