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Fundamentals of Scouting training

Module 5 - part of Training For All Appointments

Who this is for

All volunteers completing a Wood Badge.

Learning options

E-learning, Course, Small group or One to one.      

How long it takes

E-learning: 45-60 minutes. Course: 2 hours.

How to complete it

Demonstration to a Training Adviser.

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn about the Scouts principles and values.

You’ll also learn about our Religious Policy, and how we encourage spiritual development at Scouts.

Additional information

The Training For All Appointments modules are part of the Wood Badge training.

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

Fundamentals of Scouting (module 5) is one of the Training For All Appointments 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:

  • Show how the Purpose, Values and Methods of Scouting have been incorporated into the programme.
  • Deliver an activity to demonstrate the integration of spiritual development of young people within the programme, and provide practical examples of how faiths, beliefs and attitudes were explored.
  • Create a presentation or activity to explain the Religious Policy to either adults new to Scouting or young people.
  • Deliver a Scouting event (e.g. camp, Scout’s Own) accessible to people representing different faiths and beliefs.
  • Produce an action plan detailing how you would support or have supported another adult in implementing the values of Scouting in their role.

To demonstrate these actions to a Training Adviser you can:

  • Invite them to attend and observe the activity
  • Show photographs or videos of the activity you’ve delivered
  • Get a written or verbal statement from an observer, summarising your role in this activity
  • Show how young people have benefited from the activity (flip-charts, programme ideas, surveys, creative work, video clips, quotes, magazine article)
  • Show a written action or development plan for adult volunteers
  • Show a video or observation of how you’ve supported other adult volunteers

See the Adult Personal File (pages 38 and 39) for more examples of how you can demonstrate what you’ve learnt.

You can start other Training for All Appointments modules before validating this one.


This module is for all volunteers 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.

You can access our e-learning courses on desktops, mobiles and tablets. It also works well on all browsers, such as Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Edge.

On mobile and tablet, some of the boxes don’t show all of the words. Turning to landscape from portrait helps with this.

Please don't hit refresh on your browser (particularly if you get a question wrong on the assessment) as this will prevent you from being able to generate the certificate at the end.

You will be able to re-take the assessment at the end.

Don’t forget to download or take a screenshot of your certificate. It will be lost if you refresh or close the webpage.

To report any technical errors please contact the Support Centre.

The accessibility tools guide provides some hints and tips on how to build accessibility features into your device.

If e-learning doesn't suit your needs, talk to your line manager or Training Adviser. They can provide one-to-one support or help you find a face-to-face course.

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.