Outdoors = anything outside your normal meeting times and/or place
The Outdoors Team:
Outdoors Activities Adviser - Jayne Treadwell
Residential Adviser - April Deacon
Walking Adviser - Teresa Monks
Boating Adviser - Alison Dixon
Outdoors Qualifications Co-ordinator - Jayne Treadwell
International Adviser - Deb Sutton
Queen's Guide Adviser - Maz Matthews
Duke of Edinburgh Adviser - Vacant
Contact details for all Advisers can be found under 'Directory'
Sign up is now open for Walking Level 3 / HML / ML training and assessment week. It will take place from 10th-16th October in the Lake District. Funding and support is available. There will also be many other Level 1 and 2 courses throughout the rest of 2021 - it would be great to see lots of people on these courses and more information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3cMDaYM
This site will be updated with dates as and when confirmed, but in the meantime we are more than happy for people to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending any of these courses.
See bottom of page for information and booking forms.
Learn New Tennis Skills for free
Leaders aged 14 and above can sign up to the local LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) She Rallies' Activator training. When you complete it, you can apply for a free kit bag containing loads of brilliant equipment to help you create further active and engaging sessions for your units.
Outdoor Skills Events
As part of the funded project Generation Green, Girlguiding are going to be running some outdoor training events for volunteers, offering exciting opportunities for volunteers and adults to build their skills in the outdoors.
The day and weekend learning programmes will give volunteers the confidence to offer more residential, camping and outdoor opportunities to our young members. You'll be able to learn new skills and how to run and support specific activities.
There will be approximately 20 of these events across England and they will be a mixture of day trainings and weekend trainings offering overnight stays later in the year.
Some dates and venues are already available are below, and more will be added over the coming weeks:
26nd/27th June, 24th/25th July, 25th/26th September, 9th/10th October, 13th/14th November
3rd/4th July, 4th/5th September, 30th/31st October
10th/11th July, 4th/5th September, 6th/7th November
11th/12th September, 16th/17th October, 6th/7th November
These events will be free to attend. If anyone is interested, please email:
email@example.com for more information.
Call for volunteers
To support the outdoor skills events, Girlguiding are asking for Volunteers who would be happy to lead sessions. All expenses will be paid for this and training and support will be provided. If you have a passion, skill or knowledge in the following areas and would like to help out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adventurous Activity Policy
This new policy sets how you can get girls safely out and about having adventures. It outlines what's expected of leaders and you’ll be able to find out what is an adventurous activity using the new adventure for girls’ activity pages. These detail the qualifications required, as well as the safety regulations and activity ratios so you can safely take girls on adventures. Read the policy here: https://bit.ly/3o6cWoH
Residential Trips (as at June 2021)
If you are thinking about organising a residential trip for your unit, these are the current guidelines that must be followed, along with a full risk assessment and REN form completed and approved:
This is in place until Girlguiding changes its guidelines, although there may still be a limit on numbers and activities. Please don’t book venues, activities or pay any booking fees until Girlguiding has announced more information.
Going Away With Scheme (GAW)
Only those with the GAW License recorded on GO can take girls away overnight, so please check your GO records carefully to ensure you have all the modules listed. For leaders working towards the qualification, their GO records should show which modules are in progress. Speak to the County Outdoor Activities Adviser or County GO Coordinator for more information.
Leaders working on the GAW scheme will be supported by a member of the County GAW Mentor team. There will also be a ‘drop in’ style mentor session held towards the end of each term. Go to the What's Happening page or Online Booking System for future mentor session dates.
If you would like to find out more about the GAW scheme then why not ‘drop in’ to one of the termly mentor sessions for an informal chat with a mentor.
If you wish to start working for a Going Away With qualification then follow the qualification process below.
The Qualification Process
A candidate must have completed their Leadership Qualification AND currently hold an active role as a leader, commissioner or adviser to work on the residential qualifications.
From January 2021 leaders holding or working towards a GAW license must hold up to date A Safe Space levels 1-3.
1. Register and get publications
2. Working with a Mentor
3. Event visit
4. Complete evidence
5. Sign off by the Mentor
7. Badge and Certificate sent to Commissioner to present
8. Details of the qualification on GO
Timescales can be changed according to prior experience in discussion with the mentor team
What the Mentor does
Residential Event Notification Form - Commissioner Responsibilities
Sources of support