Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. The important Scouting position you hold will be easier and more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver a quality Scouting program every Scout desires. Every Scout deserves a trained leader.

Training Schedule

Youth Protection Begins With You graphicYouth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub ScoutsScouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts programs.

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to help keep our youth safe from abuse. Participants will learn the Boy Scouts of America's youth protection guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online at my.scouting.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. 

Take YPT online 


Youth Protection Training is Required

  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.

 

You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take youth protection training.

Youth Protection   

 Protección Juvenil En Español

 

 

 

Cub Scout Leader Training

As a Cub Scout leader, and a mentor for the youth in our community, you will find Scouting to be a fun and exciting program for you and your Scouts. The training program of the Boy Scouts of America will provide you with all the basic tools needed to be successful in your leadership position, along with continual opportunities to refine your skills, as you become comfortable in delivering a quality Cub Scouting program.

Cub Scout Leader Basic Training

Cub Scout leaders are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:

Basic Leader Training Course Descriptions:

Cub Scout Leader Training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Cub Scout Leader Training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. The Den Leader Position-Specific Training course provides Cub Scout den leaders with the basic information they need to conduct successful den meetings. The Cubmaster and Assistant Position-Specific Training course is intended to provide Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters with the basic information they need to conduct successful pack meetings. The purpose of the Pack Committee Challenge - Pack Committee Position-Specific Training is to familiarize pack committee members with the various responsibilities of the individual members of the committee as well as the committee as a whole. The goal is to help each pack committee work as a team to improve the Scouting experience for adult and youth members. These trainings are offered online at my.Scouting.org and taught by the district training team.

Youth Protection Begins With You graphicYouth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to keep our youth safe from abuse. Participants learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online. 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. 

Hazardous Weather Training. Weather conditions are an important factor in any outdoor Scouting activity. The online training is designed to help participants plan and prepare for hazardous weather.

Additional Cub Scout Training Opportunities

BALOO logoBALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. BALOO training is now comprised of two components* – an online component, and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “Trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader and to receive the BALOO recognition patch. The online component contains introductory and basic information and must be completed prior to the practical component at my.scouting.org. The practical component is an overnight that takes about 16-hours to complete.  Find a course near you.
 
Cubcast logoCubcast - The podcasts are monthly audio presentations that provide information on topics of interest to Cub Scout leaders.                                                                                          
 
fleur-de-leisBSA Supplemental Training Site offers over 20 supplemental training modules, designed to provide orientation beyond the basic training. Each module is a unit of training that can be used as an outline for a group, for personal coaching, or for self-study.
 
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow logo
Fast Start Training
 is intended to be taken by leaders immediately following the acceptance of their new role, and is offered online at my.Scouting.org.                                                                           
 
COPE graphicIntroduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) - During this hands-on course, participants work as patrols. Leaders learn the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. This course is recommended for leaders and parents of 5th grade Webelos. Find a course near you.
 
action graphic shooting archeryRange Master Training: BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports to be supervised by a BSA certified range master. Shooting sports include Cub Scout archery, BB guns, wrist rockets (slingshots), catapults or rockets needs to take range master training. Range master training covers setting up a range, safety, handling equipment, using a bow stringer, maintaining and storing equipment and instructing Scouts. Find a course.
 
Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a monthly program to provide leaders with program ideas; update information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and offer an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders.
 

 Safety training graphic
Safety Training: The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. A variety of classes are offered including bullying prevention and interventionCyber Chipfirst aid and CPRSafe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.   
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity of Scouting is a one-day supplemental training with a variety of courses designed to give additional information leaders of packs, troops, crews, and ships. Youth courses are also offered.
 
