How do I become a Leader?

Becoming a leader with Girlguiding Renfrewshire is the start of a journey which will change your life and those of the girls you inspire. You’ll get training, friendship and loads of support and encouragement along the way.

Need some inspiration for fun, quirky or thought-provoking activities to do with your unit? Looking for a theme for your camp or a fantastic new challenge badge to get stuck into? Our activities section has all this and more – and remember to share your story if you have an idea other guiders could use.


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The first step to being a Leader is to gain your Leadership Qualification, open to any adults or members of The Senior Section aged 16 or over. It’s a practical, skills-based course – so you put what you’re learning into practice as you study.

The Young Leader Qualification is open to anyone in The Senior Section aged 14 to 16, giving you a brilliant opportunity to shine as a leader by playing an active role in leading a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide unit. It looks pretty good on your CV, too!


Regular or occasional volunteering

The role of leaders and unit helpers in running groups each week is vital to Girlguiding Scotland.

Each of our leaders is supported by a team of assistants, parents, young Girlguiding Scotland members and other volunteers, who plan and run activities with the girls, keep the finances and records up to date, and share with the world what guiding is all about! With the help of other volunteers in the unit, in your area and throughout Scotland, our leaders are part of something great.


Support roles

There is plenty you can do to support guiding, even if you don’t have time to commit regularly. After all, every hour counts.

Just a few ways you can support us are:

  • Being a driver for trips and away days
  • Helping with unit accounts and admin
  • Lending a hand with fundraising and events
  • Giving your time at a volunteer shop
  • Doing some DIY at a meeting place
  • Teaching girls skills to help them acquire a badge

What’s in it for me?

It’s not just about giving though – our volunteers gain so much from supporting us!

Whatever your role, volunteering with Girlguiding Scotland will bring you fun, friendship and fulfilment. No matter what you turn your hand to, the experiences and training that you’ll gain through guiding will bring you the thrill of personal challenge and the pride of achievement. It will also boost your CV and help you stand out from the crowd.

Discover the benefits of volunteering with us.


Get involved

Join us, and become one of our 11,500 amazing volunteers. You can register your interest by visiting the Girlguiding website and following the key steps of the registration process.

You’ll be asked to provide your contact details and key pieces of information about your availability, and location. A local volunteer will then be in touch to talk about what opportunities you are interested in.

Girlguiding and Girlguiding Scotland are committed to maintaining a safe space for all of our members and volunteers as a top priority, so recruitment checks are carried out on all volunteers. Find out more about recruitment checks.


Moving area?

If you are already a member of Girlguiding Scotland and are relocating to another county or to another part of the UK, we can help make sure you receive a warm welcome from volunteers in your new area.

Send your name, membership number and new postcode to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll send your details straight onto a local commissioner.