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01: Essential Information

Essential Information is a mandatory module for nearly all adults in Scouting. It is compulsory for all appointed adults who have unsupervised access to young people

It provides them with the necessary skills and information to ensure that they do not put themselves and others at risk due to lack of knowledge. As well as making adults aware of the purpose, principles and methods of Scouting, it covers the structures that are in place to support them in their role.

Topics covered:


Module 1 e-learning

The following links will take you to each section of Module 1: Essential Information so you can complete your learning online.

Please read the Guidance on Using E-learning before you begin. (PDF)

Please note: The following e-learning resources may not work on Google Chrome browsers, as it was designed before this browser was released. You may also experience delays in loading if you are using remote broadband or wi-fi facilities due to the size of the media.

Chapter 1: Let's get started

Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Scouting

Chapter 3: Structure and support

Chapter 4: Keeping our adventures safe

Chapter 5: Young People First

Chapter 6: Self-test quiz

Module 1 Self-test Quiz (PDF)

Module 1 DVD

This is available to purchase from the information centre.

Module 1 DVD Subtitle Script (PDF)

Associated reading

Safeguarding and child protection (various resources)

Safety (various resources)

Fundamentals Explained (PDF)

Appointments (various resources)

Policy, Organisation and Rules

Information about the sections, the fundamentals, promise and law can be found at:

Beaver Scouts

Cub Scouts


Explorer Scouts

Scout network


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