Adult Training

Adult volunteers are at the heart of Scouting, and we hope that you will get every bit as much out of it as you put in. Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of adults within the Movement.

To support adults in Scouting, The Scouts provide a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies. Some elements of training can count towards externally-recognised qualifications, and within the movement there are also awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service.


How it Works


The Adult Training Scheme provides on-going training for all adults in Scouting – those who wear a uniform, and those who do not. Every adult will have a personal learning plan and a Training Adviser will be appointed by either their District or by the Region to support them throughout their training, dependent on their role.  Full details of the adult training scheme are available on the Scouts UK website. 


The Region arranges the delivery of most of the training, which is broken down into Modules.  For those starting out in Scouting or changing their role, the initial training Modules known collectively as “Getting Started” are provided by each individual District.


The Adult Training Scheme is based around two key stages:

  • Learning

This is when the trainee has the opportunity to gain or improve the knowledge and skills which they need to perform their role.  Learning is offered in a range of ways: residential or single day courses, small groups, one to one, e-learning or workbooks.

  • Validation

This is when a Training Adviser will check what the trainee has learned, and that they can apply the skills that they have acquired to their role. Validation is essential for every module.


As the scheme recognises prior learning, knowledge and experience, trainees may not need to complete learning for each individual Module required for their role.  When this is the case, trainees can go straight to the validation stage of training without needing to complete any further learning first.

Wood Badge


In the majority of cases, once the trainee's personal training has been completed and they have demonstrated that they are putting their learning into practice, they can then be awarded the Wood Badge. The Wood Badge recognises the commitment to the values and ethos of the Scouts by trainees who have undertaken training. 

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