The camping challenge is a great excuse to get more nights away as an Explorer Scout, Scout Network member, or adult volunteer. It is also a fun and exciting challenge that can be made more difficult with the progression to the extreme camping challenge.
What do you need to do?
The camping challenge requires participants to camp for a total of 12 nights over a year. We would like to see the nights spread throughout the year - 2 nights per season (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) plus an additional 4 at any time in the year. Groups can keep their own records and buy the badge and individuals can submit their own logbooks. To start you can register with us and we will keep you up to date with opportunities.
How do I get the extreme camping challenge?
You need to complete at least 6 challenges during your nights away. A list of suggested challenges is below, but you can make up your own too! There will be a special prize for the most challenging or challenging camping idea.
Sleep on a boat
Camp in 0°C or lower
Camp at 10m above sea level or lower
Camp at 500m above sea level or higher
Undertake a Passport camp
DofE or similar expedition
Camp in a 2 man tent with 3 people, or one more person than the tent suits.
Sleep underground for a night
Camp over 2m off the ground for a night
Survival camp (construct a shelter and cook on open fires)
Sleep under the stars (open air)
Camp at a county or higher organized scouting event
Take part in a homeless sleepout
Any other activity agreed with your leader or the Camping Challenge team
How do I sign up? You can sign up here, although this is optional.
Who can participate? Both awards are open to Explorer Scouts, Scout Network and Leaders of any section.
What counts as a camping night away? Nights away follow the same requirement as the activity badge - it must be a Scouting activity and outdoors.
How can we make this award inclusive? The requirements can be adapted to make the award inclusive e.g. indoor nights away could be used.
How do I get the badge and certificate? Complete this form to order your certificate and badge. Badges are £2 each. Leaders can order badges for their explorers or individuals can email their logbook to [email protected].
What do you get for completing the extreme camping challenge? You get a special certificate for completing this challenge. The badge is the same.