The short answer to the question is NO.
Whilst there is no substitute for well delivered Training in a comfortable environment, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and not everyone can spare the time in the evening or at weekends to attend courses.
But there are alternatives – Firstly, and particularly if you are an established and experienced Scouter, or are just changing roles, you may
not need to go on a course at all.
We recognise prior learning and if you already have the necessary skills or experience to validate a particular Module – then it would be a waste of resources for you to attend a course just for the sake of it.
Just get that Module validated with your Training Advisor (TA).
Secondly – the Scout Association (TSA) have started to develop on-line learning Modules. Some are better than
others – but the majority – yes, the majority, of the modules can be undertaken on-line without you needing to go on any courses at all.
Some are video’s (with a quiz afterwards that you print the results from to show your TA), some are workbooks
- that you can use to gain the necessary learning – some are just documents that you can read through at your leisure.
You will still need to validate your modules – but remember, this does not have to be difficult – it can be as easy as just
having a chat with your TA. (There are at least 10 methods of validation to choose from)
With some Modules – such as Module 10 – First Aid – you will need to attend a course – unless you already hold an equivalent First Aid qualification - that is prior learning – so check with your TA . . . .
So where does one go to get these on-line modules?
They can all be accessed from the Members Resources (Learners) area of the Scout website – but it is not the easiest place to find stuff – so you will find below a list of all the Modules and a hyperlink to the relevant page on the Scout website.
Just click on the link below each Module – and it will take you straight to the correct page on the website.
After that you are on your own . . . well not really . . . your TA will be able to assist you in whichever method you choose to undertake your Training.
One final note before you reach the Modules and hyperlinks – Training is available to assist you in the performance of your volunteer role. Validation is present to check that you have understood the learning points and to help you fill in any gaps in your knowledge.
At the end of all this is the desire to produce high quality Scouting to all of the Young Persons in our care.
01: Essential Information
Essential Information is a mandatory module for nearly all adults in Scouting. It is compulsory for all appointed adults who have unsupervised access to young people
02: Personal Learning Plan
The aim of this module is to create a plan for an individual’s learning based on the requirements of the job and taking into account the individual’s needs.
03: Tools for the Job (leaders)
This module aims to provide the basic information on the individual’s role within the section or area of responsibility and some practical help to get the individual started in the role.
04: Tools for the Job (managers)
This module aims to provide the basic information on the individual’s role as a manager in Scouting or area of responsibility and some
practical help to get the individual started in the role.
05: Fundamental Values of Scouting
This module aims to use the personal development areas to explore the links between the values expressed in the purpose, principles and methods of Scouting and a balanced programme, the awards and badges.
06: Changes in Scouting
This module aims to provide an overview of the movement’s history focusing on its development to meet the changing needs of society.
07: Valuing Diversity
This module aims to cover the policies of The Scout Association that promote diversity and consider how the individual, in their role, can help to make scouting available to all.
08: Skills of Leadership
This module aims to cover the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be an effective leader
09: Working with Adults (No online learning)
This module aims to cover the underpinning functions required to work effectively as a
10: First Aid (No online learning)
This module aims to cover the skills and knowledge necessary to enable adults to manage an incident and provide basic first aid.
11: Administration (leaders) (No online learning)
This module aims to cover the records and procedures necessary for the effective administration of the section (including personal and financial records, insurance issues and accident/emergency procedures).
12: Providing a Balanced Programme
This module aims to cover ways in which a successful and balanced programme can be planned and implemented in the section.
13: Growing the section
Covers ways in which an adult volunteering with a section can assist their line manager and others to plan for and contribute to the growth of their section and/or group.
14: Young People Today
This module aims to enable adults working with sections to identify and meet the needs of young people.
15: Challenging Behaviour
This module aims to enable adults to prevent and manage challenging behaviour in the sections
16: Residential Experiences
This module aims to enable section leaders and those who may support residential experiences for young people, as part of their role in Scouting, to understand the role that residential experiences play in Scouting.
17: Activities Outdoors
This module aims to enable adults to plan and run exciting, safe and developmental activities outdoors for the young people in their section.
18: Practical Skills (No online learning)
This module aims to enable adults to gain and develop practical skills for the benefit of young people in their section.
19: International (No online learning)
This module aims to provide participants with a global focus appropriate to their section and an appreciation of the international nature of Scouting.
20: Administration (for managers) (No online learning)
This module aims to cover the records and procedures necessary for the effective administration of groups, districts and counties as applicable (including personal and financial records, insurance issues and accident/emergency procedures.
21: Growing the Movement
Covers ways in which a manager or supporter can help develop the movement and facilitate the growth of scouting in their area
22: Section Support (No online learning)
This module aims to enable adults not working directly with young people to understand the sectional programmes, section method, and section characteristics so that they may provide effective management and support.
23: Safety for Managers and Supporters
This module aims to cover specific roles, responsibilities and systems for ensuring safe scouting.
24: Managing Adults
This module aims to cover the skills and knowledge required to enable participants to provide effective management of adults.
25: Assessing Learning
This module aims to provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to effectively support, validate and assess adults in The Scout Association’s adult training scheme, the adventurous activity permit scheme, nights away permit scheme and the scout show national
26: Supporting Adults
This module aims to cover the skills and knowledge required to enable supporters to provide effective support to adults in sections.
27: Instructing Practical Skills (Coming soon)
This module aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to instruct practical skills.
This module aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes to facilitate individuals and small groups.
This module aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make effective presentations.
30: Supporting Local Learning
This module aims to provide the skills, knowledge, attitude and direction for those who manage supporters of local learning such as training advisers and local training administrators.
31: Planning a Learning Experience
This module aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to research and design training experiences.
32: Delivering a Learning Experience
This module aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to plan prepare and run a training experience.
33: Planning a Learning Provision
This module aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable training managers to plan to meet the learning needs of an area.
34. Managing a Learning Provision (Coming soon)
This module aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes help county training managers to manage the learning provision for their area.
35: Internal Moderation (External Course)
This module is an external module that looks at assessment for the National Open College Network awards.
36: Special Needs (No online learning)
This module provides information, support and resources for those working with young people with special needs.
37: Advising on Adult Appointments (No online learning)
This module aims to enable an adult to participate fully as a member of the appointments advisory committee.
38: Skills for Residential Experiences
This module aims to enable adults to acquire the appropriate skills to plan and run successful residential experiences for the young people in their section.