Training

Training is broken down into a number of modules, some of which are specific to your particular role.  These modules may be available online via the Scouts web site or may require face to face training.  These courses will be available at the times detailed in the calendars on the following pages.  You will be allocated a Training Advisor who may be your GSL but will typically be someone local to the group.  Online training modules are here

 Validate

Validation is required to ensure that you have understood the training.  Your Training Advisor (TA) will carry out the validation via a chat, a visit to a programme night or in other ways as advised in the Leader’s Training Guide here

 Scout Logo

Getting Started is a set of four modules which should be taken within 5 months of taking up a role.  These typically involve face to face courses although can be done online.  They also include setting up a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and validation which would be done with your TA.  A PLP is shown on the next page

 Safeguarding

Safety & Safeguarding are two modules which are mandatory (along with first aid) and must be repeated at least every five years.  They are available as e-learning, but for every second refresh, must be taken face to face. They are initially done as part of Getting Started. GDPR (data protection) should also be taken with Getting Started.

 First Aid

First Aid (also known as First Response) is mandatory to be renewed every 3 years.  Renewal is alternatively via a Refresher course (typically half day) and full course (typically whole day).

 Camp skills

The Programme includes modules to assist with programme planning, safe activities, practical skills and International.  It also includes Residential Experiences.  Leaders are required to have a  Nights Away Permit before they can support young people on a residential experience.  The achievement of this can validate the Residential Experiences course although module 38 is often taken to support.

 Leadership

The People involves modules around leadership skills, promoting positive behaviour and growing the sections .  It also includes Working with Adults and Supporting Young People

 Compass

Compass is a database used to record all leader training.  You will receive access to this after completion of modules 1-3 (Getting Started), Approvals and PVG.

 Happy

Good Luck!  Much of this training should be enjoyable as well as a chance to meet with your fellow leaders.  Your TA and your GSL should be your main contact but if you need any help please contact Calum Thomson (Assistant District Commissioner for Adult Training) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via our Facebook group