Girlguiding Scotland Walking Level 2 Training & Assessment Weekend

5.30pm, 22 October – 3pm, 24 October 2021 South Newton Farm House, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire PA13 4TE

When: 5.30pm, 22 October – 3pm, 24 October 2021
Where: South Newton Farm House, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire PA13 4TE
Cost: £80 (including meals and accommodation, but excluding travel)

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
  • One or more walks in open country would be an advantage

There is also an assessment course for Level 2 for those who have completed the training and gained the necessary experience.

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

This course can be adapted to cover other aspects to suit particular needs, however it will involve some intense physical activities and being out in all weather conditions.


Accommodation is in bunks, and you will need to bring a lower sheet, pillowcase and a sleeping bag or duvet. If you are not comfortable sharing a room then there is an option to camp, but you would need to bring all your own camping equipment. You can arrive from 5.30pm on Friday evening, supper will be at 7pm and the course starts at 8pm.

Covid-19 Measures

Please note, these conditions are subject to change, depending on the latest government guidance:

  • All accommodation is in shared rooms holding up to 3 people. If you are not comfortable with this, there is an option to camp, but you would need to bring all your own camping equipment.
  • Social distancing will not be required, but we would ask you to maintain a sensible distance, where possible.
  • Masks should be worn indoors (unless medically exempt) when not eating, drinking or in your dormitory.
  • Good hand hygiene should be maintained throughout the event.
  • We recommend that everyone take a lateral flow device (LFD) test two days before the residential begins.
  • If you are feeling unwell, are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, have returned a positive LFD or PCR test, or someone in your household is showing symptoms of Covid-19, then follow self-isolation guidelines and do not attend the event.
  • Contact details will be retained for 1 month after the event for contact tracing purposes. You must inform Girlguiding Scotland as soon as possible if you test positive for Covid-19 after the event.

Additional Information

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

Booking Process

Please fill in the booking form and send it to Ann-Marie MacRae at SHQ as per the instructions on the booking form, along with the £30 deposit by 8 October 2021. Grants may be available to subsidise the course – please get in touch if this would be helpful.

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