As we start 2018, could the Scouting Training Scheme feature in one of your New Year’s Resolutions?

2018 - Some options for your Scouting Training

To support adults in Scouting, the Scout Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies. Whether you are new to Scouting, changing role, part way through your training or have completed the training required for your role, please consider one of the following as a resolution for the year ahead.

1 Move your role from Provisional to Full

If you have a role that is currently at Provisional status then you must complete the Getting Started Training modules for your role before you can be issued a full appointment. These should be completed within 5 months of receiving your Provisional appointment. The Getting Started modules are:

For all roles

  • Essential Information (or Essential Information for Executive Committee Members)
  • Personal Learning Plan

For Section Leaders

  • Tools for the Role (Section Leaders)

For Managers

  • Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters)

These modules are run by Districts, but you are welcome to attend any course that is convienient for you. For information on when these modules will be run please contact your ADC (Adult Training) or your Training Adviser, or check our website.

2 Complete Required Learning

If you have identified Required Learning as part of your Personal Learning Plan, then check what methods are available for completing it on the Module Matrix. If you wish to attend a course, then most modules are run regularly by South East Scotland Region and the most up to date availability can be found on the website .

3 Validate your Training

To complete any of the training required for your role, the module must be validated. Validation is the process by which you show that you can put the knowledge skills and understanding into practice in your role in Scouting. There are a number of different validation methods which you will be able to choose from. Guidance on what you can do to validate each module is given in the Leader’s Training Guide and you should agree with your Training Adviser what methods you will use.

4 Complete your Ongoing Learning

Even though you have completed your Wood Badge, there will still be opportunities to learn new skills through on-going learning. Our needs as leaders are constantly changing, so to do a good job for our young people it’s important that we are always learning and refining our skills. Leaders are expected to complete a minimum of 5 hours of on-going learning each year. These can include the required ongoing learning for First Response, Safeguarding or Safety, practical skills training or personal development. If you would like to find out more about available Ongoing Learning opportunities please speak to your ADC (Adult Training).

5 Become a Training Adviser

If you have completed your wood badge, why not consider helping other leaders with their training by become a Training Adviser? Training Advisers are a key element of the Adult Training Scheme. They provide support and guidance for those working towards their Wood Badge, helping individuals draw up and complete their Personal Learning Plans. If you think you could take on this important role then you should speak to your district’s ADC (Adult Training) and look to attend the Assessing Learning Training module.