Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2020 will take place on HMS BRISTOL, Whale Island, Portsmouth from Saturday 23rd May 2020 until Saturday 30th May 2020.

We are accepting bids for Scouts, Young Leaders and Adults. Forms can be found at the bottom of this page, but please read all the provided information before applying.

The completion of a bid form does not guarantee a place and you will be allocated spaces by email as per the process below. Please note the timeframes and deadlines below carefully – if deadlines are missed your application will be rejected.

We look forward to seeing you on board!

Nathan Cole

Scout Leader in Charge

Scouts

Scouts must be aged at least 12 years at the start of the event and remain younger than 14 years 6 months throughout. Scouts must be invested members of an RN Recognised Troop.

There are 4 options for Scouts. There are very restricted places for the three courses, which will often be limited to one per group – bear this in mind when applying. It is highly recommended that those applying for a course have attended this event previously, because they need to be familiar with the ship and day to day routine. For Scouts who have not attended before, the Activities camp is much more suitable.

You will need to make your own arrangements for transportation, although we are able to offer transport to and from Portsmouth Harbour Train Station on the start and finish days of camp, if booked before the event.

The cost for Scouts is £120 or £130 for the courses. Deposits are required as described below.

With this being our last Summer Camp onboard the ship, we expect to receive a very high number of bids for places this year. We trust that section leaders will give consideration to the merits of each young person they are bidding for. We will not accept applications from Scouts who cannot attend for the entire duration of the event. Completion of the registration form alone does not guarantee a place.

Activity Camp

The Scouts have a different activity every day. Activities may include:

Dinghy Sailing

Yacht Sailing

Kayaking/Paddle Boarding/Canoeing

Powerboating

Offsite adventurous activities

Powerboat Level 2 Course

This entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat.

Dinghy Sailing

Working through the RYA youth Sailing Scheme, aimed at improving confidence and get time on the water.

Applicants preferred with no qualifications, but if they do have qualifications then no higher than RYA stage 2 Youth Sailing Scheme.

Paddlepower Discover

Focusing on developing your technique, skills and knowledge further, all in a fun and flexible way.

By the end of this course, you should receive your Explore Kayak and Explore SUP (Paddle Board) Awards

Explorers

Explorers must be invested members of an RN Recognised Explorer Unit or an Explorer Unit holding a partnership agreement with an RN Recognised Scout Troop. Explorers attending summer camp, do so in a Young Leader role. The management team will send home any Explorer who is not found the be appropriate for the role.

There are only three options for Explorer Helpers detailed below. We cannot accept applications for Explorers/Young Leaders on any other team.

The cost for Explorers is £60.

Dinghy Sailing

Minimum qualification RYA level 2 (adult scheme) or RYA stage 3 (youth scheme)

Explorers should ideally be 15 years old, although younger applicants may be considered based on qualifications and experience.

Paddlesports

Prior experience required, confident enough to teach others on and off the water.

Explorers should ideally be 15 years old, although younger applicants may be considered based on qualifications and experience.

Powerboating

Suitable for Explorers interested in progressing their powerboating towards Safety Boat, Intermediate Helm and Instructor. Those interested must hold a Tidal Powerboat Level 2, and be aged 16 by the start of camp.

Explorers who hold a Safety Boat and valid First Aid certificate are encouraged to apply for camp on the Safety Boat team.

Adults

A wide range of roles are available for Adult Leaders. We are happy to consider applications from all leaders, regardless of section or appointment held. Adults must be over 18 years of age at the start of the event and hold a current appointment (with DBS in place) with a RN Recognised Sea Scout Group or be a current member of the ALNSASU.

  • Divisional Officers. Divisional Officers, along with an Assistant Divisional Officer, are responsible for a Division (Group) of 24 YP throughout the week.
  • Support Team. Various roles, helping to deliver the camp.
  • First Aid
  • Beach Master. This role will involve the signing in and out of kit each day alongside the management of pontoons and the stowage of associated craft each.
  • Activity Teams (Powerboating, Dinghy Sailing, Small Yacht Sailing and Paddlesports)
  • If you have questions about job roles, please email summercamp@rnseascouts.org.uk

Summer Camp wouldn’t be possible without the support and dedication of the volunteers. Due to the nature of this year’s centenary celebrations, priority for staff and instructor team places will be given to those who have applied to attend for the duration of camp. Those applying to attend as a member of a water activity instruction team are required to attend a compulsory briefing and familiarisation session on Saturday at 12pm. Elements of this will take place afloat.

Completion of the registration form alone does not guarantee a place. We will confirm places by email no later than the confirmation deadline. The earlier your form is received, the earlier you will get a confirmation.

Note: Security arrangements have changed again compared to previous events. There is no requirement to complete any paperwork or forms prior to the event – full details on security procedures will be provided in the Joining Instructions.

Application Process

Please read all of the information below before submitting any forms. The management team are busy Scout leaders like everyone else, so it is very important that you follow the instructions below.

Scouts

  1. The Scout Leader of GSL must submit a Bid Form (below) to state the number of places requested. We do not need to know details of the individuals concerned at this stage. Do not bid speculatively: We will expect that you can fill all the places you are allocated. All groups who are requesting places for Scouts are required to send at least one Adult leader. Deposits of £30 per place are required, details for payments are below. If we cannot allocate you a place, we will refund your deposit. PLACES WILL NOT BE ALLOCATED UNTIL YOUR DEPOSIT IS RECEIVED, WITHOUT EXCEPTION. The deadline for this step is 2359, 22nd March 2020.
  2. Places awarded to you will be advised by email during the week commencing 23rd March 2020. If we are unable to confirm any places requested, we will maintain a reserve list. If additional places become available, we will contact you.
  3. The SL or GSL must then complete a Confirmation Form (below). A request will be made for the outstanding balance. Any groups who fail to comply with this requirement will forfeit their places and deposits paid. he deadline for this step is 2359, 26th April 2020.
  4. During the week commencing 4th May 2020, we will publish Joining Instructions, which will also be posted below. Please distribute these to all attending.
  5. We understand that changes happen, but please keep us informed as quickly as you can. This enables us to redistribute places effectively.

Explorers

  1. The ESL or GSL must complete an Explorer Application Form (below). Completion of the form does not guarantee a place. Explorer Applications are to be completed by the Explorer Leader or Section Leader – not by the Explorer themselves or their parents. The deadline for this step is 2359, 22nd March 2020.
  2. Places awarded to you will be advised by email during the week commencing 23rd March 2020. Payment will be requested at this stage, and must be received prior to arrival at the event.
  3. During the week commencing 4th May 2020, we will publish Joining Instructions, which will also be posted below. Please distribute these to all attending.

Adults

  1. Each adult attending will need to fill in an online form. We ask that each leader fills in their own form to ensure the data is correct. Completing your form early allows the management team to work out what resources we have and can lead to more young people being offered places. The deadline for this step is 2359, 22nd March 2020.
  2. We will confirm adult applications by email by Mid-April.
  3. Should you find, after you have booked onto the event, you are unable to attend, you MUST email summercamp@rnseascouts.org.uk to update us. We would ask that you do this as soon as you are aware of your change of circumstances.

Payments

The preferred method of payment is Bank Transfer:

  • Account Name: Sea Scout Central Fund
  • Sort code: 30-92-02
  • Account no: 01042219
  • Use your Group Name or RN number as payment reference

If you cannot make a bank transfer and need to pay by cheque, please email david.griffiths@rnseascouts.org.uk

Applcation Forms

Documents

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please send an email to summercamp@rnseascouts.org.uk and include your RN number in the subject line.