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Member events and activities

Girlguiding are proud to be a part of the Generation Green project, connecting young people to nature. This year we’ll be providing more learning and outdoor opportunities for volunteers to enjoy, as well as hosting fun nature themed events, camping and outdoor learning experiences for children and their families at our national Activity Centres and local campsites in the Midlands, North East and North West regions.

Outdoor training events (for volunteers and adults)

As part of the funded project Generation Green we are going to be running some Outdoor Training events for volunteers and adults to build their skills in the outdoors. Our day and weekend learning programmes will give our volunteers the confidence to offer more residential, camping and outdoor opportunities to our young members, create connections and have fun. You’ll be able to learn new skills and learn how to run and support specific activities such as camping and camp fires, walking and navigation skills, outdoor cooking, and bushcraft plus much more.

Some dates and venues already available are below, and we will be adding to them once confirmed:

Waddow Hall
9 / 10 October 2021
13 / 14 November 2021

Blackland Farm
13 / 14 November 2021

Foxlease
30/ 31 October 2021

Glenbrook
6 / 7 November 2021

Hautbois
16 & 17 October 2021
6 & 7 November 2021

These events will be free to attend – and if you are interested in booking on to one, or to find out more information, please email leadership@girlguiding.org.uk

Call for volunteers

To support these events, we 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 leadership@girlguiding.org.uk

  • Campfires
  • Camping (setting up and management of tents and camping equipment)
  • Walking skills – Map reading, navigation etc
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Outdoor risk assessments
  • Bushcraft

Walking scheme

We will also be offering more ways to earn our Walking scheme qualifications. With more opportunities to train, and financial support to help you take part. All walking scheme course dates are listed below.

  • 10-16 October 2021 – Ambleside (Lake District) – Girlguiding Level 3 / HML / Mountain Leader Training and Assessment week (Ran by the Girlguiding National Walking Team
  • 22-24 October 2021 – Scotland (Renfrewshire) Level 2 Training and Assessment weekend
  • 5-7 November 2021 – Midlands (Glenbrook, Peak District) Level 2 Training and Assessment weekend
  • 5-7 November 2021 – Midlands (Whiteley Woods, Sheffield) Level 2 Training and Assessment weekend and social walking
  • 4-5 December 2021 – Anglia (Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire) Level 1 Training and Assessment weekend

Generation Green events (for girls)

Girlguiding are putting on two events at our Activity Centres this year as part of the Generation Green project. Although increasing numbers of people are enjoying our natural landscapes, statistics from the Landscapes Review show that marginalised groups (including adolescents, those from low socio-economic groups and BAME communities) are especially disconnected. That’s why, through this Generation Green project, we’re looking to widen participation and create equitable access for those in these minority groups, aged 7-26, so they can access and enjoy the outdoors easier.

Caring for Nature residentials

Ever wondered what you could do to protect the environment? Come and stay at our fantastic centres and find out how you can make a difference. While here you can also enjoy spending time outside, adventurous activities and wellbeing sessions. You can expect:

  • Team building
  • Conservation work
  • Adventurous activities
  • Nature walks
  • Skills development
  • Nature wellbeing sessions

Dates and locations for these are as follows:

24-26 September 2021 – Waddow Hall, Lancashire

22-24 October 2021 – Blackland Farm, Sussex

5-7 November 2021 – Foxlease, Hampshire

Accommodation for two nights, food and activities are all included. Cost £15.

Connecting with Nature day events

It’s time to get outdoors and connect with nature! Make the most of what we have to offer, from nature walks, mini beast hunts to team building, we’ve got plenty of activities planned to help you enjoy being outside.

Dates and locations for these are as follows:

25 September 2021 – Waddow Hall, Lancashire 

23 October 2021 – Blackland Farm, Sussex 

30 October 2021 – ICANDO, London

6 November 2021 – Foxlease, Hampshire 

Activities and an exclusive badge are included. Cost £5.

Who can apply?

This funding allows us to prioritise and support those living in any of the following areas of England: 

  • Midlands, North East England and North West England Girlguiding regions
  • IMD deciles 1-3
  • Urban areas
  • Coastal towns

If your unit is in one of these areas, and the majority of your Brownies, Guides or Rangers have not visited one of our Activity Centres before and are in one or more of the below categories, then you’re eligible to apply for the chance to attend one of our exciting events: 

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic
  • Young carers
  • Looked after children/young people (in care)
  • Disabled or with complex medical needs
  • Low household income or receiving benefits 

How can I check if I’m eligible? 

We have created this helpful spreadsheet to show what towns fall into the above categories.

How to apply

The deadline for applications has now passed. 

Further information

To find out more about Generation Green and the Access Unlimited coalition visit the Generation Green page on the Girlguiding website.

Green Recovery Challenge logo

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.