Wood Badge logoWood Badge is a six-day advanced training program which gives participants a great understanding of Scouting aims and methods and highlights personal and unit level leadership development. Topics include team building, problem-solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, and crews to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
 

action graphic shooting archery
Webelos
Youth Training
courses are available for Webelos such as Basic Aid Training (BAT).                                                                                                                                    
 
 

 

Scouts BSA Leader Training

The training program of the Boy Scouts of America provides leaders with all the basic tools needed to be successful in your leadership position, along with continual opportunities to refine your skills, as you become comfortable in delivering a quality Scouting program.

Scouts BSA Leader Basic Training

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:

  1. Youth Protection Training online,
  2. Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, and
  3. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
  4. Hazardous Weather Training online

Troop Committee Members are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:

  1. Youth Protection Training online, and
  2. Troop Committee Challenge online

Basic Leader Training Course Descriptions:

Youth Protection Begins With You graphicYouth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders, and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to 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. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online at my.Scouting.org. Registered members of the BSA should provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit. 

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training provides troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful troops. This course is offered online at my.Scouting.org and is taught by the district training team.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS): Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides 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. Find a course near you.

Troop Committee Challenge helps troop committees work as a team to improve the Scouting experience, helps build the commitment of individual members and cultivates a better troop committee team. This online (my.Scouting.org) course focuses on the core beliefs, aims, and methods of Scouting. Specifically, it helps each committee member learn and identify their role and responsibilities in support of the adult leaders in the unit, to provide a quality troop experience for the Scouts.

Hazardous Weather Training. Weather conditions are an important factor in any outdoor Scouting activity. The online training is designed to help participants plan and prepare for hazardous weather.

Additional Training Opportunities

BSA aquatics graphicAquatics Training courses such as BSA Paddle Craft Safety and Kayaking BSA training teach the skills, as well as the knowledge, needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions on flat water.
 
fleur-de-leisBSA Supplemental Training Site offers over 20 supplemental training modules, designed to provide orientation beyond the basic training. Each module is a unit of training that can be used as an outline for a group, for personal coaching, or for self-study.
 
action graphic climbingClimbingThe climbing committee offers several different levels of climbing and rappelling courses that begin with a tower course at Tellepsen Scout Camp and finishes with a real rock course at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
 
conservation graphic
Conservation
:  The conservation committee offers several courses, including Leave No Trace, Outdoor Ethics and Project Wild.                                   
 
COPE graphicCOPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) facilitator training teaches how to help COPE participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and think of solutions to a variety of activities.
 
Fleur-de-lesi
Fast Start Training is intended to be taken by leaders immediately following the acceptance of their new role, and is offered online at my.Scouting.org.                                                                    
 
Order of the Arrow logoThe Order of the Arrow offers a variety of training courses for Colonneh Lodge members such as Lodge Leadership Development, National Leadership Seminar, and OA Troop/Team Representative Summit.                                                                                             
 
Powder Horn graphicPowder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course on high adventure resources to help Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troops or crews. Adult leaders from all Scouting programs and Scouts age 14 and older are eligible to attend.
 
Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a monthly program to provide leaders with program ideas; update information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and offer an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders.
 
Safety Training The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. A variety of classes are offered including bullying prevention and intervention, Cyber Chip, first aid and CPR, Climb on Safely, Trek Safely, Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.  
 
Cubcast logo

Scoutcast is a monthly podcast that provides information on topics of interest to Scouts BSA leaders.                                                                                                                       

 
action graphic shooting archeryShooting Sports: The shooting sports committee offers a variety or trainings including: range master, Range Safety Officer (RSO) training, USA Archery, and NRA Instructor training for pistol, rifle, muzzle loader and shotgun. This certification is required to use any of the council's shooting sports ranges or to have troop and district shooting sports programs.
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity of Scouting is a one-day supplemental training with a variety of courses designed to give additional information for pack, troop, crew and ship leaders.  Youth courses are also offered.
 
