There has been an excellent response to last month’s announcement of two complementary initiatives to provide training for Hillwalking permits (see original article).
David, the DESC for Craigalmond, is going ahead with organising a Regional residential training weekend this Autumn, similar to the successful one he organised for his District last year, to be followed by an assessment weekend with Lochgoilhead staff next Spring. There has been sufficient interest to make this viable and further applications will be welcomed with a deadline of 20 May. He gives details and asks for replies using a survey (please note, this will be live until 20 May).
Davy’s project, offering single day and evening modular training courses, is under way. He gives details of this and invites further applications in a separate article.
DofE and other Expeditions and Terrain Permits
Davy’s article also explains some of the matters to be considered when organising expeditions in the hills – which is most of Scotland! Bear in mind that you can also contact the Regional Adviser (DofE), John Buchanan, for advice on DofE.
The Region ran a taster training session on 30 April. Eight leaders from across the Region spent an evening with Mountaineering Instructors Davy Virdee and Martin Holland looking at the skills needed to move towards gaining a hillwalking permit.
There’s lots of demand for hillwalking training, and Davy Virdee – the Regional assessor – will now start to schedule more training events. Feel free to contact him for more information. (Photos Nikki Maclean)
Duke of Edinburgh and Remote Supervision
Duke of Edinburgh expeditions are common amongst many Explorer Units.
For remotely supervised expeditions in Terrain 1 and Terrain 2 a supervisory permit is required in addition to your leadership permit. To get a supervisory permit, you should have a good leadership experience in your chosen terrain and be able to draw up comprehensive supervision plans for the groups you are intending to remotely supervise. Most, if not all Silver and Gold expeditions will fall into Terrain 1 and Terrain 2.
Bronze expeditions, typically take place in Terrain Zero, and so no leadership nor supervisory hillwalking permits are needed. However, District Commissioner Authorisation is required. As part of this notification should be to produce a comprehensive supervision plan for your expedition. If in doubt, you can pass along expedition plans to Davy Virdee for advice.
Hillwalking in the Pentland and Lammermuir Hills – Terrain Zero
The Pentland and Lammermuir Hills are on doorstep of the Region – and with good planning, much of it falls into Terrain Zero (https://members.scouts.org.uk/por9.28) and as such you do not need a permit to explore them.
However, you must follow the rules which can be found here:
These include asking for authorisation and providing route plans and risk assessments.
The Regional assessor is happy to consider restricted permits to leaders wanting to take groups to the tops of hills like Lammer Law and Carnethy Hill. Please contact Davy for more details.
Davy Virdee is also Regional assessor for all climbing and other mountaineering based activities.
More Information and Contact
The Scottish Campsite Directory has been updated (April 2018) and is a useful resource.
The UK directory, which lists some Scottish sites, is also available at UK Scout Campsite Directory .
The Regional Executive Committee has agreed that Longcraig will stay open and a new lease will be arranged with the Dalmeny Estate.
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