What is a Nights Away Permit?

The nights away permit scheme is an internal assessment scheme designed to ensure that all those leading nights away events for young people within Scouting have the skills, experience and personal suitability to do so. (See POR Rule 9.55, 9.56, 9.57 9.58)

What are the categories of NAP?

  • Indoor – for staying in a building that has built in lighting and cooking facilities, toilets plumbed into a waste disposal system (i.e. a cess pit, storage tank or mains drains) and running drinking water
  • Campsite – for staying at a site that has toilets plumbed into a waste disposal system (eg. a cess pit, storage tank or mains drains) and access to running drinking water
  • Greenfield –  for staying at any site where any of the above facilities do not exist – for example, a summer camp on a farmer’s field
  • Lightweight Expedition – for staying at any site for not more than one night before moving on.

What do we ask adults to have completed as a minimum before applying for a NAP?

Any adults applying for a NAP should be members or associate members and have the following training complete and in date:

  • Module 1
  • Module 3
  • Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • GDPR
  • First Aid (Level depending on level of permit being requested)
    • 1st Response (Indoor, Campsite, Greenfield)
    • 2 day outdoor first aid (Lightweight Expedition)

Further information on any of the above minimum training requirements can be obtained by speaking to your training advisor.

How do I apply for/renew my Nights Away Permit in Durham City District?

To apply for/renew a nights away permit you can complete the form below which will be sent to our nights away advisors. They will be in touch with you directly to discuss your permit further. The nights away advisor may, depending on recent experience:

  • Discuss your requirements via email, over the phone, over MS Teams/Zoom.
  • They may want to arrange to meet you face to face at a time convenient to you.
  • They may want to visit a nights away event you are organising but not the permit holder of.


Nights Away Permit Application (NAP)


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