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Whether it’s a one-nighter, a weekender or a full week under the canvas, camping is still the ultimate Scouting and Guiding activity. However, campsites are also hazard hotspots and accidents can (and do!) happen.
Unity has been insuring Scout camps and activities for more than 80 years and we have learnt a lot from the mistakes and misfortunes of others. We’d like to share this knowledge with you so your next camping trip can be a safer one.
Not many tent instruction manuals list all the potential perils of pitching. Some of the accidents reported here would be hard enough to imagine! However, many of these mishaps could easily be avoided by taking a few extra precautions.
The widespread use of log fires, gas stoves, hot oil and boiling water put cooking among the most hazardous activities on site. We even have records of accidents occurring before the first flame is lit.
While the kids should enjoy some independence, it is still important to supervise youngsters around the camp – particularly if they are prone to making mischief. You may need to intervene, especially if someone is getting hurt. Even ‘free time’ needs some element of supervision and more accidents happen then than any other time.
This selection of safety tips should help you prepare for your next camping trip, but there is plenty more advice available and our team would be happy to talk with you about your plans. The fewer flying gazebos we hear about, the better!
You can find more information by visiting the Scouts Camping and Practical Skills safety page.