Activities

The Activities Team have a great deal of experience and expertise in running, supporting and managing a huge range of events and activities.
 
From supporting adults through adventurous activity training, to running large international expeditions and supporting exciting programme elements at events such as WINGS and World Scout Jamborees, the Activities Team is always on hand to help! The links below give a sample of what activities and support are on offer, or to find out more contact the Activities Team.


Applying or renewing an Adventurous Activities Permit

All applications and renewals are now handled online. Click here to access the system. You can also access the process for applicants, the process for assessors and the process for DCs. For any queries, please contact countyadmin@berkshirescouts.org.uk 
 

Funding for Activity Training

Financial support is available to adults interested in gaining permits in some adventurous activity areas. More information is available here.
 

Leading Adventurous Activities

The Association's requirements for adventurous activities can be found at the  A-Z of Activities but to lead or supervise young people on adventurous activities you will usually need a permit. However you do not need to be high level expert let alone a professional instructor to obtain a permit. You will just need to show that for the level of activity you want to lead you have the adequate skills in the activity and in looking after young people taking part. Normally this involves a combination of training and experience - the requirements are detailed in Scout Association factsheets. The Activities Team can advise you on what is involved including on training and training opportunities and many of our assessors can provide or organise training as well as carry out assessments. In particular we run regular training programmes for hillwalking and climbing as outlined below.
 
Application for a permit is now on-line for leaders & instructors in Berkshire Scouting.  Log on to the County website and go to 'Members Tools' on the upper right hand side of the home page. 'Activity permits' is near the top of the lists.  Click on that and complete and submit the on-line form.  Please don't forget to attach files of your supporting evidence including copies of any relevant qualifications and a log of all recent relevant experience. In most cases your application will immediately go straight to the appropriate assessor or to a lead assessor. We have assessors for most of the more popular activities but if we have no one for you we will track one down.

You can track the progress of your application or add further evidence or information by returning to 'Activity permits' and clicking on 'My permits'.  Clicking on the relevant permit will bring up a page with an edit button.

Those who cannot log onto this website as a member of Berkshire Scouting (e.g. they do not have access to the internet, are not yet on Compass or are from another County) will need to complete a copy of the standard application form and either post together with copies of any relevant qualifications and a log of all recent relevant experience to the County Administrator, Berkshire County Scout Office, Sindlesham Court, Mole Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham RG41 5EA (telephone 0118 978 8292) or e-mail it all to countyadmin@berkshirescouts.org.uk.
 

Hillwalking Training Programme

We run a programme of weekends for leaders, instructors and helpers interested in developing their hillwalking skills, ideally with the objective of being able to take young people on the hills themselves.  In addition we run a couple of introductory evenings a year for those who would like to find out more about what is involved: Further details, including the dates of training weekends,can be found on the activity training page.

Advanced first Aid training for adventurous activities

For all those who want or need advanced first aid we run a programme of 16 hour Outdoor Pursuits courses at well below commercial rates. See the activity training page.

County Activity Units

We are developing a number of County Activity Units to provide specialised support for leaders interested in giving their young people experiences of different adventurous activities as part of a balanced programme. You can find out more about them on their webpages:



Recent & Forthcoming Events

County Dragon Boat Regatta Sunday 2nd July 2017

This year's Regatta will be on Sunday the 2nd of July at Wokingham Waterside Centre

As in the past, this will be a fun event open to teams of Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and SN members.  Moreover, it will enable Cubs & Scouts to obtain one of the new activity badges without doing anything else.

No previous experience or equipment is required as the Waterside Centre will provide the boats, paddles, buoyancy aids etc. as well as qualified helms who will tell your team what to do.  The maximum in a team is 11 (10 paddlers and 1 drummer) but don't worry if you are one or two short as in practice that rarely makes any difference.

We also accept mixed teams (i.e. from more than 1 section in a Group or from 2 or more Groups or Units) but remember that the competition you are entered in will be determined by the age of your oldest paddler.

This year we will be providing some land based activities for participants waiting for their races.  In addition there is plenty of room for you to organise your own games and all Cub, Scout & Explorer teams must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will be responsible for them between races.   As in previous years there will be hot & cold food & drinks for sale at reasonable prices throughout the day.

The cub competition will be held in the morning and and the others in the afternoon.

The entry fee is £ 75 per team and will give your team at least 2 races.

To apply complete the application form and complete & submit it as instructed on the form together with the full fee.  The number of places is limited and applications will be taken on a first come first served basis, so do not leave it until the closing date of the 4th of June.


County Queens Scout and D of E Gold Expedition


If your unit doesn't have enough Explorers/Scout Network members considering doing their Queens Scout Award Expedition/D of E Gold Expedition over the next year or so to enable you put together a team of your own, why not consider joining the County Expedition for 2017.

Training will start in the Autumn of this year will a block of 6 evening sessions on the 13th & 27th of September and  the 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th of October (with extra sessions if applicants need it). 

The practice expedition will be on the 14-17th of April (Easter) 2017.

The QSA/Gold Expeditions themselves will be over the August bank holiday (25-28 August) 2017.

We have allowed plenty of time between the the training and the expeditions for candidates to consolidate what they have learnt and for them to get together to plan their expeditions and notify everything in good time.

For further information please contact Activities team - hillwalking

In the light of the success of last year's event and popular demand for another one, there will be a Regatta on Sunday the 3rd of July at Wokingham Waterside Centre.We also accept mixed teams (i.e. either from more than 1 section in a Group or from 2 or more Groups or Units), but remember that the competition that you are entered in will be determined by the age of your oldest paddler.
Further details including how to apply will be published shortly.
 
 
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