Following the Leader Skills Training Event last year the Youth Programme Team will once again be running a Leader Skills Training event on the weekend of the 11th – 13th October 2019 at Thriftwood Scout Camp Site.

The event will be an opportunity to not only learn and develop your basic Scouting skills but also an opportunity to network with other like minded leaders from across the county.

Training sessions will run from 9am on Saturday morning to 12:45 on Sunday, with the opportunity to take part in up to 6 sessions.

The Youth Programme Team will be subsidising the weekend, with the only cost to participants being food. Meals can be selected on the form at a cost of £3.50 per meal for breakfast and lunch, £4 per meal for Friday and Saturday DInner, with a £3 supplement for the cheese and wine tasting element of Saturday’s meal. Bookings will not be considered confirmed until payment for your place has been made.

Leader Skills Training Signup Form

The form to sign up to the event can be accessed via the link above, sign up to the event will close on the 30th July 2019.


The descriptions below give a brief outline for each of the training sessions we intend to offer over the weekend, depending on uptake the sessions on offer are subject to change:

When undertaking a journey, we need to be able to find our way around competently, sometimes in unfamiliar territory. This session talks about road maps, town maps and Ordnance Survey maps, grid references and common map symbols
Using a compass
Compasses come in different shapes and sizes and in one form or another, compasses are used on land, at sea or in the air, to help people to specify direction. This session talks about the different types of compass available and has advice on using one effectively.

Preparing a Route Card
Route planning is all about getting from A to B, and taking into consideration all the different factors which may affect the journey. This session shows you how to create a good route plan by breaking down the journey into stages, calculating how long each stage will take to cover and finding the total travelling time using Naismith’s Rule.

Micro Navigation
This session takes the skills from the orienteering and mapping sessions and enhancing these skills to give you the confidence to navigate to all sorts of tiny features on the map – even the smallest kink in a contour line – in poor visibility from fog to night-time.

This session follows on from the information provided in the Mapping session, identifying the differences between OS and orienteering maps and covering tips and tricks on navigating with only a map.

Tent Pitching
There are a wide range of tents available to scouts to use on camp, ranging from mess tents, traditional large, heavyweight patrol tents which sleep up to six people to lightweight one, two or three person tents. This session identifies all the equipment you will need to pitch arrange of tents, along with special tips to help you put them up – and make them stay up

Fire Lighting
Whether you are lighting the fire directly on the ground or using a raised, ready-made altar fire, it is always necessary to take time to prepare everything before you actually strike the match. This session takes you through the different kinds of fires you could build, and gives handy advice on lighting and extinguishing a fire safely

Cooking on camp
Young people camp in a variety of situations, and the choice of menu and method of preparation will depend on the type of camp and the circumstances of the site.
This session has information on the different cooking methods you may experience on camp, along with practical information on whether to use a stove or a fire.

Simple Rope Work
All knots have a purpose and it is just as important to understand what that purpose is, and when the knot is used, as having the ability to tie it. This session talks about the types of rope available, along with instructions on teaching yourself and others how to tie a variety of knots, including lashings to support pioneering projects

This session works on using ropes, spars and other equipment you may need when building a bridge, pyramid tower, swinging derrick or oil drum raft. This session will not cover the tying of knots, but the application of knows in creating pioneering projects. You will either need to be proficient in ropework, particularly square, diagonal and shear lashings – if you are not all of these are covered in the simple ropework session. (if you select pioneering and ropework we will order your session so ropework is covered before pioneering)

Axe and Sawmanship
The axe is an essential tool for all camps where open fires are used. Like any tool, the axe or saw should only be used for its correct purpose, the safety guidelines followed, it should be properly cared for and should always be treated with respect. This session helps you choose the right axe or saw, tells you how to look after them and also has safety tips

Packing a Rucksack
This Session contains information on the things that you might need to pack for going to camp and also some tips on how to pack your rucksack more effectively

Water Activity Safety
The session will cover basic water safety and provide leaders with the practical skills to safely run water activities on class C waters, alongside appropriate rescue skills to help themselves and/ or others in difficulty. In order to cover the content required the session will be a double length session lasting approximately 3.5 hours in total.