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10a. Getting started (training) – Leaders

Module 1 – Essential Information

Essential Information is great training for all adults involved in Scouts as it provides information on Scouts history, our fundamentals such as the Promise and Law, how to keep everyone safe and more about our structure and how Scouts are inclusive. 

This module covers:

  • Understand the basics of Scouts’ volunteer training scheme.
  • Learn about our movement’s history
  • Explore the fundamentals of Scouts and how to bring them to life.
  • Understand the importance of the Safety and Safeguarding policies in keeping people safe while in the Scouts.
  • Learn about our structure, and find out where you fit within Scouts and the support that’s available
  • Understand the Equal Opportunities policy, and how to make sure every member feels included and able to fully participate in Scouts.

Don’t forget to screenshot or save your certificate as a PDF.


Module 2 – Personal Learning Plan

The aim of this module is to create a plan for your learning based on the requirements of the job and your individual needs.

The plan will show the training and the support that you will receive to help you to carry out the responsibilities and fulfil the training requirements for your role. 

There is a workbook available to help you to complete this module:


Module 3 – Tools for the Role

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. 

Don’t forget to screenshot or save your certificate as a PDF. If you have problems generating the certificate take a screenshot of the results screen.

Note that you’ll need to validate this module with a Training Advisor. 


GDPR Training

GDPR Training is a mandatory module for all appointments. It covers the basic information that individuals 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 are:

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

Don’t forget to screenshot or save your certificate as a PDF.


Safety Training

The safety of all our members is of paramount importance, it is essential that we provide up-to-date training so volunteers understand our safety protocols.

It is a requirement for all adults in Scouting to have undertaken safety training at least every five years.

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Safeguarding Training

The issues facing adult volunteers in keeping young people safe are changing all the time and it is essential that we provide up-to-date training.

It is a requirement for all adults in Scouting to have undertaken ‘approved safeguarding training’ at least every five years.

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Once you have completed the Getting Started modules your full appointment will be confirmed. Initially your appointment will be in place for one year. When your first year is complete, you will have the opportunity to confirm with your volunteer manager that you are happy to continue, feel supported, and able to access and progress with the training.


Woodbadge and other Training Modules

It is a requirement that Assistant Section Leaders and above complete a Woodbadge within three years of commencing their role. The Woodbadge is a series of essential training modules which equips leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to run a section.