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Working with adults training

Module 9 - part of Section Leader training

Who this is for

Section volunteers completing a Wood Badge. 

Learning options

Course or Small group.                                                  

How long it takes

2-3 hours.                                      

How to complete it

Demonstration to a Training Adviser.

What you'll learn

You’ll learn about effective communication, listening skills, decision-making structures and representing others.

Additional Information

The Section Leader training modules are part of the Wood Badge training for Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders. This is optional for Section Assistants. 

You can complete the modules in any order, within the first three years of volunteering. 

Working with adults (module 09) is one of the Section Leaders training modules.  

Validation is showing what you know and that you can use it in practice. 

Talk to a Training Adviser to decide if you’ll need to do the learning for this module and what you’ll do to validate it.   

To validate this module, you’ll need to complete two of the following:  

  • Represent others at a Scout meeting and report back on the decisions made and the reasons for them. 
  • Demonstrate how you have helped someone make decisions (without breaking confidentiality), including describing the techniques of effective listening and how these were applied.
  • Demonstrate your ability to understand different aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and implement appropriate responses.  
  • Something else agreed with a Training Adviser. 

To show a Training Adviser what you have done, you can: 

  • Have a discussion with a Training Adviser.  
  • Ask a Training Adviser to observe you.  
  • Get a written or verbal statement from an observer. 
  • Do a presentation to a Training Adviser or another volunteer to show your understanding. 

See the Adult Personal File (pages 73 and 74) for more examples of how you can demonstrate what you’ve learnt. 

You can start other Section Leader training modules before validating this one. 

This module is for Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants who are completing a Wood Badge, and it should be completed within the first three years of volunteering. 

If you are not sure if you need to do this module, check POR Chapter 16: Roles Table.

You can also ask your volunteer line manager or a Training Adviser, or contact the Support Centre 

Training courses are organised locally. Most Districts, Counties and Areas offer course dates on their own websites.

A Training Adviser will be able to answer any questions you have. Don’t worry if you haven’t been assigned one yet, you can speak to your volunteer line manager, local Training Manager or County Training Manager.  

If you're not sure who to speak to locally, you can contact the Support Centre.