Climbing and Abseiling Scheme

See girls climb to the top and enjoy the thrill of abseiling down - thanks to your instruction

Help girls reach the top with the Girlguiding Climbing and Abseiling Scheme

This Scheme is designed to help you give girls their first taste of the adventure of climbing and abseiling. You just need some climbing experience before you can get started with the Scheme.

What will I learn?

After you've completed this Scheme, you'll be able to instruct and supervise up to 12 Girlguiding members while they're climbing and abseiling.

What will I need to do?

There are two levels to the Scheme. You can do them both, or you can go straight to Level 2 if you already have experience equivalent to Level 1.

Climbing and Abseiling Scheme Level 1 - includes how to instruct and supervise climbing and abseiling sessions with Girlguiding members on purpose-built climbing walls and abseil towers with fixed anchor points.

Climbing and Abseiling Scheme Level 2 - includes how to instruct and supervise climbing on some outdoor crags using in-situ anchor points such as trees, bolts and stakes.

For each level, you will need to:

  • attend a Girlguiding-approved two-day training course
  • gain further experience and record it in your log book for about six months - as recommended by the Director of Training
  • be assessed by an Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) or Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC) holder.

If you are after a more advanced nationally recognised qualification, try the Single Pitch Award which is run by Mountain Training.

Who can take this qualification?

Anyone who is interested in supporting girls and young women to climb and abseil. You do not have to be a Girlguiding member.

For Level 1 - you must have previous experience of climbing and/or abseiling on purpose-built walls and abseil towers using fixed anchor points. You will also need to have an up-to-date 1st Response Certificate or higher first aid qualification.

For Level 2 - you must have experience of single pitch climbing and abseiling outdoors using in situ anchor points such as trees, bolts and stakes. You will also need to have an up-to-date first aid training, as for Level 1.

You must be a minimum of 18 years old at the time of assessment for both levels.

How much will it cost?

You will need to pay the cost of the training session. Speak to your Outdoor Activities Adviser for further information as there may be grants or funds you can access.

What support will I get?

Your Trainer can give you guidance on what you need to work on in your consolidation period, and your Outdoor Activities Adviser can provide information on local climbing venues.

You can also get information on updates to the scheme, climbing news and venues from the Girlguiding Climbing Technical Adviser blog.

How do I get started?

  1. Contact your local Commissioner, who will put you in touch with your County Outdoor Activities Adviser.
  2. She will be able to keep you informed of trainings taking place. You can also book onto a course at a Girlguiding Training and Activity Centre - look out for courses in the Adventure Made Easy catalogue. 
  3. Download a copy of the Girlguiding Climbing and Abseiling Scheme.

Download the Climbing and Abseiling Scheme

The Climbing and Abseiling Scheme is free to download.