Basecamp Manager

The Basecamp Manager is responsible for many of the logistical aspects of the expedition, including equipment and food as well as managing environmental impact at basecamp. It is a flexible role that requires a need to be able to handle a range of different tasks, as well as acting as the ‘fixer’ for the expedition and supporting the Chief Leader with all aspects of expedition life.

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 21st-23rd February 2020 (TBC), Leader Training: 27th-29th March 2020 Cumbria, Explorer Briefing 24th-26th April 2020, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course May 2020 (TBC).

Assessment days: Our final assessment day for 2019 is 9th December and we will be confirming dates for early 2020 soon.


Necessary requirements

• All potential Leaders are required to attend an allocated Assessment Day
• An interest in youth development and experience of working with young people relevant to the expedition client group*
• High levels of integrity and sound judgement
• A strong and flexible team player
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire others
• The ability to deal with conflict and overcome challenges
• Significant personal expedition and travel experience
• A ‘Can Do’ attitude & a sense of humour
• Good organisational skills & initiative
• An enthusiasm for expeditions and the ability to convey this to our Explorers
• Adventure First Aid Qualification (weekend training course provided free of charge by British Exploring Society)

On Expedition

• Establish and organise basecamp and systems for keeping track of equipment and issuing rations
• Minimise the expedition’s environmental impact on the base camparea
• Support the Chief Leader
• All leaders, must regard it as a priority to ensure the safety of each and every member of the expedition at all times
• To inspire our explorers and engage fully in activities to support the educational aims and purpose of the society and expedition
• Pastoral care of any Explorers spending time in basecamp
• Keep a record of any equipment lost/damaged 
• Responsibility for ensuring ALL equipment returned via freight is clean, dry and serviceable

Pre Expedition

  • Attend training weekends (3 to 4 weekends in the 6 months prior to the expedition)
  • Contribute to planning, Risk Assessments, expedition-specific guidelines and similar as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or the Chief Leader, particularly in your area of expertise
  • Assist the Chief Leader with equipment and rations planning and attend the packing day for expedition equipment in London approximately 2 weeks before departure
  • Familiarise yourself with the British Exploring Society equipment and how to fix it

Post Expedition

  • To produce an overview report for the activities you have been in charge of
  • Contribute to the overall post expedition report (PXR), post expedition debrief event and presentation and expedition feedback as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or Chief Leader