Wood Badge logoWood Badge is a six-day advanced training program which gives participants a great understanding of Scouting aims and methods and highlights personal and unit level leadership development. Topics include team building, problem-solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, and crews to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
 
fleur-de-leisYouth Training courses include Chaplain's Aide Training, Den Chief Training, National Youth Leader Training (NYLT), Powder Horn, and Troop Guide Conference.                                                                       
 

 

 

Venturing Leader Training

The training programs of the Boy Scouts of America provides leaders with all the basic tools needed to be successful in their leadership position, along with continual opportunities to refine your skills as you become comfortable in delivering a quality program.

Venturing Leader Basic Training

Venturing leaders are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:

  1. Youth Protection Training online at my.Scouting.org, and
  2. Venturing Advisor Specific-Position Training
  3. Hazardous Weather Training online

Venturing Leader Basic Training Course Descriptions:

Youth Protection Begins With You graphicYouth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to 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. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online at my.Scouting.org. Registered members of the BSA should provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.

Venturing Advisor Specific-Position Training provides crew leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful crew. VLST is offered at University of Scouting or find a course.

Hazardous Weather Training. Weather conditions are an important factor in any outdoor Scouting activity. The online training is designed to help participants plan and prepare for hazardous weather.

Additional Venturing Leader Training Opportunities

BSA aquatics graphicAquatics Training courses such as BSA Paddle Craft Safety and Kayaking BSA training teach the skills, as well as the knowledge, needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions on flat water.
 
fleur-de-leisBSA Supplemental Training Site offers over 20 supplemental training modules, designed to provide orientation beyond the basic training. Each module is a unit of training that can be used as an outline for a group, for personal coaching, or for self-study.
 
action graphic climbingClimbingThe climbing committee offers several different levels of climbing and rappelling courses that begin with a tower course at El Rancho Cima and finishes with a real rock course at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
 
conservation graphicConservation:  The conservation committee offers several courses, including Leave No Trace, Outdoor Ethics and Project Wild.                                   
 
COPE graphicCOPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) facilitator training teaches how to help COPE participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and think of solutions to a variety of activities.
 
Fleur-de-lesi
Fast Start Training is intended to be taken by leaders immediately following the acceptance of their new role, and is offered online at my.Scouting.org.                                                                    
 
COPE graphicIntroduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) - During this hands-on course, participants work as patrols. Leaders learn the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Find a course near you.
 
Order of the Arrow logoThe Order of the Arrow offers a variety of training courses for Colonneh Lodge members such as Lodge Leadership Development, National Leadership Seminar, and OA Troop/Team Representative Summit.
 
Powder Horn graphicPowder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course on high adventure resources to help Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troops or crews. Adult leaders from all Scouting programs and Scouts age 14 and older are eligible to attend.
 
Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a monthly program to provide leaders with program ideas; update information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and offer an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders.
 
Safety training graphicSafety Training The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. A variety of classes are offered including bullying prevention and intervention, Cyber Chip, first aid and CPR, Climb on Safely, Trek Safely, Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.  
 
Cubcast logo

Scoutcast is a monthly podcast that provides information on topics of interest to leaders.                                                                                         

 
action graphic shooting archeryShooting Sports: The shooting sports committee offers a variety or trainings including: Range master, Range Safety Officer training, USA Archery, and NRA Instructor training for pistol, rifle, muzzle loader and shotgun. This certification is required to use any of the council's shooting sports ranges or to have troop and district shooting sports programs.
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity of Scouting is a one-day supplemental training in February, with a variety of courses designed to give additional information for pack, troop, crew and ship leaders. Youth courses are also offered.
 
Wood Badge logoWood Badge is a six-day advanced training program which gives participants a great understanding of Scouting aims and methods and highlights personal and unit level leadership development. Topics include team building, problem-solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, and crews to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
 
fleur-de-leisYouth Training courses include Chaplain's Aide Training, Den Chief Training, National Youth Leader Training (NYLT), Powder Horn, and Troop Guide Conference.                                                                        
 
 

 

Sea Scouts Leader Basic Training

The training programs of the Boy Scouts of America provides leaders with the basic tools needed to be successful in their leadership position, along with continual opportunities to refine your skills as you become comfortable in delivering a quality program.

