NAP Pre-Assessment Training North Yorkshire Scouts 2007 Important points about this training: It is not for complete novices It does not attempt to teach any of the “practical” skills of camping, such as tent erection, cooking; or how to lead activities
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North Yorkshire Scouts
As part of this training, you will be given several copies of
documents, including the following:
An adult’s guide to camping, holidays,
expeditions and sleepovers, 2002
There are several ways of satisfying the training requirement in
preparation for a NA assessment:
A NA assessment, therefore, may or may not require training in advance, and, moreover, it is for the NAA to decide if a practical assessment is necessary. If the latter is not thought to be necessary, the assessment is generally known as “fast track”
It is important to note that completing Mod. 16 in the Adult Training Scheme does not generate a NAP
However, obtaining a NAP by any means should enable a leader to have his/her training validated for Mod. 16 training
The holder of a NAP does not have to be a warranted leader
This person, who must be suitably
experienced and qualified, is appointed by
the DC to advise and assess in matters
concerning the NAP.
He/she makes recommendations to the DC on the
“technical” side of the NAP, and is not concerned
with issues of “character” and “trust” with respect to
the suitability of leaders to be in charge of
A NAA would normally have a NAP, although at present it
is not a requirement.
A NAP is issued by the DC, for a given period of time, subject to agreed review, at a particular level, currently:
(this may change in the future with the addition of a fourth category relevant to “remote camping”)
You should note that there is no such thing as a
“Beavers Sleepover Permit”
We now look at the NAP documentation in detail, using the relevant fact sheets from HQ.
What are the practical steps a leader must take to obtain a NAP?
How much “paperwork” is involved?
(at this point we can briefly examine the “Event Passport” system applicable to Explorer Scouts as well)
A leader who is given a NAP is in a position of trust because
looking after other people’s children is a grave responsibility.
What qualities do you associate with such a leader?
A leader in charge of Scouts at a NA event is said to be “in loco
What does this mean, and what does it imply?
As a group, discuss the differences between a “night away” in a building of some sort; on a campsite; and on what is called a “green field”. Do these differences lead to any particular problems?
Why is a “green field” NAP a “higher level” permit within Scouting?
“draw up a timetable for the planning of the event”
In pairs, or individually, spend 5 minutes doing this exercise for short camp or other overnight experience with your Scout section. You may like to use bullet points.
A pre-event visit is absolutely essential if you are not totally familiar with the venue/site in question
Why is this?
Can you state precisely the several reasons for such a visit?
Scout Association’s “Home Contact” system?
safety of self and others(Pages 140 -161 in NA2002)
Do you have to be in possession of a current First Aid qualification to run a
NA event? What is the recommendation for First Aid provision at a NA
Share with the group the Risk Assessment you have produced
in preparation for this training session
Demonstrate the sort of First Aid Kit you would expect to have
with you on a NA experience
How would you deal with varying needs for personal
medication amongst the youngsters in your group on NA?
Provision of good meals is at the heart of any NA
experience! The organisers of a camp, in particular, need
to be proficient in the area of catering/cooking/and kitchen
Such “proficiency” does not, however, need to be part of the
leader’s repertoire, and delegation of effective responsibility
for this aspect of NA is quite acceptable.
a menu is planned that takes account of all the activities scheduled, the time of year and any special dietary requirements
hygiene standards are met in the handling, preparation and storage of food
there is a safe and suitable source of drinking water and of fuel
responsible disposal of waste material is carried out
Individual presentations on this aspect of the training
On the sketch map provided, plot a layout for a Cubs or Scouts
Camp. There are 6 adults on the camp, 20 youngsters, both
girls and boys. The camp is “green field”, and there are both a
river and a road on the edge of the camping area. Be quite
specific about who sleeps where, and with whom!
You need to make a careful note of the scale of the map, and
the spacing of the tents
A certificate can be provided on request.
This might usefully be shown to the NAA of your District,
along with the file of information that the course will
have generated, and may be relevant to the award of a
NAP in due course.
Remember that this course does not “qualify” you to run
a NA event, nor does it entitle you to a NAP!