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Recent updates

This page lists resource updates, mainly focusing on factsheets and publications. The number of factsheets are reducing as we turn them into web pages on Member Resources therefore updates to this page are less frequent.

Many factsheets and resources listed here can be ordered from the Scout Shops website.

January 2015

Deleted factsheets

The follow factsheets from the District Explorer Scout Administrator pack have been deleted as now out of date.

DESA Training Pack 1: being a district explorer scout administrator (FS452021)(PDF)
DESA Training Pack 2: data collection (FS452022) (PDF)
DESA Training Pack 3: communicating with adults (FS452023) (PDF)
DESA Training Pack 4: communicating with young people (FS452024) (PDF)
DESA Training Pack 5: the moving in and moving on process (FS452025) (PDF)
DESA Training Pack 6: other tasks (FS452026) (PDF)
DESA Training Pack 7: where to get help (FS452027) (PDF)
DESA Training Pack 8: example and blank DESA diaries (FS452028) (PDF)

November 2014

Deleted factsheets

FS310547– First Response: Definitions and Equivalents
FS120052 – Full First Aid Certificate: Definition and the wearing of badges
Both have been removed and replaced with updated guidance in the form of web text. This can be found on the first aid pages of Member Resources,

FS103964 - HQ Grants and Funds to Support Local Scouting
This has been removed and replaced with updated guidance on Member Resources.

June 2014

Deleted factsheets

Criminal Records Checks- FS321004 - new information will be available within compass
Being gay with an adult role in Scouting - FS185081 - new information here
It's OK to be gay and a Scout - FS185082 - new information here
Supporting a young person who is gay and in Scouting - FS185083 - new information here

Updated factsheets

Resolving complaints - FS140100

March 2014

Deleted factsheet:

Photographing and Video Recording Scout Events- FS295428 - now members resources content with a release form.

Using radio communications - FS120503 - now members resources content with a licence application form.


January 2014

Updated resources

Climbing (Single pitch) - FS120452 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Deleted factsheets:

Bungee Running-FS120003 - now members resources content

Care, Inspection and Storage of Climbing Equipment - FS120411

Motor Sports - FS120413 - now members resources content


December 2013

Updated resources

Motor cruising - FS120656 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Assessment checklist for motor cruising - AC120925 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Narrow boating - FS120655 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Assessment checklist for narrow boating - AC120924 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Personal watercraft - FS120658 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Assessment checklist for personal watercraft - AC120927 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Power boating - FS120659

Assessment checklist for power boating - AC120928 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme – Approved Assessors - FS120104 (available via Scout Shops and Member Resources)

Explorer Belt: An introduction - FS452030 - now members resources content

Explorer Belt - Going your own way - FS452031

Explorer Belt - Organising a group expedition - FS452032

Explorer Belt - Project Suggestions - FS452033

Explorer Belt - Useful Contacts - FS452034

Explorer Belt - The end game - FS452035

Explorer Belt: An introduction - FS452030


November 2013

New factsheet

Role Description for County Assessor (FS120459)

Updated resources

Adult training Scheme (available via Scout Shop and Member Resources)

Adult's Personal File (available via Scout Shop and Member Resources)

Training Advisers' Guide (available via Scout Shop and Member Resources)

Module Matrix (available via Scout Shop and Member Resources)

October 2013

Deleted factsheets:

Self harm - FS250059 - now members resources content

Smoke free Scouting - FS320005 - now members resources content

Eating disorders - FS250044 - now members resources content

Bereavement - FS250019 - now members resources content

Substance use and misuse - FS185092 - now members resources content

Alcohol and Scouting - FS185092 - now members resources content

Emotional health and wellbeing - now members resources content

Data protection and Scouting - FS270001 - now members resources content - scouts.org.uk/dataprotection

Role description for a Assistant County Commissioner (Activities) FS330011 (merged into FS330000)

Role description for a County Band Adviser FS330020 (merged in FS330044)

Role description for a Area Band Adviser FS330009 (merged in FS330044)

Updated resources

Role description for an Assistant County/Area Commissioner (Activities) FS330000

Role description for a Band Adviser FS330044

Role description for Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) FS330049

