Escape to Edinburgh and Breakaway to Belgium

Over the last couple of years, the opportunity for international adventures looked a little different. It’s been over two years of virtual and local adventures, and we know many of you are looking forward to going further afield again, but may feel a little unsure about it too.

Girlguiding LaSER would like to support leaders to take groups on international trips by building skills and confidence, and providing opportunities that are exciting for young members, but also accessible for volunteers. We have two opportunities aimed at Guides and Rangers, starting with a UK adventure in 2022 followed by an international adventure in 2023:

Escape to Edinburgh - 22 & 23 Oct 2022 (you will choose one day)
Breakaway to Belgium - Oct 2023 (exact date to be confirmed)

To aid flexibility around travel dates we are running the Escape to Edinburgh one day challenge on both 22 & 23 Oct and you will be able to choose the day that works best for your group. The format of both adventures will be the same. LaSER will plan a challenge activity for all groups to participate in (including a badge!) and your leadership team and young members will plan:

  • How long your trip will be
  • How you want to get there
  • Where you will stay
  • What else you’d like to do while you’re there
  • Your budget

Heading north into Scotland involves the same kind of planning as going abroad, and this trip will build confidence and skills for leaders and young members. The second trip will take us into Europe which will provide the added international element.

This is a great opportunity for young members to help lead the way and shape their adventure, and will also help support young member retention for those who would like to be part of both trips. You may want to take your own Guide or Ranger unit, or lead a district, division or county group.

There will be a small registration fee of £15 per person.

Support along the way

We are committed to supporting volunteers to return to adventure, so we will host a series of online advice and networking events for leaders on topics such as:

  • What to consider when planning a trip further from home
  • Planning a sustainable and environmentally friendly trip
  • Risk Assessment development
  • Budgeting for a trip
  • Using social media to share the adventure
  • Taking good travel photographs for social media and promotional purposes
  • Using these adventures to gain part of your Going Away With licence (UK or international modules)
  • Any other topics suggested

What qualifications do I need?

At least one leader per group will either need to hold the relevant Going Away With modules or be working towards them as part of this trip. Relevant REN forms will need to be completed.

Last chance to register your interest

If you are interested in Escape to Edinburgh 2022, please complete this expression of interest form by 25 June 2022 and we will share more information with you by email.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact us at info@girlguidinglaser.org.uk

Recruit your adventurers!

We have prepared an editable letter you can send to your young members to invite them to join the adventure.

Download here - colour
Download here - printer friendly version

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