Sea Scouts Leader Basic Training

Sea Scout Leaders are considered trained once they have completed:

  1. Youth Protection Training online at my.Scouting.org
  2. Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training
  3. Hazardous Weather Training online

Sea Scouts Leader Basic Training Course Descriptions:

Youth Protection Begins With You graphicYouth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to keep our youth safe from abuse. Participants will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online at my.Scouting.org. Registered members of the BSA should provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit. 

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training
provides the nuts and bolts of organizing, running, and growing the Sea Scout program. SSALBT is offered at Sea Scout Academy, University of Scouting or on special request. Contact the council Sea Scouts committee to schedule as course. Find a course.

Hazardous Weather Training. Weather conditions are an important factor in any outdoor Scouting activity. The online training is designed to help participants plan and prepare for hazardous weather.

Required courses to lead water activities

BSA requires the following training courses to conduct water activities:

  1. Safety Afloat online at my.Scouting.org (every 2 years)
  2. Safe Swim Defense online at my.Scouting.org (every 2 years)
  3. Weather Hazard Training online at my.Scouting.org (every 2 years)
  4. Trek Safely online (required for a long cruise or extensive trek)
  5. First Aid from American Red Cross or American Heart Association (every 2 years)
  6. CPR from American Red Cross or American Heart Association (adult, youth and infant, every 1 to 2 years)AED from American Red Cross or American Heart Association (every 1 to 2 years)
  7. National Association of State Boating Laws Administrators (NASBLA) approved state boarder course

Highly Recommended Supplemental Training

Technical boating training is offered by the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA).  We strongly recommend that you meet the skill standards of one of these two organizations, or that of a Coast Guard licensed deck officer.

  • Seabadge is the advanced leadership and management course for leaders of the Sea Scouting program.
  • Seabadge Underway is a three full day or two weekend practical leadership laboratory typically using a 40-foot power or sail boat.  Participants function as Sea Scout youth with instructors in the adult role.  Participants will be able to see how the ideal Sea Scout ship should operate.  Participants must already have the Ordinary and most of the Able Piloting skills and pass a test on seamanship and a test on piloting.
  • Wood Badge is a six-day advanced leadership training for leaders of all Scouting programs.
  • United States Power Squadrons. USPS (www.usps.org) offers many courses.
  1. NASBLA approved course mentioned above under the title “America's Boating Course.”
  2. Seamanship introduces many seamanship topics, expands on the NASBLA course content.
  3. Sailing teaches the basics of sailing terminology, procedures and techniques.
  4. Piloting teaches chart reading, position plotting, dead reckoning, and GPS navigation.
  5. USPS offers Advanced Piloting and several offshore navigation courses that include celestial.  They also offer many two-hour seminars on specific topics that will be of use to Sea Scouts and leaders.
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. USCGA offers several courses.  Their format is somewhat different than USPS.  http://cgaux.org/boatinged
  1. NASBLA approved course mentioned above under the title “About Boating Safety.”
  2. Boating Skills and Seamanship is designed for power boaters and covers how to handle a power boat and many basic seamanship topics.  This course expands on the NASBLA content.
  3. Sailing Skills and Seamanship is designed for sail boaters and covers how to handle a sailboat, terminology, procedures, techniques.  This course expands on the NASBLA content.
  4. Weekend Navigator covers piloting topics based on chart reading, position plotting, dead reckoning, and GPS navigation.
  • United States Coast Guard. Many schools offer a Coast Guard captain's license.  The “Six-Pack” license usually takes 40 hours or so of instruction.  Scouters who operate a vessel requiring a license must acquire that license before operating in command.

