Hot air balloon

Includes: Hot air balloon Outdoors, Adventurous, In the air

Activity time:
Half day


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Up, up and away

Soar into the sky in a hot air balloon and see the earth from way up high. Even our youngest Rainbows can take part in this adventure!


In this activity, a passenger-carrying basket, usually with an open flame at the centre, is suspended beneath a large balloon inflated with hot air. 

To take girls in a hot air balloon, you will need to find a local provider with a qualified pilot.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Girlguiding insurance does not cover members to undertake aviation activities. You will need to check that the activity provider has adequate insurance cover - see the regulations regarding instructors and safety below.

The pilot must:

If the pilot is the only adult travelling in the hot air balloon, they must have completed a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and be able to provide the certificate number and date of issue. 

The pilot should brief participants on:

  • the use of safety and other equipment
  • the purpose of the flight
  • sensations likely to be experienced when flying.

All aircraft used by members of Girlguiding must be insured. The Leader must ensure the pilot’s insurance complies with the guidelines issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. Please contact Girlguiding insurers AON for more details.

Before entering the airfield, you must ensure that you have permission from the controlling authority, and that all girls and adults are instructed on the airfield layout and safety requirements.

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