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Petworth & Pulborough Scout District

As Scouts, we prepare young people with #SkillsforLife in West Sussex

Adult volunteers are at the heart of Scouting, and we hope that you will get every bit as much out of it as you put in. Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of adults within the Movement.

To support adults in Scouting, the Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies.

Some elements of training can count towards externally-recognised qualifications, and within the movement there are also awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service.

Training Team

Training Diary

To see what training events are currently scheduled and to book a place please visit the West Sussex Scouts Eventbrite page.

Where the county has scheduled a course to take place in our district we include details in our calendar. You can attend courses elsewhere in the county but you are more likely to find other people from the District at the locally held events

NameRole Description 
Andrew Chennell Training Advisor
Kath Bridger Training Advisor
Dave Topper Training Advisor
David Ribbens Training Advisor
Loo Rosser Training Advisor
Helen Pullen Training Advisor
Graham Tarrant Training Advisor
Alison Evans Training Manager
Richard Potter Training Manager

News & Blogs

Getting back to Scouting
08/07/2020 By Chris Evans

We know that many of you are keen to get to back to face-to-face Scout meetings and activities. However, we can only do that when it’s safe to do so – for both young people and volunteers.

Please refer to the national guidance in the first instance. We have provided some helpful links and informaton here but this is taken from the national guidance page.


Main guidance document: https://prep-cms.scouts.org.uk/media/7124/getting-back-together-safely-a-framework.pdf

Guidance for Leaders completing risk assessments: https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/getting-everyone-back-together-safely/guidance-for-leaders-developing-your-risk-assessments-for-face-to-face-activity/

Process for submitting your risk assessment: https://cms.scouts.org.uk/media/7253/getting-your-section-back-together-safely-requestor-user-guide.pdf


Scout Groups themselves will make the decision about when to resume face-to-face meetings and activities, along with their volunteer line managers (or District for Explorers). These decisions need to be made within a national framework (‘The Scouts’ Framework’) designed to help everyone stay safe.

Section Leaders, Group Scout Leaders, Commissioners and Executive Committee members need to make sure that their plans for restarting face-to-face meetings and activities are developed so that volunteers and young people at all times:

  • Comply with social distancing requirements (determined by their government)
  • Ensure hygiene levels are maintained, including hand washing, as well as surface and equipment cleaning
  • Safely manage any risk to volunteers, young people and the wider community, including a reduction in group sizes where necessary.
  • Make sure vulnerable young people and adults can be effectively safeguarded, both in relation to COVID19, as well as other risk factors.
  • Volunteers, parents and young people all clearly understand what adjustments need to be made to ensure everyone’s safety, and have had a chance to inform them.

Volunteers locally should not resume face-to-face activities until sufficient control measures or mitigations are in place, if they feel that these conditions cannot be met or managed in a safe way, they should wait until they are able to do so.

If a Scout Group has one or more sections, the Group Scout Leader and the Chair of the Group Executive are required to state that the group, in whole or part, is ready to restart face-to-face activity safely. Before starting, all evidence of written risk assessments must be approved and signed off by the nominee of the District Executive and District Commissioner, and written agreement of such approval recorded. These records should also be accessible to County Commissioners and their teams.

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Blog | The great indoors
13/04/2020 By Nick Layt

Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

See the Scout HQ website for all the details at https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors

For other resources such a magazines, books and newspapers why not pop along to your local library? Impossible during the lockdown? Not at all. West Sussex Council provides library members with an e-library that has all of these for free. No need for expensive magaizine subscriptions - just pop along and download onto your phone or tablet.

It is a servicer available to all West Sussex Library members as you need your library card number to log in. See more information at https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/elibrary-electronic-library/. We have popped a reminder on our members noticeboard page too.

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Petworth & Pulborough Scout District
West Sussex County Scouts, Lodge Hill, London Road, Watersfield, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1LZ
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