Scout Leader Training - Overview

Scout Leader Training - Overview


Below please find an overview of the training availble for Scout leaders. There is also a good training overview on the National Council web site.

Fast Start Training

Fast Start training is a good place for the parents of new scouts and new adult leaders to begin. Available from the scout store as videotapes with companion pamphlets, or as online interactive presentations on the BSA National Council MyScouting Portal:

Basic Leader Training

To come up to speed in your Scouting leadership position, you should take the basic training course track. Added benefits include the right to wear the Trained Leader emblem on your uniform sleeve, and helping your unit to earn the National Quality Unit Award. Basic training is also a first step toward earning the training award for your position.

The basic training course tracks are:

Trained Leader Emblem

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training is a 3-hour course for Cub Scout Leaders. Note that there are 5 distinct tracks: Tiger Den Leader, Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, and Committee Member. If you have changed positions in the pack, you should take the track for your new position. It is also available online.

Troop Committee Challenge is a 3-hour course for Boy Scout Troop Committee members. It is also available online.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training is a 6-hour course for Boy Scout Troop Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is a 3-hour course for Boy Scout Troop youth leadership, usually conducted at the unit level by the youth leadership. Please note that Troop Leadership Training replaced Scoutmaster's Junior Leader Training.

Venturing Leader Specific Training is a 5-hour course for Venturing Crew Advisors, Assistant Advisors, and Crew Committee members.

Venturing Leadership Skills Course is a 1-day course for Venture Crew youth leadership, usually conducted at the unit level by the youth leadership.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is a 2-day course, usually done while camping for the weekend. It covers the outdoor skills required of a Boy Scout to reach the rank of First Class, and is part of the basic training sequence for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. It is open to any registered adult leader, and is good for Cub Scout leaders anticipating a transition to Boy Scouts and for Venturing leaders who want to brush up on their outdoor skills.

Guide to Safe Scouting

Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership! The Guide to Safe Scouting is the definitive leader's reference to the rules for conducting a program safely. The tour leader signing a tour plan application is vouching both to possess a copy of the Guide to Safe Scouting, and to have read it. Buy the hardcopy at the scout store, or refer to the latest version online.

Supplemental Training

This Is Scouting is a 1-hour on-line introduction to the Scouting program, covering the history and common elements, and showing how these translate into the age-appropriate programs of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.

Roundtable is a good place to start your supplemental training. District roundtables are held once a month to bring unit leaders together to share news of upcoming activities, program ideas, and camaraderie. More on the Mercer Area District roundtable.

Youth Protection Training is a 1-hour course for adult leaders on the prevention, recognition, and proper reporting of child abuse, available in both classroom and online interactive formats. Youth Protection Training is now required of all registered leaders. Youth Protection Training is also available online.

There are also three age-specific videotapes designed to help build youth protection awareness in youth:

The videotapes are available from the scout store.

Weather Smart training is a 1-hour course covering planning and preparation for hazardous weather. You now need at least one Weather Smart-trained leader to secure a tour plan.

BALOO is the Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, a 1-day course aimed at helping Pack leaders run safe and age-appropriate camping trips. It is required for the qualified supervision of a pack overnighter - see the tour plan and the Guide to Safe Scouting for details.

Safe Swim Defense is a 1-hour course on the safety rules for swimming activities. It is required for the qualified supervision of a swimming activity (see the Guide to Safe Scouting for details) and also for the qualified supervision of a boating activity (see the Guide to Safe Scouting for details). This course is often taught at summer camp, and is also available online.

Safety Afloat is a 1-hour course on the safety rules for boating activities. It (along with Safe Swim Defense and CPR training) is required for the qualified supervision of a boating activity - see the Guide to Safe Scouting for details. This course is often taught at summer camp, and is also available online.

Climb On Safely is a 1-hour course on the safety rules for climbing/rappelling activities. It (along with First Aid and CPR certification) is required for the qualified supervision of a climbing/rappelling activity - see the Guide to Safe Scouting for details.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is not certified by the BSA. Red Cross and American Heart Association certifications are among those recognized. CPR training or certification is required for the qualified supervision of boating or climbing/rappelling activities (see the Tour Plan. The BSA strongly recommends that a CPR-trained person (preferably an adult) be part of the leadership for any BSA program (point #15 of the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety.

Trek Safely is a 1-hour course on the safety rules for back-country treks of all sorts. Also see the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Health and Safety is a 2-hour course covering the application of principles from the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Webelos Leader Outdoor Training or OWL is a 1-day course aimed at helping Webelos Den Leaders come up to speed with the outdoor program and the outdoor group of activity pins. It is best to take OWL before beginning the Webelos I program year. There is a new course syllabus, Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leader, which will shortly replace Webelos Leader Outdoor Training.

Den Chief Training is a 1-day course aimed at Boy Scouts who will help Cub Scout Dens, and the Den Leaders who will work with Den Chiefs. It is also available on-line.

Charter Organization Representative Training is a 2-hour course for a Charter Organization Representative (COR). The COR is the liaison between the organization sponsoring a Pack, Troop, or Crew and the BSA at the unit, district, and council levels.

The Trainerís EDGE is a 1-day "train the trainer" course for those who will conduct training courses.

University of Scouting or Train-O-Ree is a training event offering multiple courses simultaneously, usually in multiple time slots over the course of a day.

Pow-Wow is like University of Scouting, but focused on Cub Scout Pack program and operation.

Advanced Training

Wood Badge is an advanced 6-day leadership training course for adults from all of the Scouting programs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing). Prerequisites are the completion of basic training for your position, and approval of your Scout Executive.

Powder Horn is an advanced 6-day course for adults, covering high adventure programming for Venturers and older Boy Scouts. Prerequisites are the completion of basic training for your position, a current Class III physical, and approval of your Scout Executive.

National Youth Leadership Training is an advanced 6-day leadership training course for Boy Scouts who are current or potential Troop leaders. Prerequisites are First Class rank, age 13, and approval of your Scoutmaster. Note that this course replaces the Junior Leader Training Conference.

The Philmont Training Center is the national volunteer training center in Cimarron, New Mexico. The training center offers a vast array of 6-day courses, covering all aspects of Scouting operations, and generally training those who will bring the program back to train the rest of us. Requires the recommendation of your Scout Executive.

These are many of the training opportunities relevant to Packs, Troops, and Crews. Other courses that you may encounter will cover a particular program area (like Advancement, or Backpacking) or district or council operations (like Commissioner Basic Training, or a Trainer Development Conference).

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