Training and Support

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Training and Support2021-03-12T08:05:12+01:00

If you are a Young Leader, or thinking about being one, please take a look at the Young Leader Scheme

If you are an adult volunteer, or thinking about being one, please take a look at the information below or if you want to see courses available visit the county calendar.

Adult training is designed to support you as a volunteer, so the training provided is relevant and tailored to each role. The Cambridgeshire Training Team recognise there may be learning and skills you have gained elsewhere, and our training is designed to complement these with further opportunities to enhance your expertise.

Youth and Adult Mental Health is a topic with growing resources and courses available, to help support adult volunteers themselves and those working directly with young people.

The Cambridgeshire Training Team are always keen to expand so no matter what role you take on you can also volunteer to help deliver training or act as a course facilitator, simply Get in Touch

How do I know what training I need to do?2021-03-20T12:29:53+01:00

The good news is that there is lots of help and support at every stage, and this includes working out what training you will need to do.

Occasional Helpers

Occasional Helpers are not entitled to membership status or benefits (including certain member insurances) and the recording on Compass is only provided to enable the Personal Enquiry and criminal records disclosure checks to be conducted. No training is required. These are volunteers who will be:

  • assisting in overnight activities and / or
  • only helping out once a week (or on four occasions in a thirty day period)  and/or
  • having unsupervised access to young people.

Other Adult Roles

For all other adult roles the Module Matrix is something that the person who completes your Adult Appointment form should look at it with you, as it helps in deciding which role may be right for you. In summary all Executive Committee roles and all Section Assistant have to complete “Getting Started”, all other roles require additional modules.

You can always do more training than just the ones you have to do, and no matter what your role in scouting if you are going to be working with young people then certainly First Aid (Module 10) can be a good one to validate (either from relevant training elsewhere or by attending a free 6 hour course in scouting).

A Training Adviser (TA) is appointed to help each adult volunteer through the process of completing the agreed training for the role in question.

If the person has previously been a scouting volunteer in a different role, including being a Young Leader, then relevant skills can be taken into account as “prior learning”.

All training material is available through The Scout’s learner resource area.

How does the training scheme work?2021-03-20T12:34:24+01:00

The adult training scheme is made up of various modules that cover a range of different development areas, all related to your role. It is a national scheme, so the training you complete in one part of the country will be recognised in another. There are two parts to each of these modules: learning (which may not be required) and validation (always required).


Learning gives you the chance to gain or improve the knowledge and skills you need to develop for your role. There are a variety of methods available which means that you can choose ones that work for your availability and learning style, as well as fitting into your busy life. These include e-learning, learning by doing, small group work, courses, one-to-one or workbooks Importantly the scheme recognises and values prior learning, knowledge, and experience. This means you may not need to complete learning for every aspect of your training, provided you can clearly show that you are able to meet the module objectives by demonstrating these skills in your Scouting role – through the validation process.


This is simply you demonstrating to your Line Manager / Training Adviser (TA) that you can meet the objectives of the module by putting your learning into practice. There are various ways you can do this such as them seeing you “in action”, you providing evidence (such as an e-mail from another leader) or simply discussing the content of the module with your TA. Successful validation is essential for each module relevant to your role. Please remember the validation of your learning is something that you do as part of your normal Scouting role, so should not generate any extra work.

How long do I have to complete my training?2021-03-12T08:04:44+01:00

All roles that require training have 5 months from the date of your appointment to complete the initial modules (Getting Started) – if you are being invested these must be fully completed first.

You then have a total of 3 years from the date of your appointment to complete any remaining modules required for your role.

How can being a volunteer benefit me?2021-03-12T08:10:53+01:00

Firstly being a scouting volunteer is great fun! You can help organise or support some amazing activities for the younger members, giving you a chance to help make a positive difference to your own local community.

As a member of scouting you will gain access to a changing range of discounts, designed to support you in your scouting role with everything from camping kit to days out.

Volunteering can  help you outside scouting too, especially if you make the most of the training scheme – in fact is externally recognised as a formal qualification through 3 different routes.

