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Step 1 - Get Ready

Step 1 - Get Ready

Find an activity that you’re interested in, and want to offer. This could be a new activity, or an activity that you’ve been doing for a while. Maybe try it out recreationally first, or try a taster session. It may be something that your section wants to do or something you have taken part in recently that you would like to do more of. See if you like it, and want to pursue it.

Before you start on your journey to leading adventurous activities, you need to make sure that you have completed the appointment process and getting started processes for your Scouting Role. In order to gain a permit, you need to hold a full adult membership role on Compass, or be under 18 and have your membership recorded locally.

Talk to those around you, as there may be people who can offer help and guidance. This depends on your role, but think about talking to your GSL/DESC or ADC (activities) first.


You could further your skills in an activity by:

  • joining a club or local enthusiasts group
  • watching videos online or reading books
  • contacting your District or County to see if anyone does the activity regularly
  • having a look for taster sessions in your area
  • making it a hobby you enjoy yourself
  • seeing if someone with a permit or an external provider could deliver it for your section or Group. You can do a permit holder search on Compass.
  • try posting on Scout (and other) social media

Make sure you record what you do so that you can track your experience. If you choose to go for a permit or a National Governing Body (NGB) qualification this will be vital.

There are funding opportunities to help you along the way.

Find out more about funding opportunities and grants.