Role description for an Explorer Scout Leader FS330050

Role description for an Assistant Explorer Scout Leader FS330051

Role description for a Nights Away Adviser FS330053


September 2013

Updated resources:

County Training Admin role description – FS330066
County Training Manager role description - FS330067
Local Training Admin role description  - FS330068
Local Training Manager role description  - FS330069
Training Adviser role description - FS330070

August 2013

Updated resources:

Simple knots – FS315082
Axes and saws – FS315070
Fire lighting -  FS315076
Lashings – FS315080
Tent pitching – FS315085

Assistant Section Leader Role Description - FS330055 (formally known as Assistant Beaver Scout Leader role description, now updated for beaver, Cub and Scout sections)

Deleted factsheets:

Assistant Cub Scout Leader Role Description - FS330058 (merged into FS330055)

Assistant Scout Leader Role Description - FS330061 (merged into FS330055)


July 2013

Deleted factsheets:

FS500008 Administration and record keeping

All advice is available in Member Resources


Updated factsheets:

FS500005 The key policies of The Scout Association

FS140004 Fundamentals of Scouting

FS140099 Fundamentals Explained: Purpose, values and methods of Scouting

June 2013

Deleted and added to members resources:
FS500011 Opening a new Scout Group or Section (new web content coming soon to replace this)

New content:
New web page on Social media has been added to member resources. Factsheet FS103011 Social Networking Sites and Scouting (PDF) is to be used alongside this webpage as it gives further safeguarding guidance.


April 2013

Updated resources:
FS120667 Kite surfing
AC120949 Assessment Checklist for Kite surfing – Leadership
FS120104 Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme – Approved Assessors
FS120086 Externally Led Activities Index
FS120702 Access to Airfields
FS120705 Parascending.
FS120710 Role Description of County Air Activities Adviser
FS120750 Hovercrafting
AC120903 Assessment Checklist for Hovercrafting - Personal
AC120831 Assessment Checklist for Hovercrafting - Leadership
FS120104 Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme - Approved Assessors

Updated Executive Committee factsheets:

FS330077 The Group Executive Committee

FS330078 The District Executive Committee

FS330079 The County Executive Committee

Updated training modules:

Module 7 - trainers notes and workbook

Deleted resources:
FS120711 Air Operator Certificate Holders. This information is now easily available online.
AC120832 Assessment Checklist for Hovercrafting (Water) - Personal. Amalgamated into AC120831 Assessment Checklist for Hovercrafting - Personal.
AC120904 Assessment Checklist for Hovercrafting (Water) - Leadership. Amalgamated into AC120903 Assessment Checklist for Hovercrafting - Leadership.

FS500004 CV Aid has been deleted and replaced by the new resource Get Ahead: Scouting and your career

FS500015 Guide to the Open College Network

The below factsheets have been deleted and replaced by the content on www.scouts.org.uk/youthinvolvement

FS155067 Youth participation in a Beaver Scout Colony

FS170051 Pack leadership forum

FS452037 Meetings and forums in the Explorer Section


February 2013


FS330062 Role Description for a Troop Assistant is now Role Description for a Section Assistant

The following factsheets have been deleted and will no longer be updated:

FS250011 Epilepsy (content now on Member Resources)

FS330052 Role Description for a Unit Assistant

FS330056 Role Description for a Colony Assistant

FS330059 Role Description for a Pack Assistant


January 2013


Appointment review form

FS330030 County Chairman Role Description is now Role Description for a Chairman of the Executive Committee

FS330032 County Secretary Role Description is now Role Description for a Secretary of the Executive Committee

FS330034 County Treasurer Role Description is now Role Description for a Treasurer of the Executive Committee

FS330101 Role Description for an Executive Committee Member

FS950000 Promoting Good Sexual Health Within Scouting

OST105149 Ongoing Safety Training Trainer's Notes

The following factsheets have been deleted and will no longer be updated:

