Training is any learning activity that helps you to gain skills, knowledge or values. The most beneficial training, as far as the scouts is concerned, is that which helps you to fulfil your scouting role more easily and with increasing success.

We aim to make training accessible to all, regardless of geography, education, personal circumstances or special needs. Our training is also designed to provide opportunities to enable you to interact and share your experiences with other volunteers.


Validation is the process of finding out if you are able to put the learning covered by a module into practice in your role in Scouting. All modules for your role require validating regardless of whether you have gained the skills from previous experience or by planned learning.

Each subject (module or training), has a fixed requirement. There are a number of validation methods for you to select from. Validation methods are simple and effective and should always be something that you do as part of your normal role. The focus should be on you ‘doing something’ and this will often be backed up by discussion. Validation should not be seen as an exam – it is a positive experience in which you will receive supportive feedback.

What training do I need?

It can get very confusing trying to understand what training you need to complete for your role with so many modules and different requirements for each role you could have, sometimes you need it clearly laid out. The list below should help to make clear the training required for your role.

Getting Started

To be completed within 5 months of appointment.

Module Module Title Learning Method
02 Personal Learning Plan Training Adviser
01 Essential Information Course or e-learning
01E Executive Committee Members.
(Mandatory module for all
EC members)
Course or e-learning
GDPR General Data Protection
03 Tools for the Role
(Section Leaders)
Course or e-learning
04 Tools for the Role
(Manager & Supporters )
Course or e-learning

Training for All Appointments

Module Module Title Learning Method
05 The Fundamentals of
Course or e-learning
06 Changes in Scouting Course or workbook
07 Scouting for all Course or workbook
10 First Aid Course
11 Administration Course or workbook
12A Delivering a Quality
Course or e-learning

Section Leaders and Assistant Leaders

To be completed by all adults in Section Leader and Assistant Leader roles.

Module Module Title Learning Method
08 Skills of Leadership Course
09 Working with adults Course
12B Programme Planning Course
13 Growing the Section Course or workbook
14 Supporting Young People Course or workbook
15  Promoting Positive
Course or workbook
16 Introduction to Residential
17 Running Safe Activities Course or workbook
18 Practical Skills Course
19 International Course

Managers and Supporters

The Managers and Supporters Training is a part of the Wood Badge for Manager and Supporter roles. The learning for this training is divided
into two areas:

Independent Learning
Skills Courses :
Skills of Management (Weekend course)
Achieving Growth (1 day course)
Meeting the Challenges (1 day course)

In order to find out the dates for these courses, speak to your Local Training Manager.

Training Advisers and Local Training Managers

Module 25
To provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to effectively
support, validate and assess adults in the Adult Training Scheme, the
Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme, Nights Away Permit Scheme and
the Scout Show National Recognition Scheme.
There is a workbook available for module 25 however it is recommended that you attend the course. You will gain more of an insight in to
assessing within the Scout Association from experienced trainers /

Supplementary Modules

Module Module Title Learning Method
36 Additional Needs Day Course
38 Skills for Residential
Weekend Course

Module 36: To provide information, support and resources for those working with young people with additional needs.
Module 38: This is an additional ‘skills’ module which expands on Module 16 (Introduction to Residential Experiences), which ideally should be completed prior to attending this weekend. During the weekend you will learn about, using and storing camping equipment, choosing a site, planning, paperwork, catering, as well as programme ideas, and gain the skills and knowledge to take your section away camping.This weekend is also very useful to those seeking to become Nights Away Adviser.

Additional Information

There is a diverse range of training methods
right at your fingertips.
Adult Training
This publication explains The Scout Association’s
approach to training; gives the details of the
training scheme and outlines
the management of training provision
within Counties.
Safety issues  It is the responsibility of all those involved in
Scouting to ensure, so far as is reasonably
practical, that all activities are conducted
in a safe manner without risk to the health
of the participants.
ILM The Scout Association’s Leadership and Management
Training has been recognised as a Development
Programme with the Institute of Leadership and
Management (ILM).
ILM recognition is the benchmark of high quality,
bespoke, in-house leadership and management
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls