My name is Andy Sissons and I am one of the 2 UK Scout Association Technical Advisors for Nights Away. My role is the positive promotion of the Nights Away Permit Scheme.
I am trying to post this in as many groups as possible. I have tried to make it light hearted but also as helpful as I can... Please would you be so kind as to post on your page.
Firstly, lets be clear, you do not need to be wearing Scout uniform to be insured on a Scouting activity. :)
You don't need written permission to take photographs and in a lot of cases, you could get yourself into a world of agro if you asked for it and were refused - especially if go into public places where anyone could take pictures! Check your wordings carefully if you are making policy on photography. We have very little control over who takes what - every 14 year old is sharing everything on Instagram these days!
If you are holding a Nights Away experience for your section you must have a Nights Away Permit holder on site overnight. (Unless it is Scouts or Explorers and you are having zero adults on site and the NAP holder has issued an 'Event Passport'). This includes PGL.
Event Passports are for Young People ONLY (Under 18's). They CANNOT be issued to adults.
Scouts and Explorers are capable of camping on their own - without direct supervision, it just takes training and confidence.
The NAP holder is responsible for the camp. It is their camp, they make the decisions and as long as they are safe, within the rules laid down in POR and the NAP scheme, nobody else should be interfering. They have been assessed as competent, they should be allowed to get on with it. If you see something that you are unsure about - talk to them.
A minimum of 7 days for a NAN means that 7 days is ok. If, as a DC, you would like it sooner, ASK them for it.
If you are a permit holder and planning an event and you have the NAN ready before 7 days - send it in. Co-operation is so easy.
If anyone wants to have local rules for Nights Away - Please don't! Whether you like it or not, The Scout Association actually does know better. It likes the scheme the way it is because it does work!
Leaders do NOT need to have woodbeads before being allowed a Nights Away Permit. Holding a NAP validates modules required to gain their woodbeads.
There is no requirement to have run a set number of camps before being allowed a permit. There is an assessment to work to: AC120990. If the Leader can show they are capable - please just authorise the permit!
Please could all leaders learn the difference between MUST, SHOULD & CAN.
Ratios are important, but please understand safeguarding allows 1 adult to be in charge of multiple kids as long as they have other adults on the event. We do not have 2 deep adult supervision requirements (yet!) - this means is you are allowed to split into smaller groups on an activity and have a single leader with each group. Assess the risk - different activities will dictate different levels of adult supervision.
Normal outdoors and Nights Away stuff is: Beavers - 6:1 +1 (leader in charge) Cubs - 8:1 +1 (leader in charge) Scouts 12:1 (but minimum of 2 adults on on a NA event) Explorers anything other than 1:1 (but min of 2 or zero overnight)
Boys and girls can share accommodation on Nights Away events, some parents would like it if you separated them somehow, some won't care. Tell the parents what you intend to do anyway! Listen to their concerns.
Sections can be mixed on a Nights Away event, but it must be risk assessed. Is it reasonable to do so? Is it a good idea? Beavers and Cubs? No issue! Beavers and Explorers? Why would you? Although if there is a valid reason then you can.
Don't mix Young Leaders with their section - that's not allowed. They may be Explorers, but they have a different status and set of rules.
Risk Assessments are everything, the risks are different on a Beaver camp than they are on an Explorer camp. The NAP holders know it is their responsibility to think about this!. Don't try and take away their responsibility, that's not the way it works.
NAP holders have been assessed as competent to plan and run a camp, they do not need to be micromanaged. If anyone thinks they do, should they have their permit?
Beavers need to be encouraged to camp in tents.
Beavers Nights Away can be for as long as they want! Their choice!
Beavers have no other Nights Away restrictions than any other section.
Factsheet FS155053 is obsolete now and has been since January 2015.
Bulldog is a game Scouts are allowed to play.
Leaders are in short supply. We should be doing what we can to look after them, not upsetting them so they leave.
Scouts are allowed to throw axes but not knives. There are rules to follow.
If any Leaders have used the phrase "What will they have to look forward to in the next section" then you need to look at whether they are suitable! All activities are suitable for all sections, they just need to be tailored to fit and be made age appropriate.
Have we all worked out that Risk Assessments are everything. You don't need to write risk assessments down, but you do need to be able to justify your actions.
Local rules are unnecessary. They are also inadvisable. If a rule doesn't apply to the whole membership, there is no reason for it to apply to any member. ... ExpandSee Less
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