Our 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. Don’t think of it as daunting, Scouting is about teamwork and we’re there to support you every step of the way. This is your adventure too!

The adult learning modules are designed to:

  • Help you understand Scouting and your role within it
  • Give you the skills necessary to carry out your role
  • Improve the quality and quantity of Scouting delivered
  • Support you in meeting your own development needs

The training scheme is delivered through a framework of Modules, focused on enabling you to be active and effective in your role. 

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.

Summary of Learning & Development in Scouting

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.

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.

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!

Find out about your learning modules here

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.

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

Learning & Development in Cumbria Scouts

The Modules can be completed by e-learning, Zoom and face to face training sessions. These are held throughout the year at a number of locations across the County, delivered by our Training team. To make these as accessible as possible, we are offering them as a series of stand alone days, or as training weekends – we hope that this flexibility allows you to attend and we look forward to meeting you!

Zoom Courses

Some of these courses are pre-requisite to attending the face to face courses. See our Events Page to find out more and book

Day courses

These will each run from 09:00-17:30, we will provide you with lunch, however if you wish to stay overnight you will need to arrange your own accommodation. We can help you to do this. The County Trainers will only be available during each day.

Day 1

  • Skills of Leadership (Module 8): You will cover the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be an effective leader.
  • Working with Adults (Module 9): You will develop some key skills required to work effectively as a team.

Day 2 (Module 5 (Fundamentals) must be completed prior to this day course)

  • Delivering a Quality Programme (Module 12A): This will provide you with information about how to deliver quality Scouting.
  • International (Module 19): Provides you with an international focus and understand the global nature of Scouting.
  • Programme Planning (Module 12B): Provides you with an opportunity to plan and review a sectional programme.

Day 3

  • Introduction to Residential Activities (Module 16): Learn the purpose that residential experiences play in Scouting.
  • Running Safe Activities (Module 17): Enables you to plan and run exciting, safe and developmental activities.
  • Practical Skills (Module 18): Gain and develop practical skills for the benefit of young people.

Day 4 (Module 7 (Scouting for All) must be completed prior to this day course)

  • Supporting Young People (Module 14): Understand and meet the needs of young people and create a supportive environment.
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour (Module 15): Learn skills to promote positive behaviour and appropriately manage challenging behaviour.
  • Additional Needs (Module 36): Gain the information, support and resources for when working with additional needs.

Weekend courses

These will each run from 18:30 on the Friday to 16:00 on the Sunday, the County Trainers will be present throughout and we will aim to provide more of an evening social as well as giving you the opportunity to tap into our wealth of experience and share your knowledge too! Your accommodation and food will be provided for the weekend

Weekend 1 (Module 5 (Fundamentals) must be completed prior to this weekend course)

  • International: Provides you with an international focus and understand the global nature of Scouting.
  • Skills of Leadership: You will cover the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be an effective leader.
  • Working with Adults: You will develop some key skills required to work effectively as a team.
  • Delivering a Quality Programme: This will provide you with information about how to deliver quality Scouting.
  • Programme Planning: Provides you with an opportunity to plan and review a sectional programme.

Weekend 2 (Module 7 (Scouting for All) must be completed prior to this weekend course)

  • Practical Skills: Gain and develop practical skills for the benefit of young people.
  • Introduction to Residential Activities: Learn the purpose that residential experiences play in Scouting.
  • Running Safe Activities: Enables you to plan and run exciting, safe and developmental activities.
  • Supporting Young People: Understand and meet the needs of young people and create a supportive environment.
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour: Learn skills to promote positive behaviour and appropriately manage challenging behaviour.
  • Additional Needs: Gain the information, support and resources for when working with additional needs.