Mountain Leader Weekend

A mountaineering weekend in the Lake District which is open to all adults members (Leaders, Instructors, Occasional Helpers, Active Support Member, & Network members) looking to increase their experience or working towards a Scout Activity Permit in either hill walking or climbing.

Time and Dates

The core weekend will run from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May with the option to stay over in the hostel on the Sunday night for those who fancy an extended weekend.  You can arrive anytime after about 4.00 p.m. on the Friday. Please note, we do try to make a full day of the Sunday and not rush home after lunch.


The weekend is based out of the School House at the Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre, St. John's-in-the-Vale near Keswick. It offers indoor accommodation for up to 25.  More details can be found at

The Activate Team will provide all food for the weekend.  Participants are just asked to muck in with the usual domestic duties i.e. serving meals, washing up, etc.  Packed lunch is provided on both days but participants will need to supply their own lunch box and drinks bottle / flask. There is no food provided on the Friday evening, first meal will be breakfast on the Saturday. We do try to get a reasonably early start with 8.30 breakfasts on both days to make the best use of the two days.

Sleeping is in bunks with mattresses and pillows provided but you will need to bring your own pillowcase and sleeping bags.  The kitchen is fully provided so you have no need to bring plate, mugs etc.  You will need to provide your own towels and some indoor foot wear would be good to help keep the place clean.

Activity Details 

Below is a basic programme for the walking and the climbing.  These will be subject to change depending on needs of the participants, and weather conditions.

For both Walking and Climbing there are three options on offer: -

Permit Assessment - For those already with the required skills and logged experience there will be the opportunity to be assessed to gain a Scout Permit at various levels over the weekend.  There will be County Assessors present for both walking and climbing.


Training toward a permit – For those looking to improve their skills in either area, there will be instruction available from members of the County Activities Team.  This option is also open to those with limited knowledge of the activity.

Logging some experience – for those with a level of experience who just want to use the weekend to log some more routes.  This could mean going out with the training / assessment groups or just teaming up with other individuals for a self lead day out walking or climbing. 

Full details (including booking form and costs) are on the County website at link: