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Use of External Centres and Instructors

Delivery of activities using an external provider can enrich the programme, but a number of factors require consideration. This rule intends to provide a structure to support leaders in making informed decisions about the suitability of external providers.

  1. When external providers are used for the delivery of activities for members of The Scout Association the external provider must hold a relevant accreditation or qualification for the activity they are delivering (e.g. AALA Licence, Adventure Mark Accredited Provider, Government Agency, National Governing Body qualifications) as well as adequate insurance cover. These criteria are subject to frequent change and up to date guidance on the above can be found in the A-Z directory at

    As the standards and criteria for the delivery of activities overseas are very varied it is not possible to provide specific guidance for each country and activity. Leaders therefore need to check the suitability of providers themselves and this rule supports that process with additional guidance.

  2. When using external providers overseas, the guidance for activities overseas must be followed. If the leader in charge feels that the activity is not safe then the activity should be stopped immediately.
  3. External activity providers must provide evidence of holding a public liability insurance policy which covers their activities to a minimum level of 5 million pounds.

  4. Members when using external activity providers are required to follow all rules relevant to the activity as contained within Chapter 9, with the exception of any which explicitly relate to the delivery of Scout-led activity.