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2.3. Adventure

2.3.1. What is Adventure?

Adventure: Olaves take opportunities to challenge themselves through new experiences especially in the outdoors and internationally.

This could involve:

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone and developing self-confidence
  • Experiencing Guiding on an international level through overseas trips and experiences
  • Exploring natural and urban environments
  • Making global connections through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) or other international organisations
  • Expanding your horizons by taking part in a range of different activities
  • Attending camps and events at a local, state, national and international level
  • Developing skills in planning, risk management and problem solving and sharing this expertise with others
  • Participating in opportunities and programs offered by WAGGGS

A true adventure is one that is challenging for the individual.  Regardless of the nature of the adventure, it will need to be well-planned with all relevant risk management in place.

“I love being involved in the Olave Program. It has challenged me and taken me out of my comfort zone as well as making new friends and participating in what I love doing.”

2.3.2. Camping and adventure activities

The rules which apply to Olave Program camps and adventure activities are found in Guide Lines:

  • For camps involving only Olaves and/or adult members
    • There is no requirement for a person to hold a camping qualification
    • There must be at least one person who holds a current Provide First Aid Certificate (or equivalent)
    • A Camp Notification / Application Form (OUT.01) must be completed (only relevant sections)
    • A Risk Management Plan (ADM.56B) must be sent to the State Outdoors Manager and copied to the State Olave Program Manager
    • Participants must complete and provide an Adult Information Form for Activities (ADM.28)
  • For adventure activities involving only Olaves and/or adult members (as set out in Chapter 6 of Guide Lines)
    • An Adventure Activity Form (OUT.02) must be completed
    • A Risk Management Plan (ADM.56B) must be sent to the State Outdoors Manager and copied to the State Olave Program Manager
    • There must be at least one person who holds a current Provide First Aid Certificate (or equivalent)
    • Participants must complete and provide an Adult Information Form for Activities (ADM.28)
  • Risk management must be an integral part of planning for all Olave Program activities, even if they are not camps or adventure activities.
    • Girl Guides Australia insurance information is found here: (username: leaders, password: ggainfo)
  • For any activities which involve youth members, the relevant requirements regarding approvals, qualifications and ratios (as per Guide Lines) must be fulfilled.
  • Don’t forget to report any accidents or incidents that occur during Olave Program events by using the appropriate forms:
    • For any accident that involves an injury to any Guiding member, family member, contractor or visitor, use ADM.24A: Notification of Accident.
    • For any other any incident that does NOT involve an injury (which may include things such as property damage, theft, and near misses or an unsettling incident), use ADM.25A: Notification of an Incident.

These forms may be obtained from your State Girl Guide Organisation or here:  (username: leaders, password: ggainfo)

Olaves participating in activities or events run by Scouts or other organisations (if they are attending in their capacity as Olaves) need to adhere to Guide Lines to in order to ensure the safety of all members.

2.3.3. International opportunities

There are many fantastic international opportunities available through Girl Guides Australia or through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) for Olaves.

GOLD

Guiding Overseas Linked to Development (GOLD) is an international service project for Olaves. The project is a partnership project between two or more WAGGGS Member Organisations, aimed at developing Guiding in one of those organisations. The participating Member Organisations work together to determine what area of Guiding the recipient organisation wishes to focus on and the project is mapped out over a fixed term.

Girl Guides Australia has been involved in GOLD projects with the Girl Guide Association of Thailand (together with Girlguiding UK), as well as the Girl Guide Association of the Cook Islands (together with GirlGuiding New Zealand).  A new GOLD project will begin in 2016.

Being selected for GOLD is an incredible opportunity to learn about Guiding in a different country and to work closely with Guides from other Member Organisations. It is a chance to share some of the great parts of Guiding in Australia, as well as experiencing the local culture of the recipient organisation.

World Centres

There are four “World Centres” (in England, Switzerland, Mexico and India), where girls and women from around the world can develop their leadership and life skills through international friendship, challenge, adventure and self-development.  There is also a Fifth World Centre pilot project, exploring how WAGGGS can provide an international experience using existing facilities in Africa.

There are many opportunities for Olaves to work or volunteer at these World Centres, as well as to attend international seminars and events which are held regularly. For more information, visit: http://www.wagggs.org/en/world/centres

“It wasn’t until I spent four months as an autumn volunteer at Our Chalet in Switzerland that I fully realised how much Guiding had to offer young women outside of unit leadership roles.”

WAGGGS events and seminars

Some of the specific events and seminars offered by WAGGGS are:

  • Juliette Lowe Seminar: mainly held at the four World centres, in rotation. Each Seminar has a different theme or focus, though always focusing on international knowledge and leadership.
  • Helen Storrow Seminar: traditionally held at Our Chalet (WAGGGS’ first World Centre in Switzerland) and addresses the most relevant issues in our global society such as the natural environment, leadership, self image, gender inequality and advocacy.
  • CSW: each year, WAGGGS sends a delegation of young women to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), an annual meeting in which UN members discuss issues around women and gender equality.

These opportunities are advertised via the WAGGGS website: http://www.wagggs.org/en/home

International Assistance

There is funding available through Girl Guides Australia and other organisations to assist with international adventures: see here  (username: leaders, password: ggainfo).

“Volunteering at Our Cabaña in Mexico has had an enormous benefit to my life in general, and in particular, to my Guiding life. My time at the World Centre reaffirmed my belief in the power Guiding has to make a difference to the lives of young women all around the world, and I left with a desire to help do so.”

2.3.4. Ideas for Adventure activities

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  • Trying an adventurous outdoors activity such as caving or mountain climbing
  • Going for a night hike in the city
  • Getting out on the water by going sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, kite surfing, windsurfing or stand up paddle boarding
  • Volunteering at a World Centre
  • Trying out different methods of travel – bike riding, canoe, on foot or public transport
  • Gaining skills as an instructor in an outdoor activity such as swimming or abseiling
  • Learning outdoor navigation skills such as mapping, orienteering, compass or navigating by the stars
  • Travelling interstate or overseas
  • Participating in orienteering or rogaining
  • Exploring urban environments
  • Getting airborne – in a glider or a plane
  • Developing climbing skills, either indoor, outdoor or bouldering
  • Going to the snow and trying skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing or skating
  • Attending a UN WAGGGS event
  • Organising and running an adventure activity for others (Olaves or Guides)
  • Participating in a mud bash race
  • Combining lightweight camping with an adventure to follow a river or
  • Learning new skills such as fencing or pistol shooting
  • Going riding – on a horse, a road bike or a mountain bike
  • Getting up high on a high ropes course or abseiling

Last Modified: 07/09/15 at 9:22 PM