Originally, the IMC was conceived as a club formed entirely from volunteers from within Scouts and Guides of Kent. As it's name suggests, the intended role is to provide and encourage the safe participation in all aspects of mountaineering including hillwalking, climbing and scrambling for all ages within Kent Scouts and Guides. Recently the club has started to branch–out into other mountain activities such as Canyoning and Via Ferrata.
Due to various issues generated by changes to POR, the IMC found it could no longer legitimately carry on as a joint club and in order to continue to provide great mountaineering opportunities, felt it had no choice but to become a Kent Scout Active Support Unit in 2013.
Despite this, the IMC name remains and it still aims to run three trips every year which are open to all. Many of our events are camping based but we also hold some events that have indoor accommodation, as well the occasional bothy or Youth Hostel. All our events are run in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of the Scout and Guide Associations and although the vast majority of club events take place in the UK, it does make the occasional foray abroad.
In years past the IMC also provided much of the mountaineering training for Kent Scouts but in the early 2000s the Kent Scout Mountaineering Team was set-up to provide the formal training and assessment role with the IMC providing have-a-go weekends for young people and adults. These weekends included informal training and quality mountain days for those looking to develop their log-books and consolidate the formal training from KSMT.
Since 2016 the IMC were once again tasked by the ACC Activities to help provide training and assessments on behalf of the county, KSMT having been disbanded due to changes within Kent Scouts.
If you would like more information about the IMC please contact info [at] theimc.org.uk