Our adult volunteers get just as much from Scouting as young people. All adult Leaders in Scouting receive support through our comprehensive training programme, helping them to develop their current skills and learn new ones.
This training can help towards the achievement of external qualifications, while there are also awards which recognise dedication to training and outstanding service within the Movement.
Training is offered in two distinct stages. Initial training entitled 'Getting Started', gives an overview of the Movement and highlights the need for operating within the Association's key policies. It also signposts the new leader to the further training they may require.
Training is offered in a range of ways; residential, small group, e-learning or workbooks. There is also a facility to recognise relevant training undertaken elsewhere. Leaders undertaking training are supported by a more experienced leader who operates as a Training Adviser (coach/mentor).
Once the leader's personal training has been completed and they have demonstrated that they are putting their training into practice, then they can be awarded the Wood Badge.
The Wood Badge recognises the commitment to the values and ethos of the Movement by leaders who had undertaken training.