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Blog | 20 July 2022

How to run a sustainable Scouts camp or sleepover

Written by Nicola Hilliard

Whether you’re holding a sleepover or going camping in the fields, there’re ways to help make your trip better for the environment. Here are our top tips to plan an eco-friendly camp that everyone will enjoy!

Four Scouts are planting trees on a green hill. The blue sky is behind them. All the Scouts are wearing neckers and working in pairs. The boys are holding the tree, while the girls are digging the soil.
A boy and girl are wearing neckers and litterpicking on a beach. They're on the sand, by the sea. Two hands in the foreground are holding a bag full of litter, including packets and tin cans.
If litter picking, remember to wear gloves, use litter picks and wash your hands when you get back to your meeting place.

Keeping safe

Keeping everyone safe in Scouts is everyone’s responsibility.

All activities must be safely managed, and you can use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity.

Always complete a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. You can use the safety guidance on each activity’s page to help you.

Remember, get approval for your activities, have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Make sure you know what to do in an emergency with the Purple Card.

Every adult should have a copy of the Yellow Code, which sets out guidance for all adults in Scouts.

Although the UK is not known for its high temperatures, we do experience heat waves from time to time, so you need to safely manage activities that’ll be taking place during the summer. Find our more on how to Stay safe in hot weather.

Two Scouts are cooking in the kitchen. There's a boy and girl, both wearing neckers. The girl is stirring ingredients in a bowl and the boy is cutting vegetables on a chopping board.
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