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Confidence course

A confidence course is a series of tasks, often of a physical nature, which are completed by teams or individuals, that are designed to develop the participants' own understanding of their abilities. The physical challenges are often similar to the types of obstacles associated with an 'assault course'. These can include tasks that require balance or a head for heights.

Individuals are encouraged to extend themselves beyond their own perceptions of what they think they are capable of while remaining safe, or having pressure placed upon them to complete a task. The aim is to increase confidence by encouragement and self-discovery. In addition they can require the participants to work together as a team to achieve their objectives.

Most commonly available on campsites or at outdoor activity centres as specialist activity instructors may be required depending on the precise nature of the tasks to be completed.

How to run/provide confidence course

There are 2 ways of running Confidence course in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running confidence course yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running confidence course using an external provider

Factsheets on confidence course

The following activity factsheets are relevant to this activity:

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