All adults involved in Scouting are offered training that builds upon their existing skills, knowledge and experience. Some is optional, some required. This training is designed to help them carry out their role to the best of their ability, ensuring that the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of the 1st Stocksfield Scout Group experience good quality Scouting.

The training is delivered through the Scout Association’s nationally recognised Adult Training Scheme and tailored to the different roles. Full details of the scheme is available on the Scout Association website. Much of the training occurs at the County level – consult the Northumberland Scouts Training Calendar for details of upcoming events.

Training may take many forms – attending a course in person, completing modules online, recording and reflecting upon your experiences through workbooks/portfolios and credit for your prior learning.

The links below provide notes intended for adults involved with the Group, whether as a leader, occasional helper, executive committee member, or other role.

Uniformed Roles

  • Group Scout Leader
  • Section Leader (the Beaver, Cub or Scout Leader)
  • Assistant Section Leader (The Assistant Beaver, Cub or Scout Leader)
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The Wood Badge

Appointment to uniformed roles requires the candidate to meet with members of the District Appointment Committee. Within three years of appointment, holders of these posts are expected to complete their full training, entitling them to wear the prestigious Wood Badge.

Uniformed leaders receive a range of benefits including monthly magazines, ongoing support and discounts at a range of outlets.

Adult Helpers

Application Form

All appointments require a Disclosure & Barring Service check (to comply with the Scout Association’s Safeguarding policy) and the completion of an Adult Information Form. Both of these are available via the Group Scout Leader. DBS checks are paid for by the Scout Association.


Appointments are time-limited and subject to regular review. This ensures a good fit between the individual and the roles available to them in Scouting, offering adults a chance to change or develop their role if they want. It is a requirement of review that the individual holds a valid first aid qualification and has recently completed the Scout Association’s safeguarding training.