Adventurous Activities

Activities are an integral part of Scouting, and what makes it so exciting for the young people involved. From here you should be able to find all the information you need to provide all the activities your young people can manage.

Find an activity

As a starting point we would suggest you look at the A-Z of Activities under Find an activity. This is designed to link you to all the information you need to run any particular activity, and to give you new ideas of activities you could run.

Activity Permit Scheme

For some of our more adventurous activities; our members require an Activity Permit in order to lead. The Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme is an internal assessment scheme designed to ensure that all those leading adventurous activities for young people within Scouting have the skills, experience and personal suitability to do so.

A Clear Process is a resource that aims to explain how to access adventurous activities within Scouting and how you could work towards providing more experiences. It’s not a one stop shop for everything you need to know but hopefully it will help you understand the first steps you need to take.

Take a look at this page for more information about the scheme.

Activity Permit Application Process in Merseyside

The Activity Permit Scheme across Merseyside is managed by the County’s Activities team. Applications for permits are made to, and processed by, this team.

If you would like to apply for a new permit, or renew an existing permit:

  1. Click here to complete our Permit Application Form
  2. Once submitted, this will be reviewed by our Manager of the Activity Permit Scheme who will ensure completeness and assign to a County Assessor
  3. In the meantime, you’ll receive an email asking you to submit any relevant further documentation, which may include a logbook (a template for which you can download here).
  4. Once assigned to a County Assessor, they will be in touch to discuss and process your application
  5. Once the assessment is complete, and a Permit agreed, the Assessor will add the Permit to your Compass records, for approval by your District Commissioner or County Commissioner
  6. Once the Permit is granted by the relevant Commissioner, you will have a valid Activity Permit.

Please remember – if you think you have a permit, but it isn’t recorded on Compass, then it is not valid. The only valid Activity Permits are those recorded against your personal record within Compass. 

Funding to Support the Permit Scheme

The Scout Association has various funding streams to help support some of the training needs that adult volunteers in Scouting will have to enable a diverse and safe programme of adventurous activities. They are:

  • County Activity Assessors
  • Activity Permit Assessment
  • Assessor Workshops – Technical Advisers
  • DofE training

For support with Activities, please contact:
John Cadman (Deputy County Commissioner for Adventure)