Adult Training

Training for adults: 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.

To support adults in Scouting, the Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies.

Some elements of training can count towards externally-recognised qualifications, and within the movement there are also awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service.

 

 County training calendar

Our Somerset County Scout Training Team provides a wide range of training courses to meet the leadership training needs. These modules are run by experienced volunteers in locations across the county making these courses as accessible as possible for our adult supporters.

District training courses & Calendar

As A Scout District we too are committed to supporting our leaders and adults to complete their adult training and to help provide other skills based and instructor course training.

District First Aid Courses: We run a number of 1 day first aid courses to support the adult training programme. These courses are running on:

Leader First Response :

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Thursday 2nd and 9th May (Evenings) 2019

Saturday 30th November 2019

 

Young Leader (Module K) First Response: TBA

Note: The Young Leader (Module K) course is strictly for Young Leaders and NOT Scouts or Explorer Scouts

All to be held at Hamdon First Aid, Stoke Sub Hamdon. Book on-line below. 

District Skills Weekend: On a number of occasions our team of experienced leaders run Scouting skills based training from our District campsite at Tedbury Camp site. These popular weekends include pioneering skills, camping skills and survival skills training and will appear on the Events Page.

E-learning training options & download workbooks

Although we recommend that our Adult Learners attend the programmed County led training courses found on Somerset County Scout Training Calendar, we do understand that all of our volunteers live busy lives outside of Scouting. In this section we have provided information and links to the HQ Scout Adult leader training modules that have an e-learning or a downloadable workbook option to support learning at home.

Please speak to your Training Advisor before completing the e-learning or workbook option in order to log your agreed learning option on your personal development plan. All modules will still need validating so please contact your training advisor for further guidance.

We would strongly advise you to watch the how-to guide before you begin the e-learning. This can be viewed by clicking here. 

Please note: If you are unable to print your certificate for any reason please save it as a .png file or take a screen shot of the page. Please do not save the web link as an alternative to printing the certificate, as this will expire once you leave the browser and your certificate will be lost

Module 1: Essential Information (E-learning)

Essential Information is a mandatory module for nearly all adults in Scouting.  It provides the basic information required for individuals getting started in adult roles in Scouting, vital to ensuring that all young people can enjoy safe Scouting.

Topics covered:

  • The Fundamentals of Scouting
  • Structure and support
  • Safety in Scouting
  • Safeguarding- child protection
  • Safeguarding- anti-bullying

Download: Young people’s first: Code of Practice (Yellow Card)

Link: Social media guidance

Download: Safe Scouting and what to do in an emergency Card (Purple Card)

Module 1

Module 1e: Essential Information for Executive Committee members (E-learning)

Essential Information for Executive Committee Members is a mandatory module that covers the Fundamentals of Scouting, but also provides more specific information on the responsibilities of Executive Committee Members, enabling them to carry out their role effectively.

This module covers:

  • The Fundamentals of Scouting
  • Executive Committees and trusteeship in Scouting
  • Safety in Scouting
  • Safeguarding – child protection

 

Module 1e

Module 1s: Ongoing Safety Training (E-learning)

The Scout Association’s ongoing safety training e-learning is an online alternative to face-to-face training.

This has been designed using the objectives, key messages and training material produced for the face-to-face delivery of the course.

Who should complete the training?

The training is available to anyone who wants to complete it. However, it is primarily aimed at volunteers who need to complete their ongoing safety training for review. New volunteers should complete Module 1: Essential Information, and if completing a Wood Badge, Module 17: Running Safe Activities (for Section Leaders) or Module 23: Safety for Managers and Supporters.

 

Module 1s

Module 1b: Ongoing Safeguarding Training (E-learning)

The Scout Association’s Safeguarding Awareness training is an online alternative to face-to-face training.

This has been designed using the objectives and training material used by safeguarding awareness trainers.

Before completing this training

Before completing this training you must discuss and agree with your line manager (Group Scout Leader, District Commissioner, County/Area/Region Commissioner) or your local training team, that you will complete your ongoing learning requirement using the online training. We advise that if you have already  completed the online version for your last review, you should attend a face to face training session for the next.

If you complete the training without informing your line manager they may decide not to accept it.

Who should complete the training?

The training is available to anyone who wants to complete it. However, it is primarily aimed at volunteers who need to complete their ongoing mandatory training for review. New volunteers should complete Module 1: Essential Information.

Module 1b

 

GDPR Training is a mandatory module for all appointments. It covers the basic information that individual’s need to know in relation to the General Data Protection Regulations, what this means for their role and for Scouting and how to effectively align with it. Topics covered:

  • Personal Data
  • Individuals’ rights
  • Consent
  • Accountability & Governance

Learning methods available:

  • E-learning

Please note: This module now produces a certificate at the end of the learning.  The learner will need to send this to a Training Advisor/ Manager/ Administrator who will be able to validate the module on Compass.

This module will appear on new member’s training records on Compass under the Getting Started training. Current members will need to have this module added to their Personal Learning Plan by a Training Adviser once validated.


GDPR Module

Module 3: Tools for the Role (Section Leaders) (E-learning)

Tools for the Role (Section Leaders) is a mandatory module for Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants. It covers the basic information on the individual’s role or area of responsibility and some practical help to get the individual started in the role.

Topics covered:

  • Features of the section
  • Roles with in the section
  • Using activities and games
  • Youth shaped Scouting
  • Promoting positive behaviour

Module 3

Module 4: Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters) (E-Learning)

Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters) is a mandatory module for those who hold a Manager or Supporter role in Scouting. It covers the key information about the individual’s role, areas of responsibility and where they can find further information and support.

