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Why Training?:

To ensure that young people experience good quality Scouting, The Scout Association requires each adult in Scouting to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills and attitudes that are relevant to their Scouting role.

How Does It Work?:

The range of skills The Scout Association expects of people in different roles are described in a number of modules, which together make up the Adult Training Scheme. There are 38 modules in total and different roles require a different selection of modules to be completed. The modules that an individul needs to do will be defined by their role description and by their existing skills and knowledge.

Learning Methods:

The Adult Training Scheme offers a number of learning methods for each module. Individuals may be able to go on a training course, use e-learning, workbooks, DVDs, read a book or get another adult in Scouting to help them or teach them a skill. Everyone has the chance to choose the method that is most suitable for them through a discussion with their Training Adviser.

Recognising Prior Learning:

The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme recognises prior learning. Everyone has skills and knowledge that have been gained through education, employment, life experiences or other voluntary roles and these can be applied to Scouting. If someone already has the skills and abilities needed for a module there is no need to do extra learning for that module. If someone has some of the skills, or is unsure about some aspects, they may be able to complete learning for just those bits that they need. Everyone must, however, still demonstrate that they can use these skills in their Scouting role. This is shown through the process of validation. As part of the planning process for an individula's training they will agree with a Training Adviser how they will validate each module.





01.  Essential Information

To provide all adults in Scouting with the essential information needed to get started in their role

The Fundementals of Scouting

Structure & Support

Safety in Scouting

Safeguarding: child protection

Safeguarding: anti-bullying


One to One

Small group


02.  Personal Learning Plan

To create a plan for an individual's learning based on the requirements of the role and taking into account the individual's needs

Personal Learning Plan

One to One


03.  Tools for the Role

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

Features of the section

Roles within the section

Using activities & games

Youth shaped Scouting

Promoting positive behaviour


One to One

Small group


04.  (Not required for Leaders)

Modules 1, 2 & 3 are compulsory (Getting Started) for all Leaders, Assistant Leaders & Section Assistants

05.  The Fundamentals of Scouting

To explore the Fundamentals of Scouting and the Religious Policy; and consider their relationship with the quality programme delivered to young people

The Fundamentals - the Purpose, Values and Method

The Religious Policy

Spiritual development


One to One

Small group


06.  Changes in Scouting

To provide an overview of the Movement’s history focusing on its development to meet the changing needs of society

Brief outline history of Scouting



07.  Scouting for All

To provide an introduction to equal opportunities and practical advice about how to make Scouting inclusive for all

Equal opportunities

Beliefs and values

Inclusive Scouting

Reasonable adjustments


One to one Small group Workbook

08.  Skills of Leadership

To cover the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be an effective leader

Systematic planning

Action centred leadership Leadership styles

Developing leadership skills in others


One to one

Small group

09.  Working with Adults

To cover the underpinning functions required to work effectively as a member  of an adult team


Listening skills

Decision-making structures

Representing others


Small group

10.  First Aid (mandatory)

To cover the skills and knowledge necessary to enable adults to manage an incident and provide basic First Aid

First Aid

External course (First Response as a minimum)

11. Administration

To provide information and best practice on how to manage administrative tasks  in Scouting

Record keeping

Financial responsibilities

Data Protection Act



One to one Small group Workbook

12(A).  Delivering a Quality Programme

To provide leaders, managers and supporters with information about how we deliver quality Scouting to young people, and how we ensure it meets their needs

Key elements of the programme for each section

Badges and awards

Reviewing the programme

The Young Leaders’ Scheme Youth-shaped Scouting


One to One

Small group


12(B).  Programme Planning

To provide section leaders with an opportunity to plan and review a sectional programme including the use of a variety of methods to generate programme ideas

How to create an exciting and relevant programme

How to generate programme ideas How to review a programme to enhance it


One to one

Small group

13.  Growing the Section

To cover ways in which an adult volunteering with a section can work with their line manager and others to plan and contribute to the growth of their section and/or Group

Importance of growth

Recruitment and retention of adults and young people

Tools and support to help sections grow

Development plans


One to one

Small group Workbook

14.  Supporting Young People

To enable adults working with young people to understand and meet  their needs

Characteristics and  influences Creating a supportive environment and responding to issues


One to one

Small group


15.  Promoting Positive Behaviour

To enable adults to promote positive behaviour and appropriately manage challenging behaviour in their section

Principles of promoting positive behaviour

Responding to challenging behaviour


One to one

Small group


16.  Introduction to Residential Experiences

To enable section leaders and supporters who may support residential experiences for young people, to understand the purpose that residential experiences play  in Scouting

Residential experiences and their iimportance in Scouting

Organisation and administration

Nights Away Permit Scheme


One to one

Small group

17.  Running Safe  Activities

To enable adults to plan and run exciting, safe and developmental activities for the young people in their section

Importance of activities in a balanced Programme

Planning and carrying out activities safely


Risk assessment

Leader in charge


One to one

Small group


18.  Practical Skills

To enable adults to gain and develop practical skills for the benefit of young people in their section

Range of practical skills

Training others


Small group

19.  International

To provide an international focus appropriate to their section and appreciate the global nature of Scouting

World-wide family of Scouting

International aspects of the programme

International events and activities Programme ideas


One to one

Small group

Most of Modules 5-19 can be covered in 2 combined courses, the need for specific training will always be agreed with individuals: no-one is compelled to do training they don't need. This is very detailed, but not as daunting as it first appears!