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Camping and Practical Skills

Camping takes us away from our familiar surroundings and brings additional hazards and unusual conditions. We have a duty to ensure they are safe places for young people, adults and visitors alike. Guidance exists to help you achieve and manage this.

Catering and stoves

Camping Gas - Guidance on Safe Use
If you use gas for camping or cooking this is information about which is best to choose, setting up your equipment correctly and safely as well as how to avoid the dangers of fire, explosion and carbon monoxide.

Meths burning stoves: easy steps to staying safe

Vital information for those planning lightweight camping and expeditions.  This can easily be used to help train and prepare the young people in your care.

FS320004 Camp Food Safety (PDF)
This summarises the points from the Food Safety fact sheet to help you plan the safe storage and preparation of food for a camp or nights away experience.  It includes a set of bullet points perfect to laminate for a patrol to keep them on track and in good health.

Health and Hygiene

Avoiding ill health at camp (FS120626) [PDF]
Guidance about how to camp safely on farmland and to reduce the risks from E-Coli.

Ticks - advice on prevention, protection and removal

An increasing potential problem for walkers and campers in certain terrain. This is a great help to planning and it important you are prepared to prevent contact or deal with any issues arising.

Practical skills

Party/fiesta tents guidance 
Lightweight and easy to maintain, plastic framed party type tents have become a good value option to traditional canvas mess tents – however the type of use for them needs to be considered carefully.

Chainsaws - basic guidance for users (updated January 2014)

An incredibly dangerous piece of machinery…in the wrong hands.  Any user should be a competent person and this guidance will point you in the right direction.

Knife Skills Safety Advice
Great illustrated advice for safely using knives with young people and adults alike as it is too easy to have an accident.

Using axe and saws
Great simple advice for such a basic camping task which, if delivered safely, is the source of great achievement for all young people and vital for the function of the camp.


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