The principle of Adult Training

Every adult role in Scouting requires particular skills, knowledge and understanding and the ability to use them in practice. Training, in its widest sense, seeks to identify what skills, knowledge and understanding we already have, what we need to learn or develop for the role and then offers a range of learning opportunities to fill any gaps.

We ask that all leaders demonstrate their ability to use the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding in their role – this process is known as validation.

What do I need to do?
The first thing to do when you take on a new Scouting role is to ensure that you feel confident about and in control of your training.

To help you we are going to run some PLP evenings where we will explain how the training scheme works and who is there to support you through it. We’ll help you to identify what, if any, learning you need in your role and the various methods by which you can get it.

Details of the PLP evenings and how to book can be found at


Wood Badge 

The Wood Badge is an award made to all leaders that complete their training. It is made up of two wooden beads on a leather thong and leaders are, justifiably, proud to wear them with their uniforms. The Wood Badge signifies and celebrates the commitment that adult volunteers make to Scouting, to their training and to delivering fantastic Scouting to young people.


If you have any questions, please contact Alison Fell, Deputy County Commissioner Adult Support & Training  at

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
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