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(16): Residential Experiences

Introduction to the module

Who is Introduction to Residential Experiences for?

Introduction to Residential Experiences is for section leaders and supporters who may organise or support residential experiences for young people as part of their role in Scouting. It's intended to provide an introduction to residential experiences.

Squirrels are not currently allowed to do nights away events, this includes camping and sleepovers, whether indoors or outdoors. We are currently trialing this Squirrel residentials with a limited number of sections to test out how this would work and identify any potential challenges. This trial will inform the HQ decision on the future position for Squirrel nights away activities. It is hoped that an outcome can be communicated later this year which will help Sections and Groups to plan for activities in 2023.

All section leaders undertake the same training and Wood Badge as this is transferable when moving between sections. One element of this training is about understanding the value of residential experiences to young people. Squirrel leaders are still required to complete this module and in doing so would be encouraged to work with other sections on a residential experience. If the decision is made to allow squirrel nights away activities then squirrel leaders will have some key skills from having completed Module 16 which will help them on their journey towards delivering residentials within their section and if a decision is taken that residentials are not appropriate for this age group, then we will of course consider whether we need related content in the Wood Badge for this section, or not.

What does this module contain?

This module contains approximately 2.5 hours of learning that may be managed in a variety of ways. This could be run through a series of sessions, or as a day or evening course. It can be run alongside other training during a residential weekend, however it must be recognised that there should be a provision for it to be run as a standalone module on a separate date, for those who require it. It should be tailored to the participants, which may involve recognising existing knowledge in some area and focusing on others.

How is this module validated?

The validation of this module is based on the individual’s ability to meet the criteria, as set out in the Training Adviser’s Guide and the Adult's Personal File. This means the adult will need to demonstrate an understanding of the role of residential experiences in Scouting.

What information is provided?

The module contains the objectives relating to understanding residential experiences and the role they play in Scouting. The objectives for the module are given followed by suggested methods of training. The content is given in outline with key points expanded in more detail. Trainers’ notes are also supplied to provide guidance on methods or other key points.

The information is not a script for the session. Prior knowledge and/or research of the subject matter by the Trainer should be undertaken before delivery of the training.

Session details

1. Introduction (30 minutes)

2. Preparing a Residential Experience (40 minutes)

3. Identifying Skills (30 minutes)

4. Permits and Specifics (35 minutes)

5. Conclusion (15 minutes)

Total: 2 Hours 30 minutes

Depending on the number and experience of the participants and trainers these sessions may need to be preceded by introduction and/or integration sessions.

Planning considerations

The learners for this module will have varying roles and experience within Scouting. Some might be (or have been) a leader or commissioner and may have a lot of Scouting experience; others may have had very little involvement and this may be their only role in, or experience of, Scouting. When considering what methods to use Trainers should take into account the nature of the location, number of participants, and the need to appeal to learners with different learning styles. Where methods suggested in the notes are adapted it is advisable to consider the balance of all the methods used. The number of participants on the course will determine your ways of working. If you have a large number, it is recommended that you use facilitators to provide greater support in smaller group work.

16: Residential Experiences

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