Welcome and Induction

Welcome and Induction

Welcome to Scouting in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and thank you for volunteering with us!

As a new volunteer you’ll have lots of questions and hopefully this area of our site will help to answer some of them.

More information about what Scouting is (documents coming soon)

  • Background
  • The five Sections
  • The Purpose of Scouting
  • The Principles of Scouting
  • The Structure of Scouting

The Appointment Process

  1. The first thing that happens when you decide to be a volunteer in Scouting is that you should sit down with a line manager.  This is usually a Group Scout Leader, District Explorer Scout Commissioner or District Commissioner.  This person will talk to you about your skills and experience and the type of volunteering that you are interested in so we can find the best role for you.  They will explain what is involved in each role, talk to you about the training requirements for the role and agree a role description.
  2. Once you and your line manager have decided on your role, they will collect some information and enter it into our Adult database – Compass.
  3. If needed for your role, a Disclosure check will be initiated and you will be asked to provide details of people who can provide a reference for you.  You may be invited to see the Appointments Advisory Committee.  These checks are designed to safeguard our young people and the Movement’s assets by making sure that there is no reason why you should not be involved in a Movement for young people.  The checks are completed quickly and in confidence.
  4. While this process is in place you have a Pre-provisional appointment.  You can start helping out in your role.  You can also begin your Getting Started training which will give you more information about Scouting and your role, as well as how to ensure that activities are run safely (more on Getting Started training below).
  5. When the checks are completed, your appointment status changes to Provisional.  You have five months from the date of your appointment to complete your Getting Started Training.

Getting Started Training

To support adults in Scouting, we provide a great programme of training to build on your existing skills and knowledge and develop new skills.  We will pair you with a Training Adviser (TA) to support you through the process.  At your first meeting your TA will explain how the Adult Training Scheme works and ensure that you have a copy of the appropriate Adults’ Personal File (links below).  They will look through the training requirements for your role and begin to map out which skills and experience you already have, and which learning would be beneficial.  Build a good relationship with your TA  – they are an experienced volunteer and a great person to ask for advice or bounce ideas off as you settle into your role.

Your Getting Started training (all available by e-learning):

Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants complete:

Module 1 – Essential Information

Module 3 – Tools for the Role

and GDPR.

Managers and Supporters complete:

Module 1 – Essential Information

Module 4 – Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters)

and GDPR.

Executive Committee and Trustees complete:

Module 1E – Essential Information (Executives)

and GDPR.

Useful documents

Yellow Card: Young People First, our Safeguarding code of good practice

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls