Ongoing Learning and Development

Our needs as leaders are constantly changing, so to do a good job for our young people it’s important that we are always learning and refining our skills.

Over the period of appointment leaders are required to complete an average of five hours’ ongoing learning each year. More information can be found in the Key Documents for Adult Training.

Mandatory Ongoing Learning

Although the on-going learning hours you are required to complete each year can be any number of things, there are also some specific on-going learning requirements which some members must complete. Any member who holds an appointment for which an appointment review is required must complete two specific pieces of mandatory on-going learning:

First Aid and First Response Training

Leaders, managers and supporters in Scouting must hold a current first aid qualification at the time of gaining their Wood Badge and at the appointment renewal. However, they are encouraged to keep their qualification up to date at all times.

The minimum standard for this qualification is First Response, but higher levels of qualification are needed if delivering first aid training or leading certain kinds of adventurous activities. This provision will ensure a minimum standard of first aid knowledge and training across the Movement.

More information on First Response, the Refresher, requirements and equivalents can be found on the First Aid and First Response pages.


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