Scrambling

Includes: land, mountain, climbing, weaselling, rock hopping, Outdoors, Adventure, Nature and the great outdoors

Activity time:
1 meeting

Age:
5+

Cost:
Low
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Walking meets climbing

When using your feet just isn't enough to get across rocks, you have to get your hands involved. If the girls in your unit love to climb or walk, then scrambling is the ideal next activity for them.

Overview

Scrambling is the ascent or descent of rough, rocky terrain in a mountain environment. It can vary in difficulty and, depending on the level, different instructor qualifications are required.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

When scrambling in the natural environment, if anyone is under the age of 18, the provider must be licenced by the Adventurous Activities Licencing Authority.

You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure.

AALA and the above endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.

The activity instructor must hold the appropriate level of qualification for the terrain from one of the following:

Scrambling without the use of technical or safety equipment

The level of terrain difficulty will be low, and technical and safety equipment, such as ropes, harnesses and helmets, should not be needed.

• Summer conditions: an assessed and current Summer Mountain Leader (ML-S) Award-holder, endorsed by Mountain Training (MT).
• Winter conditions: an assessed and current Winter Mountain Leader (ML-W) Award-holder endorsed by Mountain Training (MT).

Scrambling with the use of technical or safety equipment

Higher levels of terrain difficulty potentially exposing participants to greater risk and may require both safety and technical equipment.

• Summer conditions: Mountain Instructor Award-holder (MIA) or British Mountain Guide (BMG).
• Winter conditions: Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC) holder or a British Mountain Guide (BMG).

If you're unfamiliar with scrambling qualifications or if any alternative qualifications are held by instructors, please consult your Outdoor Activities Adviser or email [email protected] to ensure the instructor's qualification is suitable.

The instructor must ensure:

• the physical and psychological safety of each participant
• the protection of the environment through which the activity group passes
• the recognition of rights of way and the respect of other land users
• the adherence to their Standard or Normal Operating Procedures.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

Calculator
2 adults needed

Ratios will depend on the type of scrambling being considered, weather, underfoot conditions and the groups’ experience.

Suggested ratios:

  • scrambling without safety or technical equipment 1:6
  • scrambling involving safety or technical equipment 1:4.

Please note that ratios should be agreed with the instructor. Where ratios differ, the stricter should be followed.