Walking scheme level 1

Start your walking adventure

Discover exciting natural and urban landscapes near you with our walking scheme level 1.

Walking is an easy way to take girls on an adventure outside the unit meeting place - this scheme will help you make the most of it!

What will I learn?

After you've completed the Girlguiding walking scheme level 1, you'll be able to plan routes and navigate walks with girls in lowland country, including tracks and paths, fields, woods and lanes.

What will I need to do?

  • Attend a Girlguiding level 1 training course.
  • Complete the clauses for the modules of level 1.
  • Keep a log book of walks you've completed in the UK - for level 1 this must be at least 6 walks, 1 of which must be of 6km or more in length.
  • Be supported while you plan and lead a walk in lowland country.

Who can do this qualification?

You don’t need any previous walking experience to begin this qualification, but you'll need to have an up-to-date 1st response certificate or equivalent first aid qualification plus 1st response e-learning.

If you have the relevant walking experience, you may be able to go straight to level 2. For example, if you've already completed the Queen's Guide award, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and your exploration or expedition involved walking, or you hold the Bronze or Silver NNAS Award, you can skip level 1. Speak to your outdoor adviser for more information.

How much will it cost?

You'll need to pay the cost of the training session. Speak to your county walking or outdoor activities adviser for further information as there may be grants or funds you can access.

How do I get started?

  1. Contact your local commissioner, who'll put you in touch with your county walking or outdoor activities adviser.
  2. She'll be able to tell you about available training sessions. 
  3. Download a copy of the walking scheme.
  4. Your adviser will then help you to find a suitable mentor, who can support you through the scheme.

Download the walking scheme

The walking scheme is free to download so you can get started right now.

Download the scheme