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.

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

Wood Badge Courses

There are a variety of ways to complete your learning and validation, including e-learning, discussion and face-to-face courses. In Cumbria, we run two weekend courses:

Outdoor Scouting Course

The Outdoor Scouting Course is a busy weekend residential course during which we complete four modules and also give you the skills required to validate them with your Local Training Manager.

This course is a very practical weekend when you’ll deal with providing the “out” in Scouting – with whichever age group you are involved. (Beaver & Cub Leaders may stay indoors but others camp), and many of the sessions will be outside. This course will also prepare you for your Nights Away Permit assessment if that is something you wish to pursue.

During this course you will cover the following modules:

  • Nights Away
  • Activities Outdoors
  • Practical Skills
  • Running safe activities

We prefer you to attend this Course after completing Managing Your Section if possible in order to get the best out of your training but appreciate that is not always possible. If you have any questions regarding this course, please talk with your Local Training Manager, Mentor or District Commissioner. There is a maximum number of places on each course so please book as early as possible.

Managing Your Section Course

The Managing Your Section Course is a busy weekend residential course during which we complete eleven modules and also give you the skills required to validate them with your Local Training Manager.

This course will help you with the preparation of the programme that you offer the young people and also deals with a number of the tricky aspects of being a Leader. One of the main advantages of this course over other methods of learning is that you’ll be with other like-minded adults and be able to exchange ideas and experiences that will help you in your scouting role.

During this course you will cover the following modules:

  • Fundamental Values
  • Changes in Scouting
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Skills of Leadership
  • Working with Adults
  • Administration
  • Providing a Balanced Programme
  • Growing the Movement
  • Young People Today
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • International

We prefer you to attend this Course before Outdoor Scouting if possible in order to get the best out of your training but appreciate that is not always possible. If you have any questions regarding this course, please talk with your Local Training Manager, Mentor or District Commissioner. There is a maximum number of places on each course so please book as early as possible.