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16: An Introduction to Residential Experiences

This module aims to enable section leaders and those who may support residential experiences for young people, as part of their role in Scouting, to understand the role that residential experiences play in Scouting.

Please contact your local training team or speak to your Training Adviser for more information, including dates of local courses.

Topics covered:

  • Preparing for a residential experience
  • Identifying skills
  • Permits and specifics

Associated Reading

Squirrel Section Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Squirrels are not currently allowed to do nights away events, this includes camping and sleepovers, whether indoors or outdoors. We are currently trialing this Squirrel residentials with a limited number of sections to test out how this would work and identify any potential challenges. This trial will inform the HQ decision on the future position for Squirrel nights away activities. It is hoped that an outcome can be communicated later this year which will help Sections and Groups to plan for activities in 2023.

All section leaders undertake the same training and Wood Badge as this is transferable when moving between sections. One element of this training is about understanding the value of residential experiences to young people. Squirrel leaders are still required to complete this module and in doing so would be encouraged to work with other sections on a residential experience. If the decision is made to allow squirrel nights away activities then squirrel leaders will have some key skills from having completed Module 16 which will help them on their journey towards delivering residentials within their section and if a decision is taken that residentials are not appropriate for this age group, then we will of course consider whether we need related content in the Wood Badge for this section, or not.