Additional Training Courses

BSA aquatics graphicAquatics Training courses such as BSA Paddle Craft Safety and Kayaking BSA training teach the skills, as well as the knowledge, needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions on flat water.
 
fleur-de-leisBSA Supplemental Training Site offers over 20 supplemental training modules, designed to provide orientation beyond the basic training. Each module is a unit of training that can be used as an outline for a group, for personal coaching, or for self-study.
 
action graphic climbingClimbingThe climbing committee offers several different levels of climbing and rappelling courses that begin with a tower course at El Rancho Cima and finishes with a real rock course at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
 
conservation graphicConservation:  The conservation committee offers several courses, including Leave No Trace, Outdoor Ethics and Project Wild.                                   
 
COPE graphicCOPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) facilitator training teaches how to help COPE participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and think of solutions to a variety of activities.
 
Fleur-de-lesi
Fast Start Training is intended to be taken by leaders immediately following the acceptance of their new role, and is offered online at my.Scouting.org.                                                                    
 
COPE graphicIntroduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) - During this hands-on course, participants work as patrols. Leaders learn the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Find a course near you.
 
Order of the Arrow logoThe Order of the Arrow offers a variety of training courses for Colonneh Lodge members such as Lodge Leadership Development, National Leadership Seminar, and OA Troop/Team Representative Summit.
 
Powder Horn graphicPowder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course on high adventure resources to help Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troops or crews. Adult leaders from all Scouting programs and Scouts age 14 and older are eligible to attend.
 
Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a monthly program to provide leaders with program ideas; update information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and offer an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders.
 
Safety training graphicSafety Training The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. A variety of classes are offered including bullying prevention and intervention, Cyber Chip, first aid and CPR, Climb on Safely, Trek Safely, Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.  
 
Cubcast logo

Scoutcast is a monthly podcast that provides information on topics of interest to leaders.                                                                                                                     

 
action graphic shooting archeryShooting Sports: The shooting sports committee offers a variety or trainings including: range master, Range Safety Officer (RSO) training, USA Archery, and NRA Instructor training for pistol, rifle, muzzleloader and shotgun. This certification is required to use any of the council's shooting sports ranges or to have troop and district shooting sports programs.
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity of Scouting is a one-day supplemental training in February, with a variety of courses designed to give additional information for pack, troop, crew and ship leaders. Youth courses are also offered.
 
Wood Badge logoWood Badge is a six-day advanced training program which gives participants a great understanding of Scouting aims and methods and highlights personal and unit level leadership development. Topics include team building, problem-solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships and crews to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
 
fleur-de-leisYouth Training courses include Chaplain's Aide Training, Den Chief Training, National Youth Leader Training (NYLT), Powder Horn, and Troop Guide Conference.                                                                        
 
 

 

 

What to Bring to Training

If you have any special needs or accommodations that the trainers need to know, please contact them in advance. For trainings that include meals (e.g., BALOO, IOLS), let the trainer or district training chair know If you have special dietary restrictions. 

What to wear to training. Participants typically wear their field uniform (Scout uniform) or activity uniform (Scout t-shirt). If you don’t have a uniform, wear comfortable clothes (e.g., jeans). Indoor training facilities vary, so be prepared for warm and cold rooms.

Click on the course below to see what items need to be brought for each training:

 


BALOO: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (C32)

BALOO is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. BALOO training is now comprised of two components* – an online component, and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “Trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader and to receive the BALOO recognition patch. The online component contains introductory and basic information and must be completed prior to the practical component at my.scouting.org. The practical component is an overnight that takes about 16-hours to complete.  
Bring:  BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad or mattress, sleeping attire, soap, washcloth, towel, hat, bug spray, camp chair, mess kit (knife, fork, spoon, bowl/plate, coffee cup in a mesh bag), camp chair, note-taking materials, appropriate clothes for weather [rain gear,  jacket, field uniform (Scout uniform) or activity uniform (Scouting-t-shirt) or comfortable clothes], change of clothes, closed-toed tennis shoes or boots for short hike, and the Cub Scout six essentials (first-aid kit, refillable water bottle, flashlight with extra batteries, trail food, sun protection, whistle). Optional gear: sunglasses, camera, earplugs. Find courses near you.
Meals: For Saturday to Sunday courses: eat breakfast before arriving. For Friday to Saturday classes: eat dinner before arriving. The class typically includes three meals.

