Running large scale events

How to organise a large-scale event with Girlguiding

Large-scale events have a wow factor! Here's how to organise one

Large-scale events have 100 or more participants, can take place indoors or outdoors, and range from one-day events to camps, festivals, parties and sleepovers .

They're great if you're celebrating a special occasion, or you want to offer a wider programme and try activities that aren’t possible with smaller numbers. Plus girls often tell us that these are the times in guiding that they remember best.

For volunteers, taking part in large-scale events can be immensely rewarding. It’s an opportunity to develop skills, work as a team and get to know others from your District, Division, County or Country/Region. You can see people take on different roles - have you ever wondered what your Chief Commissioner is like at directing traffic?

Who can be a large-scale Event Coordinator?

The Event Coordinator is appointed by a Commissioner based on her skills, experience and knowledge of large-scale events. She must:

  • be an active Girlguiding member and volunteer
  • discuss her plans with her Commissioner and the appropriate Adviser
  • follow the large-scale events guidance appropriate to the event
  • have experience of coordinating large-scale events, within guiding or in an outside role.

The Event Coordinator does not necessarily have to be a Going Away With licence holder.

For Leaders who wish to plan and deliver an event, the first step is to talk to your Commissioner. She will put you in touch with the relevant Adviser.

Are there other roles I could take on?

If you're new to events and want to gain experience, volunteering at a local event is a great way to start learning the ropes. You could run programme activities with girls, liaise with local media, or be part of an enthusiastic support crew on the day. Talk to your Commissioner or Adviser about getting involved.

If you'd like to invite the Chief Guide - or a member of the Royal Family - to your event, you need to write to your Chief Commissioners at her Country or Region office well in advance. Invitations to overseas Guide Associations to attend events in the UK should only be issued by the International Commissioner at Girlguiding HQ.

Organising international events

If you're considering running an international event, you need to first gain permission to go ahead from your senior International Adviser.

  • Districts or Divisions wishing to organise an international event in the UK must seek approval from their County Commissioner, who will liaise with the County International Adviser
  • Counties wishing to organise an international event must seek approval from the Country/Region International Adviser.

Your local International Adviser will then contact Girlguiding HQ to discuss next steps.

Guidance available

We have developed guidance to support Event Coordinators, Commissioners and Advisers to plan and run large-scale events. It covers all the aspects of an event that need to be considered, useful forms and resources, plus helpful tips from those who have been there and done it.

There is also specific guidance for Commissioners supporting large-scale events.

If you are organising a large-scale event with another organisation, such as the Scouts, see our joint activities guidance.

Large-scale event guide

A fun and informative way to achieve large-scale success.