In 2016 the ACC Activities ask the IMC to help coordinate the Kent Scouts Hill Walking training and assessment programme. The club is working closely with the Assessment Team to provide specific opportunities for assessments alongside it's normal events programme. We are also working closely with Gravesham District, who's well established and excellent Hillcraft programme also provides opportunities for training and assessment.
A brief outline of the Hill Walking Authorisation Process
The process of gaining a hills permit is generally a gradual one, based almost entirely on experience. There is some training involved of course but putting that training into practice as much as possible is key - the more experienced you have the more likely you are to pass your assessment and gain a permit.
Get into the hills
Come on a few IMC have-a-go weekends or join trips run by you district or group. Get a feel for hill walking and start to learn about safe navigation from your group leader.
Get some training
Informal training is given as a matter of course on IMC trips but if you feel that you would like to progress then ask you group leader to give you training in navigation while you're on the hill. There are of course other factors in gaining a permit but being able to navigate safely is the most important. You will need to be able to navigate in bad weather, poor visibility and even in the dark, so keep practicing.
Specific training in navigation is also available, please contact the IMC for more details or look out for training dates via the IMC and County programmes.
Keep a log
It is vital to log all of your experience. You assessor will want to see your log book to be able to gauge your level of experience. Log book templates and an explanation of how to fill them in is provided here
How to know when you are ready?
This comes down to experience and your own confidence: do you feel ready to lead groups in the hills? There are no hard and fast rules and if you're not sure then perhaps ask a group leader to put you through your paces and get their opinion. It may be that, having observed you on the hill, a leader recommends you go for assessment.
Aim high or low?
It may be better to start by going for a Terrain 0 or Terrain 1 permit and then work up. It may be that you go far Terrain 2 but only get awarded a Terrain 1 permit. Don't be disappointed if this happens, this isn't unusual and simply means that you a need some more experience.