When applying for a hillwalking permit, you can be authorised to
have a "lead only" permit (where you are in charge of a group you
are walking with) or a "Supervisor" permit (where you are in charge
of up to three walking groups).
In order to have a supervisor permit you must already have a
valid permit for the terrain; region(s) and season that you are
seeking to supervise in.
Mountain Leader Training England (MLTE) view remote supervision
of groups of young people in the outdoors as a highly contentious
area and they have no wish to 'govern' it. As a result unless
you hold the appropriate National Governing Body (NGB) Award (Hill
and Moreland, ML or WML), it is likely that you will be given a
supervisor permit with restrictions.
Fact-sheet ac120900 states:
What Is A Supervisor?
A Supervisor is someone who is not directly involved with an
activity, but is responsible for it. Details of what a Supervisory
Permit allows you to do for each activity can be found in the
activity specific fact-sheet.
This is detailed on Fact-sheet fs120454 which states:
Definition of Supervision
If you hold a permit to supervise Hillwalking then you can
supervise up to three groups remotely. This should be from no
further away than 3km if on foot, or 10km if in a vehicle. You
should also ensure that adequate systems have been set up to
monitor and communicate with the groups. You remain responsible for
all the groups you are supervising, but you will need to designate
someone with the appropriate skills to be the leader of each
With regards to adequate systems and communications, these are
dealt with below.
What Is Supervision? (
- Assessing the group's level of understanding, training and
expertise to undertake the activity.
- Understanding the plan of that group and how it will manage the
activity including responses to emergencies and
- Firm direction of alternative plans to include 'escape'.
- Putting in place a plan of monitoring safety and
- Being in the vicinity of that activity to make
As a Supervisor, you must ensure …
- you are within the specified distances as above
- all the groups you are supervising understand what they're
- they have the necessary skills, training and expertise to do
- they know how to deal with any problems and emergencies that may
- the group are aware of all the means of communication and when
As a Supervisor, you are permitted to walk with one of the
groups however you cannot be the group leader of that group. You
have to ensure that there is a suitable designated "Group Leader"
in charge of the group, in case you have to leave.
All group sizes must comply with P.O.R.
Designation as a Group Leader only lasts for the current
activity while the permit holder is supervising.
People designated as Group Leaders should hold the skills and be
responsible enough to lead a group safely in the terrain in which
they are. There is no problem with making young people group
leaders if they are up to the role and it can be used as a useful
For Supervisor status to be awarded, the Assessor needs to be
happy that the applicant has hillwalking skills of a clearly
demonstrated recent competency and experience in the terrain
Continued experience of supervising groups at the authorised
terrain level needs to be logged for ongoing renewal of the
P.O.R. Rule 9.32f
"POR rule 9.32f: When leaders holding permits are checking on
the safety of Scout parties or their routes, the party size may be
less than four. All the members of such a reduced party must each
have the skills and experience required to travel safely in the
hills in such circumstances, must follow rules regarding route
plans and should plan to spend the minimum of time on their
When applying for a Supervisor permit you will be expected to be
fully conversant with all the Fact Sheets and Rules in POR in
relation to Hillwalking. In addition you should have read the
Mountain Training booklet "Remote Supervision Guidance Notes" that
can be obtained from Mountain
Lupine Adventure Co-op also produce some very good training
material including a "Guide to
Supervision and Searches"
New and renewal applications should be submitted on an Adventurous
Activity Permit Application Form supported by your Log book. With
new applications it would be advantageous if a report from
someone who has shadowed you (as you gained experience) is
submitted along with your application. Additionally you
should submit your own account of a couple of walks you have
supervised (together with any other relevant experience you have
from outside of Scouting) including detailed accounts of how you
supervised your groups.
All new Supervisor applicants will have a meeting with an