Camping Leader

The Camping Leader scheme is for campers wishing to support and develop a participant’s camping proficiency.

Scope of the scheme


A qualified Camping Leader can:


  • Supervise a camping group
  • Teach campcraft activities




A qualified Camping Leader can operate in:


  • A variety of campsites, all with vehicular access, such as land with no facilities or commercial campsites offering a range of facilities.
  • A qualified Camping Leader holding a Mountain Training walking leadership qualification can operate in terrain within the scope of that scheme.




The scheme does not cover the supervision of groups away from the campsite.

Candidate registration prerequisites


  • You must be at least 17 years old.
  • You must have camping experience.
  • You must have a genuine interest in the supervision of groups.



Candidate Requirements


  • You must be registered for the scheme.
  • You should have some personal or supervisory overnight camping experience.




  • There is no consolidation period, though candidates are advised to have completed the online training course or have had had equivalent training prior to undertaking the Camping Leader assessment.
  • Some candidates may benefit by undertaking further personal camping trips or supervising camping groups in a variety of settings.
  • There is currently no time limit on the validity of a training course and some candidates may take several years to complete the qualification.
  • Familiarise yourself with the syllabus and revisit the online training if necessary.



Candidate prerequisites


  • You must have personally undertaken and logged an absolute minimum of five overnight camps, ideally in a variety of contexts.
  • You must have assisted with or overseen at least two group camps. If personal camping has only been undertaken when also supervising a group, then these two group camps can be part of the total submitted for personal camping i.e. some candidates may need to log only five overnight camps in total. Reflective comments must accompany the group supervision evidence.
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus.
  • You must be an experienced self-sufficient camper.
  • You must have experience of the supervision of camping groups.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have completed an appropriate first aid course. You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least one full day or eight hours of instruction and included an element of assessment.


Minimum Course Duration


  • 8 hours.
  • Normally delivered in a 1 day programme.
  • Programme can be split into 2 x 4hr events delivered within a one month period.


Group Size


  • 2 candidates minimum.
  • 12 candidates maximum.


Staffing Ratio


  • 1 staff : 6 candidates


Course Director


All courses must be directed by an approved course director. For course director responsibilities please see the Leadership Schemes Quality Manual.

Additional Course Staff Qualification


Hill and Moorland Leader plus Expedition Skills Module/Camping Leader

Please see course staff requirements in the Awards Quality Manual area for further guidance.