Training

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 Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturer desires. Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the Training Schedule for a list of district and council trainings.

Joining Courses

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 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. 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. Venturing Leaders must take Venturing YPT online.

Classroom YPT:  All adults attending day camp, Resident Camp or Boy Scout summer camp must also take classroom facilitated Youth Protection Training as required by the state. Find a classroom facilitated YPT course near you.

Basic Leader Training

Cub Scout Leader Training

Boy Scout Leader Training

Sea Scouts Leader Training
Varsity Leader Training
Venturing Leader Training

Additional Training Opportunities

The College of Commissioner Science is held in December for new and experienced commissioners or any adult leader that is curious about the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement.
Cub Leader Pow Wow is held in November and is a day of training for Cub Scout leaders and parents to increase knowledge and improve skills. Leaders choose from a wide variety of sessions and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas!
The Training Schedule has a list a list of district and council trainings
University of Scouting is a one-day supplemental training in February with a variety of courses designed to give additional information in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts, commissioner service, high adventure, conservation, Order of the Arrow, in addition to clases en Español and youth courses (Webelos, Boy Scouts)
Wood 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 with courses in team building, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.

Supplemental Training

Aquatics 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.
BSA 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.
ClimbingThe 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:  The conservation committee offers several courses including Leave No Trace, Outdoor Ethics and Project Wild.
COPE (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.
Health & Safety Courses: The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership.
The Order of the Arrow offers are variety of training courses for Colonneh Lodge members.
Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL) 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. Find a course near you.
Powder 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 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. Find a Roundtable near you.
Shooting Sports: The shooting sports committee offers a variety of 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.
Trainer's EDGE: District volunteers who wish to serve on the district training team may be recommended to attend the Trainer Development Conference. This training covers training methods for adult learners. Find a course near you.
Youth Training courses are available for Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts and Order of the Arrow members.

Online Training

There are many training courses that can be taken online at MyScouting.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 MyScouting.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 MyScouting.org, click E-Learning on the left hand side. Program related trainings are listed under tabs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and general).
  • 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.

Training Validation:  After logging onto MyScouting.org, click on "Training Validation" to check if your trainings 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. 

Training Discrepancies: If you notice any discrepancies in your training records, please use this tool to report any trainings that are NOT showing on your MyScouting.org account.

Online course available at MyScouting.org

  • Youth Protection Training:  Youth Protection Training, Venturing Youth Protection
  • Introduction Courses:  Fast Start, This is Scouting
  • Leader Position-Specific Training:  Troop Committee Challenge, Leader Position Specific: Tiger Cub, Wolf Cub, Bear Cub, Webelos, Cubmaster, Pack Trainer, 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 Resources

Contacts

For questions about training, please contact your district training chair.