How to Get an Activity Permit
Step 1 - Does the activity need a permit?
Check the A to Z of activities to find out if the activity that you are looking to do requires the leader(s) to hold a permit.
If no permit is required (for example Hill Walking in Terrain 0) then read and follow the appropriate Factsheets and enjoy your activity!
If a permit is needed, then move to Step 2.
Step 2 - What type of permit is required?
Some activities have different levels of permit. For example Hill Walking has Terrain 0 (no permit required - see above), Terrain 1 (permit required) and Terrain 2 (a different permit required).
Use the information from the factsheets, available from the A to Z of activities, to determine what level of permit you require for your chosen activity.
Step 3 - The knowhow?
Some people will have the skills and experience or National Governing Body (NGB) qualification to request a permit for their chosen activity straight away; others will require to gain these skills through experience and/or training.
To apply for a permit, send this application form to the Region's Activities Advisor Colin Lamont to get the ball rolling. An appropriate assessor will then be appointed to carry out a technical assessment of your skills based on the activity's Assessment Checklist, which can be found from the A to Z of activities.
Training can be sought from a number of different sources. Informally through joining a club (e.g. Clyde Region's monthly hill walking group), more formally on scout run courses at activity centres such as Auchengillan and Lochgoilhead or by gaining National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications, such as the Single Pitch Award (SPA), provided by courses, such as those run at the National Outdoor Training Centre at Glenmore Lodge.
Funding to reduce the cost of both scout run and qualification courses is available, for more information click here.
Once you feel ready to gain a permit follow the application procedure set out above.
Step 4 - The paperwork?
There are 4 sections that must be completed to gain any scout activity permit.
- Technical Competence - completed by a regional/approved assessor, based on the activity's Assessment Checklist.
- Knowledge of Scout Rules for that Activity - usually completed by a scout assessor (in the case of an external assessor this will be done by an appropriate commissioner).
- Child Protection - completed by an appropriate commissioner, usually your District Commissioner.
- Personal Suitability - completed by an appropriate commissioner, , usually your District Commissioner.
Once all 4 parts are complete - (a) and (b) by the assessor and (c) and (d) by your District Commissioner - these forms are returned to the Regional Activities Advisor and a laminated credit-card sized permit will be issued.
Permits last for a maximum of 5 years and may come with certain restrictions. Any permit can be renewed before the end of the 5 years and a re-application can also be made as skills and experience grow, in order to gain a less restrictive permit.
Step 5 - Enjoy your activity!
For more information please contact the Region's Activities Advisor Colin Lamont.