1st Burnmoor are proud of the vast nights away opportunities that we offer young people with sleepovers, activity weekends, expeditions and greenfield camps.

We couldn’t hold events without the volunteers that support them, the leadership team, SASU and helpers make these happen. To ensure adults follow the rules of the Scout Association and the events run smoothly 1st Burnmoor have the Camp Adult Code of Conduct which all adults on camps and nights away must follow.

Camp Adult Code of Conduct

  • The yellow card is always to be followed.
  • Everyone is responsible for the health and safety of themselves and others.
  • All adults are to help with camp duties.
  • Section leaders are responsible for the young people in each section.
  • Everyone is required at flag break in the mornings.
  • Any concerns should be raised with the camp leader, AGSL or GSL.
  • Any injuries or accidents must be reported to the camp leader.
  • No photos are to be taken of the young people, leaders will ensure photos are taken and shared within the group policy.
  • Noise levels should be kept down after members have gone to bed.
  • Any trips off site should be prearranged with the camp leader and not affect the program.
  • No smoking in the presence of young people.


  • Under 18s must not consume alcohol under any circumstances.
  • Adults must not consume alcohol when they are responsible for young people on an activity.
  • At any one time there will be the correct ratio of responsible adults who must not consume alcohol as per the risk assessment.
  • Adults are not to consume alcohol in the presence of under 18's.
  • If adults are to consume alcohol, it must be in an area separate from young people; adult tents, or after young people are in bed; around the campfire or in the marquee, these areas must be left tidy with no rubbish.
  • Consideration should be given to the effect’s alcohol can have and how it may affect an individual’s ability to fulfil their Scouting duties the next day.

To give positive guidance, the 'Young People First' code of practice (also known as the yellow card) sets out a code of behaviour for all adults in Scouting.

Every adult should have a copy of the 'Young People First' code of practice. It is designed so you can keep it with you at all times during Scouting activities.

Check that:

  • You have your own copy.
  • All other adults involved in working with young people have a copy.
  • You have a copy displayed in your HQ or meeting place.
  • Parents/Carers are made aware of the yellow card and our child protection policy.

Code of behaviour

  • Do remember that you are a role model at ALL times, inside and outside Scouting. Set a good example for others to follow.
  • Do treat everyone with dignity and respect in line with the Scouting Values
  • Do treat all young people equally - do not show favouritism
  • Do follow the adult-to-young person ratios at all times
  • Do remember that you have been placed in a position of trust - do not abuse this
  • Do report all allegations, suspicions and concerns immediately
  • Do remember that someone may misinterpret your actions
  • Do respect a young person’s right to personal privacy
  • Do act within appropriate boundaries, even in difficult circumstances
  • Do encourage an open and transparent culture, where people can challenge inappropriate attitudes or behaviours
  • Do make everyone (young people, parents and carers, Young Leaders and other helpers) aware of our safeguarding arrangements and share our Yellow Card - our Code of Behaviour
  • Do create an environment where young people feel safe to voice their concerns
  • Do have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, adults and Young Leaders working with a younger section
  • Do plan activities that involve more than one other person being present, or at least within sight and hearing of others.
  • Do not plan to be alone with a young person.
  • Do not drink alcohol when you are directly responsible for young people and never allow young people on Scouting activities to drink alcohol
  • Do not trivialise abuse or let it go unreported
  • Do not join in physical contact games with young people
  • Do not overstep the boundaries between yourself and young people by engaging in friendships or sexual relationships
  • Do not allow activities that encourage bullying behaviour including initiation ceremonies, dares or forfeits
  • Do not use inappropriate, suggestive or threatening language, whether verbal, written or online
  • Do not rely on your reputation or position to protect you

Yellow Card PDF

Knives are a key tool in bush craft and survival skills which is an important part of Scouting.

1st Burnmoor Scouts are committed to the responsible use of knives within the programme.

To ensure safety the following rules must always be followed:

  • These rules refer to use of pen knives, lock knives or fixed blade knives. Kitchen knives and craft knives also could harm others, so should be used with equal care, direction and supervision.
  • Scouts are not permitted to bring knives to meetings, events or camps, this is to make sure that knives are only available at appropriate times.
  • Beavers and Cubs are not permitted to use knives, knife safety forms part of the survival skills activity badge for Scouts and its important knife users are able to understand the law and responsibilities relating to knives, so it is appropriate that we only teach this to Scouts and older members.
  • The group will hold a set of knives which will be kept in a locked box when not in use and we will ensure knives are well maintained. Scouts do not have to spend money on their own knife.
  • Any activity with the use of knives will always be supervised by leaders or helpers with the correct knowledge about 1st Burnmoor’s policy and training.
  • Training will be carried out with Scouts which will include; method, maintenance, safety, first aid and law based on the Scouts Knife Safety factsheet. Once training is complete they will undergo an assessment to ensure they have understood the training, if the leader is satisfied with the Scouts knowledge they will issue them with a knife activity permit which will be valid for one year.
  • Before Scouts can use a knife during an activity they will need to show a knife activity permit. It is the Scouts responsibility to bring the knife activity permit and will not be able to take part without it.
  • When using knives Scouts must uses the correct methods learnt in training and carry out the activity in a safe, responsible manner.
  • Breaking the rules may result in the loss of knife activity permit, suspension or dismissal.
  • Leaders and adult helpers may bring their own knives when appropriate to do so, they must be used in a safe manor and not be used by young people. When not in use they must be kept safely out of the reach from young people.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this policy, please don’t hesitate to speak to a leader