Girlguiding Scotland walking scheme level 2 training & assessment weekend

5.00pm, Friday 4 October– Sunday 6 October 2024 South Newton training centre, Kilmacolm

Are you ready to get out and about and stretch your legs? We are delighted to let you know that our level 2 walking training and assessment weekend is back for Autumn 2024!


When: 5.00pm Friday, 4 October – Sunday, 6 October 2024
Where: South Newton training centre, Kilmacolm, PA13 4TE
Cost: £20 for GGS members, please get in touch if you want to book from outside of Scotland.

Who is it for?

This training is open to all members of Girlguiding aged 18+ who would like to:

  • Extend their walking skills and improve navigation techniques
  • Those with some hill walking experience wanting to learn how to lead Guiding groups safely in the hills
  • Work towards gaining a qualification having done DofE or Queen’s Guide expeditions
  • Move to level 2 after completing level 1

To start at level 2 you should have undertaken six walks in any type of country of which:

  • One should have been at least 6 km or 4 miles
  • Three should have taken place in the last three years
  • Two walks should have been in open country

There is also an assessment course for level 2, for those who have completed the training and gained the necessary experience. You will be required to submit your log book in advance if you wish to undertake the assessment.

What will the weekend involve?

The training will cover the main topics of the practical and theoretical sessions of the walking scheme, including:

  • Route planning
  • Navigational techniques
  • Group management
  • Hazards and risk assessment
  • Day, micro and low visibility navigation

The course will involve some intense physical activities and being out in all weather conditions.


Accommodation is in bunks, and you will need to bring bottom sheet, sleeping bag or quilt, pillow, towels and slippers. No outdoor shoes are allowed inside. You can arrive from 5.00pm on Friday evening. Registration is 5-5.30pm, followed by dinner and introductions. Training & assessment will commence at 8pm.

Covid-19 Measures

Please note, you must be willing to follow any Covid-19 measurements put in place to protect all attending.

Additional Information

Once you have booked your place you will receive further information in due course about the training and what to bring. Some outdoor equipment is available to borrow. If you have any particular queries about the course, please email Kathryn our walking adviser on

Booking Process

You can book your spot below, and you can pay via BACs or card. You will then receive a confirmation email, followed by a form looking for further information.

  • Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and the event may sell out prior to the deadline
  • If you chose to pay by BACs then payment must be made within 2 weeks
  • The full fee of £20 does not include travel to and from the event, but we will cover up to £35 towards travel costs for Girlguiding Scotland members only – please share cars where ever you can.
  • You cannot book onto both the training and assessment – these must be completed separately.
  • Booking will close on Friday, 23 August 2024.


South Newton – level 2 walking training
South Newton – level 2 walking assessment