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Nights away and camping

Nights away or residential events, whether camping, hostelling, sleepovers or bivouacs, form an integral part of scouting, and are something that every young person should have the opportunity to take part in.

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There are various resources and directories available to help you plan, train for and carry out residential events, from directories of venues available, through to details of how to gain a nights away permit that will allow you to lead these events.

Don't forget the Nights Away Staged Activity Badge supported by GO Outdoors.

Nights away permit scheme

The scheme shows that all those leading nights away events for young people within the Scouts have the skills, experience and personal suitability to take young people away safely.

Find out more about the permit scheme >
Nights away resources

There are a number of resources to support the different types of nights away events within in the Scouts.

Take a look at the resources >
Campsites and activity centres

Guidance on prohibited and restricted campsites, and activity centre information.

Read the guidance >
Nights away for disabled Scouts

Some of the participants and staff will have particular needs that you need to consider so that they are able to take a full part in the activities.

Find out more about reasonable adjustments >
Prohibited and restricted campsites

Campsites which are not available or not entirely suitable for use by Scouts members are listed here.

Read about prohibited and restricted areas >
Nights away FAQs

Frequently asked questions for nights away and the nights away permit scheme.

Read the FAQs >
Keeping safe at camp

We've put together some guidance on how to keep safe at camp. From how to use a camp stove safely to good hand washing.

Read the guidance >