Getting started

Getting started

‘Getting Started’ Modules must be completed within 5 months of your initial appointment and are Module 1 (Essential Information) and Module 3 (Tools for the Role – Section Leaders).

If your intended role will be a Manager (eg; Group Scout Leader or Supporter), you will complete Module 4 instead of Module 3.

At the end of each Module you will be asked to provide evidence to demonstrate that you are putting into practice what you have gained from the training presentations. This is referred to as ‘validating’ your training.

The Scout Association recognises that each individual has different needs and that they will have different prior knowledge and experience, learning styles, personal circumstances, motivations and support mechanisms (both inside and outside of Scouting). Therefore a range of learning opportunities are provided.

The initial Modules are available via e-learning or face to face training within your Scout District. The face to face training may be an evening or daytime session.

Before taking up any Adult Appointment you will be invited to meet members of the District Appointments Sub Committee who will talk to you about what you hope to get from Scouting and what you are bringing into it (you’ll be surprised at how much talent YOU have!).

Your Local Training Manager or Training Advisor will contact you to talk you through The Scout Association Training” scheme and to discuss with you what learning you are required to complete.


Essential Information (01)

On the same evening as the meeting you will, together with other new Adults, generally complete Module 1 training.

  • Understanding the Purpose, Principles and Methods of the Scout Association (The Fundamentals of Scouting).
  • Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR).
  • Understanding the importance of The Scout Association’s Child Protection Policy and your role in protecting young people from harm
  • The Safety Policy and the Adults role in keeping Scouting Safe
  • Identifying the support available to help you in your Scouting role

You will be provided with interesting and easy to follow resources to take away with you covering both this Module and Module 3 for those of you working with young people.

You will also be provided with the dates of Module 3 training.

Personal Learning Plan (02):

This is the Personal Learning Plan designed for those who intend taking a Leader role and continuing towards the Wood Badge.

Tools for the Role (Section Leaders) (03)

  • Recognising the main features of your Section and how it fits into Scouting.
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of different people with your Section
  • The use of a variety of programme ideas through different types of activities.
  • Youth shaped Scouting.
  • Promoting positive behaviour in your Section

Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters) (04)

Providing you with key information as to your role, areas of responsibility and where you may find further information and support. The topics will include

  • Responsibilities of the role.
  • Responsibilities of those you manage, support and work with.
  • Six areas of Leadership and management in Scouting.
  • Further help and support.
  • Time management and task prioritisation.
  • Development.
  • Ensuring a quality programme.
  • Building and maintaining effective teams.

Completion of Getting Started

Upon completion of ‘Getting Started’ you will may wear the Gilwell woggle or if you are a non-uniformed member you may war the Getting Started pin. These are both available to purchase from the Scout Shop. You will be offered the opportunity to discuss with your Group Scout Leader (GSL) whether you wish to take out a role as a uniformed leader. Alternatively you may decide to be a Section Assistant, in which case you do not have to wear uniform and are not required to undertake further training unless you want to. If you take out a uniformed leader role then you will need to embark on Wood Badge training.