Adult Support

When you agree to take on a volunteer role in Scouting you are making an invaluable contribution to the development of the young people we work with.  Scouting has a responsibility to you, as a volunteer, to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills needed for your role.  In becoming a volunteer you have agreed to work with the Scout Association to undertake the training necessary for your role.

Training is delivered in Modules & you only need to do the Modules relevant to your role.  To help identify which Modules you need to do, you will work with a Training Advisor (TA), appointed by your Assistant District Commissioner (Adult Training) (ADC(AT)), to complete a Personal Learning Plan (PLP).

Once you have completed this plan the first training that you need to do is known as ‘Getting Started’.  This consists of Modules 1 to 4 in the training programme.  This training gives you an overview of Scouting and highlights the need for operating with the Association’s key policies.  It is the responsibility of the District to ensure that you receive this training as soon as possible after becoming a volunteer. If you need advice on your Getting Started training then please contact your line manager or ADC (AT) in the first instance.

The responsibility for all other Modules (Module 5 onwards) lies with the Region.  The Assistant Regional Commissioner (Adult Training) (ARC(AT)) works with the districts to provide opportunities that will allow you to progress through the remaining Modules in your PLP at an appropriate pace, but within the three year period allowed by the Scout Association.

Training courses for Section Leaders are spread throughout the Region in as central locations as we can. The courses are run several times during each year & are advertised on the events section of the website.

Training courses for Managers will be run as and when needed.  Managers also have the opportunity to complete their training thorugh ‘Managing Together’.  Managing Together is a package of training put together by and for the four uniformed youth organisations and consists of a set of online learning followed by a weekend course.  You can find more information at

Your TA or ADC(AT) will be your main contacts for any training queries.  If you have specific queries regarding the Regional courses, please contact the ARC(AT) at

Not only can you learn from your training experiences but you can also contribute massively to the development of others in exchanging your knowledge and skills during these events.  If you’d like to take this to the next level and join a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and motivated trainers in the Region, Scouting would love to have your help.  Please contact the ARC(AT) at  for more information or for an informal chat.  Full training will be given for these roles so don’t worry if you feel you may not have the skills and knowledge you need to be a trainer!