First Aid Training

In November 2020, Scouts introduced a new First Response training package in partnership with Girlguiding which covers the standard first aid requirements for Wood Badge and Mandatory Training. As part of the move to this new syllabus, refresher courses have been withdrawn. The new arrangements split first aid training into two separate modules:

Module 10a – This covers all the theory training provided by the current on-line options.

Module 10b – This covers the practical assessment that must be undertaken as soon as possible.


Within Somerset, there are currently three ways in which you can complete your required First Aid training, these are:

  • Face to Face Course
  • Blended Learning
  • External Courses

Details of each are set out below and a summary can be downloaded by clicking HERE


Somerset County Training Team are facilitating a number of face-to-face training courses at various locations around the County.

Place numbers are limited to 12 per course and priority is given to those volunteers who require first aid as a requirements of their appointment. This covers appointments such as Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders, Group Scout Leaders, District Commissioners, District Leaders – for the full list see Table 2 in Policy Organisation & Rules (POR) at the following LINK

Whilst demand is high, we ask that all other adult volunteers looking to renew or obtain a first aid qualification use either Blended Learning or, where possible, submit an external qualification. As demand subsides, we will be able to accommodate all those volunteers requesting face to face training.

Details of current courses will appear in the Training Calendar available HERE


What is “Blended Learning”?

Quite simply, a combination of e-learning, trainer led learning and practical assessment. The first two elements must be completed to fulfil the requirements for Module 10a and the third completes Module 10b.

We are currently promoting e-learning training provided by Hampshire Scouts. The relevant webpage to book the e-learning is hosted by Hampshire Scouts at

The e-learning should take about two and a half hours. At the end you will be prompted to complete the following screen. This is important as it is a requirement before you can progress with the next element.

Next comes a two and a half to three hour online facilitated session led by a first aid trainer. There are a few providers of this at the moment and it does not matter which provider you select as the content all follows on from the completed e-learning. The only difference could be the method of booking so please read the instructions below carefully. You can select a date and time that suits you best.

PLEASE NOTE – You must have completed the e-learning element BEFORE the on-line course.

HAMPSHIRE SCOUTS – CURRENT DATES ARE   15/06/2022, 18/06/2022 (09:30 – 12:45), 07/07/2022, 18/07/2022 and 17/08/2022 – all are 19:15 to 21:30 (other than 18/06/2022)

To book the Zoom Trainer led session, you should again access via the Hampshire Scouts webpage at

IMPORTANT Once the course is completed, a certificate is produced, a copy of which you need to send to advise the County Training Team at  so that a record may be kept and entered on Compass. Completion of both of the above two elements will satisfy the requirements for Module 10A and be sufficient to qualify for your Wood Badge.

The e mail advice of completing Module 10A (above), will also add you to the pool of learners who can be advised of the dates and location of the practical assessment – Module 10B. This is a 25 / 30-minute assessment in small groups as required by the National Restrictions.

Somerset Scouts are providing opportunities to complete the practical element (Module 10b) at locations around the County. Details will be sent to all those who have completed Module 10a and submitted their certificate (see above) as and when dates / locations are arranged.

The next Module 10b being offered in Somerset is on 19th February at Wells Scout HQ. Those eligible would have received an e-mail advice and invitation to book a space.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the County Training Team at

 When do we need a first aider?

You must always have “suitable first aid materials” and an adult with a current first aid qualification for all Scouting activities.

To take part in any face-to-face activity (Section, Group, District), it’s best practice at least one valid first aider present. You are valid if:

  • Your first aid is still valid from before the pandemic (you have until January 2022 to complete the training if your certificate has expired)
    • You’ve Completed Module 10A (online theory)
    • You have a relevant first aid certificate from other sources of at least 6 hours duration (e.g., work) which has been accepted as sufficient for Scouts by your Local Training Manager / County Training Manager.


If, through your work or other voluntary position such as Girl Guiding, you undertake a first aid training course of at least 6 hours, this may be suitable to meet the needs of Scouts. All the topics required by the Scout Association syllabus would need to be covered but even if yours did not address everything (for example many Emergency First Aid at Work / First Aid at Work, do not cover all aspects relating to young people) please email a copy of the certificate to your Local Training Manager or  We will assess the course and if required, ask you to do some top-up elements via an online course. This may just be the scouting procedures we need to follow or might cover additional knowledge such as asthma, anaphylaxis, sepsis and meningitis, depending on the course content you did.

We appreciate that all is not simple and straightforward at present however, the above options are set out and in place to ensure that, where possible, we can refresh our first aid training. 



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