Outdoor Activities

Information from our county Outdoors Team including events and trainings.

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Activities Training
21st September 2024

For all volunteers, young leaders and external young volunteers
Cost £25 (legitimate unit expense)

Sessions on offer -
*Firestarter! [All sections]
Learning different styles of fire lighting for different environments. Risk assessments. All aspects of fire management from collecting the right wood/materials to maintaining and extinguishing safely.

*Exploring the Great Outdoors! [Rainbows & Brownies]
Getting outdoors, landmarks, countryside code, compass points, grid refs, footcare.

*Rope Adventures [All sections]
How to make rope swings, ladders, walks, bridges and courses. Have fun outdoors with your unit

*Orienteering [All sections]
This taster session will teach the basics of orienteering using bespoke games

*Demystifying Backwood cooking (outdoor cooking) [All sections]
You don’t need a big space to cook outside, come and learn different methods of outdoor cooking.

*Survival Skills [Guides & Rangers]
Making water safe to drink, making a shelter, distress signals and scenarios.

*Bug Hunting & bug homes [Rainbows/Brownies/Guides]
Habitat search, how to use sweep nets and pots. Making simple bug hotels using either brought resources or natural materials

*Have a Go Archery [Brownies/Guides/Rangers]
Try your hand at archery with our experienced County trainers.
[Also available to book at your unit with our trainers, or to attend one of the County Archery days – see County website].

*Exploring the Great Outdoors! [Guides & Rangers]
Finding your way, understanding maps & symbols, night navigation, using plants/trees to navigate, photo trail

*Camp Gadgets [Brownies/Guides/Rangers]
Learn basic knots and how to put them to good use making camp gadgets. Learn basic whittling.

*Carry on Camping! [Guides & Rangers]
How to put up, look after/maintain a tent. How to set up a campsite. Alternatives to tent camping – bivvy & shelters

* Bird watching & bird feeders [Rainbows/Brownies/Guides]
Bird bingo/scavenger hunt, variety of bird feeders. Mindfulness moment – listen to bird song

*Campfire singing [all sections]
Variety of song types ie say & repeat, rounds, actions, new & old

Canoeing 2024

Canoeing 2024

Morning and afternoon canoeing sessions for Brownies aged 9+, Guides, Rangers and volunteers will be held on the following dates at Papermill Lock.

Saturday 8th June
Saturday 20th July
Saturday 7th September

Archery 2024

Archery - 1 hour session Saturday 6th July - Riffhams Details and booking linked below

Useful Links and Apps

Apps and links to help you with your outdoor activities

Risk assessments

Risk Assessments will be needed for each event, travel to/from the event and activities during the event. They help you look at an event from all angles and imagine ‘what if’ scenarios. They are working documents that are updated throughout the planning process.

Adventure for Girls

Use the activity finder on the HQ website to check the requirements for your proposed activity or help the girls girls their next adventure.

Duke of Edinburgh

If you are looking to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme details of our county's offering can be found here.

Leading Outdoor Adventures

There are many opportunities to learn new skills. Alternatively contact the County Outdoor Activities Adviser oaa@girlguidingessexne.org.uk

Canoeing Kit List

Water Safety Information