Blog | UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd completes his Wood Badge

Tim Kidd

In September I formally started my role as UK Chief Commissioner. If I’m honest, it was a bit scary, but the prospect of training, in the form of completing my wood badge, was comforting. As is the case for anyone in Scouting, when changing role it’s important to check what training is required, so I did just that.

The first step was to find a Training Adviser. For Team UK this is the responsibility of the UK Commissioner for Adult Support. Helen Woolsey is the Deputy UK Commissioner for Adult Support and is responsible for the adult training scheme across the UK, so she seemed like a good person to help out!

It strikes me that whatever roles and experiences we’ve had in Scouting, there are always new things to learn. This is even more pertinent when we change roles and suddenly gain a different perspective on Scouting. I discussed my Personal Learning Plan with Helen, decided what additional areas would be useful and agreed the validation criteria. In my case, some of the usual validation criteria don’t quite fit into the national context, so we agreed some specific new criteria.

I decided to cover two additional modules.

  • Module 07: Scouting for all. As inclusion is a key plank of the strategic vision and more work is required in this area, I felt that this module would give me a better understanding of the issue.
  • Module 12 (A): Delivering a Quailty Programme. As the Programme is a central aspect of what we do, I needed to be properly up-to-date in my new role.

The learning for my Wood Badge led me to have discussions with loads of people including the UK Commissioner for Programme, Chief Executive, Head of Policy, Strategy and Innovation, UK Youth Commissioner and the National Regional Services Manager. Quite a range of people! These conversations made it clear that learning is not just about going on courses or reading books.

One of the best things about doing my Wood Badge was that some of the validation criteria were things that I needed to do for my role – making the training particularly useful. The key one for me was to devise and put in place the team structure that I need to ensure that I can carry out the role. Some of you may have seen the advert for my second Deputy UK Chief Commissioner, which was a direct result of this.

The final stage of my Wood Badge was to check the validation with my Training Adviser. Helen lives in Jersey and I live in Oxford so we did our validation over the phone and by sending pieces of evidence by email.

Completing the Wood Badge was a good experience with lots of support and encouragement from Helen and validation criteria that has really helped me to fulfil my new Scouting role. What more could you ask for?


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