To take young people into the hills you will need to have an appropriate hillwalking permit in accordance with the Scouts adventurous activity permit scheme.
For hillwalking there are four different levels of permit: * Terrain 1 Summer conditions * Terrain 1 Winter conditions * Terrain 2 Summer conditions * Terrain 2 Winter conditions
Further information on Hillwalking adventurous activity permits for terrain 1 and 2 can be found here.
Currently the South East Scotland hillwalking assessor team can only provide assessments for Terrain 1 and 2 in Summer conditions as part of our regular scheduled weekends. If you require a Winter T1 or T2 permit please email email@example.com to make specific arrangements for an assessment.
The Assessment / Assessment Training takes place over a weekend and include lightweight wild camping on the Saturday night.
The Hillwalking adventurous activity permit is designed to ensure that only people with the relevant skills and experience lead young people in Terrain 1 and 2 environments. The “assessment checklist for hillwalking” provides a good starting point to understand the level of competency that is required. While the checklist provides a good overview of the skills and experience required for a more detailed understanding you should refer to the relevant Mountain Training awards.
For terrain 1 summer conditions the relevant equivalent qualification is the “Hill and Moorland Leader”. For terrain 2 summer conditions the equivalent qualification is the “Mountain Leader”. The list of “Useful Resources” on these pages should provide you with the information you need.
Yes the Scouts permit scheme allows for adventurous activity permits to be issued with restrictions. Depending on the specific terrain that you want to make use of this allows leaders to gain experience of taking groups of scouts into the hills in a safe way.
You will still need to demonstrate an appropriate level of skill to plan walks, navigate, and manage groups of young people safely in the area you wish to use.
Generally, we would encourage candidates applying for a restricted permit to attend our regularly scheduled “Assessment” or “Assessment Training” weekends. However, we would be happy to discuss with you alternative arrangements, especially in the situation where you did not want to undertake any lightweight camping in remote areas.
To find out if a restricted permit might be something that would be appropriate for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an indication of the area you are interested in and a brief description of your skills and experience.
Once you know which you need, “Assessment” or “Assessment Training”, you should check the dates of the next assessment and email email@example.com with a request to attend. You should include in your email the following information:
2. Mobile phone number
3. The sort of permit you are looking for: T1 Summer or T2 Summer
4. What you are attending for: Assessment or Assessment Training
4a. For Assessment you should have already provided an application form and your walking log
4b. For Assessment Training you do not need to complete an application form, but you should have already provided your walking log
5. Emergency contact details including name and mobile phone number
6. Any medical issues that we need to know about, for example asthma, allergies etc.