FS330031 Area Chairman Role Description

FS330033 Area Secretary Role Description

FS330035 Area Treasurer Role description

FS330036 District Chairman Role Description

FS330037 Group Chairman Role Description

FS330045 District Secretary Role Description

FS330046 District Secretary Role Description

FS330064 County Secretary Role Description

FS330065 Group Treasurer Role Description

October 2012

Module 01: Essential Information

BP260009 International Community Development Expeditions

FS140048 First Aid Kits

FS260002 International Links

FS260007 Overseas Travel Packages

FS260011 Medical Treatment Abroad

FS260026 Responding to World Disasters is now World Disaster and Terrorism

FS330048 Role Description for a District Explorer Scout Commissioner

The following factsheets have been deleted and will no longer be updated:

FS295208 Developing a Scouting Website

BP260013 History of Scouting in Russia

FS260005 International evenings 

FS260019 Visiting the United States of America 

FS260020 Camping in France

FS260027 Europe for you!

FS260030 Scouting Facts: Australia

FS260031 Scouting Facts: Austria

FS260032 Scouting Facts: Bangladesh

FS260033 Scouting Facts: Belgium

FS260034 Scouting Facts: Botswana

FS260035 Scouting Facts: Canada

FS260036 Scouting Facts: Denmark

FS260037 Scouting Facts: Cyprus

FS260038 Scouting Facts: Finland

FS260039 Scouting Facts: France

FS260040 Scouting Facts: Germany

FS260041 Scouting Facts: Ghana

FS260042 Scouting Facts: Greece

FS260043 Scouting Facts: Hong Kong

FS260044 Scouting Facts: Iceland

FS260045 Scouting Facts: India

FS260046 Scouting Facts: Ireland

FS260047 Scouting Facts: Italy

FS260048 Scouting Facts: Jamaica

FS260049 Scouting Facts: Japan

FS260050 Scouting Facts: Korea

FS260051 Scouting Facts: Luxembourg

FS260052 Scouting Facts: Mexico

FS260053 Scouting Facts: Nepal

FS260054 Scouting Facts: Netherlands

FS260055 Scouting Facts: New Zealand

FS260056 Scouting Facts: Nigeria

FS260057 Scouting Facts: Norway

FS260058 Scouting Facts: Peru

FS260059 Scouting Facts: Portugal

FS260060 Scouting Facts: Spain

FS260061 Scouting Facts: Sweden

FS260062 Scouting Facts: Switzerland

FS260063 Scouting Facts: USA

FS260064 Scouting Facts: USA

FS260066 In the Face of War and Terrorism

FS260067 Attending World and European Scouting Events

FS260068 International Friendship award

FS260069 Delegations at Conferences

FS260072 Scouting Facts: Malta

FS260075 Your introduction to Home Hospitality

September 2012 

POR updated to September 2012 version

FS120007 Joint Adventurous Activities with Girlguiding UK

FS120084 Scout Led Activities Index

FS120086 Externally Led Activities Index

FS140100 Resolving Complaints

The following factsheets have been discontinued and will no longer be updated:

FS250012 Dyslexia (content now on Member Resources)

FS250010 Bedwetting (content now on Member Resources)

FS250009 Diabetes (content now on Member Resources)

FS250027 Cerebral Palsy (content now on Member Resources)

FS250018 Asthma (content now on Member Resources)

August 2012

Safe Scouting and what to do in an emergency (purple card)

‘Young people first’ code of good practice for adults (yellow card)

FS120000 Activities Risk Assessment

Factsheet FS320010 Managing a Safe Scout Premises

FS320011 Managing Contractors Working on Scout Premises

FS330026 Role Description for a County Scout Network Commissioner

FS330028 Role Description for a County Scout Network Leader

FS330048 Role Description for a District Explorer Scout Commissioner

FS330050 Role Description for an Explorer Scout Leader

FS330057 Role Description for a Section Leader (Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout)

The following factsheet is new:

FS320012 Safety – Practical Tips

July 2012


The following factsheets have been discontinued and will no longer be updated:

FS250014 Visual impairment (content now on Member Resources)

FS250058 Young Carers (content now on Member Resources)

June 2012


The following factsheets have been discontinued and will no longer be updated:

FS320523 Headquarters Services: Supporting Scouting

FS330043 Role Description for a District Media Development Manager


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