Before you start
Before you get going, you need to
do a few things ﬁrst:
If you’re 12,
you can plan and run your camp
on the same campsite as your unit
camp. If you’re 13 or older, you can
camp independently of your unit if
you’d like to. If you aren’t quite 12
yet, have a chat to your leader now
so they know you’re interested.
You’ll also need to take at
least two other Guides who have
done the same (see Who else can I
take for more information). If you
haven’t, you can complete it as
part of your preparation. Lots of
activities in the Camp skills builder
will give you the necessary skills to
turn you into an expert camper.
you’ve joined Guides. This can be
with your family, friends or in
When you’re ready to go, chat to
I’m at least 12 years old.
I’ve completed the Camp stage
four skills builder.
I’ve been camping twice since
I’ve joined Guides.
The important stuff
What do I have to do?
You have to complete seven
challenges to prepare and lead a
group camping for two nights.
Each challenge looks at a different
area of a camping trip.
You can complete the challenges in
any order you’d like, but we
recommend starting at (drum roll...)
the beginning! Some challenges
overlap, so you could do things
alongside each other.
We’ve included some helpful
suggestions of how you could
complete some of the challenges.
But ultimately, it’s your permit, so
it’s up to you!
If you’ve printed out this booklet
to write in, do it in pencil in case
your plans change. You can also
complete some of the stage four
activities as you’re planning for
your permit camp. We’ll point
them out to you along the way!
Who else can I take?
You won’t be camping alone –
you’ll be taking a group of Guides
with you! Your group needs to be a
minimum of four and maximum of
eight, including you.
You need to make sure the majority
of your group (including you) have
also completed the Camp stage
four skills builder. This means if
you’re taking three other Guides, at
least two need to have completed
it, and if you’re taking seven other
Guides, at least four need to have
My permit group is:
How do I get started?
Chat to your leader to let them
know you’re interested in
completing your Guide camp
permit. They can help get you
started by ﬁnding you a permit
What’s a mentor?
Your mentor will be a leader in
guiding who you know. It could be
your Guide leader. They will help
you complete your permit. They’ll
be an experienced camper who’ll
support you and sign off your
permit once you’re done. So, don’t
feel daunted by what you have to
do. You won’t be doing it alone!
Apart from your mentor, there are
other adults who’ll help you
complete your permit:
P Your Guide leader – (if they
aren’t your mentor) they’ll help you
with the budgeting, and maybe
even lend you unit camping
equipment (if you ask nicely!).
P Your supervisor – this is an adult
leader who will be nearby when you
do your permit camp. You can call
on them if you need help. This
might be the same person as your
Guide leader or mentor.
P Home contact –This is a leader
who stays at home during your