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Training overview

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Adult 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. Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of adults within the Movement.

Download a leaders training guide (PDF)Training course booking

You maybe asking what do I need to do and how do I get my training completed?

The list below gives the full list of all modules and how the training can be completed.

a) online with the link to the training

b) via workbook with the link to the workbook

c) via a training course either run by the Area through Eventbrite or by Scouts Cymru.

If you need more support with training please email:

If you completed an online course and would like your training record updated please email:

Getting started

All adults in new roles will need to complete

Essential Information (01)E-learning

Personal Learning Plan (02) to be completed with training advisor

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) TrainingE-learning



As part of you getting started evening you will have appointments panel and be support in validating these modules

Section Assistants and Section Leaders will also need to complete

Tools for the Role (Section Leaders) (03) – E-learning or small group / course (on request)


Tools for the role (Managers and Supporters) (04)E-learning or small group / course (on request)

Executive Members

Trustee Introduction – E-learning or small group / course (on request)

All Appointments requiring a Woodbadge

The Fundamentals of Scouting (05)E-learning or small group / course

Scouting for all (07) course only

First Aid (10) First Response Course or First Aid at Work certificate from outside Scouting.

Administration (11) Administration workbook or small group / course

Delivering a Quality Programme (12A)E-learning or small group / course (on request)

The Programme (Section Leader Training)

Programme Planning (12B) course only

An Introduction to Residential Experiences (16) course only

Running Safe Activities (17)  Workbook or course

Practical Skills (18) course only

International (19) course only

The People (Section Leader Training)

Skills of Leadership (08) course

Working with Adults (09) course

Growing the section (13) course or Growing the Section Workbook

Supporting Young People (14) course or workbook.

Promoting Positive Behaviour (15) course or workbook

Managers and Supporters Training (independent learning and courses)

The following Independent Learning units are available as part of the Leadership and Management Training

  • Managing Time and Personal Skills
  • Providing Direction
  • Using Resources
  • Working With People
  • Enabling Change
  • Achieving Results
  • Safety for Managers and Supporters

There are three skills courses run by Scouts Cymru which form part of the Leadership and Management Training:

  • Skills of Management
  • Achieving Growth
  • Meeting the Challenges

The dates for these three sessions can be found in the Scouts Cymru events calendar.  The independent learning must be completed before attending one of the three courses.


Deputy Area Commissioner (Adult Support) and Area Training Manager

I’m Cathie.  I first joined the Area Team in 2011 as a Training Advisor.  I have been a Deputy Area Commissioner and the Area Training Manager since 2017 and I’m really pleased to be continuing in this role.  As well as being part of the Area Team, I am also an Assistant Scout Leader and I’ve also held a number of other roles since joining The Scout Movement.

Someone recently said that we’re happiest doing the things where the values are the same as our own values and that’s why I think I love Scouting so much.  My favourite Baden Powell quote is “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”

Skills For Life isn’t just for our Young People, as adult volunteers we can grow and learn too.  Ensuring that leaders and supporters have the right skills to provide an awesome Scouting experience is important.  My aim is to have the training available for all Scouting volunteers and our future leaders and also to have the right level of support available so that we can deliver local Scouting safely with a programme that is varied and gives those Scouting skills.

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