Chaplain's Aid Training 

This course is intended to provide unit chaplains and chaplain aides an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and opportunities of chaplaincy service in troops. At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to express understanding of online materials, be comfortable with role as unit chaplain and chaplain aide, build relationship with the chartered organization representative, be familiar with resources, be comfortable with responsibilities for guiding conversations, and participate in the planning and implementation of a worship service. Find courses near you.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials. 

Commissioner Basic Training

A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit commissioners, assistant district commissioners, assistant commissioners and roundtable commissioners. Find courses near you.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials. 

Crew Committee Challenge – Crew Committee Position-Specific Training (WS12)

This course is intended to provide Venturing crew committee members with the basic information they need to help manage a crew. The training takes about 2½ hours to complete.  Find courses near you.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials.

Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training (C40

This course is intended to provide Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters with the basic information they need to conduct successful pack meetings. The training takes about 4 hours to complete. Find courses near you; this training can also be taken online
Bring:  BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training 

See Cubmaster Specific TrainingDen Leader Position-Specific Training, or Pack Committee Challenge.

 

Den Chief Training 

Den Chief Training is basic training for Scouts interested in becoming den chiefs for a Cub Scout den, and for adult leaders who wish to know more about this vital position. The training takes about 6 hours to complete. Find courses near you; this course can also be taken online.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials, water bottle.

Den Leader Position-Specific Training (C42) 

This course provides Cub Scout den leaders with the basic information they need to conduct successful den meetings. The training takes about 4 hours to complete. This training can also be taken onlineFind courses near you.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials

 

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) 

The Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) course is to help Venturers learn and practice the attitudes and skills effective leaders demonstrate. Practicing and mastering these skills within the crew will provide Venturers with positive leadership experiences in and outside of the crew. The training takes approximately seven hours to complete. 
Bring:  BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials, sack lunch, snacks

 

IOLS: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (S11)

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.  Topics covered: • Campsite Selection • Ropes – Whipping, Tying, and Lashing • Wood Tools – Knife, Camp Saw, and Ax • Fire Site Preparation and Building • Cooking • First Aid • Plant and Animal Identification • Packing and Hiking Techniques • Map and Compass • Leave No Trace. The training encompasses a weekend (16 hours of instruction). Find courses near you.

Personal Items To Bring:  BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events). Clothes: field uniform, activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) or comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes (boots or tennis shoes), jacket, rain gear. Scouting ten essentials: pocket knife, first aid kit, extra clothes, rain gear, refillable water bottle, flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, trail food, match and fire starters, sun protection, map and compass. Personal Gear: tent, ground cloth, camp chair, sleeping bag or blanket, sleeping pad or cot, mess kit (knife, fork, spoon, bowl/plate, coffee cup in a mesh bag), bug repellant, sunscreen, personal hygiene products (e.g., toothpaste, deodorant), note-taking materials, backpack, personal medications. Recommended: Field BookTroop Leader GuidebookScout Handbook. Optional gear: sunglasses, camera, earplugs, gloves for saw and ax demonstration. 

Patrol Items To Bring: You will likely be placed into a patrol of 5-8 other Scouters to experience the preparation and cooperation the youth will be expected to perform.  Patrol items should be decided among you ahead of time along with meal plans. These are items all can share such as cooking pots/pans, lanterns, cookstoves and utensils, patrol flag, snacks, Dutch oven, ax/saw, duty roster, canopy, ice chest w/ ice, food for specified meals and any other items you feel needed for this experience.
 

