Section Leader & Assistant Section Leader Training

What Training do I need to do ?

All section leader and assistants in Scouting are required to undertake mandatory Getting Started training within five months of starting the role. This ensures, as much as possible, that you understand your role, responsibilities and duties as an adult supporting Scouting, and that you are confident to take the first steps.

Getting Started

Once Getting Started is completed you should progress work on completing your Wood Badge (click on the blocks below). These modules can be completed in any order.

Training for all Section Leader & Assistants

of which these modules are re-validated on change of role

Training for dealing with People

of which these modules are Section specific

Training to Deliver the Programme

of which these modules are Section specific

Who is there to support you?

Training Adviser (TA) – Most TA’s will have other roles in Scouting so are very likely to “speak your language” and understand your issues and questions. If you have not been allocated a TA, please contact your line manager or the County Training Manager for assistance.

Local Training Manager (LTM) – The LTM supports the TA’s and provides information and guidance to your Scout District. If you do not know who is your LTM, please contact the County Training Manager for assistance.

Your Group Scout Leader (GSL) or District Explorer Scout Commissioner(DESC) – Your GSL or DESC (if you are an Explorer Scout Leader) can validate many of your Getting Started modules (not Module 3). They may be able to support with a witness testimony or provide you with opportunities to put your learning into practice or contacts to find out more about training or your role.

Other Leaders in your Section – your Section colleagues can provide support and guidance and give you help and opportunities to run activities, events or carry out the necessary administration that would provide evidence for your learning validation.

What is validation ?

Validation is the way that we show that we know something and that we can use it in practice. Sometimes validation is covered as part of the learning, as with most of the online Getting Started Modules, at other times it is a separate process from the learning and is carried out through discussion with a Training Adviser or using our online portal.

A quick guide to the training modules is covered in the MODULE MATRIX. More information will be in the Section Leaders Adult Personal File

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