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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Every volunteer role at the Scouts needs to complete training. Follow these three easy steps to get started with your training journey.

Volunteers are the heart of the Scouts and we want you to get every bit as much out of it as you put in.

We know that Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of our volunteers. To support Scout volunteers, you are required to complete a training programme made up of mandatory, role specific and ongoing learning.

The training programme builds on your existing skills and knowledge and some elements count towards externally-recognised awards.

Step 1: Check the training requirements for your role

Training modules that you need to complete depend on the volunteer role that you are taking on. To find out the modules you need, visit Roles Table in POR, Chapter 16, which lists all roles and their training requirements. 

Check your training requirements in Roles Table

Step 2: Complete your Personal Learning Plan with your Training Adviser

We know that many Scout volunteers have prior learning which they can apply to their Scouts role. Meet with your Training Adviser and complete your Personal Learning Plan together, recognising your previous experience.

Your Training Adviser will be able to help you identify the modules when you discuss your Personal Learning Plan with them (if you have a role that requires this). This’ll help you identify the learning you need, as well as choosing the method of validation that’s right for you.

Create your plan

Step 3: Complete your training modules

Work through the mandatory and role specific modules for all volunteers and discover your ongoing learning requirements and supplementary modules. To complete your Wood Badge training you need to complete the modules within training for all appointments.

Discover the modules

Digital skills toolkit

Need some help with doing things online? From using Word documents to sending group emails and navigating GDPR, our digital skills toolkit will help you feel more confident online. Don’t worry, completing the activities won't take up much of your time and it’s totally flexible and voluntary.

Get help with digital skills

Discover the support resources for learners

Additional resources are available to provide you with an introduction and overview of the training programme.

Training Adviser Guide's and Adults Personal Files provide information about the validation criteria for each training module.

View the training resources