Adult Training

Every volunteer in Scouting is required to complete some training which is tailored to their role. Your training can help you learn new skills to support you in getting the most from your role.

We run training courses through Zoom for some of the key modules.

Our adult training programme is split into three sections, which are detailed below. Volunteers start with critical safety and safeguarding modules, before moving onto training that will help with the core skills of running a section. Lastly, there are a further set of modules to broaden a volunteer’s knowledge.

There are three training modules that we are all required to complete within the first five months in role. The learning for these modules can all be completed online:

  1. Essential information
  2. Tools for the role
  3. GDPR

Once you’ve completed the e-learning for each module, then please send a screenshot or photo of the certificate to your Training Advisor or Group Scout Leader.

You’ll also need to have a conversation with your Training Advisor or Group Scout Leader about other training to help you in your role.

Once you’ve completed these items, you’ll be ready to move on to the next stage of your training.

Once you’ve done the initial training modules (above), we suggest that you focus upon the modules set out below, as these provide the key information to help develop your skills. We offer regular training sessions, held on Zoom where possible, to help with these.

This set of initial modules is:

  • Delivering a Quality Programme – how we deliver quality Scouting, and make sure it meets young people’s needs
  • Programme Planning – how we plan and review our programmes
  • First Aid – the skills and knowledge to enable you to manage an incident and provide basic first aid
  • Running Safe Activities – how we plan and run exciting but safe activities
  • Skills of Leadership – tools to help us to effectively lead young people and other adults
  • Administration – information and best practice on how we manage administrative tasks in Scouting
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour – tools for promoting positive behaviour and managing challenging behaviour

Once you’ve completed all of these, then there are a final set of modules for you to complete which will broaden your knowledge and experience, helping you to run an even wider range of engaging activities for your section. Completion of these will result in you receiving your Wood Badge, the sign that an adult has completed their leadership training.

The final set of modules is listed below. In many of these cases, you may already have some of these skills, or may have developed them through your time volunteering with the Scouts. Where this is the case, then you don’t need to attend a course – instead, speak to your Training Advisor or Group Scout Leader about how you can be signed off for it. Otherwise, courses are available for these modules.

The modules are:

  • Practical Skills – helping you to gain and teach practical skills
  • Fundamentals of Scouting – how do our Fundamentals and our Religious Policy help you to deliver a balanced programme
  • Scouting for All – practical advice about how we can all ensure that Scouting is inclusive for everyone
  • Changes in Scouting – an overview of Scouting’s history, and how it continues to develop to meet the changing needs of society
  • Introduction to Residential Experiences – helping you to understand the part that nights away from home play in our programme
  • International – an overview of the international focus of Scouting, and how this features in our programme
  • Supporting Young People – sharing the varied needs of young people, and ensuring we all create a supportive environment for everyone
  • Growing the Section – ways in which we can all contribute to the growth of our Section or Group
  • Working with Adults – key skills and techniques for working with other adult volunteers

Once you have completed all the modules, you will be presented with your Wood Badge, the sign that an adult has completed their leadership training. In certain key areas (safety, safeguarding and first aid), you’ll still need to keep your knowledge up-to-date by completing regular refresher training.

First Response Training

First Response training is available to all adults in the Scouts. 

The first time you undertake First Response training (or if you haven’t done any First Response training in the past three years), you’ll need to do a Full Course. This involves completing an online theory session, followed by a face-to-face practical session. Make sure you complete the theory first, and the practical second.

This certificate lasts for three years. Before its expiry, you will need to do a Refresher Course (which is the face-to-face practical session), to extend it for a further three years. You can choose to do the theory at any time if you want to brush up your skills.

The Refresher Course can only be completed twice. After this, you’ll need to do the Full Course again.

Note: Due to Covid-19, Scouts HQ has advised of an extension to all First Response certificates which would otherwise have expired on or after 17 March 2020. These certificates will now be valid until six months after Swindon returns to Green status, giving you more time to complete your next Refresher or Full Course.

The online theory training can be completed through a three-hour e-learning course, at a time and place to suit you. You don't need to complete it all at once. This e-learning is kindly provided to us by Hampshire Scouts.

At present, our practical First Response training is delivered by a third party, and so is run in line with government guidance as set out by the First Aid Quality Partnership, a stakeholder group representing leading organisations in the first aid training industry from royal chartered, accredited awarding, emergency services and clinical standards bodies. Details of the measures put in place to keep us all safe are available on request.
We understand that you may not feel comfortable doing the practical course right now. We still encourage everyone to complete the theory now, as this can be done from home and will help ensure appropriate first aid cover at our meetings. However, you can delay attending the practical session until you feel more comfortable.

If there isn’t a date for a practical session with availability that suits you, then please contact us – we can easily arrange additional dates.