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Staying away from home for more than one
night, sleeping outside in tents.
Ratio of adults to
1:4 with a maximum of 36 children. There must
be at least four adults present.
At residential events where there is
more than one section present, the correct ratio for each
section must be observed:
- Rainbow overnight: 1:4 (not including the Event Coordinator),
with a maximum of 30 children
- Brownie holiday: 1:6 with a maximum of 36 children
- Brownie camp: 1:4 with a maximum of 36 children
- Guide holiday/ camp: 1:10 with a maximum of 50 children
- The Senior Section: No ratio required. There must be at least
two adults present, although this may be reduced to one for small
events with the permission of the Commissioner. Maximum of 50
Senior Section members.
A Young Leader (aged under 18) who is
attending as part of the event team, is not included in the above
A Brownie Helper must be included as a Guide
in the adult to child ratio.
Children of volunteers should be included in
the ratios. If young children are present, an extra adult should be
present to look after them.
To gain experience prior to
assessment, you and at least one other adult may take up
to eight children away for no more than two nights.
To be assessed, your event
must have at least two Sixes and no more than 24 children.
- You will need to speak to your Commissioner and complete a
Residential Event Notification
form at the start of your planning.
- Parents must have the opportunity to meet the Leaders prior to
the event and have all plans explained to them.
- A parent or other family member must be
contactable for the duration of the holiday.
- When camping without their own Leader, each
Brownie must have met at least one member of the camp event team
prior to the event.
- All volunteers aged 16 or over who are staying overnight at a
residential event must have completed the recruitment check process
(Young Leaders and non-member volunteers should be assigned
the role of Residential Occasional Helper on Go!).
- If Leaders share a sleeping area with
Brownies, there must be at least two Leaders/helpers or two Young
Leaders present who are known to the Brownies.
- If male volunteers or male children are
present, there must be separate sleeping and bathroom facilities
- The venue must be approved by the relevant
host Adviser. If the site or accommodation has not already been
approved, notify the Adviser of your plans in plenty of time for
the venue to be inspected before firm plans are made.
- Lilos and sun loungers are not to be used as
- If an accident results in an injury which
needs medical/hospital treatment or any illness occurs during any
residential event, the Event Coordinator must report the details as
soon as possible to Girlguiding’s insurance service using the
notification of accident or
- The licence-holder must ensure that in the
event of bad weather either there is solid shelter available to use
or prior arrangements have been made with parents or guardians to
take the girls home.
Please click on the links
below for further regulations on topics which may be relevant to
Brownies visiting a Guide
- A maximum of four Brownies may visit a Guide
- The Brownies must be aged nine or over.
- The ratio of adults to Brownies must be
- There must be at least four adults present at
- At least one member of the event team must
have met all the Brownies before the event.
- Parents must have the opportunity to meet at
least one member of the event team before the event.
Joint Brownie and Guide
At least one Leader from both sections must be
present. At residential events where there is more than one section
present, the correct ratio for each section must be observed:
- Brownie holiday: 1:6 with a maximum of 36
- Brownie camp: 1:4 with a maximum of 36
- Guide holiday/ camp: 1:10 with a maximum of
A Leader must either:
- hold or be working towards the Girlguiding Training
Opportunities: Camp and Holiday Scheme Camp Licence (modules
1-6 and 8).
- hold an equivalent Girlguiding residential qualification,
provided the Commissioner is satisfied that the Leader’s
residential experience and skills are up to date.
The Event Coordinator does not
necessarily have to be the licence holder.
Training Opportunities: Camp and Holiday Scheme (order
code 6478) is available from Girlguiding Trading Service via the
online shop, your local shop or depot.
Learning and development
Click here to find out more about training and qualifications
related to going away with guiding.
Hints and tips/useful
Talk to your Commissioner and relevant Adviser
to seek their advice and support.
There is no maximum number of adults that can
attend a Brownie camp, but make sure the number means Brownies have
the opportunity to take responsibility and do some things for
Some local authorities take the view that
day-care registration under the Children Act 1989 applies to
Brownie camps or holidays lasting more than five nights if any
participant is under eight years old. The local Commissioner or
Adviser should be asked about the local authority’s policy in this
matter. If it appears that registration is required, then
confirmation and advice should be sought from the local authority’s
Social Services department.
The publication Going
away with guiding provides advice and information to help
both new and more experienced Leaders to plan and run successful
events. Order code 6045.
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