Camping Leader

The Camping Leader qualification complements both the Lowland Leader and Hill and Moorland Leader awards. It covers the skills needed by leaders to supervise camping from road accessible campsites. It is the perfect accompaniment for leaders supervising Duke of Edinburgh groups.

The one day Camping Leader scheme has replaced the two day Expedition Skills Module. The syllabus is similar, but the overnight camp has been removed.

Our courses are not only highly informative but also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of people returning for other courses.

Camping Leader Course Format

There is a non mandatory e-learning package that explains the course and the assessment day in detail.  A link will be sent to you when you register with Mountain Training.

We start at 9am and after some introductions look at:

  • Expedition planning, training and leadership
  • Selection and pitching of tents – you will be asked to pitch your tent.
  • Sleeping equipment
  • Stoves and their safety – you will be asked to cook on your own stove and others provided for you.
  • Camping equipment, selection appropriate to use, packing and carrying
  • Nutrition and hydration in camp and on the move.

We finish the day at 5pm

Registration with Mountain Training

This costs £25 and is relatively straightforward.  It can be completed online at:

Here you can also find short videos explaining the award and other useful resources including the Candidate Handbook.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £95 per person
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:6
Select course date

More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Bespoke Dates and Locations

    If there are two or more of you that want training, or you would like some different dates or a specific location, please contact the office and we will arrange something to suit your diary.

  • Meeting Point

    The Camping Leader will meet at 9am at The Sir William Hotel in Grindleford in the Hope valley. Grindleford has good bus and train links to Sheffield and a good train link to Manchester.

    There is ample free parking at the hotel.

  • Equipment Required

    You will need to bring all the clothing and equipment you need to camp and lead a group for a day.

    Full details and joining instructions will be sent to you on booking.

  • Recommended Reading

    We give some suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Camping Leader Joining Instructions.

    The Camping Leader candidate handbook contains all the details of the syllabus and the remit of the qualification.
    The official handbook Mountain Training’s walking schemes is:
    Mountain Training handbook – Volume 1. Hillwalking. Steve Long. Mountain Training.

  • Eligibility

    In order to attend the Camping Leader you must meet the following requirements:

    1. Be registered specifically for the Camping Leader with Mountain Training.
    2. Have logged an absolute minimum of 5 overnight camps.
    3. Have assisted with at least two group camps (these can be included in your personal camps)
  • Accommodation Options

    Normally our courses are non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require.

    The Camping Leader has no mandatory overnight, so you are free to select what ever makes you most comfortable!

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £95 per person
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:6
Select course date

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