Scouting is all about changing the lives of young people for the better, giving them all the best start in life possible. We do this by giving them skills for life. It is from yourselves, as adult leaders in the movement, that these skills come from.

In East Lancashire we operate an award winning training programme for the benefit of our leaders but we’re often told of how frustrating it can be to know where you’re up to with training and how to book onto the right training you need (or want!).

The current method of booking onto the important training leaves many of our adult learners not feeling empowered to continue their training and with the thousands of hours that are put in by adult volunteers across the County this is something that we simply don’t want. You asked us to do something about it – so we have!

From talking to members around the County it was first clear that module numbers are confusing. So, we’ve started by including informative descriptions of the training (because who memorises all the module numbers anyway!).

The second thing we’ve done (and we really like this one!) is to be able to book onto all your training online via the website. You can book it all in one go, or book it when you’ve sorted through your dairy – it’s entirely up to you! Check out the step-by-step guide on how to book your training here.

We also know that you have busy lives and it’s hard to remember everything so once you’ve booked onto some training you’ll receive two emails. The first will be a confirmation email – just for your own peace of mind to confirm that you’ve booked onto the training. The second email will be a reminder, a few days before just so you know exactly where you’re meant to be and when – no more searching through your inbox HOORAY!

You’ll be able to book onto courses online from the start of April and it’ll be the same way you buy anything else online. You can add courses to your basket and then confirm them all in one go when you’re happy – quick, easy and pain free!

Every adult has training needs whether you’re a new leader starting out on their wood badges or an existing volunteer completing mandatory training or even a bit of ongoing learning.  Hopefully you will find this new approach makes the process of booking and managing your courses that much easier.

If you’re not sure where you’re up to with your training or what you need to do next, contact your Local Training Manager (or Training Adviser if you’ve been assigned one) or log into Compass for your complete record.


Written by Mick Hides & Chris Taylor