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Scout Groups & Cadets Adventurous Activities 

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Here at Vertical Descents, we share the same values as the Scouts and believe very much in 'learning by doing'.

Director and Owner of Vertical Descents, Ben Starkie, was himself a keen Scout and Cadet in the Lakes during his childhood. Danny Watts, Head Guide at Vertical Descents Scotland, was a Cadet Leader for many years, and Joe Thurgood, one of our most experienced guides, also spent his teenage years in the Scouts in Yorkshire. We use their collective experience to ensure that Scout and Cadet groups always have a fantastic day out.  

On top of that, our broad range of experience with military groups allows us to give cadets the kind of inspiring adventure activities they need.

Our adventurous activities develop the following (in line with the Scouting ethos):

  • the ability to take responsibility
  • the ability to take acceptable risks
  • courage & leadership skills
  • effective teamwork
  • physical fitness

Why choose Vertical Descents?

We are at the top of our game and can provide you and your team with the very best in challenging adventurous activities. We utilise the natural terrain surrounding our bases to provide the best possible experience.

We provide activities involving controlled exposure to risk and can create bespoke packages to match the needs of your group and aims of your adventure activity expeditions.

We have held our Adventurous Activities Licence (AAL) (HSE) since 2007.

Scout & Cadet Adventure Packages

Package Activities Pricing


1 Day Package
Available in Fort William & Perthshire
2 ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES- Canyoning combined with a choice from
WW Rafting/WW Funyakking/WW River Bugging
£100 pp Groups
(10+)£95 (20+)£90


2 Day Package
Available in Fort William/Oban & Perthshire
3 ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES - White Water activity & Canyoning combined with a choice from Target Sports* or Via Ferrata £150 pp Groups
(10+)£140 (20+)£120
*Target Sports (Glencoe/Fort William) provided by Glencoe Activities.