How many can attend a camp?

Scout camps can be run with a group of 200 participants (plus Leaders) undertaking outdoor activities as a single group.

Sleeping, cooking / eating, and any indoor activity must be split into Patrols or small cohorts of up to 100 participants plus Leaders.

Larger Scout camps go ahead in groups of 200, but you must contact for approval.

An assessment of the requirements for events with over 200 participants* can be accessed here.

Where can we run a camp?

Scout camps can be run at Scout campsites, public campsites, hall grounds, etc. Scout camps run on private premises must comply with the limits for indoor private gatherings.

How can we run a camp?

Each participant must be allocated to a cohort of up to 100 participants for the duration of the camp. Participants of each cohort can be members of different Scout Groups but must remain allocated to the same cohort.

Within each cohort, a maximum of 100 people can share a single indoor space, such as a bunkhouse room, cabin or tent. However it is recommended that no more than 6 people should share a tent.

Each person must be allocated a sleeping space for the duration of the trip (e.g. a specific cabin or tent) and should not sleep in a different space on different nights.

A record should be made of who sleeps in each tent, cabin or bunkhouse room.

Sleeping, cooking, eating and any indoor activity must only be undertaken in the designated cohort.

  • Sleeping should be undertaken as a cohort of up to 100 participants. This could be multiple tents pitched adjacent to each other, a group of adjacent cabins, or as the sole occupants of a bunkhouse. For camping in tents, each group of tents should be 5 metres from any other group of tents. Tents from another group are out of bounds.
  • Cooking should be undertaken at a kitchen designated for that cohort's exclusive use or cleaned between uses. Cohorts  can cook together and share food within their cohort. Each cohort should have their own cooking equipment that is not shared with other cohorts.
  • Alternatively, central catering can be undertaken for the whole camp, preferably seated outdoors. Cohorts can share food at the table, but there should be no self-service, buffet-style serving.
  • Any indoor catering or other activities should be undertaken as a designated cohort within the density limits for the indoor space.

To avoid doubt, “outdoors” includes an area with no roof or a roofed area with at least two fully open walls.

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