Takeover day with the British Army

15th June 2019 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Redford Barracks, Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH13 0PP

To celebrate Girlguiding’s partnership with the British Army, and their sponsorship of the Lead skills builder, there’s going to be a takeover day in Edinburgh where girls can gain their stage 5 Lead skills builder.

This is an excellent opportunity for Guides and Rangers to put their leadership and teamwork skills to the test. All the activities will be delivered by serving soldiers, most of them young women.

What to expect

At this one-day event the girls will be in groups of ten and the event will consist of five tasks which match the activities and requirements needed to gain the skills builder:

• Leader style guide – knowing different leadership styles
• Let’s celebrate – recognise leadership in self and others
• That’s not fair! – weigh up evidence and difficult decisions
• Pick your battles – prioritise things and make decisions
• Enter the mentor – find out what a mentor is and explore your goals

Some of the activities are only 30 mins, in the other 30 mins of that session there will be some command tasks available for the girls to complete. At the end of the day the girls will take home their stage five lead skills builder badge.

Who can come?

This is a free event suitable for Guides and Rangers aged 12-18. You can bring as many Guides and Rangers as you’d like but there must be one leader for every ten girls as they’ll be working in separate groups of ten.

Book now

Book via Eventbrite. The bookings will be managed by the Louise Bates from the Army who will liaise with the unit leaders and confirm arrangements providing the information needed to assist with risk assessments etc. Leaders will be in addition to the total guests, so don’t include yourself in your total number.


Please get in touch in advance if there are any members in your group with mobility issues, as some areas in Redford Barracks could be difficult to access. The site has steps and no ramps, so this would be a difficult event for anyone with accessibility issues.

Important info

The event doesn’t start until 9.30am but arrival will be expected from 8.15am. Lunch will be provided. Those with severe allergies are advised to bring their own lunch as the caterers cannot guarantee that the food is allergen-free.

The British Army will not use, demonstrate or display weapons or provide recruitment literature at this or any Girlguiding event nor will they encourage girls to make applications to join the British Army. This engagement activity has the sole aim of sharing leadership skills.