Guides and Rangers walking without a leader
Girls can lead their own walks!
Guides and Rangers can learn independence and team work by leading their own adventurous walks.
After training and practical experience:
- groups of Guides and Rangers may walk in easy and lowland countryside without an adult group leader
- groups of members of Rangers may walk in open, remote and extreme countryside without an adult group leader as long as they are supervised by a suitably qualified adult. A supervisor ensures the participants' safety and well-being during the walk, but does not have to be with the group at all times.
A Rangers who holds, or is working to gain, an Overnight permit may, with the approval of her leader, run an overnight hike or expedition for a small group of Rangers. See Girl-led residentials in the residential events section for more details.
All other relevant regulations for the type of countryside must be followed, and the safety regulations on the main walking page.
Guides and Rangers may walk without a leader in easy and lowland countryside as long as:
- the group leaves a copy of their route and expected return time with a responsible adult who can be contacted by the group at any time during the walk
- all participants under 18 walking without an adult leader must have completed an Information and consent for event/activity form.
- Rangers walking without an adult leader must have the approval of their unit leader.
Their leader must ensure:
- the participants have had the necessary training and experience
- they have appropriate clothing and equipment
- if any girl is under the age of 14, there must be at least four, but no more than nine walkers in the group.
- the minimum number of girls in a group may be reduced to three if they are all aged 14 or over. However, a group of four is recommended as this makes them more able to deal with any emergencies.
A group of Rangers walking in open, remote or extreme countryside without a qualified leader must be supervised by an appropriately qualified adult who will ensure their safety and well-being during the walk. However, the supervisor does not have to be with the group at all times, such as when they are on a Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition.
If Rangers are walking without a suitably qualified adult leader, the appointed supervisor (as above) must check that they have:
- appropriate clothing and equipment for the route
- means of contacting both the appointed supervisor and another responsible adult if they experience problems
- left a copy of their route with the appointed supervisor and another responsible adult
- the correct number of girls walking together, depending on their age
- had training relevant to the walk being undertaken, and have the necessary physical ability.
A Rangers aged 18 or over may lead other members in open, remote or extreme countryside provided she:
- holds the appropriate qualification
- has the approval of her leader, commissioner and the appropriate adviser
- appoints a competent deputy
- leaves a copy of the route and expected return time with a responsible adult who can be contacted by the group at any time during the walk
- follows all other relevant regulations for the type of countryside.
Each participant must:
- have had training relevant to the walk being undertaken, and have the necessary physical ability
- be suitably clothed and equipped
- carry a completed Health information form.
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