Volunteering Development

Adult learning

Training of adult volunteers is one of the primary roles of every Scout area or county. In Gwent, we have an enthusiastic and supportive team of trainers, advisers, facilitators and supporters.

We run an annual programme of courses, including leadership training, safeguarding, and ‘Nights Away’ – skills for camping and other residential experiences with young people. We also run occasional specialist ongoing training where there is demand. We’re also here to support your personal development through self-directed learning. Scouting training for managers is now provided at a country/regional level.

What learning do I need to do?

Scouts learning and training is changing in 2024, but there will be a transition period for the next couple of years, and all completed learning will still count.

Those who are currently Section Leaders or Assistant Section Leaders should continue to work towards their Wood Badge:

  • “Getting Started” training – modules Essential information (01), Safeguarding, Safety, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Trustee induction (if necessary), and Tools for the role (03) – are now completed online.
  • Your Personal Learning Plan is a very important part of the training process, and you should agree one with your Training Adviser as soon as possible when you start a new role.
  • First aid (10A and 10B) are really important and you should try to complete this within your first year as a volunteer.
  • We recommend you work towards modules Delivering a quality Programme (12A), Programme planning (12B), Running safe activities (17), Administration (11), Supporting young people (14) and Promoting positive behaviour (15) during your first eighteen months in Scouting – this will enable you to plan exciting, safe, quality programmes and keep accurate records
  • We also recommend modules Fundamentals of Scouting (05), Scouting for all (07), Skills of leadership (08) and Working with adults (09) are completed in following eighteen months, once you have a little leadership experience and look to expand your skills
  • Nights Away (16 and 38), Practical skills (18), Growing the section (13), International (19) can be completed at any time during your first three years

Learning events coming soon

  • Sunday 25 February
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    First aid course - First Response
    Skip Jenning's Hall, Newport

    This one-day Scout-led training for adult volunteers covers all of modules 10A and 10B.

    Free for volunteers within Gwent, £15 fee for outside areas.

    9:45am registration for a 10am start, finishing by 5pm.

    Booking:
    https://booking.gwentscouts.org.uk/NewBooking/event/300

  • Saturday 2 MarchSunday 3 March
    Adult learning weekend
    Botany Bay

    For full details including a description of the learning modules please download the flyer:
    https://booking.gwentscouts.org.uk/File/getpublic/1002

    Bookings:
    https://booking.gwentscouts.org.uk/Info/event/303

    Modules available:
    Delivering a Quality Programme (12A)
    Programme Planning (12B)
    Running safe activities (17)
    Administration (11)
    Introduction to residential experiences (16)
    Scouting for all (07)
    Supporting Young People (14)
    Promoting Positive Behaviour (15)
    International (19)
    Growing the section (13)
    Skills of leadership (08)
    Working with adults (09)
    Adjustments to Scouts (36)

  • Thursday 14 March
    6:45 pm – 9:15 pm
    Introduction to Residential Experiences (module 16)
    Zoom

    An overview of the role of residential experiences for young people in Scouting, and their organisation and planning.

    Topics covered

    The role of residential experiences in the development of young peopleOrganisation and administration of residential experiencesSkills required within a team running a residential experienceThe Nights Away Permit SchemeSupport and further information for planning a residential experience

    Book online at
    https://booking.gwentscouts.org.uk/NewBooking/event/308

  • Friday 5 AprilSunday 7 April
    Skills for Nights Away

    Are you looking to work towards a Nights Away Permit, or get involved with taking your section on residential experiences?

    This weekend is for leaders and supporters who may organise or support residential experiences for young people as part of their role in Scouting. It is intended to provide an introduction to the skills related to running residential experiences
    and linked to the skills needed to gain a Nights Away Permit.

    The course will cover sessions on:

    Planning process and effective administration for nights away/residential experiences
    Choosing and making best use of venues
    Planning programmes and activities
    Choosing and preparing a staff team
    Catering – Preparation of a menu, food safety and hygiene, waste disposal
    Fires – for cooking, keeping warm, and as a social focal point
    Wellbeing, health, happiness and safety
    Equipment and practical skills – tents and marquees, stoves, lamps, cutting, camp gadgets, latrines

    All learning aspects of modules 38 and 18 will be covered.

    Bookings open early 2024.

  • Sunday 28 April
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    First aid course - First Response
    tbc

    This one-day Scout-led training for adult volunteers covers all of modules 10A and 10B.

    Free for volunteers within Gwent, £15 fee for outside areas.

    9:45am registration for a 10am start, finishing by 5pm.

    Booking link to follow shortly.

  • Saturday 29 June
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    First aid course - First Response
    tbc

    This one-day Scout-led training for adult volunteers covers all of modules 10A and 10B.

    Free for volunteers within Gwent, £15 fee for outside areas.

    9:45am registration for a 10am start, finishing by 5pm.

    Booking link to follow shortly.

  • Saturday 10 August
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    First aid course - First Response
    tbc

    This one-day Scout-led training for adult volunteers covers all of modules 10A and 10B.

    Free for volunteers within Gwent, £15 fee for outside areas.

    9:45am registration for a 10am start, finishing by 5pm.

    Booking link to follow shortly.

  • Sunday 8 September
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    First aid course - First Response
    tbc

    This one-day Scout-led training for adult volunteers covers all of modules 10A and 10B.

    Free for volunteers within Gwent, £15 fee for outside areas.

    9:45am registration for a 10am start, finishing by 5pm.

    Booking link to follow shortly.

  • Sunday 6 October
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    First aid course - First Response
    tbc

    This one-day Scout-led training for adult volunteers covers all of modules 10A and 10B.

    Free for volunteers within Gwent, £15 fee for outside areas.

    9:45am registration for a 10am start, finishing by 5pm.

    Booking link to follow shortly.

  • Saturday 23 November
    10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    First aid course - First Response
    tbc

    This one-day Scout-led training for adult volunteers covers all of modules 10A and 10B.

    Free for volunteers within Gwent, £15 fee for outside areas.

    9:45am registration for a 10am start, finishing by 5pm.

    Booking link to follow shortly.

Looking for blended first aid?

Our friends in ScoutsCymru run the live facilitated sessions every month – please see the ScoutsCymru events calendar for dates.