Nights Away Permit Assessments
These notes have been prepared to assist leaders applying for a ‘Nights Away’ permit in the Enfield District.
The Nights Away Advisors (NAA) will answer any questions you may have, they are there to help you as well as carry
out the assessment. The actual assessment will be done using the Scout Association fact sheet produced for this
purpose by headquarters.
Please note that attendance at a ‘Nights Away Training Course’ is not a pre-requisite to being assessed and gaining
a permit. So if you have prior experience of taking young people away with another organisation you may be able to get
your permit just by being assessed. If you think this might apply to you please contact the NAA for advice. Examples of other
organisations that might have given you the necessary experience include: Schools, Boys Brigade, Girl Guides, Cadets Forces etc.
It is recommended that the following points be followed:
- That the venue for the assessment is within 15 miles of Enfield, this allows the NAA to get to and from the site easily.
If the camp is further away they may decline to attend and you will not be assessed.
- That you liaise early with the NAA when setting a date for your assessment to ensure that they are available.
- That the event is run for a single section and is with the age group you normally work with. We do not recommend that
Group Camps and Family Camps be used for assessment purposes.
- You need to do all the planning, this should include:
- Setting the date
- Booking the site
- Planning the programme
- Planning the menu
- Buying the food
- Dealing with the ‘Nights Away Notification’ form
- Dealing with ‘Permission to Camp’, ‘Health’ and any activities forms needed
- Ensuring that any young people on medication are looked after appropriately
- Deal with the site layout
Please remember that you must have a permit holder present during the camp to oversee how it is run because you have not yet got
your permit. The permit holder should act as a member of your team and not take charge unless they see something that might be harmful
to the wellbeing of those camping.
When the NAA visit they will take a couple of hours of your time to complete the assessment so please be aware that you need
enough helpers to be able to cover this.
Once the assessment is complete the NAA will tell you immediately if they are going to recommend you for a permit. Please note
however that the final decision rests with the District Commissioner. If the NAA decides not to recommend you for a permit they will
give you feedback as to why.
A printable version of these guidelines can be obtained by clicking here.
The members of the Nights Away Advisor Team are Phil and Graham Gardener, Martin Covington and Roger Gleave. They can be contacted
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org'.