Activities Team

Hawkhirst Kielder Water Activity Academy sailing

The Durham Scout Activities Team are responsible for supporting adventurous activities in the county. If you’re an Activities Assessor or an Adventurous Activities Permit holder you’re a natural member of the Activities Team, but membership is open to anyone aged 18 or over with an interest in promoting adventurous and outdoor activities.

As well as providing support, the Activities Team is also the place to get involved in adult only adventurous activities (climbing, hill walking, archery etc)

What does the Activities Team Do?

img_20160904_152919The First Aid team are responsible for supporting adventurous activities in the county by:

  • Providing guidance and advice on adventurous and other outdoor activities
  • Providing training and assessment in adventurous and other outdoor activities (e.g. hill walking, archery, climbing, target shooting, water activities etc)
  • Providing activity instructors and supporters for County competitions, activities and events
  • Promoting adventurous and other outdoor activities to adult and youth members

What is a Scout Active Support Unit?

Scout Active Support allows people to give their time to Scouting on a flexible basis. People can still be involved in Scouting without the full-time commitment of being a leader. Find out more on the Scout Active Support website.

Please note that membership of a County SASU brings with it a responsibility to assure the safety, safeguarding and data of our young people and fellow adult volunteers. If not already completed in another Scouting role, membership of a County SASU therefore brings with it the necessity to complete certain training within five months of joining the SASU. This consists of Module 1 ("Essential Information"), GDPR training and from September 2020, online safety and safeguarding training.

Ferny Crofts Photoshoot - May 2010

How does the team work?

The team is made up of like minded people who gave a specific interest in outdoor and adventurous activities. Here is how it works:

  • We'll sort out all your paperwork (including adding your new role to Compass and a DBS check if you're not already a member), so you're ready to roll.
  • You'll be kept up to date with all the latest news about
    • Upcoming events where adventurous activities support is needed,
    • Activity training courses and assessments where we need help
    • Youth expeditions where we need assessors
  • When we're in the process of organising an event, training or assessment, we'll ask you if you want to volunteer to help and send you information on how to register.
  • You may decide to take on a specific role - such as taking overall responsibility for organising an event or running a team

Apply here to join the Adventurous Activities Team

Use our online application form to apply for membership of the county adventurous activities team

Once you've joined, keep an eye out for our emails about the next event.

Contact Us

If you've got any questions, please get in touch with Stephen Ramsay, ACC(Activities) and Activities Team Manager at [email protected]