Welcome to the Activities area of

Outdoor Activities are a big part of the fun of scouting. The aim of this area of the site are:

  • To increase awareness of the opportunities
  • To assist Leaders in understanding and complying with the rules
  • And help to make adventurous activities safely available to all scouts in NI

Contact: Malcolm Kerry - N I Adviser (Activities)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Scouts Swimming in Northern Ireland

Purpose of Note

The Scout Association’s rules for swimming are complicated. This note has been prepared to provide guidance to Northern Ireland Leaders on the permissible limits for swimming in a Northern Ireland context and in Northern Ireland waters only. Leaders are required to read Factsheet FS120620 Swimming and POR 9.48 to 9.52 in addition to this note.

Scout swimming is allowed in public swimming pools and beaches where adequate lifesaving cover is provided by the pool owner, or the local authority.

Leaders still need to manage their group.

Read more: Scouts Swimming in Northern Ireland

Risk Assessment


 Everything we do in life has risks. In Scouts, with groups of youngsters with energy to burn, to run an exciting active programme there will always be an element of risk that something will go wrong.

As Leaders, we manage those risks continuously - it is called running a programme!

We make judgements, and act to keep the Scouts safe.

  • What are the hazards?
  • What might go wrong?
  • What are you going to do to control it?

Record it!!

This can be a simple process- I suggest that you include a few lines of risk assessment when you write down your weekly programme, and for any camp or activity programme.

There is a useful guidance factsheet :

I have also put an example programme sheet with some basic risk assessment information on this website: I suggest you can adapt this or your own programme sheet to provide an ‘aide memoire’ covering basic routine risk assessment, and record attendance and any minor incidents.

Activities needing Permits

For some Adventurous Activities the leader must have a specific permit from their District Commissioner to show they have the required expertise. These include: