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Why not complete certain elements of your Queen’s Guide award or Duke of Edinburgh award with us?

Queen’s Guide Award

Service in guiding

Element one – Carry out practical guiding service for a period of 60 hours. At least 20 of these hours should be dedicated to one particular activity or project.”

How we can help: Volunteer at one of our weekend events or large-scale events for your 20 hour section.

Element two – Attend a residential guiding event and accept a responsibility that is new to you or that furthers your guiding experience.”

How we can help: Volunteer at one of our weekend events or large-scale events, taking on a responsibility that is new to you.

Element three – Take an active part in the planning of an event that involves the participation of at least two units.”

How we can help: Volunteer to support the planning of one of our smaller day or weekend events or apply to be a lead volunteer for one of the large-scale events.

Element four – Take an active part in developing an area of Girlguiding. Track progress and give feedback on your experiences to a local unit.”

How we can help: Volunteer at Wellies and Wristbands to help shape the event for the future. Make sure to note on your application that you’re working on this element of your Queen’s Guide Award.

Outdoor challenge

Element one – Prepare for your expedition or exploration by leading a residential for two or more nights.”

How we can help: You can use our centres to complete your permit or Going Away With scheme.

Element two – Participate in an exploration or expedition to last four days (three nights) accompanied by your peers.”

How we can help: You can stay at one of our centres while you’re completing your exploration or expedition.

Residential experience

The residential experience clause has no limits and provides unlimited opportunities. The basic requirements are that you take part in a residential event for a minimum of two nights and three days and attend an event where the majority of participants are unknown to you.

How we can help: Take part in one of our specific Queen’s Guide residential events, or volunteer at Wellies and Wristbands. There may also be opportunities to volunteer with us during the summer for a long weekend to complete this clause.

Duke of Edinburgh Award


“Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals.”

How we can help: Volunteer at one of our centres on a regular basis, working in the shop or helping with maintenance, activities or admin.


“For your Expedition section, you will need to plan, train for and complete an unaccompanied, self-reliant expedition with an agreed aim.”

How we can help: Use our centres as the base for your expedition. Different centres are suitable for different levels, depending on the local terrain.

Residential (Gold only)

“For your Residential section you need to undertake a shared activity or specific course with people you don’t know, in a residential setting away from home and in an unfamiliar environment. The residential activity should normally take place over at least five consecutive days with a minimum of four nights spent away.”

How we can help: Attend one of our specific Duke of Edinburgh Gold residential events, or attend Wellies and Wristbands as a volunteer.

How do I find out more?

Please get in touch with your chosen centre by email or telephone