Adult Training Information

The adult training scheme is made up of modules. Training dates available across Essex are listed here.

For Manager and Supporter training in East of England, the training dates are listed here.

A number of modules are available with a workbook or on-line via e-learning.
To download a workbook or access the online training follow the links below.
For those wishing to do a module with e-learning you will find a useful how-to-guide on YouTube.

Getting Started

To be completed within 5 months of appointment.

Module Module Title Learning Method
Personal Learning Plan Training Adviser
01 Essential Information Course or e-learning
01E Essential Information for Executive Committee Members. (Mandatory module for all Exec members) Course or e-learning
03 Tools for the Job (Leaders) Course or e-learning
04 Tools for the Job (Manager) Course or e-learning

Modules 1, 2 and either 3 or 4 are compulsory modules.

Training for All Appointments

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

Section Leaders and Section Supporters

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 (Leaders) Course or workbook
14 Supporting Young People Course or workbook
15  Promoting Positive Behaviour Course or workbook
16 Introduction to Residential Experiences Course
17 Running Safe Activities Course or workbook
18 Practical Skills Course
19 International Course

Managers and Supporters

Leadership and Management Training
The Leadership and Management 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

Training Advisers and Local Training Managers

Module Module Title Learning Method
25 Assessing Learning Course
Module 25: There is a workbook available 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 / advisers.

Supplementary Modules

Modules relevant to specific roles

Module Module Title Learning Method
36 Special Needs Course
37 Advising on Adult Appointments. Course or DVD (available online)
38 Skills for Residential Experiences Course
Module 38: This is an additional ‘skills’ module which expands on Module 16, and also very useful to those seeking to become a Nights Away Adviser. This is a ‘practical skills’ weekend to get leaders thinking about ‘the OUT in Scouting’ and learn in a safe environment. The weekend give you an ideal opportunity to learn from experienced trainers/scouters and from other delegates attending. 

Further Information

Learners’ resources There is a diverse range of training methods right at your fingertips.
Safeguarding The Scout Association’s Safeguarding Awareness training is an online alternative to face-to-face training. [Online e-learning available]
Safety Training The Scout Association’s ongoing safety training e-learning is an online alternative to face-to-face training. [Online e-learning available]
First Response Alternatives Leaders, managers and supporters in Scouting must hold a current first aid qualification at the time of gaining their Wood Badge and at the appointment renewal. However, they are encouraged to keep their qualification up to date at all times.
Suitable alternatives to First Response are detailed here.
Gateway Qualifications Alongside the Adult Training Scheme, it is possible for Members to work towards external recognition through the training and work they do as an adult in Scouting. One organisation which The Scout Association has a partnership with to do this is Gateway Qualifications.

The Gateway Qualification is open to all volunteers in Scouting who hold a Section Leader or Assistant Leader role, providing the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Certificate in Providing Voluntary Youth Services in The Scout Association. Level 2 certification is the equivalent of a GCSE (grade A-C) or an NVQ level 2.
Institute of Leadership and Management (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 training.