Adventure-Based Activities

An adventure-based activity is one which contains a significant element of risk to those taking part. Girl Guides Australia requires the person in charge to have specific knowledge and skills relevant to the activity and/or to ensure that the instructors have relevant qualifications.

For a list of all Adventure-Based Activities, go to the Activities Manual
Forms and Modules 

Safety rules apply to all members, at all times, and are to be strictly observed. This can save lives and also protect members from litigation.

All Adventure-based activities require completion of:

  • Risk Assessment Form for Outdoor Activities (ADM 56B)
  • Camp/Adventure-based/Event Notification Application (OUT.01)
  • Activity Consent Form for Youth Members (ADM.27)
  • Adult Information Form for Activities (ADM.28) (Leaders – if applicable)
  • Camp/Adventure-based/Event Report (after camp/event)

Activities Not Approved

Girl Guides are not allowed to participate in these activities under any circumstances.

  • Caving at unapproved caving sites, which includes all caving sites on private property.
  • Crossbow hunting & shooting activities involving live ammunition in an uncontrolled environment
  • DIY Flying Fox or the like that is not made by a Scout or Guide Leader with Flying Fox Qualifications
  • Fireball soccer, hockey or similar

Adventure Activities Qualification

Girl Guides Australia recognises the Australian Qualification Framework qualification and Statements of Attainment issued by Registered Training Organisations. Permission to use instructors with these qualification for Girl Guiding activities must be obtained from the relevant State Girl Guide Organisation.

Qualifications for conducting Adventure-based activities require a minimum qualification of HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Certificate or equivalent.


General Rules for all Adventure-Based Activities

General Rules for Adventure-Based Activities 

The qualifications of Leaders/Managers or instructors carrying out ALL adventure-based activities must be confirmed by the relevant State Outdoor Activities Manager. An instructor must have the necessary experience and qualifications.

The uniformed Leader-in-Charge must be a qualified Leader/Manager and is responsible for:

  • the safety of all participants at all times. If they have any concerns about the activity, they must stop the activity.
  • following the guidelines for the specific activities
  • checking that the activity is covered under the insurance policy of Girl Guides Australia and, if applicable, the body controlling the intended activity
  • making sure that the following forms are completed:
    • Adventure-based Activity Application (OUT.01) – completed by the LiC to obtain permission from the District or Region Manager and the appropriate State Guiding personnel
    • Risk Assessment Plan for Outdoor Activities (ADM 56B)
    • Activity Consent and Health Form for Youth Members (ADM.27) – received from the parent or guardian of each participant under the age of 18 years
    • An Adult Information Form for Activities (ADM 28) – received from every adult participant
    • Camp/Adventure-based Activity Report (OUT.03)
Adult Activities

Any activity undertaken as a member of Girl Guides requires all risk management protocols to be adhered to, including completion of:

  • Camp/Adventure-based/Event Application (OUT.01)
  • Risk Assessment Plan for Outdoor Activities (ADM.56b)
  • Camp/Adventure-based/Event Report (OUT.03)

The activity organiser should collect an Adult Information Form for activities (ADM 28) from each participant.

Your State organisation may have additional requirements, please check with the appropriate State personnel.

Forms and Modules 

Supervision requirements

The requisite Adult to Girl ratios are found at Ratios at a Glance.

If swimming is included as an activity refer to the lifesaving requirements HERE.


For all Forms and Modules please click HERE

Last Modified: 04/11/22 at 3:48 PM