Adult Training

Adult volunteers are at the heart of Scouting, and we hope that you will get every bit as much out of it as you put in. Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of adults within the Movement.

To support adults in Scouting, the Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies.

Some elements of training can count towards externally-recognised qualifications, and within the movement there are also awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service.

Getting Started with your Training.

As a new leader in Scouting you will start your training by undertaking the modules which we refer to as the 'Getting Started'

These modules need to be completed within your first 5 months in Scouting so that your full role can be made a full appointment. These modules are module 1, 2 & 3 or 4 for Line Managers.

To help you plan and validate these modules you will be allocated a Training Advisor who will guide you through your learning process.

Your Group Scout Leader is responsible for helping you achieve your training so please ask them for their help when you need it.

Once you have completed your 'Getting Started' modules you are in control with the help of your GSL to book onto courses, attend training and request validation for modules you are ready to sign off to achieve your Wood Badge.

To help you with validation our Training Advisers will be offering drop-in sessions on the first Sunday of each month from 4-6PM in the District Scout Shop to discuss your training needs and validate your completed modules. There is also Training Advisers in the scout shop most weeks.

Module Training Dates 2019


To attend one these courses please book a place.

Getting Started Modules

Module 01 - Essential information

Module 01 - Essential Information is a mandatory module for nearly all adults in Scouting.  It provides the basic information required for you to get started in adult roles in Scouting, vital to ensuring that all young people can enjoy safe Scouting.

Topics Covered:

  • The Fundamentals of Scouting
  • Structure and support 
  • Safety in Scouting
  • Safeguarding- child protection
  • Safeguarding- anti-bullying

This module is delivered by the District Training Team - at your appointment interview you will be informed of the date of the next course.

As part of your module 01 training you will also need to do Safeguarding Awareness Training a on-line course on keeping yourself; young people safe. Details will be sent to you via email.

Having done the training you will need to validate what you have learnt - this is not difficult, your Training Advisor will guide you through this part of the training process. The Safeguarding Awareness Training will form part of your validation.

Associated Reading for Module 01

The Promise FS322016
The Fundamentals Explained: the Purpose, Values and Method of Scouting FS140099
Safe Scouting and what to do in an Emergency card (Purple Card)
Safety checklist for leaders
Safety checklist for managers
Safety checklist for Executive Committees

Safety: Practical Tips (FS320012)
Activities: Risk Assessment (FS120000)
In Touch (FS120075)

Young People First: Code of Practice (Yellow Card)
Stay Safe: Young People’s Guide to Staying Safe Online (section-specific for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers)
Social media guidance

Information about sections:

Beaver Scouts
Cub Scouts
Explorer Scouts
Scout Network

Module 02 - Personal Learning Plan

Module 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 your needs.

The plan will show the training and the support that the you will receive to help carry out the responsibilities and fulfill the training requirements for your role.

There is a workbook available to help you to complete this module, in partnership with their Training Adviser. Information on all the Modules can be found in the Adult's Personal File (PDF) or the Adult's Personal File for Section Leaders (PDF)

Module 03 - Tools for the job

Module 03 - Tools for the Role (Section Leaders) is a mandatory module for Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants. It covers the basic information on the your role or area of responsibility and some practical help to get the you started in the role. Topics covered:

  • Features of the section
  • Roles with in the section
  • Using activities and games
  • Youth shaped Scouting
  • Promoting positive behaviour

This module is delivered by the District Training Team.

The module is easily validated by your training advisor coming to see you run a game, do a ceremony or running an activity.             

Module 04 - Tools for the job (managers) - Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters) is a mandatory module for those who hold a Manager or Supporter role in Scouting. It covers the key information about the your role, areas of responsibility and where they can find further information and support. Topics covered:

Module 04 -

  • Role responsibilities and responsibilities of those they line manage or work closely with
  • Six areas of leadership and management
  • Managing time and personal skills
  • Ensuring quality programme
By visiting Durham Scout County Adult Training pages you will find information on and date's of course's which make up the Scout Adult Training Scheme which you are able to attend to help you complete your Wood Badge training.