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Adventurous Activities

These next pages give fun, challenging, adventurous, exhilarating Activities and some have an element of controlled risk.

Activities, can be character building and teach team spirit. Every Scout should be given the chance to try one or more adventurous activities.

The primary role of the County activities team is to support the provision of activities, enabling young people to take part in adventure and challenge themselves, whist making sure this is done safely & within the rules of UK Scouting. With the correct equipment, instruction and leadership these can become very enjoyable activities. Within Cambridgeshire, teams exist to teach many aspects of Land Activities to both Young Persons and to Adults.

The Activities team is headed up by Tony Best, as ACC Activities. Within his role, Tony manages all the activity instructors and assessors for the County. Tony is the right person to go to for advice on anything to do with activities, camping permits and the rules that need to be followed when running or taking part in activities.

Water Activity Permit Asessors

The Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme lists those activities for which a permit is required and who can assess members for technical competency in each permit. If you would like to gain an activity permit please contact your preferred assessor directly to discuss arrangements.

Cambridgeshire Assessors for water activities include:


Bob Burnham


Bob Burnham


Russell Matthews


John Taylor

Rafting (Traditional)

John Taylor


Russell Matthews

Fenland Museum - Twilight Evenings

The Fenland Museum and Denny Abbey, near Waterbeach, are offering both the Scouts and Guides and exclusive opportunity to tour and engage with the site for some really special twilight sessions for all ages. The offer includes entry, a guided tour (geared to the age range of the visitors), and a craft session (or any other session from the list on our education website). The tour and session will be led by museum staff.

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The Scouts and Mountain Training

Mountain Training Infographic


Mountain Training and the Scouts have been working together for decades thanks to our shared interest in walking, climbing and mountaineering. Many Scout leaders go on to gain one or more of our [Mountain Training] qualifications and many of the people who already hold our qualifications find themselves working with the Scouts, which requires a permit.

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  • Land Activities

    Land Activities incorporates many Scout Activities that happen on or below the Land. The list includes, amongst other activities; Hillwalking, Scrambling, Rock climbing, Via Ferrata, Skiing, Snowboarding, Pot Holing, Caving, Mine Exploration, Abseiling and Glacier Exploration.

  • Water Activities

    Water Activities includes all those things that happen on or below the water. The list includes, among other things, Canoeing, Kayaking, Dinghy Sailing, Water Skiing, Keelboat Sailing, Pulling (rowing), Narrowboating, Bellboating, Windsurfing, Offshore Sailing, Sub Aqua, Whitewater Rafting, Floating Campsite, Powerboating, Dragon Boats, Raft Building, Jet Skiing.

  • Air Activities

    Air activities incorporates those activities that happen above the surface of our planet, even if only by a few millimeters. The list includes; Parascending, Gliding, Ballooning, Microlight Flying and Hovercrafting.

  • Creative Activities

    Crafts; Gang Shows; Bands; Camp Fire Stunts

  • Activity Training

    Training and assessment courses for all adventurous activities as well as Outdoor First Aid training.