Training Schedule

A cornerstone of the Boy Scout programs is training. Some of these training courses are conducted by districts and some by the council; others are available through the BSA Online Learning Center. View the map to determine the locations of the districts. To print this schedule, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Printable View."

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

BALOO has recently been revised and 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. Most courses include meals.*


Date Time Host District (Location) Contact Cost* Registration Link
October 7, 2017 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Thunder Wolf (Sugar Land) Scott Dreiver $8.50 Register
October 13-14, 2017 Fr at 7:00 pm to
Sat at 6:00 pm
San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $11.50 Register
October 14, 2017 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Soaring Eagle (Northwest Houston) Pablo Canovas $11.50 Register

Chaplain's Aide Training

Chaplain's Aide Training is for Boy Scouts to learn the duties, responsibilities, and opportunities of chaplaincy service in Boy Scout troops.


Date Host District Contact Phone Registration Link 
         

Climbing Training

Topping Out is a climbing tower instructor's course for adults that spans two evenings and two weekends. Climb on Safely is a prerequisite, and may be taken online at My.Scouting.org. The classes must be attended in the correct sequence: an evening class, a two-day tower class at Tellepsen Scout Camp, a second evening class, and a two-day real rock class at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, near Fredericksburg, TX. Participants learn about climbing equipment such as cams, stoppers, hexs, and anchors. Participants also learn how to effectively supervise climbing and rappelling activities.  


Date Course Location Cost Contact Registration Link   
October 20-22, 2017 Topping Out - Tower Training Tellpsen Scout Camp $60 Joe Welch Register


Commissioner 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.

Date Times Course Host Location Register Contact
12/2/17   Cub Scout Roundtable Basic Training Council Commissioner Team College of Commissioner Science Register Louis Velazquez
12/2/17   Boy Scout Roundtable Basic Training Council Commissioner Team College of Commissioner Science Register Bill Griffin
12/2/17   Commissioner Basic Training North Division College of Commissioner Science Register Ajey Chandra
12/2/17   District Commissioner/ADC Basic Training Council Commissioner Team College of Commissioner Science Register Pam White

   
Crew Committee Challenge Training

Crew Committee Challenge is intended to provide Venturing crew committee members with the basic information they need to help manage a crew. The training takes about two and a half hours to complete. 

 

Date Time Host District (Location) Contact Cost Registration Link
           

  
Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training

The Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training course is intended to provide Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters with the basic information they need to conduct successful pack meetings. The training takes about two and a half to three hours to complete and can also be taken online.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
10/7/17 8:00 - noon Thunder Wolf (Sugar Land) Scott Dreiver $0 Register
10/7/17 8:00  - 11:00 am San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $0 Register
9/16/17 8:00 - 11:00 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
9/30/17 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Texas Skies (Katy) James Yaklin $5 Register
10/7/17 8:00 - 11:00 am David Crockett (Bellville) Chyrl Goetzman $0 Register
10/14/17 8:00 - noon Texas Skies (Katy) James Yaklin $5 Register

   
Den Chief Training

Den Chief Training is basic training for Boy Scouts interested in becoming den chiefs for a Cub Scout den, and for adult leaders who wish to know more about this vital position. This course can be taken online.

Date Time Host Distict Contact Cost Registration Link
           


Den Leader Position-Specific Training

The Den Leader Position-Specific Training course provides Cub Scout den leaders with the basic information they need to conduct successful den meetings. The training takes about two and a half to three hours to complete, and can be taken online.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
10/7/17 8:00 - noon Thunder Wolf (Sugar Land) Scott Dreiver $0 Register
10/7/17 8:00  - 11:00 am San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $0 Register
10/7/17 8:00  - 11:00 am David Crockett (Bellville) Chyrl Goetzman $0 Register
10/14/17 8:00 - 11:00 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
10/14/17 8:00 - 10:00 am Texas Skies (Katy) James Yaklin $5 Register


District Committee Training

The District Committee Training Workshop is basic training for members of the district committee. The workshop also results in a well-coordinated and dedicated group of Scouters committed to achieving the mission of the council and its districts. The workshop also helps initiate a working relationship between council and district personnel.

