Adventure > Activities > Nights Away

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.

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.

Before one of our adult volunteers can lead a residential experience; they require a Nights Away permit.

Nights Away Permit Scheme

The Nights Away Permit Scheme is an internal assessment scheme designed to ensure that all those leading nights away events for young people within Scouting have the skills, experience and personal suitability to do so.

You can find full details of the nights away permit scheme in the factsheets below. These include factsheets for specific roles such as commissioner and applicant.

There is also an assessment checklist that the nights away adviser uses to assess any applicants for nights away permits. There are some FAQ's available to support nights away.

Applying for a Nights Away Permit

Whether you believe you have sufficient experience, or have recently completed the required training and begun building experience - you'll want to be considered for a Nights Away Permit. In the first instance, you would contact your District Nights Away Advisor or District Commissioner to discuss making an application.