Once you have joined as a Scouter you are required to undergo training in order to prepare you for your role. In order to qualify for any training you will have to be an adult member of Scouts South Africa. In order to meet this requirement you will need to have filled in an Application for Adult Membership Form. This will need to be submitted to your Scout Group Leader and District Commissioner so that it can then be submitted to Provincial Headquarters.
Once this is done however you can begin your training. There are three primary levels of training, each of which is discussed below.
This is the initial stage of adult of adult training and is also referred to as Introduction to Adult Leadership (IAL). It is held over one weekend (not an overnight course) and it is run a number of times during the year. It is a theory based course as you will be covering the basics of the branch (Cubs or Scouts) that you are going into, as well as the basics of the policies and procedures surrounding it. Once you have completed the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. This in itself is not enough as you will now need to apply for a warrant. To do so download the Application for Warrant form and complete as needed. You will be applying for a Limited Warrant which has a lifespan of 18 months. By the time this expires you will need to have completed your Stage 2 Training.
Stage 2 training, commonly called Warrant, is the second level of adult training. It is a two weekend course (one for theory and one for practical) where you will go through the theory surrounding scouts and how your particular branch should be run. As mentioned, it is a two weekend course so the second weekend sees you going off to a location where you will be shown how to run an event that a cub/scout would take part in. It is definitely one of the highlights of the course and is incredibly enjoyable. Once this has been completed you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. This in itself is not enough as you will now need to apply for a warrant. To do so download the Application for Warrant form and complete as needed. You will be applying for a Warrant which lasts a period of 5 years. After the 5 year period you will need to renew.
This is the last stage of the adult leader training and is commonly referred to as the Woodbadge. Those who complete it receive a pink scarf with Baden-Powell’s tartan on the back, along with the wooden beads on a leather strap. It signifies that you are now a scouter of Gilwell and as such are now part of an international group. To accomplish this you will need to attend a three weekend course which culminates in you doing your Woodbadge Project which will need to be decided upon by your course leader and yourself. Easily one of the most enjoyable courses and an absolute must to anybody in the movement over the age of 25 with a reasonable level of experience.
As you are progressing through stages 1-3 you will have the opportunity to attend specialist courses, some of these are discussed in very brief detail below. For all information on adult training dates, costs, and venues please see the Adult Training Schedule.
Committee Members: training for committee members to advise on how their role in the group.
AGM Workshop: How to run an AGM.
Finance Workshop: Course to explain the intricacies of finances in the Scout world.
First Aid: After passing you will hold a Level 3 First Aid Certificate
Water Awareness: Basics of water safety.
Watercharge: Requirement for the oversight of water activities per Safe Scouting Policy.
Air Charge: Requirements for the oversight of air activities.
Mountain Awareness: Guidelines on expectations of scouts going on a hike.