Adult Development

Important notice:

On the advice from HM Government, Tim Kidd, (UK Chief Commissioner) has suspended all face to face scouting; (meetings, activities and events) from Tuesday 17th March. The suspension applies until further notice for both young people and adults.

I regret therefore we have had to cancelled all of our training planned from mid-March, initially for 10 weeks – but longer if required.

We will do our best to publish new dates as soon as we receive notice that Scouting can start operating again.

Please keep an eye out for Training Updates and North Circular for further advice and information.

Training for adults

Adult volunteers are at the heart of Scouting, and it is important to remember that Scouting is not only about young people, but very much about the development of adults within the Movement.
To support adults in Scouting, the Scout Association provides a comprehensive programme of training that builds on existing skills and knowledge and so develops new competencies. For some appointments – this training leads to the Wood Badge, but this should never be seen as the end of the road!

The Adult Training Scheme

The Adult Training Scheme offers great flexibility to learners in how they learn and how they validate their learning. We are convinced that Adult Training is as much about motivation and empowerment as it is about learning.

We believe in the impact of a good training course and we hope that part of your training will be spent over a full day or a weekend. We have known for many years that participants learn as much from their peers on such courses, as from the trainers!

We also believe that good adult training provides the best foundation on which to build further experience and success. Foundations always need to go in first, so don’t put off getting your training underway!

When you have identified with your training adviser, the specific learning you require in your personal learning plan, please look out for the training opportunities on offer under Training Events /Bookings and book your free place. Please remember that any adult in Scouting can attend our training courses, Members of  Executive Committees, or Section Assistants are particularly encouraged, if they wish to better understand their role.

If you have completed your own training, please encourage and support those who are still working through theirs by becoming a Training Adviser.

Getting started

The Journey Begins, The induction process and the Early Modules.

Section Leader Training

For Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders (and anyone else!). We have refreshed our approach to Section Leader Wood Badge training to make it easier for you to get the training you need.

Managers and Supporters Training

We’ve introduced the new training provision for Managers and Supporters in Scouting.

Mandatory Training

This section takes you through all the mandatory training you need to be a volunteer with the Scouts.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls