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Cheshire Scouts Activity Permit Courses 2013


Adventurous Activities in Cheshire

Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme

All the evidence gathered over many years tells us that one of the key attractions for young people joining Scouting and remaining members of Scouting is the provision of outdoor, adventurous activities. To enable Leaders to safely and confidently lead adventurous activities Scouting has a permit scheme, which allows those with prior experience to quickly gain the necessary permits. There are also opportunities for those without the necessary skills to gain the required skills and achieve the required permit standard.

The adventurous activity permit scheme is an internal assessment scheme designed to ensure that all those leading adventurous activities within Scouting have the skills, experience and personal suitability to do so.

In Cheshire I am committed to make permit training and authorisation a simple process that is open to all Leaders who are prepared to put the effort into gaining their desired permits. For me it a simple equation, the more permit holders we have in Cheshire the more adventurous activities will be taking place, which means more young people enjoying the “OUT” in Scouting. This initial programme is just the start, over the coming years it will develop with more opportunities to gain different permits, it will provide an opportunity to reach assessor status and provide additional opportunities to make sure you are able to keep your log books updated with practical experience.

County Active Support Unit – Activities A major development to support this initiative is the creation of a new Scout Active Support Unit dedicated to supporting permit holders and activity providers. It will provide a “vehicle” for communication to all permit holders keeping them updated with opportunities, channeling safety information to those running activities and provide updated fact sheets and rule change information. It is designed to be community of people interested in activities. If you already hold a Scout appointment you will be enrolled automatically into the group (there are no additional costs) so that you can receive the information detailed above. Those without a Scouting role will be required to be members of the Scout Active Support Unit so that they can have the necessary insurance cover and standard Scout clearances such as CRB. The cost varies each year but is in the region of £25. In addition to providing valuable insurance cover, membership of the Scout Association provides other training opportunities and personal development opportunities and you will receive the bi-monthly Scouting Magazine.

If you want to take young people on any of the following activities, you will need someone to hold a permit: Water activities (except swimming) Snorkelling and scuba diving Climbing, abseiling and hillwalking Caving, potholing and mine exploration Hovercrafting Skiing and snowboarding Mountain biking You do not have to hold a formal qualification to gain a permit, provided you can demonstrate your skills and provide evidence of your experience and interest in your chosen activity. Of course, if you already hold a recognised qualification gaining a permit could be even simpler. Activity permits are issued by your District Commissioner, following assessment by an approved assessor. To make obtaining a permit more straightforward, we have arranged a number of courses in 2013. Details of these courses are included in this leaflet.

The NO COST option to gaining a permit Another significant development is that Cheshire will now offer a NO COST option to gaining your permit, which comes with a travel bursary (if required). The deal is very simple; if you commit to provide a specified number of days (this changes with each permit course based on the cost of the training) to provide the activity for which you gain a permit on a Cheshire County Scouts designated event; you can attend the training course and gain your permit with no cost. You simply complete the application form, attend the course, receive your permit and then the Scout Active Support Unit will coordinate with you the events that need supporting.


To make obtaining a permit more straightforward, we have arranged a number of courses in 2013 Details of these courses are included in this leaflet Bell Boating

Narrow Boating

Bell boating is a fun activity for all ages and an ideal introduction to water activities.

With over 2000 miles of canals and rivers in England alone, narrow boating is an ideal way to introduce scouts to our countryside, cities and industrial heritage. Narrow boat courses will be offered in 2013, but dates are still to be finalised. Get in touch if you'd like more information.

A permit for bell boating can be obtained by attending a two-day course. Some prior paddling experience is advantageous but not essential.

Traditional Rafting Getting wet is part of the fun when you test your pioneering skills and take to the water. A permit can be obtained after a day's training. Experience is not needed, but a sense of humour most certainly is!

Dinghy Sailing Dinghy sailing is an accessible and fun activity and there are facilities across Cheshire, including our own Tatton Park Activity Centre. Come along for an assessment if you have sailing experience or fill in the form to get in touch with an adviser for more information.

