Learning & Development

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All volunteers are obliged to complete some training when they join the Scout Association. The amount of training required varies depending on the role being under taken by the volunteer. Our training scheme is based on a modular scheme, with each module designed to cover specific competences or skills. This makes the training easy to do, in bite-sized chunks!

Prior learning by our volunteers is taken into account, and can count towards modules. There is a training matrix, which identifies the modules required for each type of role in Scouting. Our volunteers are required to validate the training, which means they have to demonstrate they have the skills required for each module.

Depending on your role, after completing your adult training, you will be awarded a Wood Badge as a mark of your achievement!

There is also an opportunity for our volunteers to gain a formal Level 2 Award in either Providing Voluntary Youth Services (for Section Leaders) or Managing Voluntary Youth Services (for Managers and Supporters) while completing the Scout training, which enhances the volunteers CV and enables them to use the skills they have learnt in the work place.

All new volunteers should read the Adult’s Personal File for more information on Scouting and the training scheme. Resources for each module can be found here, and on the Getting Started and Ongoing Training pages.

Modules & Validation

Our Training Matrix lists all the modules, aims of each module and the training resources available. The key indicates which modules you are required to do to complete your training. Your training adviser will be able to go through each of these with you.

Modules are validated through looking at evidence, discussions and demonstrations to them. You can submit evidence at one-to-one meetings, through email, post or phone. Previous experience is taken into account, so you won’t have to repeat things either!

Supporting you in your learning

You will be given a Training Adviser to help support you through your training, and help fit your learning around your role and lifestyle.

Your Training Advisor will meet up with you approximately once every 4-6 months to discuss your progress, validate modules and plan the next steps.

Five steps to your development (and getting your Wood Badge!)

Just click on the buttons to learn more and get started

There are some modules that all volunteers are obliged to complete within the first few months of volunteering, which are known as our getting started modules.

Once you complete this training, your role will become ‘Full’, meaning you can lead independently. 

Every learning journey is different. Meet with your Training Adviser to create a Personal Learning Plan that takes into account the requirements for your volunteer role and your individual learning needs.

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

To complete your Wood Badge training you need to complete the modules on this page which are for all appointments.

Depending on your role, you may need to complete specific modules. You should have agreed which modules they are with your Training Adviser.

Once you have completed your wood badge (appointment qualification) you should complete 5 hours of ongoing learning each year. This could be anything from learning to tie a new knot, to completing an online course in admin!

There are also some mandatory ongoing learning tasks before every appointment review (3 years):-

  • Emergency Aid
  • Safeguarding Awareness
  • Safety Awareness