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Getting Started

As a new Leader or Section Assistant 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

At 1st Finchampstead we have a Leader Mentor, who will help you plan and validate these modules, and guide you through your learning process. The Group Scout Leader is ultimately responsible for ensuring you achieve your training.

The Modules

Most volunteers wishing to become leaders need to complete Modules 1, 2 and 3. If you’re going to be a Line Manager, then you’ll need to complete Modules 1, 2 and 4 instead.

Module 1 – Essential Information

This covers the fundamental values of Scouting, Safeguarding, Risk Assessment and the support structure available to you. It should take about an hour to complete.

Module 3 – Tools for the Role

This covers the fundamental values of leading a section. It should take about 30 minutes to complete.,23,223,235


This covers the basic information that individual’s need to know in relation to the General Data Protection Regulations, what this means for their role and for Scouting and how to effectively align with it.,888

These are available to complete online. You will receive a certificate at the end of each course. Please either print these or save them as image files and email them to me.

Training Validation

Scout training needs to be validated with practical evidence and knowledge from leading the section. For Modules 1 and 3, this includes:

* a risk assessment you have completed
* evidence, or a witness statement, that you have run a Promise/Law/Fundamentals activity, or an anti-bullying activity, or similar
* 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 your Mentor or a Training Advisor.

Other resourses

Berkshire Scouts has a comprehensive Induction Handbook on their website: