As part of Girlguiding’s partnership with the British Army, Girlguiding LaSER's Guides and Rangers (aged 12 and above) have the opportunity to take part in an Army Takeover Day to gain their stage 5 Lead skills builder. All activities will be delivered by serving soldiers, most of them young women.

If you are successful in your application to attend, the information you provide will be shared with Girlguiding UK and the Army event organiser.

Please note: The British Army will not use, demonstrate or display weapons or provide recruitment literature at this or any Girlguiding event nor will they encourage girls to make applications to join the British Army. This engagement activity has the sole aim of sharing leadership skills.

Due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 situation, we’ve made the decision to postpone this event and ballot selection. Those who applied to the ballot will be updated directly as we review the situation.

The Army Takeover Day will take place at Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, London, SE18 4BB.

Bookings will open on Monday 16 March 2020 at 9am and will close at 9am on Tuesday 17 March 2020. Once the spaces are filled from the ballot, we will start a waiting list.

Guides and Rangers aged 12 and above at the time of the event.

Please let us know as soon as possible by contacting info@girlguidinglaser.org.uk so we can reallocate your places.

Entry to the event is free and a free hotplate lunch will be provided in the soldiers’ dining room. However, travel is at your own expense.

The event will start at 9:30am and finish at 4.30pm. A full agenda will be shared with the attendees closer to the event.

Over the course of the day, the girls will do activities that will meet all the required elements of the stage five Lead skills builder and will test their leadership and teamwork skills. Badges will be given out on the day for free from Girlguiding UK.


  • Girlguiding information & consent forms
  • Army consent forms
  • Army & Girlguiding joint photo consent (Only one unit will be required to complete this form. The selected unit will need all members to consent)

There will be a risk assessment for the event. However, you will be required to create your own risk assessment for travel to and from the event and pastoral care during the event.

Yes, you will need a home contact for your unit. You will be asked to share your home contact name and number with us before the event.

Please wear your Girlguiding uniform.

Places will be allocated by ballot with 200 spaces available for Guides and Rangers aged 12 and above.

If you have been successful you will hear from us within one week after the ballot closes. We will require you to confirm if you still want the places by the date specified.

We won’t be able to email those who were unsuccessful.

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