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Programme and Adventure > Activities > Permit Scheme

Introduction to the Permit Scheme

A Clear Process is a resource that aims to explain how to access adventurous activities within Scouting and how you could work towards providing more experiences. It’s not a one stop shop for everything you need to know but hopefully it will help you understand the first steps you need to take.

Funding to Support the Permit Scheme

The Scout Association has various funding streams to help support some of the training needs that adult volunteers in Scouting will have to enable a diverse and safe programme of adventurous activities. They are:

  • County Activity Assessors
  • Activity Permit Assessment
  • Assessor Workshops - Technical Advisers
  • DofE training

Grants for training to support adventurous activities.

Activity Permit Application Process in Merseyside

The Activity Permit Scheme across Merseyside is managed by the County's Activities team. Applications for permits are made to, and processed by, this team.

If you would like to apply for a new permit, or renew an existing permit:

  1. Click here to complete our Permit Application Form
  2. Once submitted, this will be reviewed by our Manager of the Activity Permit Scheme who will ensure completeness and assign to a County Assessor
  3. In the meantime, you'll receive an email asking you to submit any relevant further documentation
  4. Once assigned to a County Assessor, they will be in touch to discuss and process your application
  5. Once the assessment is complete, and a Permit agreed, the Assessor will add the Permit to your Compass records, for approval by your District Commissioner or County Commissioner
  6. Once the Permit is granted by the relevant Commissioner, you will have a valid Activity Permit.

Please remember - if you think you have a permit, but it isn't recorded on Compass, then it is not valid. The only valid Activity Permits are those recorded against your personal record within Compass. 

For support with the Activity Permit Scheme, please contact:
Alex Sharp (Manager of the Activity Permit Scheme)