Includes: fencing, indoor, outdoor, land, Indoors, Sports

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Modern day swordplay

Fencing is tactical - how can you protect yourself at the same time as scoring a touch on your opponent with your sword? It develops coordination, flexibility, balance and concentration, as well as being great exercise!


Fencing is a form of sword fighting in which the object is to touch your opponent with the blunted tip of the sword. The person with the most hits is the winner.

To take girls fencing you will need to find a reputable local activity provider with suitably qualified instructors.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: AALA, Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure. These endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.

Instructors for this activity should hold either:

The instructor should also be a member of the BF or BAF and have the appropriate level of experience to lead the group safely and effectively.

If you are fencing at a commercial activity centre, instructors may not be BF-affiliated. Where this is the case, you must ensure they have undergone in-house training and are suitably skilled to lead the age group taking part.

All equipment must conform to the safety requirements laid down by the British Fencing Association. The instructor must check the condition of the equipment at the beginning of each session.

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


  • An Activity Information and Consent form is required to participate in this activity - PDF | Word
  • A Risk Assessment form is required for this activity - PDF

Remember - you can use one consent form for multiple activities

Girlguiding activity centres for fencing

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