Permits & Adventurous Activities

This page is designed to give general information on delivering adventurous activities as part of Essex Scouts. For more in depth information please follow the links below.

In order to run an adventurous activity for young people within Scouting, you require an Adventurous Activities Permit. To see a full A-Z of all activity permits please follow this link. You do not need to have any formal qualifications but must show that you have the skills to deliver the activity effectively and ensure the safety of all participants. This done via prior training and then assessment by one of our County Assessors.

How To Obtain A Permit

Download the Adventurous Activity Permit form and fill in the relevant information.

This can be found here.

Ensure you include: the permit that you are applying for, prior experience in the delivery of this activity and any relevant external NGB qualifications you may hold. If you do not have any prior experience please contact us to discuss training courses and upcoming training events.

Email your completed form to us on the below email. Your form will be reviewed by one of our team leads to ensure you have the correct experience to move forward with the application. Those with NGB qualifications will still require assessment by one of our assessors.

If you have the relevant experience, one of our team will put you in contact with a County Assessor to organise an assessment on a date that suits both you and your assessor.

If you are deemed competent, your assessor will make a recommendation to your District Lead Volunteer who can grant you your permit. Permits are valid for a maximum of 5 years from the date of awarding (although the District Lead Volunteer or Assessor my indicate a shorter permit duration). Once this time has elapsed permit holders must be reassessed.

The Permits and Approvals team are here to provide support and guidance in the above process and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.For further information and permit applications please email

Further details of the full permit scheme can be found below

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