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Nights Away and Camping

Nights Away or residential events, such as camping or sleepovers, are a key part of Scouts. They’re something that every young person should have the opportunity to take part in.

From suggestions of available venues to details of how to gain a Nights Away permit that'll allow you to lead these events, there're various resources and directories available to help you plan, train for and carry out residential trips.

Don't forget every night away contributes to the Nights Away Staged Activity Badge, which is supported by GO Outdoors.

Nights Away Permit Scheme

Our Nights Away permit 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're a number of resources to support the different types of Nights Away events within Scouts.

Take a look at the resources >
Creating inclusive Nights Away

Our guidance on how to support young people and adults in Scouts with additional needs and neurodiversity on Nights Away.

Find out more about reasonable adjustments >
Keeping safe at camp

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

Read the safe camping guidance >
Nights Away and safeguarding

Some hints on tips for keeping your young people safe during nights away events. 

Read the Nights Away guidance >
Incidents, Illness and Emergencies

What to do in case of an accident, an emergency, first aid and reporting.

Incidents and Illness >
Setting up an InTouch system

InTouch is the system that helps you to communicate at all Scout activities and events.

Find out more about InTouch systems >
Activity information form

This form is a great template to give to parents/carers to share information and obtain their permission for activities, outings and nights away.

Activity information form >
Campsites and activity centres

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

Read the campsite guidance >
Prohibited and restricted campsites

A list of prohibited and restricted campsites, which aren't available or not entirely suitable for use by Scouts.

Prohibited and restricted areas >
Nights Away FAQs

Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about Nights Away and/or the Nights Away permit scheme.

Read the FAQs >
Outdoor in 24

We’re encouraging Scouts to get outdoors in 2024, whether it's a meeting, day trip, going on a Nights Away event or doing the Outdoors in 24 challenge.

How will you get Outdoors in 24? >
Camp menu guidance

Encouraging camp safety and healthy eating, here’s some guidance on how to plan an enjoyable menu for everyone.

Camp menu guidance >
Packing for residential events and Nights Away

Whether you’re a first time camper or an experienced camper, putting together a kit list is one of the best ways you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable camping trip.

Discover more >