The skills and experiences you gain are invaluable, can enhance your CV and can be a real asset in everything from applying from college / university places to jobs. Not only will you have some great things to include in personal statements and on application forms but also some brilliant examples to use when answering interview questions, plus of course some ideal people to name as referees. Being a scouting volunteer really can help you stand out from the crowd.

Scouting is a national and global organisation, which makes it easy to continue scouting no matter where in the world life takes you and creates an ideal way to start meeting new people in your new community – whether that is when you go to University or move to another country.

Whilst no adult volunteer joins for recognition there is also a Scout Association Awards scheme

How do I book onto a training course?2021-03-12T07:46:33+01:00

Courses are not only a great way to develop new skills, or enhance existing ones, but also to meet other people from across Cambridgeshire in similar roles.

There are some basic “Getting Started” modules that are completed for all roles, with the details varying slightly depending on the role you take.

There is a wealth of online and workbook training material available, as well as a range of courses. To book onto a course for other leader modules simply take a look at the calendar and follow the link for the relevant course. You will need your membership number to hand.

If you can’t see a course listed then it may be possible for the Cambridgeshire Training team to arrange one, especially if you have at least 6 people who require the same course. This includes First Response (Module 10) and Group / District Executive workshops. Simply Get in Touch to see what can be arranged.

What about learning more practical skills?2021-03-12T07:39:24+01:00

There will be lots of practical skills you already have that you can share with the young people, and many you will learn as you scout.

We also have County Active Support Units to help you (or perhaps you would like to join one, to share your skills in these areas) :

  •  Bushscout – training volunteers in practical scouting skills, so they can in turn train the young people
  •  Mountain Activities – helping volunteers experience hillwalking, mountaineering, climbing and mountain biking ; supporting them to earn relevant permits so they can then take their young people on such adventures too
  • Water Activities – This Unit has 3 main priorities (1) Providing training and assessment opportunities for adults in Scouting who wish to obtain water activities adventurous activities permits (2) Providing a pool of permit holders who are willing to help other Groups and Districts run water activities and (3)  Organising and delivering water activities for the County
What is “mandatory ongoing learning”?2021-03-20T12:55:28+01:00

For some roles you are required to keep elements of your training up to date, usually every 3 years. The good news is there are just 3 modules and it is really simple to do. Below you will find brief details, but as always if you have any questions please contact your Line Manager, Training Adviser, Local Training Manager or the County Training Team.

Safety – this is usually completed on-line . Once complete send the certificate to your Training Adviser who then updates your records*

Safeguarding  – this is usually completed on-line . Once complete send the certificate to your Training Adviser who then updates your records*

First Response (Module 10)  – all leaders are now required to undergo First Aid training every 3 years to continue in their role . If  you have  completed relevant First Aid training through another organisation then it may be possible to use this to validate this module, so please contact you Training Adviser for advice.

Due to the pandemic there are currently interim arrangements in place, and relevant courses are on the county calendar. 

Outside a pandemic you normally have 2 options:

  • if you have 6 months, or less, still left before your current training expires you can attend a 2 hour refresher course. If there are at least 6 of you interested please contact the training team via the Get In Touch page and we can arrange something bespoke until these become part of the core offering later this year.
  • if you are unable to do so, or you have realised it expires very soon, you will need to arrange to attend a 1 day ( 6 hour) course. There is usually at least one of these courses every month held somewhere in Cambridgeshire.

*It is important that all mandatory ongoing learning is updated in on your Personal Learning Plan record on COMPASS by your Training Advisor, otherwise it won’t appear correctly. If you are not sure who that is please contact the training team.

What is “ongoing learning” then?2021-03-20T12:59:13+01:00

Things are constantly changing, as are the needs of individuals, so to do a good job for our young people its important that we are always learning and refining our skills as scouting volunteers. Over the review period relevant role holders are required to complete an average of 5 hours ongoing learning each year.

It is actually very easy to achieve this – through learning from others, attending a course, gaining a permit or completing external learning that can be used in scouting.

It is important that the details are logged into COMPASS as “ongoing learning” , contact any Training Advisor if you need help in doing so.