Developing People

Our adult volunteers get just as much from Scouting as young people. All adult leaders in Scouting receive support through our comprehensive training programme, helping them to develop their current skills and learn new ones.

This training can help towards the achievement of external qualifications, while there are also awards which recognise dedication to training and outstanding service within the Movement.

How our training works 

Training is offered in two distinct stages. Initial training entitled ‘Getting Started’, gives an overview of the Movement and highlights the need for operating within the Association’s key policies. It also signposts the new leader to any further training they may require and helps them to understand their new role. 


Training operates in a range of ways: residential or single day courses, small group, e-learning or workbooks. There is also a facility to recognise relevant learning undertaken elsewhere. Leaders undertaking training are supported by a more experienced leader who can coach and mentor you through the scheme as a Training Adviser. 


Once the leader’s personal training has been completed and they have demonstrated that they are putting their learning into practice, then they can be awarded the Wood Badge 

The Wood Badge recognises the commitment to the values and ethos of the Movement by leaders who have undertaken training and can lead to external recognition.

Training Events

Training for Section Leaders is organised by your Area. Please contact your Area Training Manager or check your Area’s website and social media channels for information. 

All Areas training is accessible to all members in Wales, and to help aid this we share the courses here. Booking details vary, so please ensure you check the details for all courses individually. 

Managers and Supporters Training 

The Scouts have a programme of Manager/Supporter training, designed specifically with Group Scout Leaders, Assistant Group Scout Leaders and Commissioners in mind. Skills courses for Managers and Supporters are being held throughout Wales. 

Details of these course can be found below

Course Details

Managers and Supporters skills courses

Once you have completed the Modules and Independent Learning, you should apply to attend one or more of the skills courses. These depend on your role, so please download and read about the recommended learning.