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Walking with Girlguiding South West England in 2006.
All the Walking courses, except the Basic Expedition Leader courses, can be adapted to cover other aspects to suit particular needs. Please complete the Application Form if you would like to attend any of the Walking courses advertised below.
For Level 1 [Lowland] training opportunities, please contact your County/Island Walking Adviser.
Level 2 Training 23 to 25 June 2006 at Exford, Devon
This is aimed at any Guider or member of the Senior Section who wishes to extend their walking skills in Open country, to learn how to lead groups safely in the hills and to work towards gaining a walking qualification. The course is of particular value to those involved in training/supervising D of E groups. Some previous experience of walking in Open country is advised. Accommodation is in dormitories and the centre offers all facilities. The cost of this course will be £75.00 per person which covers the costs of training, accommodation and food. Travel to and from the venue is not included. As much time as possible will be spent out walking. Practical and theoretical sessions will include:
  • route planning
  • walking skills
  • navigation by day and night
  • leadership responsibilities
  • party organisation and management
  • hazards and risk assessment
  • access & Conservation
  • weather
  • emergency procedures
  • water Safety
Fun Walking Ideas 23 to 25 June 2006 at Exford, Devon
Any Guider or member of the Senior Section who wants:
  • to gain ideas for walking activities within open (and lowland) country for the different Guiding sections
  • to find out about the Walking Scheme but not take part in the formal training sessions

Some previous experience of walking in Open country is advised. Accommodation is in dormitories and the centre offers all facilities. The cost of this course will be £75.00 per person which covers the costs of training, accommodation and food. Travel to and from the venue is not included. As much time as possible will be spent out walking, trying out different activities. There will be an opportunity to discuss planning and preparation issues for all walking activities with the trainer, for example:

  • route planning
  • walking skills
  • leadership responsibility
  • hazards and risks
  • weather
  • emergency procedures
Level 2 Training 29 September to 1 October 2006 at Haytor, Dartmoor, Devon
Any Guider or member of the Senior Section who wishes to extend their walking skills in Open country, to learn how to lead groups safely in the hills and to work towards gaining a walking qualification. The course is of particular value to those involved in training/supervising D of E groups. Some previous experience of walking in Open country is advised. Accommodation is in dormitories and the centre offers all facilities. The cost of this course will be £65.00 per person which covers the costs of training, accommodation and food. Travel to and from the venue is not included. As much time as possible will be spent out walking. Practical and theoretical sessions will include:
  • route planning
  • walking skills
  • navigation by day and night
  • leadership responsibilities
  • party organisation and management
  • hazards and risk assessment
  • access & Conservation
  • weather
  • emergency procedures
  • water Safety
Walking Level 2 Assessment 29 September to 1 October 2006 at Haytor, Dartmor, Devon
Any Guider who has:
  • attended at least one approved Level 2 training course
  • completed the Level 2 training to their satisfaction
  • completed (or very nearly) all the log book walks required
  • the confidence to lead a group on their own in Open country.

Accommodation is in dormitories and the centre offers all facilities. The cost of this course will be £65.00 per person which covers the costs of training, accommodation and food. Travel to and from the venue is not included. This is primarily a practical assessment of your navigational and walking skills as well as your ability to lead and manage a group. You may not get everything signed off, but any outstanding points can be assessed at another time. There will be an opportunity to discuss with your assessor arrangements for carrying out your Assessed Walk, which is the final stage of this qualification.

Walking Level 3 Experience 29 September to 1 October 2006 at Haytor, Dartmoor, Devon
Any Guider and members of the Senior Section who wish:
  • to gain experience of walking in Remote country
  • to get an idea of the Walking Scheme at Level 3
  • previous experience equivalent to Level 2 of the Walking Scheme

This course is designed to give Guiders and members of the Senior Section the opportunity to develop their walking skills and confidence in Remote country. Your previous experience should equate to that of Level 2 of the Walking Scheme. We require a minimum of 4 applicants to offer this course. Accommodation is in dormitories and the centre offers all facilities. The cost of this course will be £65.00 per person which covers the costs of training, accommodation and food. Travel to and from the venue is not included. As much time as possible will be spent out walking. You will gain experience in:

  • route planning in Remote country
  • walking skills
  • navigation techniques
  • weather
Walking Level 3 Experience 17 to 19 November 2006 at Ystradgynlais, South Wales
Any Guider and members of the Senior Section who wish to:
  • gain experience of walking in Wild country
  • get an idea of the Walking Scheme at Level 3
  • walk for pleasure in Remote country

This weekend is designed to give Guiders and members of the Senior Section the opportunity to develop their walking skills and confidence in Remote country. Your previous experience should equate to that of Level 2 of the Walking Scheme and you should be prepared for some tough walking in difficult conditions if the weather is bad. This is a very relaxed weekend with the emphasis on walking for pleasure. No formal training sessions will be given but you will benefit from the knowledge and experience of our trainers. The weekend will be based at Ystradgynlais Guide Hall, a short drive from the Black Mountain. The accommodation is basic – sleeping on the floor in a warm hall. There is hot water but no showers. The kitchen is equipped with a microwave, oven and fridge. We cater for ourselves individually, but usually have a take-away on the Saturday evening. The cost of this course will be £10.00 per person, to cover the cost of the accommodation. As much time as possible will be spent out walking. You will gain experience in:

  • route planning in Wild country
  • walking skills
  • navigation techniques
  • weather
BEL [Basic Expedition Leader]
BEL 1 : 23 to 25 June 2006 at Exford, Exmoor, Devon

BEL 2 : 29 September to 1 October 2006 at Haytor, Dartmoor, Devon
Any Guider or member of the Senior Section (18+) who wishes to extend her walking and camping skills with a view to leading expedition groups in low country and gain a nationally recognised qualification. Ideally applicants will have previously attended a Level 2 training weekend and have some lightweight camping experience. This course is of particular value to those involved in training/supervising Duke of Edinburgh Award groups. Both weekends must be completed to gain the award. The cost for both of these courses will be £150.00 per person which covers the costs of training, accommodation and food. This also includes a fee for registration with the Awarding body. Travel to and from the venue is not included. Topics to be covered:
  • Equipment
  • Living out of doors
  • Navigation
  • Fitness for expeditions/Weather
  • Campcraft
  • Expedition planning
  • Expedition party management
  • Overnight expedition and camp
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