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (D76) 

The purpose of this course is to provide council or district-approved and registered merit badge counselors with understanding of the methods of counseling and their role in the advancement program of Boy Scouts of America. Find courses near you.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials 

 

Pack Committee Challenge-Pack Committee Position-Specific Training (C60)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize pack committee members with the various responsibilities of the individual members of the committee as well as the committee as a whole. The goal is to help each pack committee work as a team to improve the Scouting experience for adult and youth members. The training takes about 4 hours. Find courses near you; this training can also be taken online
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials

Range Master Training 

Cub Scouts can shoot BB-gun rifles, slingshots, and archery in a council or district event only and is not approved as a unit event. Operation of BB and archery ranges for Cub Scout activities and events, including day campresident camp, Fun with Family, and council-operated family camping programs require qualified, trained range masters. BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports to be supervised by a BSA certified range master. Range master training covers setting up a range, safety, handling equipment, using a bow stringer, maintaining and storing equipment and instructing Scouts. Find courses near you.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials, and sack lunch.

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (S24)

This course is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful troops. This course teaches practical ways to instill the Scouting methods into troop programs and covers the roles of the Scoutmasters and Assistants in a youth-led troop. Topics covered: • The Purpose of Scouting and Your Role • The Patrol Method • Outdoor & Advancement Programs • Program Planning • Troop Administration. The training takes about 4.5 hours to complete. Find courses near you; this training can also be taken online
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials, Troop Leader Guidebook, Scout Handbook.

STEM NOVA Counselor and SUPERNOVA Mentor Training (D82/D83)

This course is intended to provide potential Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors with the basic information they need to assist Scouts in completing the requirements to earn the Nova and Supernova awards. The prerequisite for this course is an understanding of the BSA Nova programFind courses near you.
Bring:  BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials

 

Training the Chartered Organization Representative (COR) (D72) 

This course helps Chartered Organization Representatives better understand their roles and responsibilities. The training takes about 2½ hours to complete.  Find courses near you.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials

Troop Committee Challenge

Troop Committee Challenge training helps troop committee members better understand their roles and responsibilities. This training enables troop committee members to give support to the troop, Scouts, and Scoutmasters. Troop Committee Challenge is an in-person course only.  The training takes about 2½ hours to complete. Find courses near you.

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training (P21)

This course provides participants with an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. The training takes about 3.5 hours. Find courses near you.
Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials  

 

Online Training

There are many training courses that can be taken online at My.Scouting.org.

  • Create an account - this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
  • If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the council office.
  • If you are not yet registered, you can still take training, just print the certificate at the end of each course.
  • After your account is created you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your My.Scouting.org account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • Once you log in to My.Scouting.org, click E-Learning on the left hand side. Program related trainings are listed under tabs.
  • Submit your certificate of completion to your district training chair.
  • Click on training validation to review what courses you have taken, this includes courses recorded at the council office.

Online course available at My.Scouting.org

  • Youth Protection Training:  Youth Protection Training
  • Introduction Courses:  Fast Start
  • Leader Position-Specific Training:  Troop Committee Challenge, Leader Position Specific: Tiger Cub, Wolf Cub, Bear Cub, Webelos, Cubmaster, Pack Trainer, Scoutmaster, Pack Committee (Spanish)Leader Tiger, Leader Wolf, Leader Bear, Leader Webelos, Cubmaster, Instructor del pack, Comit del pack
  • Supplemental:  Physical Wellness, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Weather Hazards, Climb On Safely, Trek Safely

Training Validation 

After logging onto My.Scouting.org, click on "Training Validation" to check if your training courses have been recorded in the council's computer system.Units are encouraged to use this system to check the training status of all leaders. A list of membership ID numbers are needed to review the training status of the registered adult leaders. A list of these numbers can be found on charter paperwork.  If you notice any discrepancies in your training records, please report any trainings that are NOT showing on your My.Scouting.org account to the district training chair.

Training Resources

Contacts

For questions about training, please contact your district training chair or the council training committee.

https://www.shac.org/training