What you have to do
The Lead Away permit is made up
of seven different challenges,
culminating with you leading a
You can complete these in any
order you’d like. We do
recommend starting at Challenge
one though! There is some overlap
between challenges, so there’ll be
things you need to do alongside
Each challenge looks at a
different area of how to plan and
run a residential.
You must complete all seven
challenges to earn your Lead
Your residential needs to last for
at least two nights. This can be
anytime that works for you.
Your group needs to be made of a
minimum of four, and a maximum
of eight, including you. You can
take Rangers or young leaders.
Let your leader know that you are
interested in doing your Lead
Away permit. They will help you to
get started by suggesting
this in Challenge 2B. They'll
contact parents/carers and
commissioners in an emergency to
let them know what’s happened.
Relevant advisers – if you do
something specialised, like a
water activity, you might need to
speak to your local adviser in that
area, like a water specialist.
My supervisor is:
My home contact is:
My other advisers are:
Recording your progress
There's a space in this booklet
for you to record what you’ve
done for your permit. You can also
put together a more detailed
record to show your mentor. You
can do this any way you’d like –
vlog, blog, scrapbook, journal etc.
Not only will this show how hard
you’ve worked but show potential
employers and on university
potential permit mentors. They
can also suggest training sessions
that may be helpful and put you
in touch with other adults in
guiding who can support you in
gaining your permit.
If you’ve already gone away on
camps and holidays as a Guide,
Ranger or young leader, you could
be ready to plan your own
residential right now!
If not, you can still get started, but
you might want to brush up on
some skills ﬁrst. The Camp and
Explore skills builder stages ﬁve
and six and unit meeting
activities in the Have Adventures
theme are a great place to start in
building the skills you need.
Finding a permit mentor
If you’re feeling daunted, don’t
worry. You won’t be doing this on
your own! You’ll have a permit
mentor, who’ll support you in
completing your permit. Your
mentor will be an adult leader in
Girlguiding and an experienced
Going Away With licence holder.
Your mentor will -
Check in with you regularly to
see how you are getting on.
Help you ﬁnd training
Support you on any concerns
Find someone to act as a
supervisor on your residential.
Visit your residential.
P Assess your residential and any
Sign off your modules and ﬁnal
My permit mentor is:
Apart from your mentor, there are
other leaders and volunteers who
can help you complete your
permit. Your mentor might act as
your supervisor or your home
contact as well, and they can put
you in touch with volunteers you
need to chat to.
Supervisor: an adult leader/
volunteer who will be within 30
minutes travelling time of your
location during the residential.
You can call them if you need
some advice or help with an
incident or other emergency.
Home contact: You’ll come onto