The UK Scout Association Wood Badge

Coverage

Volunteers (aged 18+) within The Scout Association with adult appointments.

Purpose

The Wood Badge is recognition that an adult volunteer in Scouting has completed the programme of training for their role under The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.

The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme enables adults to gain the skills necessary for them to deliver and/or support the Scout programme. Specifically it is intended to:

  • help people understand Scouting and their role within it
  • give them the skills necessary to carry out that role
  • improve the quality of Scouting delivered
  • support adults in meeting their own personal development needs
Education context

The Scout Association is a voluntary movement dedicated to the development of young people between the ages of 6 and 25 years. Each week over 100,000 adult volunteers, in a variety of roles throughout the UK, help Scouting to achieve its aim. While The Scout Association’s primary purpose is the development of young people, it also seeks to offer personal development opportunities to adults, both within their Scouting role and as individuals. The Adult Training Scheme is one means by which adults in Scouting can be supported in their chosen role and are helped to meet their personal development needs.

Awarding providers
  • The Scout Association
Structure

The Wood Badge programme is a modular scheme with some mandatory core modules that all roles must undertake, modules specific to a volunteer’s role and ongoing learning. Typically the programme takes 1-3 years to complete, during which time the volunteer is gaining practical skills in management and leadership experience in their role.

Subject areas

There are 38 modules in the Adult Training Scheme and volunteers complete different modules depending on their role. The two main groups of roles are Section Leaders/Assistants and Managers/Supporters.

Section Leaders/Assistants complete the following modules:

  • Getting Started Training
    • Personal Learning Plan
    • Essential Information
    • Tools for the Role (Section Leaders)
  • Training for All Appointments
    • The Fundamentals of Scouting
    • Changes in Scouting
    • Scouting For All
    • Working with Adults
    • Skills of Leadership
    • First Aid
    • Administration
    • Delivering a Quality Programme
  • Training for Section Leaders
    • Programme Planning
    • Growing the Section
    • Supporting Young People
    • Promoting Positive Behaviour
    • An Introduction to Residential Experiences
    • Running Safe Activities
    • Practical Skills
    • International

Managers/Supporters complete the following modules:

  • Getting Started Training
    • Essential Information
    • Personal Learning Plan
    • Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters)
  • Training for All Appointments
    • The Fundamentals of Scouting
    • Changes in Scouting
    • Scouting For All
    • Working with Adults
    • Skills of Leadership
    • First Aid
    • Administration
    • Delivering a Quality Programme
  • Training for Managers and Supporters
    • Growing the Movement
    • Safety for Managers and Supporters
    • Managing Adults
    • Supporting Adults
    • Assessing Learning

There are also a number of additional training modules that some roles must complete in addition to the modules stated above or can be completed as an ongoing learning opportunity.

  • Additional Training modules
    • Instructing Practical Skills
    • Facilitating
    • Presenting
    • Supporting local learning
    • Planning a learning experience
    • Delivering a learning experience
    • Planning a learning provision
    • Managing a learning provision
    • Internal moderation
    • Additional needs
    • Advising on adult appointments
    • Skills for residential experiences

Full details of what training each role in Scouting needs to complete can be found in the Adult Training Scheme document at scouts.org.uk/training

Levels

Alongside completing the Wood Badge volunteers in Section Leader roles have the option to undertake a level 2 certificate in Providing Voluntary Youth Services in The Scout Association.

Assessment

There is no formal assessment to complete the Wood Badge. Each module a learner completes must be validated to ensure that the learner is able to put the learning into practice in their role in Scouting. All modules required for a particular appointment must be validated regardless of whether the skills have been gained by previous experience or by planned learning. Each module has a combination of fixed and optional requirements for validation and there are a number of validation methods a learner can choose from, for example a discussion with the Training Adviser, observation by the Training Adviser, or obtaining a formal qualifications such as a first aid certificate.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Each training module undertaken by a learner must be validated and once all relevant modules have been completed the Wood Badge is awarded.

Programme size - guided/notional learning hours

The training is flexible to suit the needs of each learner and should be completed within three years of the adult’s full appointment to a role. There are no stated number of hours expected and prior learning is taken into consideration.

Key issues for UK HE admissions

By completing the Wood Badge, participants gain skills such as:

  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages
  • Promoting positive behaviour in young people
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Management skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Time management
  • Decision making
  • Ability to plan and meet goals

Alongside completing the Wood Badge volunteers in Section Leader roles are able to undertake a level 2 certificate in Providing Voluntary Youth Services in The Scout Association.  This qualification is made up of 5 units which have all been assessed at level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Timing of assessments / results for learners

Wood Badges are awarded on completion of the required training modules.

Qualification dates notes

This award is current.

Reporting of results and certification information

The Wood Badge is the internationally recognised Scouting training insignia awarded to adults to denote completion of the training required for their role. The Wood Badge consists of two wooden beads threaded onto a leather thong which is worn with Scout uniform.

Progression information

After volunteers have completed their Wood Badge training, there are opportunities for volunteers to have their training externally recognised by applying to membership of a professional body.

Volunteers in leader, manager or supporter roles who have completed their Wood Badge are eligible to apply for membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) as either an association member or full member depending on their experience.

Volunteers in training roles who have completed their Wood Badge and have relevant training experience are able to apply for membership of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL) as a way to recognise their skills in delivering and supporting training

Further information

Further information about Adult Training in the Scout Association can be found at scouts.org.uk/training