Blog | Preparing Explorers to plan summer camps

Blog | Preparing Explorers to plan summer camps

14 June 2017

Planning a summer camp with Explorers should be very much about encouraging and supporting them to take the lead. The leadership, communication and organisational skills Explorer Scouts will develop from planning a camp will not only help them to lead camps as a Scout Leader of the future but will also serve them well in their lives outside of Scouting, wherever their ambitions lie.

Zodiac Award

Planning camps can also be an opportunity for Explorer Scouts to work towards or achieve the Platinum level of the Zodiac Award, which requires Explorer Scouts to plan, deliver and review a Night Away in different circumstances.

Meggernie National Activity Centre is a great spot for the Zodiac Award as it offers a range of accommodation types, including hammocks, indoor, traditional camping and the foxes’ den bivvi shelter, and is a great base for expeditions.

Find out more about the Zodiac Award

Get started with an Event Passport

The Events Passport is an excellent tool, used as part of the Nights Away Scheme, to encourage young people to lead residential events. It can be used to help make sure the young person thinks about and records all the essential elements of the camp and can assist with getting the correct approvals for an event from the relevant people.

Download the Event Passport for free from the Scout Shop.

Generating ideas for a camp

Explorer Scouts will be most motivated to plan an event that has been their own idea. Devote a meeting to generating ideas for camp events. SMESU Explorers in Edinburgh have tried Dragons’ Den style pitches for camps. Explorers worked in groups to pitch their ideas and the winning ideas were chosen, resulting in camps themed around zombies and also movies!

Find out more about Youth Involvement

Information and resources

 The Ultimate Summer Camp Planning Checklist

Fordell Firs National Activity Centre

Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre

Meggernie National Activity Centre

Zodiac Award

Top tips for planning an Explorers' Summer Camp