Skills and Development

In the Skills and Development Self Development Area, Scout Network members aim to:

  • increase awareness of health and welfare related issues
  • be aware of the importance of keeping fit
  • understand the importance of being organised
  • progressively accept more responsibility
  • acquire practical knowledge of leadership skills
  • gain an understanding of the benefits of undertaking outdoor activities
  • develop their knowledge of undertaking risk assessments
  • develop their interpersonal skills at the appropriate level for the activity
  • have the opportunity to access The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.

Some activities for this Self Development Area might include:

  • Using your home computer, design a multimedia presentation to recruit new members to the Network or develop links between the local Explorer Scout Units and the Scout Network.
  • Develop your skill in playing a musical instrument and take part, with other members of local Scouting, in a musical event for others.
  • Enhance your skills in photography, and use the skills to produce publicity material for your Network or photos for the Network website.
  • Make your own beer or wine. Invite a local expert to provide you with their opinion, or use the home-made wine at your next Network Ball. You could run a trip to a local brewery to find out how it is done on a larger scale.
  • Gain a qualification in mountaineering, canoeing or other adventurous activities, and then pass your skills on to other members of the Network or local Explorer Scouts. You could also arrange a weekend away with a Mountain Rescue or Cave Rescue team, then run a fundraising event for them. Your ACC/AAC for activities will be able to inform you if there are any in-house courses.
  • Enhance your compass skills with orienteering. Join a local club, take part in an organised event then pass your skills on to other network members or organise an orienteering course for your local County/Area campsite.
  • Learn to drive a car or ride a motorcycle. If you are already a driver/rider, improve your skills by taking the advanced driving test, have a go at off-road driving, or take a lesson on a skidpan.
  • Work towards a qualification from the Royal Life Saving Society, St John Ambulance or the British Red Cross. Then use these skills at a local swimming pool or help as a first aider at an event.
  • Obtain a ‘banger’ of a car/minibus and with the help of a mechanic, repair the vehicle for road use.
  • Take part in a cookery course and at the end of the course, cook a three-course meal for the Network and guests.
  • Complete a physiotherapy/massage course.
  • As a Scout Network, train to take part and compete in a physically challenging event such as the London Marathon or the Original Mountain Marathon in Scotland.
  • Invite a relationship counsellor from an organisation such as Relate, and have a discussion on marriage and its place in today’s society.
  • Invite an independent financial adviser to discuss the different types of mortgages, pension etc, and when people ought to start their financial planning. It may be that some members of the Network have already taken out mortgages or pensions, so get them to share their views.
  • Learn the rules of water polo and form a Network team against other local Networks, or challenge a local team to a match.
  • Organise a Scout Network survival camp, with activities such as shelter-building, campfire cooking or river crossings.
  • Have a go at a taster session in sub aqua, waterskiing, hot air ballooning, gliding, kite flying and surfing, land or sea yachting, bob-sleigh or cresta run, or white water rafting.
  • Build a raft and challenge another local Network to a race.
  • Design and build an assault course and challenge other networks or Explorer Scout Units to the challenge.
  • Have a go at a challenge such as the Three Peaks or walk a long-distance route like Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Visit a local place of interest, or a local show.
  • Go to or volunteer at the Olympics.