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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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(Published October 2023 – replacing FS120100, 120101, 120102 & 120103 versions published January 2014) 

Adventurous activities are a key, fun and inspiring part of Scouts. From a young person getting their first experience of being afloat in a canoe to a trekking expedition through the peaks of Nepal, they provide valuable experiences, lessons and memories for all of those involved. Our role is to ensure the young people get the opportunities for these positive experiences in a safe and fun environment. 

An adventurous activity permit allows Scouts volunteers to lead that activity for young people within the Scouts. It shows the young people and their parents that you have the necessary skills and experience to be able to lead these important activities. Details of which activities are classed as adventurous can be found in POR chapter 9.  It is designed to be as flexible as possible, while at the same time providing a robust checking process for those leading these activities, but a permit is required to lead that activity. 

The adventurous activity permit scheme is a national scheme, managed locally, so that when you have a permit it will allow you to lead the activity for young people from any District or County. Each permit can be tailored to the level that your skills, experience and requirements justify, meaning that restrictions may be placed on such matters as areas, venues or facilities. This ensures that you can lead activities at the right level. 

As an internal scheme within the Scouts, permits are only able to be held by members.  Different Rules apply when using external providers.

POR Chapter 9: Activities

Read more about the permit scheme

Activity Permit List

Discover the activities