Assault courses are fun!

Includes: Outdoors, Adventure, Nature and the great outdoors

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Get on course

Obstacle courses can be challenging, and fun.


You will need a wide open space for this activity.

  1. Beforehand, make a list of available equipment that the girls could use as part of their obstacle course.
  2. Divide the girls into groups, give each group a list of equipment available and ask them to design an obstacle course on paper. Encourage the girls to make the most of the space they have and include any natural features. 
  3. Some examples of obstacles they can create are:
    • a slalom course made from cones
    • a water slide made by laying down a groundsheet and covering it with washing-up liquid. The girls run up and slide along it. To make it more challenging, throw water over them while they slide!
    • stepping stones made from newspaper
    • ropes tied between two trees to make a spider’s web to climb through
    • a children’s pop-up tunnel to crawl through.
  4. In a large open space, set up the obstacles. Depending on the size of the space, you may need to ask the girls to present their ideas and vote on which to build.
  5. Ask the girls to put on old clothes before they start. You could make it a team competition or time everyone to see who completes the course the quickest.

Planning checklist

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed