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Terrain Zero Activities (FS120426)

(Published January 2018)


This fact sheet provides information related to all activities taking place in Terrain Zero.

What is Terrain Zero

The definition of Terrain Zero can be found in Policy Organisation and Rules (POR) Rule 9.28.  All land is classified as either Terrain Zero, Terrain One, Terrain Two or Specialist Terrain.  The terrain definition is based on factors linked to one or more of the following:
It is the responsibility of the activity leader to classify the terrain for the activity they are using based on the definitions within POR. If you are unsure about how to classify the terrain you can get advice from your ADC or ACC Activities or anyone with a hillwalking permit or assessor role.

Activities in areas designated as Terrain Zero

This guidance is designed to provide some useful information for those delivering activities within Terrain 0.

A huge variety of activities can take place in Terrain 0 – e.g. walking, off road biking, wide games, incident hikes; none of these activities require the activity leader to hold an activity permit.  The activity leader must still have the appropriate skills and knowledge of the activity taking place and be capable of putting together appropriate risk assessments and activity plans.

The District Commissioner is responsible for approving all activities.  This will usually be by means of an informal system agreed between the District Commissioner and each Group Scout Leader or District Explorer Scout Commissioner.  Activities organised at a County, Region or Country level will need the approval of the County, Regional or Chief Commissioner, as appropriate.  There are additional requirements for those activities which fall within the scope of the Movement’s adventurous activity permit system e.g climbing, archery. See POR Rule 9.7.

When delivering activities in Terrain Zero the leader should ensure that:

Supervision of the Activity

When planning an activity in Terrain Zero the extent of supervision should be considered, this should include how many adults are needed (no less than the section ratios listed in POR), what skills these adults require, where these people will be. There are some activities where young people will operate remotely from adults, giving the opportunity for peer leadership, these activities should be encouraged for those with the skills to do this and an appropriate supervision plan put in place to support this.

Approving an Activity in Terrain Zero

Before approving an activity to take place in Terrain Zero the Commissioner should be confident that there is appropriate safety cover in place and personnel with the relevant skills and knowledge to manage the number and age range of the participants.

Further Information

Further information should be sought from Assistant Area/County Commissioner (Activities).


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