Adult Leader Training

Our adult volunteers get just as much from Scouting as young people. All adult Leaders in Scouting receive support through our comprehensive training programme, helping them to develop their current skills and learn new ones. This training can help towards the achievement of external qualifications, while there are also awards which recognise dedication to training and outstanding service within the Movement. Training is offered in two distinct stages. Initial training entitled ‘Getting Started’, gives an overview of the Movement and highlights the need for operating within the Association’s safety and diversity policies. It also signposts the new leader to the further training they may require.

Training is offered in a range of ways; residential, small group, e-learning or workbooks. There is also a facility to recognise relevant training undertaken elsewhere. Leaders undertaking training are supported by a more experienced leader who operates as a coach/mentor.

Once the leader’s personal training has been completed and they have demonstrated that they are putting their training into practice, then they can be awarded the Wood Badge.

The Wood Badge recognises the commitment to the values and ethos of the Movement by leaders who had undertaken training.

Getting started training


To support you in your first five months of volunteering with the Scouts we have a number of training modules for you to complete. 

The modules that make up your getting started training are listed below:
(You can complete these in any order).

The following modules can be completed as independent learning and validated by successfully completing the online assessment at the end of the module.

Essential Information (01)

The aim of this module is to provide all adults in Scouting with the essential information needed to get started in their role.

Safety

The aim of this module is to provide all adults in Scouting with an understanding of safety practice and responsibilities as a member of Scouts, to keep everyone safe. 

Safeguarding

The aim of this module is to provide all adults in Scouting with an understanding of safeguarding practice and responsibilities as a member of Scouts, to keep everyone safe. 

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The aim of this module is to provide all adults in Scouting with an understanding of what the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) means for them, their Scout Group, District and County and how to effectively align with it.

Trustee Introduction

The aim of this module is to provide the Charity or managing Trustees with information on their legal responsibilities and current regulations. You only need to complete this module if you have a role as a trustee / Executive Committee member.

The following modules are validated by a Training Adviser: 

Personal Learning Plan (02) 

The aim of this module is to create a plan for an individual’s learning based on the requirements of the job and taking into account the individual’s needs.

Tools for the Role (Section Leaders) (03)

The aim of this module is to provide the basic information on the individual’s role or area of responsibility and some practical help to get the individual started in the role.

Tools for the role (Managers and Supporters) (04)

The aim of this module is to provide key information about the individual’s role, areas of responsibility and where they can find further information and support.

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First Aid / First Response – Module 10
Available to anyone wishing to complete this module for the first time or as a renewal. Renewals should, preferably, be completed before the current certificate expires to ensure continuous cover. 

First Aid training is organised by the Local Training Manager in your Districts when there is enough demand. Please contact your Local Training Manager to find out when your next course is. Please note that all these courses start at 9am and finish at 4.30pm.

Please note – only the First Aid courses that are run at the Training Academies are certified by St. John Ambulance. Courses held locally in Districts are First Response only.