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Zorbing is a relatively new concept and was developed in New Zealand during the 1990s.

When zorbing you will find yourself inside a gigantic, bouncy, transparent pvc ball, surrounded by a thick cushion of air and another larger ball. The two balls are held together by hundreds of nylon threads, and then you are pushed down a hill, across a stretch of water or over the snow.

Zorbing can also be done with water inside the zorb, turning the experience into a wet and slippery one, allowing you to slide around the inside of the zorb.

Zorbing can be done as an individual or with two or three people within one zorb, and can reach speeds of up to 30 mph.

There are a wide variety of sites across the UK which offer zorbing, these are mainly available during the summer months but some stay open all year round.

How to run/provide zorbing

There are 2 ways of running Zorbing in Scouting. These are:

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

  2. Externally-led activity - running zorbing using an external provider

Factsheets on zorbing

The following activity factsheets are relevant to this activity:

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