On-going Learning

All adults holding appointments for which a Wood Badge is required must participate in an average of at least five hours on-going learning each year. This is to ensure they continue to acquire new skills and keep up to date with new trends and policies. On-going learning must be at least five hours per year, calculated over the length of the appointment. Therefore if an adult went on a week-long residential course, for example, this could be counted as the on-going learning for the whole period of the appointment.

Examples of on-going learning could include:

  • the maintenance of a current adult first aid qualification/first response certificate
  • a Scout Leader taking a web design course and then creating and maintaining a Group website
  • an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader gaining a basic food hygiene certificate before catering for a Beaver Scout sleepover
  • a District Commissioner attending a County recruitment workshop
  • an adult attending some form of cultural or additional needs awareness training
  • an Assistant Cub Scout Leader planning their first camp alongside a more experienced leader
  • any of the supplementary modules, for example Module 36: Special Needs or Module 29: Presenting

Mandatory on-going learning

  • Safeguarding Training
  • Safety Training
  • First Aid certificate

External Recognition

Level 2 Certificate in Providing Voluntary Youth Services in The Scout Association (QCF)

Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL)

Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Personal development guides