Permit Training & Assessment

 
We provide a range of skills and leadership training for adults who aspire to lead Hillwalking, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Raft Building and Powerboating under the Scout Association Permit Scheme. In addition we support all adults on the journey to assessment by providing opportunities to lead activities under supervision of our assessor team on most of our sessions for young people.

Our County Adventure team – Notts Scouts Adventure is a Scout Active Support Unit (SASU) which forms the volunteer community that delivers our programme. We invest heavily in training Explorers and Adults to be the activity leaders and assessors of the future.

Does an activity need a permit?
It’s easy to find out whether an activity you are thinking of running needs a permit or not. Check the A-Z activity list on the Scout website here

The activities we run that require permits are as follows:

  • Hillwalking in Terrain 1 & 2
  • Rock Climbing and Abseiling on both artificial and Natural surfaces
  • Kayaking and Canoeing (except in class C water)
  • Dinghy Sailing (except in class C water)
  • Powerboating (except in class C water)
  • Traditional Raft Building (except in class C water)
What are terrain 0, 1 and 2?
The definition of terrain for hillwalking and off road cycling are covered in POR rules 9.26 – 9.30

Terrain 0 meets ALL of the following:

  • is below 500 metres above sea level; and
  • is within 30 minutes travelling time from a road which can take an ordinary road-going
    ambulance or a building which is occupied (such as a farm) or another means of summoning
    help (such as a telephone box); and
  • Contains no element of mountainous steep ground (routes or areas where the average person
    would need to regularly use their hands at least for balance if not for actual progress. This
    does not stop people from using their hands as an aid to confidence.)

or:

  • Is a road, or path adjacent to a road, on which you would expect to see traffic.

Terrain 1 meets ANY of the following:

  • is below 800 metres but more than 500 metres above sea level or;
  • is more than 30 minutes but less than three hours travelling time from a road which can take
    an ordinary road-going ambulance or a building which is occupied (such as a farm) or
    another means of calling help (such as a telephone box).

and

  • contains no element of mountainous steep ground (routes or areas where the average person
    would need to regularly use their hands at least for balance if not for actual progress. This
    does not stop people from using their hands as an aid to confidence.)

and

  • Is not a road, or path adjacent to a road, on which you would expect to see traffic.

and

  • Is not defined as Terrain 2

Terrain 2 meets ALL of the following:

  • is over 800 metres above sea level or;
  • lies more than three hours travelling time from a road which can take an ordinary road-going
    ambulance or a building which is occupied (such as a farm) or another means of calling help
    (such as a telephone box), or:
  • contains an element of mountainous steep ground (routes or areas where the average person
    would need to regularly use their hands at least for balance if not for actual progress. This
    excludes climbing activities but may include areas where ropes are used for confidence and
    security.)

and

  • Is not a road, or path adjacent to a road, on which you would expect to see traffic
What is class C water?
Water is classified in POR rule 9.44. Water classifications are as follows:
  • Class C – safe inland waters which are less than 100m wide where flow causes little effect
    (including swimming pools);
  • Class B1 – sheltered inland waters and other sheltered water where currents and tides create
    no real danger;
  • Class B2 – the sea up to one mile from the shore, but excluding more dangerous waters close
    inshore; more sheltered parts of estuaries; large inland lakes and lochs; inland waters British
    Canoe Union Grade 2;
  • Class B3 – the sea up to three miles from the shore, but excluding more dangerous waters
    close inshore; busy commercial ports, exposed parts of estuaries; inland waters British Canoe
    Union Grade 3;
  • Class A – open sea more than three miles from the shore, and other dangerous waters close
    inshore; inland waters British Canoe Union Grade 4 and above.
How do I gain a permit?
1. Gain technical skills in the activity. You might already have skills e.g you already regularly go hillwalking and have experience leading Scouts walking in Terrain 0. You might be interested in a new activity – for example you are interested in kayaking – book on our adult kayaking course and gain some skills.

2. Gain experience leading groups in the environment you want a permit for. We provide opportunities to help out on most of our sessions. We provide mentoring for prospective permit holders.

3. Gain a technical assessment from a County Assessor. This may be a formal course or an informal assessment carried out while you are helping run sessions. Our assessors are friendly and will advise where you are at on your journey. We often recommend restricted permits initially to get you going with a small group or in a specific venue while you gain experience. When you or your assessor mentor thinks you are ready we will revise the restrictions

4. The technical recommendation from an assessor is forwarded to your District (or County) commissioner who issues the permit and records it on Compass.

That’s not the end though, once you have a permit – get out and lead sessions. Broaden your experience and work with as many other permit holders as you can. Just like learning a new skill there are many progression routes available in the permit scheme leading to becoming an assessor.

A handy guide to the scheme is available here

Could I be a County Assessor?
Yes! We are always looking to build our assessor team.  The Scout Association has a set of requirements for assessors including holding a National Governing Body technical award and Scout assessor training. Full details are here

Notts Scouts has a bursary fund to help you pay for training and assessments leading to assessor status. Ask us for more details.

Please note: all bookings are subject to our Booking Policy