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Getting Started

As a new volunteer helping directly with young people in Scouting, you’ll need to complete the Getting Started training modules. This training is intended to ensure you have the skills, understanding and tools to carry out the role effectively.

The training modules need to be completed within your first 5 months in Scouting. When you’ve passed the training and validation requirements, you’ll be insured to carry out Scouting activities as an adult volunteer.

Help completing your training

The Group Scout Leader is ultimately responsible for ensuring you achieve your training.

To support you in your first five months of volunteering with the Scouts we have a number of training modules for you to complete.

Who has to do what?

New leaders have to complete:

  • Essential Information (Module 1)
  • Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • GDPR
  • Personal Learning Plan (Module 2)
  • For Section volunteers: Tools for the Role (Module 3)
  • For Managers and Supporters: Tools for the Role (Module 4)

New Executive members have to complete:

  • Essential Information (Module 1)
  • Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • GDPR
  • Trustee introduction

The modules that make up your getting started training are listed below:
(You can complete these in any order).

The following modules can be completed as independent learning and validated by successfully completing the online assessment at the end of the module.

Essential Information (Module 1)

The aim of this module is to provide all adults in Scouting with the essential information needed to get started in their role.

Safety

The aim of this module is to provide all adults in Scouting with an understanding of safety practice and responsibilities as a member of Scouts, to keep everyone safe.

Safeguarding

The aim of this module is to provide all adults in Scouting with an understanding of safeguarding practice and responsibilities as a member of Scouts, to keep everyone safe.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The aim of this module is to provide all adults in Scouting with an understanding of what the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) means for them, their Scout Group, District and County and how to effectively align with it.

Trustee Introduction

The aim of this module is to provide the Charity or managing Trustees with information on their legal responsibilities and current regulations. You only need to complete this module if you have a role as a trustee / Executive Committee member.

The following modules are validated by a Training Adviser: 

Personal Learning Plan (Module 2) 

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.

Tools for the Role (Section volunteers) (Module 3)

The aim of this module is to provide the basic information on the individual’s role or area of responsibility and some practical help to get the individual started in the role.

Tools for the role (Managers and Supporters) (Module 4)

The aim of this module is to provide key information about the individual’s role, areas of responsibility and where they can find further information and support.

Training Validation

Scout training needs to be validated with practical evidence and knowledge from leading the section. For Module 3, this includes evidence you have planned and run (or assisted) in an activity, plus a ceremony appropriate to your section.

Validation normally takes place over the course of an evening with the GSL or a Training Advisor.

Other resourses

Berkshire Scouts has a comprehensive Induction Handbook on their website: https://www.berkshirescouts.org.uk/induction-handbook/