This extensive section provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program.
These courses are required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.
Venturing Youth Protection Training
This course is required for all adult Venturing leaders. This training will help leaders understand and guide youth through possible problems as it relates to abuse. You will also learn about the issues you may face as a leader to help provide a safer environment for the crew members and to protect yourself from false accusations. This training is available online or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.
Youth Protection Pledge Cards
Take the pledge to keep our Scouts safe by following the BSA’s Youth Protection policies. Half the pledge is signed and given to the council; the other half stays with you in pocket card format as a reminder. The links below, in English and Spanish versions, will print four-up on a sheet.
Orientation courses are designed to help Scouters learn more about their Scouting role and about other leadership positions in the program.
Fast Start Orientation Training
Intended to be taken by pack, troop, team, and crew leaders, as well as unit commissioners and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of their new role.
This Is Scouting provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training. The module consists of six video sections, each followed by a brief quiz. Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.
Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses
These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing the course will make a Scouter “trained” for the role(s) covered in the course. Syllabi for courses not found here may be obtained from the council office or at www.ScoutStuff.org . E-learning versions of some courses may be found below in the E-learning section.
What Makes a Trained Leader
Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role? This sheet explains the training requirements for all unit-level leaders.
Den Leader Position-Specific Training
The links below are to the syllabi that are to be used by trainers in presenting the stand-alone den leader position-specific courses. These courses are intended to provide Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear training and Youth Protection training are considered trained for all three positions. Den leaders who complete the Webelos training and Youth Protection training are considered trained as Webelos den leaders.
Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training
The links below are to the syllabi that are to be used by trainers in presenting the stand-alone cubmaster and assistant cubmaster position-specific courses. These courses are intended to provide these leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful pack meetings.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training
The syllabus below is used by trainers presenting the standalone Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster specifics course. The course is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. A DVD with presentation support is available from Scoutstuff.org or the council office. Scoutmasters and assistants who complete this training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection training are considered “trained.”
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”.
Varsity Leader Specific Training
This is the syllabus for the instructor-led course for Varsity Scout leaders. The course will provide an introduction to the Boy Scouts of America and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Varsity team leadership experience.
Venturing Leader Specific Training
This is the syllabus for the instructor-led course for Venturing leaders. The course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience.
Chartered Organization Representative Training
The training outline and resources for training chartered organization representatives can be found at the link below.
Supplemental Training Courses
These courses are designed to help Scouters with a particular skill or to enhance their Scouting role. Additional modules may be found on the “Supplemental” link in the upper-left section of this page.
Roundtable Planning Guides
Providing knowledge, program ideas, skills, and fun resources is the purpose behind the Roundtable Planning Guides for Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders. Using this guide along with local resources, roundtable commissioners can enable and motivate unit leaders to deliver an outstanding program to their Scout troops. The guide is designed to allow program topics to be used in the order best suited for your district.
Cubcast and Scoutcast
The podcasts are monthly audio presentations that provide information on topics of interest to Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders.
Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact our area training chair for information about upcoming courses in our area. The syllabus is available by request from Volunteer Development.
Take this session and have a broader understanding and deeper appreciation of the diverse range of ages and life experiences of the volunteers and professionals in our organization. You will be able to recognize and define the four generational groups of people currently in the BSA.
Outdoor Skills Training Courses
These courses are designed to help Scouters with skills related to the BSA’s outdoor program.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.
Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.
The course syllabus is available from the council office or throughScoutstuff.org .
Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL)
This course is designed to help Webelos leaders enhance the outdoor program for the Webelos Scouts in their den by teaching some basic outdoor skills as well as skills needed to complete many of the Webelos activity badges. This course can be taught as a stand-alone experience but is often presented in conjunction with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).
Camp Health Officer Training
This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a camp health officer at a council or district camping facility.
The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose.
Passport to High Adventure Training Outline
This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.
These courses are designed to help Scouters learn or improve their presentation skills.
The Fundamentals of Training
This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.
The Trainer’s EDGE
While the Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills.
Administration of Training
These resources are designed to assist training teams that administer training in a unit, council, area, or region.
Guide to Leader Training
This new guide outlines the basic responsibilities for volunteer leader training committees and the methods of BSA volunteer training. To be sure that information is up-to-date, the guide does not include the forms and other resources that are more easily available, and more current, via Scouting.org. The training pages of Scouting.org will help you find the current resources, forms, and courses available—as well as the latest in BSA training.
Application for a Council to Conduct Wood Badge and NYLT
The first step for our council to conduct one of these advanced training courses is to submit an application. A form has been developed that will serve for applying for Wood Badge and NYLT. Simply fill out the form and send it to the Volunteer Development Team for processing.
Application to Conduct a SEABADGE Course
The first step for our council, to conduct the advanced national training course known as SEABADGE is to submit an application. A new form has been developed that serves as the method for making application. Simply fill out the form and send it to Keith Christopher, National Director, Sea Scouts, BSA for processing.
Fillable Training Cards
In conjunction with the Volunteer Development Team, the National Supply Group has released the latest version of the pocket-sized certificate of training. Simply specify SKU 615012 when ordering from your local Scout Shop or through scoutstuff.org. Click on the link below to open a pdf template that has been created for convenience in filling out these portable training records.
National Training Conferences
2014 Florida Sea Base Volunteer Training Conferences
The January 2014 Winter Conferences at the Florida Sea Base are now accepting participant registrations! This winter there will be a two week array of conferences for Scouters seeking to learn from premier subject matter experts and national committee members from throughout the nation. Dates of the conferences are January 12th-17th, and January 20th-25th. It is the perfect time to get away from the snow and head to the Florida Keys while learning more about subjects that will help you, your unit, your district, and your council. It is also a perfect way to network with Scouters from all over the nation. Click on the links below for more information or to register.
Philmont Training Center
Since 1950 The Philmont Training Center (PTC) has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.
Training Awards for Adult Leaders in Units
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress record forms with the 2012 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below.
- Den Leader Training Award
- Training Awards
District Committee Awards
The files below contain updated requirements for the Scouter’s Key for District Committee Members and new requirements for the Scouter’s Training Award for District Committee Members. See the Spring 2013 Training Times for additional details.
Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of myscouting.org . A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.
Safe Swim Defense
Climb On Safely
Leader Position-Specific Training
Troop Committee Challenge
Leader Position-Specific: Tiger Cub
Leader Position-Specific: Wolf Cub
Leader Position-Specific: Bear Cub
Leader Position-Specific: Webelos
Leader Position-Specific: Cubmaster
Leader Position-Specific: Pack Trainer
Leader Position-Specific: Pack Committee