Power Boat This is a one day course for people with previous experience or who hold RYA powerboat level 1 or 2 certificates, enabling you to gain a permit to use a powerboat as safety cover for other water activities.

Climbing, Abseiling and Hillwalking With climbing walls on many camp sites, including our fantastic new facility at Forest Camp, climbing and abseiling have always been popular activities.

Canoeing and Kayaking

If you're interested and willing to practice regularly, you can join one of our upcoming courses to start you on the path to gaining a climbing permit.

Whether it's open “Canadian” canoes or the more familiar kayaks, this is a very popular activity for scouts of all ages.

Hillwalking courses have been very popular in the past and will run again in 2013. Sign up early as they often sell out.

To gain a permit, you need to paddle regularly and demonstrate skills equivalent to BCU 3-star. Fill in the form for more details and opportunities to be assessed.

Zip Wire and High Ropes Activities

Dragon Boats

Tatton Park Activity Centre has a new 60 metre zip wire. In order to lead this activity, you will need to take a short training course, led by the campsite team.

Dragon boat races are always loud and colourful events that bring together whole groups and families. If you want to lead a dragon boat activity, you'll need to gain a permit.

Forest camp is installing some exciting new high ropes activities for 2013. If you want to take advantage, you'll need to “learn the ropes” from the campsite team.

Course Fees Permit training and assessment courses are priced individually, depending on the length of the course and any specialist equipment necessary. There is also the NO COST option.


Useful Contacts

Sign up for our 2013 courses Activity

Venue

Dates

Price

Volunteer days – the NO COST option

Bell Boating

Winsford

23-24 March

£45

3 days

ACC (Activities)

Bell Boating

Tatton Park

3-4 August

£45

3 days

graham.shaw@cheshirescouts.org.uk

Bell Boating

Tatton Park

21-22 Sept.

£45

3 days

Rafting

Tatton Park

27 April

£15

1 day

Daragh O'Malley

Rafting

Forest Camp 29 June

£15

1 day

County Activities Active Support Unit Manager

Rafting

Forest Camp 22 September £15

1 day

daragh.omalley@cheshirescouts.org.uk

Canoe (assessment)

Tatton Park

7 September

£25

2 days

Kayak (assessment)

Tatton Park

7 September

£25

2 days

Dinghy sailing (assessment)

Winsford

20 April

£25

2 days

Climbing (residential)

Forest Camp 20-21 April

£60

3 days

Climbing (residential)

Forest Camp 21-22 Sept.

£60

3 days

For more information on the range of activities available to Cheshire Scouts, please contact Graham Shaw

For all other enquiries, please contact the county office Cheshire Scouts Willow Tree Park Booths Lane Lymm

Summer Hillwalking

Snowdonia

15-17 March

£50

Not available

Warrington

FULL

Summer Hillwalking

Snowdonia

25-27 October £50

Not available

WA13 0PQ

Zip Wire

Tatton Park

6 April

£25

2 days

www.cheshirescouts.org.uk

Zip Wire

Tatton Park

7 April

£25

2 days

Tel. 01925 750223 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (during office hours)

High Ropes

Forest Camp

Tick if interested

£25

2 days

Power Boat (assessment)

Tatton Park

Tick if interested

£25

2 days

Dragon Boat (assesment)

Chester

Tick if interested

£25

2 days

The list of courses is correct at the time of publication. We will add more courses as they become available, so please check www.cheshirescouts.org.uk/permits and sign up online. Twitter users can follow @ScoutActivities for all the latest updates as they happen


To apply for a place on a permit or assessment course, please fill in this form and return it to county office with full payment or marked as a “NO COST option�. To apply online visit www.cheshirescouts.org.uk/permits Name Address Postcode Telephone Mobile E-mail If you are already a member of The Scout Association... Scout Group County District Membership Number Role If you are not already a member of The Scout Association... Please tick here

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Cheshire Scouts Permit Courses 2013  
Cheshire Scouts Permit Courses 2013  

2013 Permit course leaflet for Cheshire Scouts.

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