The adventurous activity permit scheme is designed
to show that all those leading adventurous activities for young
people within Scouting have the skills, experience and personal
suitability to do so. Everyone who leads an adventurous activity,
such as Hill-walking, within Scouting is required to hold an
activity permit for that activity. Details of which activities are
classed as adventurous can be found in POR.
Although managed locally, the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme
is a national scheme, so once gained; a permit may allow you to run
that activity in any District or County. There are two ways of
obtaining your Permit:
1) You can apply directly through the
County Mountaineering Adviser (CMA) via email
- Send your permit application form to the (CMA) along with
a detailed log of your experience, particularly the last three
years. Following a review of your logged experience, the CMA will
send you a home study paper. When the completed home study
paper is returned, the CMA will put you in touch with a County
Assessor for you to arrange assessment. If you are
additionally applying for a Supervisory Permit, further information
could be required. See separate page on Supervisor
- A formal assessment of your technical competence e.g.
navigational skills, party management and Scouting rules will then
carried out. The Assessor will normally make their recommendation
on Compass and your granting commissioner will automatically be
notified with a copy to you. The Commissioner will grant the permit
based upon the assessors recommendation, a CRB check and your
2)You can follow the process outlined in "The
If granted, your permit lasts for up to five years and can be
restricted from just one area of hills to region/country wide.
Normally, first time applicants permits do not include the
"Supervisor" or 'Wild Camping' status. However if suitable
experience is shown, either through external qualification /
walking log / personal knowledge of the applicant (e.g. through
attendance at County events), these may be recommended.
For renewal of permits, three months before the expiry date,
follow the procedure above. Subject to your log book showing
relevant continued activity, unless you require a higher level
authorisation, a further assessment may not be required.
When applying for your permit you will have to decide what
season you want on your permit. The seasonal definitions are Summer
"Winter refers to when winter conditions, including snow
and ice prevail or are forecast. This cannot be defined by a
portion of the year. Snow / ice cover is not the only defining
feature. Severe cold, high winds and shortened daylight hours
should also be considered"
"Summer means any condition not covered under
When summer conditions become winter conditions is very
subjective. The following notes are to help leaders
The definitions above are the same as the Mountain Training
England Summer Award definitions. MTE also say "a light
covering of snow or morning frost on the ground should not
necessarily prevent a group from exploring the hills. These
conditions can occur any time from October to April. Award
holders should have the necessary skills to make appropriate
judgments regarding the underfoot conditions and act
It is expected that Winter Permits will normally only be
required by leaders primarily wanting to take young people into the
higher mountains of the UK (excluding S.W.England and S.Wales)
where the skills and equipment to cope with the special hazards of
winter conditions as defined by the Winter Mountain Leader Training
Syllabus are likely to be encountered:
i. Loose and verglassed rock.
ii. Snow bridges above streams and boulder
iv. Avalanche prone slopes
v. Strong winds.
Permit holders will have to risk assess the conditions, taking
into account the weather forecast, to determine if they have
the appropriate permit and the group are sufficiently
experienced and equipped for the walk they are undertaking and know
when to turn back.
Using the restrictions available the assessors can tailor the
permit to your needs providing you have relevant logged experience
and can demonstrate that you have the skills during the technical
If you decide to further your walking skills by undertaking a
nationally recognised course of training and/or assessment (e.g.
Hill and Moorland, ML or WML), you may be able to secure some
funding locally and/or from Scout HQ. See
Activities Funding Opportunities page on the HQ website.