Scouting Ireland provides a training scheme that helps Scouters to understand and deliver the Scout Programme to young people in a safe and enjoyable way.
The Scheme consists of four elements:
- This is Scouting
- The Scouter in Action
- The Dynamic Scouter
- Continuing your Journey
This is Scouting
The This is Scouting Module needs to be completed by all prospective Scouters before they start actively taking part in a section
Induction – your initial meetings with the Group Leader and/or Group Trainer to discuss the role of a Scouter, the steps you need to complete and the support available.
Story of Scouting – This is a 30 minute online course and a 3 hour workshop (held within the County) that introduces new Scouters to the basic concepts of Scouting such as the Scout Method and the SPICES. Scouters who have come directly from the Scout Programme (Ventures/Rovers) do not need to complete this. The three hour workshop is not currently required due to Covid-19 restrictions
Pathways to your Scouting – This course now comprises of four online modules and an in-person review day. The course covers the role of a Scouter, how the Programme works and Safeguarding for youth and adults. Scouters need to complete Blocks 1 and 2 before they can commence working with youth members.
On completing the above course, Scouters will receive the Gilwell Woggle.
The Scouter in Action
Youth Lead Programme – This is a two day residential course
Scouting Together – This is a two day residential course
Adventure Skills Facilitator 1 – complete a skills course in your chosen adventure skill (eg Rescue Emergency Care 3, Mountain Skills 1, Backwoods Skills)
Learning for Your Team 1 – complete 1 module (eg Overnights & International Camps, Working with Others, Scouting For All). Must be at least 3 hours
You, The Scouter – This is a one day course focusing on your personal leadership skills as well as a review of the components from the previous courses.
On completing the above course, Scouters will receive their Woodbadge Beads and the Gilwell Neckerchief.
The Dynamic Scouter
Adventure Skills Facilitator 2 – complete a skills course in another adventure skill of your choice (eg Rescue Emergency Care 3, Mountain Skills 1, Backwoods Skills)
Learning for Your Team 2 – complete another module (eg Overnights & International Camps, Working with Others, Scouting For All). Must be at least 5 hours
On completing the above course, Scouters will receive their Woodbadge pin.
Continuing your Journey
Once Scouters have completed the three sections outlined above, they will be encouraged to continue their Training journey. There are options to continue their training in their chosen skills such as mountaineering (Mountain Skills 2, Mountain Leader etc), Emergencies (REC 4) etc.
Scouters must also complete the Safeguarding Refresher every three years.
For more information check out the links below or talk to our Group Trainer Claire
Scouting Ireland Training Team