Adult and Leader Training

Cumbria Scouts believe that training and support of our volunteers is essential to ensure they enjoy their role and provide the best opportunities to our members. We provided training for all of our leaders and adult supporters, both before they start their appointment and during their appointment.

Training is organised and managed by the County Training Team, it is supported by a team of presenters and facilitators and, in each district by a Local Training Manager to ensure you get the support and guidance you need both whilst completing your training and ongoing.

The majority of the large courses are held at the county campsite at Ennerdale, although the more frequent Getting Started course (see below) is run locally in each district on a frequent basis.

Explanation of the Scheme

Once an adult has been recruited, agreed their job description with their line manager (Section Leader or GSL) and after the initial enquiry has been satisfactorily returned by Headquarters, a Provisional Appointment Certificate is issued by the Appointments Sub Committee. This allows the adult to begin their role in Scouting.

During the provisional appointment of 5 months the Leader will be asked to attend the Appointments Sub Committee.  This body approves the appointment of adults locally. Also during this time, the full Criminal Records Bureau check will take place and any references returned to the District Secretary for the Appointments Sub Committee. At this time a Training Adviser should be allocated to the new volunteer.

Also during this 5 month period the Leader must complete the Getting Started Course. This covers the basics required for all roles in scouting:

  • Module 1 – Essential Information
  • Module 3 / 4 – Tools for the job.  (Module 3 is for Section Leaders, Module 4 for Line Managers)

After 5 months a full appointment can be presented if all of the Getting Started training has been completed and validated.  If the Leader has been unable to complete or validate the training during the 5 months then the Training Adviser will notify their Line Manager (Local Training Manager/Leader/GSL) who will decide with the person whether they should apply for a further provisional 5 months.  A new Leader can only re-apply once for the same Provisional Appointment.

At this stage the Training Adviser will agree the modules the learner must complete.  Identify whether the learner needs to do any learning to be able to complete each module and agree the method of learning and validation for the modules. Details of all the modules required for each role can be found in the Module Matrix. For most the easiest and recommended method of completed this training is attending the county run First Response, Managing Your Section and Outdoor Scouting courses. Details of these and other courses can be found on our training events page.

Further Training

The Training Adviser is responsible for recommending the award of the Wood Badge.  This can take up to 3 years to complete and the modules required vary by role.

In addition, before recommendation the Training Adviser must agree with the learner the first year’s ongoing learning.  Ongoing learning must be a minimum of five hours learning per year, calculated over the length of the appointment.  e.g. a weekend residential course for scouting or a First Aid qualification can be counted. There are also several required training that need to be completed for appointment renewal.

More Information

Full details of the adult training scheme can be found at Scouts Association Training Page.

 

This one-day Course is run by your local Training Manager in your District, though you will be welcome at a course in a neighbouring District.

This course will give you with the basics that are required to start your role as well as give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

 

During this course you will cover the following modules:

  • Essential Information
  • Tools for the Job

This course should be attended within the first 3 months of your appointment in order to allow you to validate the modules within the 5 month requirement.
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.

All adult training in Cumbria is free of charge, but please see the note on the booking form regarding cancellation.

The Managing Your Section Course is a busy weekend residential course during which we tackle 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
  • Challenging 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.

Once you have completed the Course Application E-Form - 2019, please check that your Mentor (your Group Scout Leader or experienced Leader in your Group or District) is happy for you to attend the Course(s) and is aware that you have booked.

All adult training in Cumbria is free of charge, but please see the note on the booking form regarding cancellation.

The Outdoor Scouting Course is a busy weekend residential course during which we tackle 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

 

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.

Once you have completed the Course Application E-Form - 2019, please check that your Mentor (your Group Scout Leader or experienced Leader in your Group or District) is happy for you to attend the Course(s) and is aware that you have booked.

All adult training in Cumbria is free of charge, but please see the note on the booking form regarding cancellation.

 

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