Off Road Cycling Permit Training and Assessment

Between: 6th January 2024 - 7th January 2024 Location: Cuddington and Sandiway Scout Hut Sections: Adult Volunteer, Activity Permits

This event is now full, if you would like to go on the waiting list, please contact Pete Goodger on 07769831919 or [email protected]

We are training Cheshire leaders in Off-road Cycling. The aim is to have more permitted leaders who can take youngsters out.  We realise that with the lack of training many leaders have no current valid permit.  These sessions are an attempt to put this right. By the end of the two days you should have completed the training and have a new permit. We will cover The Scout Assessment Checklist (Code AC120920 January/23 Edition No7)

This course is open to:

  • Members of the Scout Association.
  • Over 18s only.
  • Any leader who wants training and assessment for a permit in Off Road Cycling

Things to note

  • The course is Sunday 6th and 7th January 2024, all day morning and afternoon, Leaders need to attend all sessions, theory and practical.The cost of running the course is being met by the County Team under the condition that leaders use their permit with youngsters as soon as possible.
  • There will be a full run through of the Off Road Cycling syllabus and any implications, from initialising the activity right through to seeing the youngsters leaving the activity.
  • We do not include the provision of bikes, helmets, clothes … see the kit list. But some gear can be provided by arrangement, small rucksack, first aid kits, bivy bags, shelters…
  • Bring your own food

Day 1 – Rough Schedule – Instruction day

Meet at Cuddington and Sandiway Scout Hall at the start time

  • Introductions and talk about the aim of the first day
  • Talk about the pre activity elements you should have covered before a scout session
  • Presentation
  • POR and the Law
  • The leaders in turn will take charge of the different tasks of a cycling session where the rest act as Scouts or Explorer Scouts
  • Table activities and scenarios
  • Bike control
  • Lunch – bring one!!!
  • Out and about
  • Group Control
  • Activities while on the bike – not just cycling!
  • Putting the kit away and looking after it

Day 2 – Rough Schedule – Assessment day

Meet at Cuddington and Sandiway Scout Hall at the start time

  • Welcome and talk about the aim of day 2
  • Recap and any questions
  • Paper exercises
  • Out and about
  • Lunch – bring one!!!
  • Group Control in Green and Blue
  • Navigation assessed

Before the day

You will need to send Pete:

  • We need to see a risk assessment for running a cycling session at Forest Camp or Tatton for a group that you are most likely to cycle with,
  • a programme or list of activities you could do with that group,
  • an application for a permit and log if that is your current situation.


Hopefully you all know about the Scout’s Policy, Organisation & Rules for cycling? If not then have a read before the session.

Kit List

This is not a definitive kit list but really the key things to think about.

On the bike essentials
Bike must be well adjusted and well maintained
Helmet Worn at all times and must be well-fitting and well maintained
Windproof jacket You, as leader, must not get cold at any time and these could always be kept in a rucksack until needed, don’t leave home without it!!
Insulating layer / base layer If cycling in summer (avoid cotton t-shirts)
Long trousers? depending on the time of year a leg covering can be great
Footwear trainers, firm shoes,… anything that helps you walk across rough muddy ground
Gloves Preferably with fingers
Watch or any other reliable method of telling the time
Sun cream/lip protection Even a cloudy day can get my nose!
Food May be taken with us on a ride, so…
Small Rucksack Or similar, panniers?
Bottle(s) of water Or hydration bladder pack
Bike repair kit For your bike
Map OS No 276 Group kit – can be provided
First Aid Kit Group kit
Bivy or Shelter? Group kit – can be provided

Cuddington and Sandiway Scout Hut

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