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Advisers' Guide


Published Jan 2015 replacing Sept 2007, last reviewed with no updated 2018


This page provides a guide to those wishing to become Nights Away Advisers (NAAs). It should be read in conjunction with Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) of The Scout Association. Find out more information about the scheme for applicants and for Commissioners.

The Nights Away Permit Scheme

The Nights Away Permit Scheme promotes quality residential and camping experiences. It allows adults who have demonstrated their skill and knowledge to take young people away on nights away events. It also supports and encourages adults to acquire and improve the skills required to provide residential experiences.

The Role Of The Nights Away Adviser

There are two key functions of the NAA; promoting nights away events, and assessing applicants for Nights Away Permits:

How To Become A Nights Away Adviser

NAAs are appointed by Districts, and occasionally Counties, through the same process as any other adult appointment. To be considered as a NAA, or for renewal of a role as NAA, you need to fulfil the following criteria:

Technical Knowledge

To ensure that they all have the technical knowledge required to carry out the role, all NA As are required to hold a Nights Away Permit. The level of Nights Away Permit that the NAA holds also determines the level of permit they can assess for, so a NAA holding; an indoor permit can only assess for indoor permits, a campsite permit can assess for campsite and indoor permits, a greenfield permit can assess for any permits, a lightweight expedition permit can only assess for lightweight expedition permits.

Assessment Skills

As well as having the required technical knowledge, NAAs also require the skills to be able to assess. This training and validation is provided through NAA’s version of Module 25 Assessing Learning of The Scout Association’s adult training scheme. Due to the modular format of the training scheme this will involve no unnecessary training courses for those who already have these skills, as validation of can be done through carrying out an assessment with the support of a Training Adviser (who will quite possibly be an experienced NAA).

Remain Up To Date

It's important that NAAs remain up to date and active within their role. To ensure that they are, all NAAs are required to have been on at least a day (7 hours) of NAA workshops or forums within the last five years. This figure should be seen as the minimum rather than the target. These workshops could be run by Districts, Counties, Regions, Nationally or a combination of the above.