Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre

Apprentice Outdoor Activity Instructor


Ferny Crofts is a 31 acre Scout Activity Centre in the heart of the New Forest National Park. With a stunning location, Ferny Crofts boasts a whole host of outdoor activities, camping for 500 people, and a variety of indoor accommodation.

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre currently has an exciting opportunity available for three Apprentices to complete a 13-month Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship. You will be trained to assist / deliver a wide range of outdoor and adventure activities as well as learning about the general day-to-day running of a busy outdoor activity centre.

Ferny Crofts Activity Centre delivers a various activities including; Climbing, Raft Building, High Ropes, Archery, Zip Wire, Bushcraft, Team Building activities, Tomahawk Throwing, Abseiling and many more!

This post will also require the candidates to work in an assistant capacity across the site to obtain an all-round knowledge of centre-based work. All staff are expected to do their share of cleaning and other maintenance work as part of the role. Training is given in all areas as part of the position.

To find out more about the centre see their website here.

While working at Ferny Crofts you will be trained in the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Standard
  • Functional Skills in Maths & English if required
  • ITC Level 3 in Outdoor First Aid

A range of NGB awards including:

A wide range for qualifications with national governing bodies will be offered to the successful applicants as well as lots of in house training. This will allow the applicants to become well qualified in the outdoor industry and help the applicant progress their career. The qualifications on offer are:- Archery GB instructor, NRSA YPS Tutor (Rifle Shooting Instructor), Climbing Wall Instructor (indoor rock Climbing Instructor), NSRA (Crossbow Instructor), Safeguarding, British Values, Equality & Diversity, Prevent, Staying Safe, COSHH, Manual Handling, Food Hygiene, Fire Safety.


Day to day duties:

  • Assisting with activities
  • Assisting with the cleaning and maintenance of equipment
  • Liaising with customers and other members of staff

Skills and qualifications:

  • A Level 1 (GCSE Grade D / 3) in Functional Skills Maths and English is essential.
  • Some experience in outdoor activities
  • A passion for personal development through outdoor activities.
  • 5 GCSEs A*- C / 4-9 (Desirable)


Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst Hampshire SO42 7YQ

Accommodation available if wanted.

Future Prospects:

  • Advanced qualifications
  • Full Time instructor role
  • Links with other outdoor providers, centres and clubs.

Essential Details:

Hourly rate: £7.40 per hour £1.00 more than the Apprentice National Minimum Wage. Free Food & Accommodation is available on site as part of this opportunity.

Working Hours: 30 hours a week – annualised (can include weekends and weekly hours will vary) Hours will vary and be higher in the busiest parts of the summer season.


Closing Date: Friday 9th August 2024 (at 2pm)

Date of interview: 12th August 2024

Possible start date: 20th September 2024

To Apply:

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to nicole.smith@fernycrofts.org.uk

If you have any questions please contact Nicole Smith at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre on 02380 845092.