Mountain Training Camping Leader

Mountain Training Camping Leader

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Mountain Water Expeditions offers the Mountain Training Camping Leader – an option available to walking leaders and very applicable to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition section leaders.
The Camping Leader qualification is for people who wish to supervise a camping group and develop participants’ camping proficiency by teaching campcraft activities.

A qualified Camping Leader can operate in a variety of campsites, all with vehicle access, including land with no facilities and commercial campsites offering a range of facilities. A qualified Camping Leader who also holds a Mountain Training walking leadership qualification can operate in terrain within the scope of that scheme i.e. journey and wild camp. The Camping Leader scheme is ideal for those involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, President’s Award and/or Ten Tors training among other things.

Getting Started

To get started on the Camping Leader qualification you need to meet the following prerequisites:
– You must be at least 17 years old
– You must have some supervisory experience of overnight camping
– You must have a genuine interest in the supervision of groups
If the above applies to you, here’s what to do next:
– Create an account on the Mountain Training Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.

Mountain Training Camping Leader

– Register for the Camping Leader scheme (this costs £20)


There is no formal face to face training component in this scheme. Instead, Mountain Training has developed an optional online training resource to help candidates familiarise themselves with the Camping Leader syllabus and associated competencies prior to attending assessment. A link to access the training (hosted on will be sent when you register on the scheme. The online training course covers all elements of the syllabus using a variety of formats such as presentations, videos and quizzes to aid learning. The course will take approximately 4 hours to complete if you engage with the content in all sections. You may revisit the online training course as often as you wish in advance of your assessment course. The online training also provides you with an outline of how your assessment course will be delivered and ideas for how you might consolidate your learning. 

The Syllabus

Camping Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which is covered in the online training course.
– Leadership and group management
– Planning and supervision
– Teaching and learning skills
– Camping equipment
– Camping food and cooking

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Camping Leader handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment. 

Consolidation period

There is no official consolidation period for the Camping Leader qualification because the online training can be done at any time. We encourage you to complete the online training course to familiarise yourself with the syllabus and to help you prepare for assessment, even for those with equivalent training or extensive camping experience. Some candidates may benefit by undertaking further personal camping trips or supervising camping groups in a variety of settings. There is no time limit on the validity of your registrations or the online training resource and some candidates may take longer than others to complete the qualification.


Before you book onto a Camping Leader assessment course, make sure you have done the following:
– You must be at least 18 years old
– You must have personally undertaken and logged an absolute minimum of five overnight camps, ideally in a variety of contexts.
– You must have assisted with or overseen at least two group camps. If personal camping has only been undertaken when also supervising a group, then these two group camps can be part of the total submitted for personal camping i.e. some candidates may need to log only five overnight camps in total. Reflective comments must accompany the group supervision evidence.
– You must be familiar with the syllabus.
– You must be an experienced self-sufficient camper.
– You must have experience of the supervision of camping groups.
– You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least one full day or eight hours of instruction and included an element of assessment

The Camping Leader assessment takes place over the course of a day or a number of sessions building up to a minimum eight hours contact time. Assessments are run by one of our approved providers and a variety of cost packages are available depending on what’s included so you can choose one that’s right for you. 

Course duration 1 day (8 hours)


DatesCourse TypeLocationPriceBook now
–   13th January 2024 [FULL]
–   Saturday 10th February 2024 [FULL]
–   Saturday 16th March 2024 [FULL]
Camping LeaderLiverpool£125.00 per personMWE-CTA-ENQUIRE

Working minimum is four course participants to run this course.

We are also happy to run bespoke courses for groups at an agreed location & time. Please contact us to discuss your group needs further.

If you have any questions or require more information on our Course costs and available dates, please contact us