We provide fun, challenge and adventure to
over 400,000 girls and boys across the UK
a a a  A A
Disclosures Compass POL Print Centre


Scrambling is the intermediate between hill walking and rock climbing. It is the term used for routes on mountains where the hands have to be used to aid safe progress and where there is a considerable drop (the technical term is 'exposure') on at least one side, if not both. The possible use of a climbing rope will always be a consideration on such routes, although experienced and confident mountaineers will not use it on any but the hardest scrambling routes.

While in the UK rock climbing guides cover virtually every possible crag and outcrop, there is only limited guide book cover for scrambling routes and only three grades of difficulty have been established. Only grade one routes are deemed to come within hill walking. Grades two and three are in the province of the rock climber.

How to run/provide scrambling

There are 3 ways of running Scrambling in Scouting. These are:

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

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

  3. Activity for adult groups - running scrambling for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Bodies for scrambling are:

© Copyright The Scout Association 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Charity Numbers 306101 (England and Wales) and SC038437 (Scotland).
Registered address: The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, England E4 7QW