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.

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 ScoutBoy Scout, and Venturing 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. Venturing Leaders must take Venturing YPT online at my.Scouting.org.

Take YPT online 

Classroom Facilitated 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 an upcoming classroom facilitated YPT course


Youth ProtectionTraining 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, at Cub Leader Pow Wow in November, University of Scouting in February, 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. Adults attending day camp or resident camp must also take Classroom Facilitated YPT. Find a Classroom Facilitated YPT course near you.

Additional Cub Scout Training Opportunities

BALOO logoBALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) is a course 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. 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 logoCub Scout 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!
 
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.
 
Webelos Den Leader patchOutdoor 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. This course is recommended for Bear leaders and Webelos leaders. 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.
 
fleur-de-leisThis 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 and can be taken online at my.Scouting.org.
 
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 interventionCyber Chipfirst aid and CPRHazardous WeatherSafe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.   
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity 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. Classes en Español and youth courses (Webelos, Boy Scouts) 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, crews and teams 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)          .                                                                                                                                    
 
 

 

Boy Scout Leader Training

As a Boy 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 Boy Scout program.

Boy Scout Leader Basic Training

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

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. Adults attending Boy Scout summer camp or winter camp must also take Classroom Facilitated YPT. Find a Classroom Facilitated YPT course near you, or attend a class at University of Scouting.

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training provides troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Find a course near you. 

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. 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 his or her role and responsibilities in support of the adult leaders in the unit, to provide a quality troop experience for the Scouts.

Additional Boy Scout 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 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 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, Hazardous Weather, 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 Boy Scout 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.
 
fleur-de-leisThis 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 and can be taken online at my.Scouting.org.
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity 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.  Classes en Español and youth courses for Boy Scouts 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, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
 
fleur-de-leisYouth Training courses are available for Boy Scouts including Chaplain's Aide Training, Den Chief Training, National Youth Leader Training (NYLT), Powder Horn, and Troop Guide Conference.                                                                       
 

 

 

Varsity Leader Training

As a Varsity 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 programs 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 program.



Varsity Leader Basic Training

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

1. Youth Protection Training(YPT) online at my.Scouting.org, and
2. Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training, and
3. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Varsity 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 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 at my.Scouting.org. Registered members of the BSA should provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.  Adults attending Boy Scout Summer Camp must also take Classroom Facilitated YPT. Find a Classroom Facilitated YPT course near you or attend a class at University of Scouting.

Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training provides coaches with the information and tools they need to lead successful team. VLST is offered at University of Scouting in February. Find additional courses near you.

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. Find a course near you.

Additional Varsity Scout 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.                                                                    
 
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, Hazardous Weather, Climb on Safely, Trek Safely, Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.  
 
Cubcast logoScoutcast is a monthly podcast that provides information on topics of interest to Boy Scout 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.
 
fleur-de-leisThis 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 and can be taken online at my.Scouting.org.
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity 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.  Classes en Español and youth courses for Webelos and Boy Scouts 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, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
 
fleur-de-leisYouth Training courses are available for Boy Scouts including Chaplain's Aide Training, Den Chief Training, National Youth Leader Training (NYLT), Powder Horn, and Troop Guide Conference.                                                                        
 
 

 

Venturing Leader Training

As a Venturing 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 programs 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 program.

Venturing Leader Basic Training

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

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

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. Adults attending Boy Scout summer camp must also take Classroom Facilitated YPT. Find a Classroom Facilitated YPT course near you or attend a class at University of Scouting.

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 near you.

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, Hazardous Weather, 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 Boy Scout 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.
 
fleur-de-leisThis 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 and can be taken online at my.Scouting.org.
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity 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.  Classes en Español and youth courses (Webelos, Boy Scouts) 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, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
 
fleur-de-leisYouth Training courses are available for Boy Scouts including Chaplain's Aide Training, Den Chief Training, National Youth Leader Training (NYLT), Powder Horn, and Troop Guide Conference.                                                                        
 
 

 

Sea Scouts Leader Basic Training

As a Sea Scouts 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 programs 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 program.

Sea Scouts Leader Basic Training

Sea Scout Leaders are considered trained once they have completed:

  1. Venturing Youth Protection Training online at my.Scouting.org, and
  2. Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training

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. Adults attending Boy Scout summer camp or winter camp must also take classroom facilitated  YPT. Find a classroom YPT course near you or attend a class at University of Scouting.

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 near you.

Required courses to lead water activities

BSA requires the following training courses to conduct water activities and file a tour plan:

  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.
 
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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, Hazardous Weather, Climb on Safely, Trek Safely, Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.  
 
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Scoutcast is a monthly podcast that provides information on topics of interest to Boy Scout 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.
 
fleur-de-leisThis 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 and can be taken online at my.Scouting.org.
 
university of scouting graphicUniversity 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. Classes en Español and youth courses for Webelos and Boy Scouts 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, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
 
fleur-de-leisYouth Training courses are available for Boy Scouts including Chaplain's Aide Training, Den Chief Training, National Youth Leader Training (NYLT), Powder Horn, and Troop Guide Conference.                                                                        
 
 

 

 

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 (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.

Online course available at My.Scouting.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 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