- Can also include foot orienteering, mountain bike, skiing, trail orienteering etc.
Is a group of sports that requires navigation skills using a map and compass or GPS receiver to navigate from point to point in a range of natural environments and built environment.
Who Can Participate
- Open to all.
- Some Activity Providers may have additional age or height restrictions.
- The minimum dress requirements are: T-shirt (long sleeves recommended), long pants, sturdy hiking shoes with good grip and a hat. Minimum jewellery can be worn as long as it doesn’t impact on safety.
- Minimum activity group size to be 4 participants.
- If orienteering or geocaching in your local area is this a routine and predictable activity for your unit? – ask the 3 Questions
- What are we about to do? (activity)
- What can go wrong? (hazard)
- How can I do to make it safe? (control measure)
Refer to Girl Guides Australia Ratios at a Glance
Leader in Charge
- The LiC must ensure that all participants are informed of appropriate clothing and/or personal equipment prior to the activity.
- The LiC must organise and collect the ADM.27 from youth members and ADM.28 from adults. The LiC must inform the Activity Instructor of any health conditions or behaviour issues with participants.
- The LiC must have an appropriate first aid kit suitable for the activity present at the activity venue.
- The LiC must ensure participants have water and food appropriate to the activity.
- The LiC is responsible for all participants when they are not participating in the activity.
Many outdoor activity centres will use in-house instructor qualifications. If you are unsure if they are accepted or alternative qualifications are held, contact your State Outdoor Activities Manager to ensure the instructor’s qualification is suitable.
Questions to be asked when looking for an Activity Provider
- The Activity Leader/Instructor is to brief all participants on safety and the care of equipment prior to the activity.
- It is suggested that the Activity Leader / Instructor provide ground training prior to the commencement of the activity if relevant.
- Obtain permission from relevant authorities for access and use of land. Examples are: National Parks, State forests and private landowners.
- The ratified activity leader/ instructor must have knowledge of the locality, facilities, and terrain and weather conditions of the area that the activity will be taking place.
- Should there be inclement weather the LiC and ratified instructor will need to negotiate whether the activity should proceed or be postponed.
- Activity Leaders/Instructors must have a first aid kit and appropriate rescue equipment readily accessible to all participants.
Notification Forms Required
For Approval – Prior to the Activity
- OUT.01 Camp/Adventure-based/Event: Notification/Application
- ADM.56B Risk Assessment Plan for Outdoor Activities Events Camps
- Activity Provider Risk Management Plan
At the Activity
- Participants are required to have completed: ADM.27 for Youth Members or ADM.28 for Adults
- Girl Guide Incident Report
After the Activity
- OUT.03 Camp/Adventure-based/Event Report
Last Modified: 10/09/22 at 12:22 AM