This page gives a general introduction to adventurous activities. Other pages and links provide more detailed information about specific activities, training, permits, funding, etc.

For further information or enquiries:
Contact Activities Team

County Dragon Boat Regatta 2022

This year’s County Dragon Boat Regatta will be on Sunday 3 July.

As in the past, this will be a fun event open to teams of Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Scout Network members.  Moreover, it will enable Cubs and Scouts to obtain one of the new activity badges without doing anything else and will count towards the Berkshire Cubs Waterways Challenge Award.

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 number in a team is 11 (10 paddlers and a drummer) but don’t worry if you are one or two short as that usually makes little difference.

We also accept mixed teams, ie: either from more than one section in a Group or from two 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. 

You will be responsible for your team between races and all Cub, Scout, and Explorer teams must be accompanied by a leader and adequate adult support. While we will again be providing some land based activities for those waiting to race, there will not be enough for everyone and there is plenty of space for you to organise your own games and activities. 

Hot and cold food and drinks will be available at reasonable prices throughout the day.

The Cub competition will be held in the morning and all other competitions in the afternoon.

The entry fee is £80 per team and will give your team at least two races.

To apply, complete the application form and submit it as instructed on the form together with the full fee. The number of places on this very popular event is limited and we can only accept one team per Group in each competition. For the same reason, applications will be taken on a first come first served basis, so do not leave it until the closing date of the 4 June.

Running adventurous activities

To run adventurous activities for our young people you will usually need a permit. However you do not need to be a high level expert or have external qualifications, let alone be 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 The Scout Association’s Activity permit scheme.

The Activities Team can advise you on what is involved including on training opportunities.

Activity training programme

Our Activity Units and assessors run a range of weekends and courses for leaders, instructors and helpers interested in developing their skills so that they can run adventurous activities themselves.

Further details can be found on the Activity training page.

County Activity Units

We also have some County Activity Units and teams to provide specialised support for leaders interested in giving their young people experiences of different adventurous activities as part of the adventure and outdoors programme. You can find out more about them on their respective web pages:

Applying or renewing an
Adventurous Activities Permit

Applications and renewals are now managed online. Click here to access the online form.

Funding for activity training

We have now extended our activity training grants scheme to cover more activities. In addition, more adult volunteers, Young Leaders, and Explorers are now eligible, and there is no longer a specified closing date.

Click here for further information about activity training grants.

Advanced first aid training
for adventurous activities

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


How to get involved

Register interest in volunteering or join our youth programme