To be completed within 5 months of appointment

To create a plan for an individual’s learning based on the requirements of the job and taking into account the individual’s needs.

To provide all adults in Scouting with the essential information needed to get started in their role

To provide all adults in Scouting with an understanding of what the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) means for them, their Scout Group, District and County and how to effectively align with it.

To provide the basic information on the individual’s role or area of responsibility and some practical help to get the individual started in the role.


To provide Leaders, Managers and Supporters with information about how to deliver quality Scouting to young people, and how we ensure it meets their needs. This module is recommended as a priority.

To explore the Fundamentals of Scouting and the Religious Policy, and their relationship with delivering a quality Programme for young people.

To provide an introduction to equal opportunities and practical advice about how to make Scouting inclusive for all.

To provide information and best practice on how to manage administrative tasks in Scouting, including responsibilities relating to the Data Protection Act/GDPR, record keeping, finances and insurance requirements.

To cover the skills and knowledge necessary to enable adults to manage an incident and provide basic first aid.

To provide an overview of the Scouting’s history, focusing on its development to meet the changing needs of society.


To provide Section Leaders with an opportunity to plan and review a sectional programme, using a variety of methods to generate programme ideas.

To enable adults to plan and run exciting, safe and developmental activities for the young people in their section.

To enable adults to gain and develop practical skills for the benefit of young people in their section.

To enable Section Leaders and supporters who may support residential experiences for young people, to understand the purpose that residential experiences play in Scouting.

To provide adults with an international focus appropriate to their section and understand the global nature of Scouting.


To enable adults to understand and meet the needs of young people and create a supportive environment.

To enable adults to promote positive behaviour and appropriately manage challenging behaviour in their section.

To cover ways in which an adult volunteer can work with their line manager and others to plan and contribute to the growth of their Section and/or Group.

To cover some key skills required to work effectively as a team, including communication, listening skills, decision-making structures and effectively representing others.

To cover the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be an effective leader, including leadership styles, action-centred leadership and developing leadership skills in others.


The Adult Training Scheme is based around two key elements:

  • Learning – This is when the adult has the opportunity to gain or improve the knowledge and skills
    which they need to perform their role. As the scheme recognises prior learning, knowledge and
    experience; individuals may not need to complete learning for every aspect of the scheme.
  • Validation – This is when a Training Adviser will check what the adult has learned, and that they
    can apply the skills that they have acquired to their role. Validation is essential for every module
    except for the mandatory ongoing learning modules.

The learning objectives and validation criteria can be found on each individual Module’s page, along with course dates and where appropriate links to e-learning and workbooks.


The full Adult’s Personal File for Section Leaders can be viewed or downloaded from the main Scouts website.


Should you require any of the information contained within these pages in an alternative format, please contact the Training Team.


You are also required to complete an average of 5 hours annually of ongoing learning alongside periodic Mandatory Ongoing Learning in the key areas:

To revisit the rules, guidance and responsibilities related to safety in Scouting.


Must be renewed every 5 YEARS

To revisit the rules, guidance and responsibilities related to safeguarding in Scouting.

Must be renewed every 5 YEARS

To cover the skills and knowledge necessary to enable adults to manage an incident and provide basic first aid.


Must be renewed every 3 YEARS