Date Time Host District (Location) Contact Cost Registration Link
           

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Date Course Contact Phone Registration Link 


First Aid

First Aid/CPR/AED: Would you know what to do in a cardiac, breathing or first aid emergency? The right answer could help you save a life. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, our First Aid/CPR/AED courses give you the skills to save a life.First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training is universally recognized for its effectiveness. It can help ensure that everyone from the Boy Scout working on a First Aid merit badge to a Scouter leading a unit on a high-adventure trek is fully prepared.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Course prerequisites: Minimum age 14; current certification in an adult CPR course; completion of AED training.  Certification: Organizations and individuals may provide students who successfully complete the 16-hour curriculum a certificate of completion of a class that meets the criteria of the Boy Scouts of America for Wilderness First Aid (WFA). The content of this course may not deviate, either through additions or deletions, from the approved curriculum. Who is this for? Youth and adult Scout leaders are encouraged to take this first-aid course, which offers a management dimension that most curriculums fail to address. Scout leaders will likely find it the most valuable program they’ll ever take. The BSA requires at least one person (two preferred) per unit to be WFA-certified for certain high-adventure camp and backcountry experiences. This certificate will be valid for two years.

Note: Equivalent First Aid, CPR, AED and WFA training from the following nationally-recognized organizations: American Red Cross (ARC),  Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) meet the BSA training requirements. Other courses accepted by the BSA are listed here and here (page 2). BSA does not accept online CPR classes.

Date Course Location Contact Time Cost Register
10/22/2017 First Aid/CPR/AED Cockrell Scout Center Gidget Swift 8:30 am - 3:00 pm $35 (includes lunch) Register

  
Fundamentals of Training

Fundamentals of Training is designed to introduce new youth and adult trainers to teaching techniques.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
9/30/17 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Texas Skies (Katy) James Yaklin $5 Register


Hike and Learn Mini-Philmont

Hike and Learn Mini-Philmont is a weekend training for units that have already been backpacking a few times and need to enhance their skills. The activity requiring crews to break camp on Saturday morning and hike to different training locations while carrying their packs. Crews must be fully self-sufficient, including the ability to cook their own meals on the trail. Units should bring a GPS. Units should plan on cooking their own meals using backpack stoves or propane stoves.  


Date Contact Cost Registration Link
       

   
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 basic training, this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout troops and Varsity Scout teams, in order to be considered "trained." The training is a weekend course and takes about 15 hours to complete. Some courses include meals.*  What to bring to training.

Date Time Host District (Training Location) Contact Cost* Registration Link
September 28, October 7,
October 19, October 28-29,
November 9*
varies Bay Area Council (Dickinson) Mike Henderson $35 Register
October 13-14, 2017 Fr at 7:00 pm to Sat at 6:00 pm San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $11.50* Register
October 13-15, 2017** Fr at 6:00 pm to Sun at noon Thunder Wolf (Ganado) Scott Dreiver $31.50* Register

**If noted by the date, this training also includes Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training


Leave No Trace Trainer Course

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is a 16-hour, overnight course to train participants, ages 14 and up, to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs.

Date Location Contact Registration Link
10/13/17-10/15/17 Camp Brosig Nathan Doherty Register


Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Master Educator Course

The Leave No Trace Master Outdoor Ethics Educator Course is a 5-day course conducted over two weekends. The Master Educator Course is the summit of Leave No Trace training and may be taken by individuals, ages 18 and up who wish to be accredited as Master Educators by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Prior completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course is recommended.   

Date Location Contact Phone Registration Link
         

   
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

The purpose of Merit Badge Counselor Orientation 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.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
9/16/17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
9/30/17 8:00 - 9:00 am Texas Skies (Katy) James Yaklin $5 Register
10/7/17 9:30 - 10:30 am San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $0 Register
10/7/17 12:00 - 1:30 pm David Crockett (Bellville) Chyrl Goetzman $0 Register

 
Pack Committee Challenge - Pack Committee Position Specific Training

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. The training takes about two and a half to three hours to complete and can be taken online.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
9/16/17 8:00 - 11:00 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
10/717 8:00 am - noon Thunder Wolf (Sugar Land) Scott Dreiver $0 Register
10/7/17 8:00 - 9:30 am San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $0 Register
10/7/17 8:00 - 11:00 am David Crockett (Bellville) Chyrl Goetzman $0 Register
10/14/17 8:00 - 10:00 am Texas Skies (Katy) James Yaklin $5 Register

 
Philmont Training

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national High Adventure Base. Anyone interested in learning more about Philmont should attend Philmont 101. =


Date Time Course Location Cost* Registration Link
December 9, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Philmont Advisor Skills School Camp Brosig $40 Register
December 10, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Philmont Advisor Skills School Cockrell Scout Center $40 Register
April 7, 2018 1:00 - 3:00 pm Philmont 101 Cockrell Scout Center N/A Not Needed

Scouting with Special Needs

The council is committed to making Scouting accessible and enjoyable to all Scouts, regardless of their abilities. Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has included fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The BSA's policy is to treat members with disabilities as much like other members as possible. It has been traditional, however, to make some accommodations in advancement if absolutely necessary. By adapting the environment and/or our instruction methods, most Scouts with disabilities can be successful in Scouting. The disability awareness committee offers a variety of training courses.

