Management & Supporter roles are key in enabling the minimum standard of offering a Nights Away experience. The appointment of suitable Nights Away Advisers who actively seek out the promotion of the Nights Away Scheme is an essential element to this, and the Damboree Team believes:
We believe the premise that Scouting is a progressive system…progressively less supervision as a young person moves through the sections.
We firmly encourage camping to start as early as possibly in a young persons scouting career, the earlier they learn camp etitquette (not running through someone elses campsite) and a mallet is not a projectile, the better.
So what can Damboree do to help me promote nights away in my Group/District/County/Region/Country?
What about Explorers and Young Leaders?
The Damboree Silver Badges are there for Young Leaders and Explorers who help deliver a Damboree event, in fact Damboree is a good first base for a Young Leader led event, supported by their section leaders.
The more Young Leaders can be involved in camp planning, the earlier they can get the camp leading experience to be assessed for a permit when they become an adult leader.
Does Damboree do Nights Away Assessments?
NO! We don’t. Not as active support unit members. We may have other roles in Counties or Districts that enable us to do assessments, however the ASU does not offer Assessment-As-A-Service.
This is often a common misconception of Damboree, we’re here to support and encourage, not deliver. We don’t organise Damboree events, we cheer from the sidelines, and help break down barriers to leaders taking young people camping.
What's in it for me as a Group Scout Leader/Commissioner/Nights Away Adviser?
Ultimately more work, whether that’s approving NANs, asessing & mentoring more Leaders for permits, sourcing more kit for more campers, arranging more training for extended skills like bulk cooking, or more Mod38’s.
But the return is the investment you put into your leaders, and supporting them camping, is they stay longer, even if it’s a parent who choses to move through the sections with their young person.
Because Permits are non-sectional (unless the permit holder has asked for that restriction, it shouldn’t be forced on them) the Beaver Leader Parent who then becomes a Cub Leader Parent is permitted and ready to camp with the Pack.
More camping means more revenue for camp sites, your occupancy percentages go up, so your sites generate more revenue.
Best of all your young people get fantastic camping experiences, and the more confidence they get from starting earlier, in Beavers, the more competent they get as they progress, so long term the success of your Top Awards programme increases.
Everyone wins when #EveryoneIsInTents