Adult training changes

06 February 2017

The UK Scout Association has now launched the new adult training scheme for managers and supporters –  primarily Group Scout Leaders, Assistant Group Scout Leaders, and those with district, region or SHQ Commissioner appointments. This means manager and supporter modules are to be replaced with more up to date resources, designed to better support our volunteers in these critical roles.

Volunteers taking up new manager or supporter roles should start on the new scheme with immediate effect.  Those who are part way through their training under the old scheme can either:

Keep going with the modules and associated validation criteria, provided they can complete their Wood Badge by the end of June 2017.

Move to the new scheme and the new validation criteria, but use their prior learning from the old scheme towards the new validations.

The final date for the delivery and validation of Modules 21, 23, 24 and 26 and validation criteria being available is 30 June 2017.

New Manager and Supporter training

The training is made up of four parts:

Getting Started (modules 1, 2 and 4, as at present)

Non- role specific training (this contains modules 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12A, which are relevant to all appointments)

Independent Learning (covering the knowledge required for Manager and Supporter appointments)

Skills courses (developing the skills required for Manager and Supporter appointments)

Independent learning

Through Independent Learning, individuals can develop the knowledge required for their roles on their own, using bite-sized resources. Independent Learning tools and methods include e-learning, videos with accompanying learning guides, workbooks, DC inductions and 1:1 meetings. Existing Managers and Supporters can also use Independent Learning resources for ongoing learning if they already hold a Wood Badge for their current role.

All materials are available on the UK Scout Association Website.

Find them here 

Skills courses

Skills Courses build on the knowledge developed through Independent Learning, cover information and soft skills that need to be discussed and demonstrated, provide opportunities for networking and provide support for Managers and Supporters.

There are three Skills Courses:

Skills of Management - covers topics such as leadership styles, team-building and motivation, effective communication, active listening, induction and review. 

Meeting the Challenges - covers topics such as conducting difficult reviews, suspension and complaints process and managing the local situation following safeguarding incidents.

Achieving Growth - covers topics such as growth, development planning and recruitment and retention of adult volunteers and young people.

These courses will be delivered in different parts of Scotland, by a central team of trainers, trained specifically in these materials. Courses will be available from autumn 2017, to allow learners time to complete Getting Started, Non-role specific modules and the Independent Learning, all of which should be covered, prior to attending Skills Courses.


All the core documents for the new scheme have now been released, including:

Module Matrix

The Adult's Personal File for Managers and Supporters

The Training Adviser's Guide for Managers and Supporters