 

Date Time Course Location Registration Link 
         


Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (S24)

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters and assistants who complete this training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Youth Protection training are considered "trained." The training takes about four and a half hours to complete, and can be taken online.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link 
September 28, October 7,
October 19, October 28-29,
November 9*
varies Bay Area Council (Dickinson) Mike Henderson $35 Register
September 30, 2017 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Texas Skies (Katy) James Yaklin $5 Register
October 6-7, 2017* 7:00 pm - 12:00 pm David Crockett (Bellville) Chyrl Goetzman $21.50 Register
October 10, 2017 8:00 am - 12:00 pm San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $0 Register
October 13-15, 2017* Fr at 6:00 pm to Sun at noon Thunder Wolf (Ganado) Scott Dreiver $31.50 Register

*If noted by the date, this training also includes Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)


Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts Adult Leader Basic Training gets back to basics and covers important key subjects including program unit resource management, training opportunities, youth advancement and recognition, program planning, effective leadership, and more.

Date Time Host District Course Contact Registration Link   
           


Shooting Sports

In Scouting events and activities, the BSA’s primary consideration is the safety of its youth and adult members. To achieve that goal, the BSA, in consultation with other organizations, has created specific guidelines for the shooting sports. These organizations also provide training and instructor certification by discipline-specific subject matter experts to prepare those individuals who will serve in a leadership or supervisory role in the various shooting sports activities.

Learn More about Shooting Sports


Date Time Course Location Cost Registration Link
9/29/17-10/1/17 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Shooting Sports Merit Badge Fulfillment Class Bovay Scout Ranch Archery $12.00
Rifle $22.00
Shotgun $32.00
Register

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 program. Learn more about the STEM program in our council.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
           

Team Committee Challenge – Team Committee Position-Specific Training  (WS11)

Team Committee Challenge is intended to provide Varsity Scout team committee members with the basic information they need to help manage a team. The training takes about an hour and a half. 

Date Time Host District Contact Registration Link
         

 
Trainer's EDGE

Trainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.

 

Date Time Location Contact Cost Registration Link
           

   
Training the Chartered Organization Representative (COR)

Training the COR helps Chartered Organization Representatives better understand their roles and responsibilities. The training takes about two to two and a half hours. 


Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
10/7/17 8:00 - 9:30 am San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $0 Register


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 available online.



Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
10/7/17 8:00 - 9:30 am San Jacinto (Seabrook) Matthew Bordelon $0 Register

Varsity Scout Coach Position-Leader Specific Training (V21)

Varsity Coach Position Specific Training provides an introduction to the Boy Scouts of America and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Varsity team leadership experience. The training takes about 12-14 hours.



Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Lin
           

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training (P21)

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training provides participants with an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. The training takes about three and a half hours. This course can be taken online.

 

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
           


Youth Protection Training (YPT), Classroom Facilitated

Classroom Facilitated YPT must be taken by adults attending or staffing a long-term camping program in a camp licensed by the State of Texas (e.g., day camp, resident camp, Boy Scout summer camp, winter camp). For more information, visit the FAQs. YPT is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse and participants will learn the Boy Scouts of America's youth protection guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Pre-registration is not required unless noted.




 
Date Time Host District Address Contact (click name to email)
Register if noted
9/30/17 9:30 am Texas Skies Holy Covenant Methodist Church
22111 Morton Ranch Road
Katy, TX 77449
Register (space is limited)
10/7/17 8:00 am Thunder Wolf Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge Rd
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Scott Driever
10/12/17 6:00 pm Copperhead
LDS Church
16203 Longenbaugh Dr
Houston, TX 77095
Dawn Venditelli
10/14/17 8:00 am & 10:30 am Texas Skies Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community 
1530 Norwalk Dr
Katy, TX 77450
James Yaklin
11/4/17 9:30 am Texas Skies
St. Peter's United Methodist Church
Deren-Huff Scout House
20755 Kingsland Blvd
Katy, TX 77450
James Yaklin
12/9/17 10:30 am Texas Skies
LDS Church Katy Stake Center
1603 Norwalk Dr
Katy, Texas 77450
James Yaklin

Note: Online Youth Protection Training is required for all newly registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. 


Training Resources

Contacts

For more information, contact your district training chair or a council training committee member.

Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912
 bennodunn@yahoo.com

Nathan Doherty
Program Director and Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308
 nathan.doherty@scouting.org