SCOUTS New Zealand prides itself on its training opportunities available to its leaders, giving them confidence to lead the youth in their charge. Prior or existing knowledge of relevant skills are recognised.
The development of our leaders through training is a requirement to ensure relevant skills are learned and practised to provide our youth with adventurous programmes. Regular updates and refresher courses are encouraged.
Training is provided in a variety of ways: working through a work book, one on one with a peer leader, in small groups or in a larger group at an organised course. We encourage high quality training and personal development opportunities.
Wood Badge Training
The training framework introduced in 2009 covers:
- The Introduction to SCOUTS New Zealand for Leaders – outlines detail about the organisation to prospective leaders.
- Initial Block – introduces our National Programmes, Youth Award Scheme, Section Organisation and Safety. For managers it covers the above in brief as well as instructing skills, mentoring and leading, managing finance and good public relations.
- Practical Block - helps leaders confidently train youth in skills to achieve at least their section bronze award. First Aid and CPR skills are also covered. Managers cover recruitment and retention, administration and support, interviewing skills and welcoming new leaders using the Introduction Work Book and interview.
- Advanced Block – attendance at the SCOUTS Advanced Personal Development Course after 12 months experience as a leader completes the training to achieve the internationally recognised Wood Badge – earning the Gilwell Scarf and Beads.
Additional specialised training is encouraged to meet individual needs. These skills are sourced from other organisations such as Mountain Safety Council, St John’s Ambulance etc.
Zone Training Leaders will assist with any details regarding the delivery of training.