Topics covered:

  • Role responsibilities and responsibilities of those they line manage or work closely with
  • Six areas of leadership and management
  • Managing time and personal skills
  • Ensuring quality programme

Module 4

Module 5: The Fundamentals of Scouting (E-learning)

The Fundamentals of Scouting is for all adults in Scouting working towards the award of their Wood Badge. This module supports the learner to consider The Fundamentals and the Religious Policy and their relationship with the programme delivered to young people. The module explores the guiding principles of Scouting; the core values which The Scout Association stands for and believes in.

Topics covered:

  • The Fundamentals- the Purpose, Values and Method
  • The Religious Policy
  • Spiritual development

Module 5

Module 11: Administration (Workbook)

This module aims to provide you with information, and an opportunity to consider and learn about best practice when managing the administrative tasks required in your role.

Topics covered:

  • Member records
  • Data protection
  • Finance
  • Insurance

This workbook has been designed for you to do your own individual study. It is editable so you can fill in the text boxes and save them to your computer, or you can print them off and fill them in by hand.

Module 11

Module 13: Growing the Section (Workbook)

Covers ways in which an adult volunteering with a section can assist their line manager and others to plan for and contribute to the growth of their section and/or group.

Topics covered:

  • Importance of growth in scouting
  • Recruitment and retention: young people
  • Recruitment and retention: adults
  • Tools and support to help sections grow
  • Development plans

Workbooks

The workbooks have been designed for you to do your own individual study. They are editable, so you can fill in the text boxes and save them to your computer or you can print them off.

Workbook download

Module 13

Module 14: Supporting Young People (Workbook)

This module is aimed at all section leaders and other adults supporting young people in Scouting. It aims to enable adult volunteers working with young people, to understand and meet their needs.

Topics covered:

  • Characteristics and development of young people.
  • External influences on young people.
  • Creating a supportive environment for young people.
  • Responding to issues affecting young people.

Workbook download

Module 14

Module 15: Promoting Positive Behaviour (Workbook)

This module is aimed at all section leaders and other adults supporting young people in Scouting. It aims to enable adult volunteers to proactively promote positive behaviour and appropriately manage challenging behaviour in their section.

Topics covered:

  • Defining challenging behaviour.
  • Planning for positive behaviour; principles and strategies.
  • Responding to challenging behaviour.
  • Additional help and support for challenging behaviour.

Workbooks

Module 15

Module 17: Running Safe Activities (Workbook)

This module aims to enable adults to plan and run exciting, safe and developmental activities for the young people in their section.

Topics covered:

  • Importance of activities in a Balanced Programme
  • Planning and carrying out activities
  • Permits
  • Risk assessment
  • Leader in charge

Workbooks

This workbook has been designed for you to do your own individual study. It is editable so you can fill in the text boxes and save them to your computer, or you can print them off and fill them in by hand.

Module 17

Our District Training Management Team

The Leader training provision is run by Somerset County Scouts and is supported by 5 Leader Training Managers across the county of Somerset. We in East Somerset are supported by three of these Training managers, all responsible for a cluster of groups. See below to find out which Leader Training Manager is responsible to supporting your group:

 

RED Cluster: Tony Dyson  td@redroofs.force9.net

10th Frome, 1st & 7th Frome (Jubilee), 1st Coleford, 1st Mells, 1st North Mendip, 1st Rode (Major), 1st Shepton Mallet, 5th Frome, 5th/7th Wells, East Somerset District (Including Network), East Somerset District Appointments Committee, East Somerset District Executive, Ecos Explorers,  Edor Explorers, Dora Explorers, Tedbury Scout Active Support unit, Dofe Scheme Advisors (County).

Orange Cluster: Alan Henderson  pigmac@btinternet.com

1st Castle Cary, Keinton Sea Scout Group & Explorers, 1st Street, 1st Wincanton, 2nd Templecombe & Camelot Explorers, 3rd Bruton, 3rd Sparkford, 4th Glastonbury, Barton St.David & Explorers, Camelot Scout Active Support Unit. Evercreech Explorer Unit.

Green Cluster: Fiona Bayles (TEMP) gsl.somerton@eastsomersetscouts.org.uk

1st Fosseway and Pinnacle Explorers, 1st Somerton, 2nd/4th Yeovil (St.Michaels), East Coker, Great Lyde, Holy Trinity, South Petherton, St.Andrews, St.James’s, The Levels, West Coker Scout Group & Coker Crusaders Explorers, Wessex.

Fiona Bayles (TEMP)

Fiona Bayles (TEMP)

LTM (Green Cluster)

Alan Henderson

Alan Henderson

LTM (Orange Cluster)

Tony Dyson

Tony Dyson

LTM (Red Cluster)

 

 Activity instructor training courses (Regional & national)

The Scout Association National Activities Team have put on more training and events this year than ever before enabling more Network and adult members to facilitate adventurous experiences with and for young people. In this section you will find links to regional and national training courses as well as information on grants and funding opportunities to help you finance these courses.

Training courses:

The Scout Association Activity Centres run adventurous activity adult training courses throughout the year, from shooting qualifications to DofE assessment, they have a course that is available to meet your needs. For more information visit their adult training web page.

Grants and funding:

The Scout Association is aware that some people may need additional financial support to attend courses and achieve skills, qualifications and permits. The internal grant-making body of the Scout Association, the development grants board (DGB) hold funds to support a range of course places for over 25 volunteers in 2015.

Adult volunteers can benefit from up to 50% of the cost of DofE Assessor training, adventurous Activity Permits and other instructor skills training. Please note that any applications for funding must be received by the DGB team 4 weeks before any course takes place. Visit the DGB web site for more information on eligibility and to download an application form.

For further advice on funds and grants please contact the DGB team:

020 8433 7100 or dgb@scouts.org.uk