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Overview of SCOUTS Training

 
SCOUTS New Zealand has a formal Leadership training programme that is available to all leaders. The sessions are designed to give the new leader a sound understanding of how SCOUTS operates and the philosophy our Movement is based on.
 
Experience tells us that new leaders who understand their role in guiding and educating our youth members get a good deal of satisfaction from their experience as a skilled leader.
 
It is quite common for leaders in SCOUTS who complete the courses to find themselves taking on more responsibility at work because leadership skills are universal and employers are quick to recognise people who understand how to lead people, are using their initiative and applying themselves.

 

Register online for training courses

        Use this form to register for any Manukau Zone training course.

 NZQA Credits

The training scheme has NZQA approval and credits in outdoor education are available to those completing the various parts of the training scheme. The trainers will be able to advise you should you wish to register for credits.

Time Commitment, Fees and Self Training

The Scheme is in four parts, part 4 of which is voluntary.
  • Part 1:     An Introduction to Scouts New Zealand - 2 hours with a Group leader at a location of your choosing.
  • Part 2:    Initial Training Course - 8 hours at a local Scout Hall or training venue.
  • Part 3:    Practical Training course - a weekend course usually running from midday Saturday to midday Sunday.
  • Part 4:    Scouting Advanced Personal Development course (SAPD) - Friday evening to Monday afternoon in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, or Christchurch.
The Manukau Scout Zone covers the cost of Parts 1 to 3, and the Group or Zone covers the cost of Part 4.  Parts 2 and 3 may also be completed as self training modules and the guides can be down loaded from the SCOUTS National Website. Search under training and remember you need to logon first. You should advise the Zone Training Leader and your Group Leader that it's your intention to self train so that they can support you and arrange for credits as you complete each section.

Training Calendar

Click the calendar link in the sidebar on the left of this page to display a calendar that lists all the courses scheduled for this year.
 

The training components

Part 1: Introduction to SCOUTS New Zealand

This session is informal and is an opportunity for you and the Scout Group Leader to get together and explore what SCOUTS is all about. It takes about 2 hours and can be held in your home over a cup of tea or coffee. The booklet used to guide the session is listed as an attachments below. Scroll to the bottom of the page to locate the PDF file.
 

Part 2: Initial Training Course

 
This session runs for a full day and is held once every school term so that new leaders can "get up to speed" quickly and understand what they need to do to help make the programmes run effectively.
 
The topics covered in this course are:

  • National Programmes - The resources available and why they are used
  • Youth Award Scheme - The purpose of it and the various components that make is successful
  • Section Organisation: - Covers ceremonies, team structure, working in small groups, effective games, and transition between sections
      • Safety                          - Leading youth, Risk Management, Youth Safety

 

 

Part 3: Practical Skills Course

 
This course runs from midday Saturday to midday Sunday and teach a wide variety of basic skills used both in and outdoors. Leaders may stay overnight or go home after 8:30pm and return in the morning. Some emphasis is placed on camping, tramping and similar skills required for the safe enjoyment of the outdoors.
 
The course is intended to allow a new leader to teach the youth members how to achieve the requirements of the Bronze and Silver sections of the award scheme. The course is sometimes supplemented with optional additional skills sessions during the evenings in winter. 
 
A first aid course appropriate to the leader's role in SCOUTS must be completed. Once done the leader is presented with the Gilwell Woggle to show that training has been completed to Stage 3.
 
There are some 20 practical skills guides available on the SCOUTS National Website under 'downloads / training'. These may be used as a self training guide if desired.  The guides are used as the handouts for the Practical Skills Course.

 

  

Part 4: Scouting Advanced Personal Development Course (SAPD)

This course is for those who wish to learn more about leadership in general and the skills are not specific to SCOUTS, being exactly the same as those found in all good commercial and social organisations. Participants should have completed at least 12 months as a warranted leader.  The course starts on Friday evening and continues through until Monday afternoon at about 3pm. The cost which is about $400 per person is negotiated with and must be approved by the Group Leader and Committee and the Zone Training Leader. The topics include:
  • Analysis of personality styles and how to relate to people more effectively
  • Strategic planning and development skills
  • Effective communication with others
  • Creating a self motivating environment so your team can perform well
  • Making an effective presentation
Once completed, the participant is presented with a set of Wood Beads and the Gilwell scarf to show that he or she is a fully trained youth leader in SCOUTS.
 
 
Communicate with the Zone Training Leader for more information.
 
 Group Leaders Self Training Modules

A number of interactive training modules for Group Leaders are listed below.  Each one takes about 10 minutes to complete. PDF versions are available from zoneadmin@manukauscouts.org  upon request .
NOTE:  While you view the modules by clicking them, they are designed to be downloaded and run.  Click the "down arrow" at the right of each line to down load the module.
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