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Preparing for a week or weekend away with your Scout group or Guide Unit is no mean feat, with activities to plan and equipment to organise. But actually getting to the site, setting up camp and setting off at the end can throw unexpected challenges your way.
Unity has been the insurance provider for Scout camps and activities for more than 80 years, so has gathered quite a record of accidents associated with camping. We’d like to share some of the knowledge we’ve gained over time, so you can get to and from your campsite in safety.
Before you head off, carry out a risk assessment for the journey, the campsite and all planned activities. The leader in charge should coordinate safety to make sure all other leaders and participants are aware of the risks and have suitable controls in place. Be ready to make a new plan if conditions change from the initial risk assessment. This not only protects the group and covers the leaders, but also teaches the young people about managing danger.
With all the excitement of arriving at a new campsite and the prospect of pitching tents, it’s easy to forget the potential hazards. And they can pop up right from the start.
For safety tips, while at camp, check our our blog "Safety on site: how to avoid campsite calamities"
Packing up presents many of the same hazards as pitching, but now you are tired and desperate to get home for a wash! This makes it even more essential to take care of yourself and others when striking camp. The journey home will feel much longer, but you’ll be looking forward to that first shower and a comfortable night’s sleep. Here are a few top tips for staying safe on the road home:
Read our advice on summer driving for more travel tips "Steer safely through summer".
We hope this guide will come in handy the next time you head for the countryside, but this is not an exhaustive list of advice and our team are on hand to talk through your travel plans.
You can also visit the Scouts' Camping and Practical Skills web page for further guidance.