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The facts about Manager and Supporter Training

Leadership and Management training supports all volunteers who hold either manager or supporter appointments, although they will not all necessarily cover the same content.

Click here to download the learning guide for Managers and Supporters

The list of Manager and Supporter roles who will undertake the new Leadership and Management Training is outlined below. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Group Scout Leader

  • District/County/Regional Commissioners

  • Deputy District/County/Regional Commissioners

  • Assistant District/County/Regional Commissioners

  • County/District Youth Commissioners 

  • District/County Leaders

  • Scout Active Support Manager

  • County/Local/Regional Training Managers

  • District Explorer Scout Commissioner

  • District Scout Network Commissioner

Learners are expected to complete their Wood Badge Training within 3 years, from the date of full appointment.

The scheme is structured around the six core areas of leadership and management in scouting plus a module on Safety for Managers and Supporters. The new training framework is made up of 4 parts...

and consists of:

Part 1 - Getting Started Training

Click here to view our Getting Starting Training dates
Click here to view our opportunities to create your Personal Learning Plan


Part 2 - Training for all appointments - relevant green modules

Training dates

Click here to view our Green Modules (Leadership 1)
Cllck here to view our individual module evenings


Part 3 - Leadership and Management Training

This is structured around six core skill areas of leadership and management plus a module on safety. The learning opportunities for the Leadership and Management Training is split into two elements:

A - Independent Learning

This covers the knowledge you need to understand the key topics of leadership and management and related scouting processes. The learning is accessed via a variety of methods, including videos, e-learning and workbooks.

The following independent learning units are available as part of the Leadership and Management Training:

It is recommended that the learning relivant to your role is completed prior to attending the Skills Courses, See our course informaiton page for more details


B - Skills Courses (3 courses over 2 weekends)

This consists of three courses (Skills of Management, Meeting the Challenges and Achieving Growth). These course provide you with the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate different skills relating to leadership and management.

We will run the following weekends:

Details of current courses can be found here.


Validating your Leadership
and Management Training

Validation is the process of finding out if you are able to put the learning covered by a module into practice in your role in scouting. All modules and training for your role require validating regardless of whether you have gained the skills from previous experience or by planned learning.

Each module has a fixed requirement. There are a number of validation methods for you to select from. Validation methods are simple and effective and should always be something that you do as part of your normal role. The focus should be on you ‘doing something’ and this will often be backed up by discussion. Validation should not be seen as an exam – it is a positive experience in which you will receive supportive feedback.

The Leadership and Management Training is validated against six core skill areas and a safety module. These are:

The specific validation criteria can be found in the Adult's Personal File for Managers and Supporters

Once all 4 parts have been complete a Wood Badge will be awarded.


External Recognition

The Scout Association’s Leadership and Management Training has been recognised as a Development Programme with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). 

ILM recognition is the benchmark of high quality, bespoke in-house leadership and management training. 

What is the ILM Development Programme? 

Learners holding a Manager or Supporter appointment can register for the Development Programme in order to receive access to a range of ILM resources and learning opportunities designed to inspire and motivate. All registered learners are eligible for free studying membership of the Institute of Leadership & Management for the duration of the programme or 12 months (whichever is longer). On completion of their programme, learners receive a certificate from ILM. 

The Development Programme has no formal assessment requirement by the ILM, which means that there is no extra work for learners. The ILM recognises the quality of the programme content, aims, objectives and learning outcomes. This means that all the learners have to do is complete their Wood Badge in their role as a Manager or Supporter. 

Find out more about the ILM Development Programme for the Leadership and Management Training


Supplementary Modules

The following modules are available to suppliment your learning or are to be completed if your role requires: 


Ongoing learning 

Ongoing learning, or ongoing training, is essentially any training, learning or development your complete that your subsequently use in your scouting role. It can take place both inside and outside scouting, but must ultimately benefit the young people, and the other adults your work with in scouting.


Following the completion of your Wood Badge, you are requred to undertake some ongoing learning in order to maintain your appointment as current. Over the calculated period of the appointment, you must complete an average of five hours ongoing learning each year.

Ongoing learning can come from a variety of sources and could be in the form of:

  • additional modules from the Adult Training Scheme, for example a attending Module 28 (presenting skills)

  • training within The Scout Association but outside of the Adult Training Scheme, for example, an Activity Assessor course or an ongoing learning module

  • training completed outside of scouting, for example evening classes that provide you with new talents that can be of use to you in your scouting role, an IT class for example

  • an external qualification in a practical skill such as archery, for example.

On occasion, usually due to major policy or legal changes, Headquarters may specify particular compulsory ongoing learning topics for a fixed period. On such occasions Headquarters will make training material and support documentation available. 


The following ongoing learning modules are available from
The Scout Association 


Mandatory Ongoing Learning
(to be completed 3 year after the original topic was completed as part of your Wood Badge training)

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 adults who hold an appointment for which an appointment review is required must complete.

There is currently two specific pieces of mandatory on-going learning:

  • Safeguarding
    (3 years after Module 01 Essentail Informaiton)

  • Safety
    (3 years after Safety for Managers & Supporters)


First Aid and First Response Training

As a mamager or supporter you must hold a current first aid qualification at the time of gaining your Wood Badge and at the time of your 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 our First Aid and First Response pages.