Adult Training Overview
This section provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to
help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program. Many of the courses can be taken
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.
Fast Start Orientation Training
Intended to be taken by pack, troop, team, and crew leaders, as well as ScoutParent unit coordinators,
unit commissioners, and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of
their new role; Fast Start is designed to help new leaders understand the fundamentals of their specific
program and give insight into the various leadership roles of the people they will be working with.
Leaders will learn their responsibilities and how to keep things organized, fun, and exciting, along
with information about other resources available to help assist in them in their new position. This
training is offered online or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.
This Is Scouting
This 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. Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.
What Makes a Trained Leader
Need to know what are the requirements to be fully trained? This sheet explains the training
requirements for all top leaders.
Boy Scout Leader Assessment Tool
This tool is designed to help Boy Scout leaders assess their strengths and weaknesses in regard to the
current Boy Scout leader training courses. Your results will be used to help the national Boy Scout
organization and your local council to iprove their training courses and help identify the training
needs of the general membership.
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection training 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.
After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section's topic. This course must
be completed to earn the "Trained" emblem. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records
database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.
Venturing Youth Protection Training
This course is required for Venturing leaders who have direct contact with youth. This training will
help leaders understand and guide youth through possible problems as it relates to abuse. You will also
learn about the issues you may face as a leader to help provide a safer environment for the crew members
and to protect yourself from false accusations. This training is available online or on a DVD.
Estimated time to complete: 40 mintues.
Cub Scout Den Leader Position-Specific Training
The link below is to the syllabus for trainers to use in presenting the standalone den leader specifics
course. The course is intended to provide Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear den leaders with the information and
tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete this training and Youth
Protection training are considered "trained" for all three positions.
Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training
Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training can now be completed online if an instructor-led course is
not possible. This course will give new leaders the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. Part
one is an introduction to Scouting and the Cub Scout pack, while part two is a module on how Cub Scouts
have fun in the pack and the den. The third part is focused on specific training for Cubmasters, den
leaders, pack committee members, and pack trainers.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
This one day course is 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.
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)
The ILST course is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troops understand
their responsiblities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those
responsibilities. ILST replaces Troop Leadership Training and is a prerequisite for Boy Scouts to
participate in more advanced leadership courses (i.e., National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and
National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)).
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. This course is required of all direct contact
leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to wear the Trained patch.
Check with your District Training Committee for the next scheduled course.
Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL or WLOT)
This course 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 can be taught as a stand-alone experience but is often presented in
conjunction with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).
Early Rank Requirements Video
Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank requirements video.
Troop Committee Challenge
Available both as an instructor-led course and online, this course focuses on the core beliefs, aims,
and methods of Scouting. It specifically helps each committee member learn and identify his or her role
and responsibilities in support of the unit in order to provide a quality troop experience for the
Scouts. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.
Varsity Leader Specific Training
This is the syllabus for the instructor-led course for Varsity Scout leaders. The course will provide
an introduction to the Boy Scouts of America and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources
that will ensure a successful Varsity team ledership experience.
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC)
ILSC is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their
responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those
responsibilities. ILSC replaces the Venturing Leadership Skills Course (VLSC) and is a prerequisite for
Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses (i.e., National Advanced Youth
Leadership Experience (NAYLE) and the Kodiak Challenge).
Crew Officer Orientation
Providing support to new Venturing crew leaders, this self-paced course covers crew officers' roles and
responsibilities, resources crew officers need and use, working with Advisors and older adults, and how
to plan your crew's annual program, along with other planning resources.
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILSS)
ILSS is intended to help Sea Scouts in leadership positions within their ship understand their
responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those
responsibilities. ILSS replaces the Venturing Leadership Skills Course (VLSC) and is a prerequisite for
Sea Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses (i.e., National Advanced Youth
Leadership Experience (NAYLE) and the Kodiak Challenge).
Supplemental training modules are designed to provide Scouting leaders with orientation beyond the
basic training offered in This Is Scouting and leader-specific training.
Camp Health Officer Training
This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a camp health
officer at a council or district camping facility.
Climb On Safely
Climb On Safely covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling and is required training
for at least one adult leader on any type of Scouting outing that involves climbing or rappelling. You
will watch a brief video broken into three sections and answer questions after each section. Completion
is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes.
Take this session and have a broader understanding and deeper appreciation of the diverse range of ages
and life experiences of the volunteers and professionals in our organization. You will be able to
recognize and define the four generational groups of people currently in the BSA.
The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant -
one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience
- but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting,
an adventure with a purpose.
This mentoring workshop will introduce participants to the two different styles of mentoring, as well
as their benefits and when these models are appropriate. Using the mentoring framework, the participants
will enter into a mentoring relationship using learned conversations to demonstrate mentoring in
Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder
Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to
conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your council
training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.
Safe Swim Defense
All swimming activities in Scouting are required to follow the eight basic principles known
collectively as the Safe Swim Defense plan. A unit that follows the plan can expect a safe, enjoyable
aquatic experience. Safe Swim Defense is required for BSA tour permits.
All boating activities in Scouting are required to follow the nine basic principles of Safety Afloat.
With an emphasis on accident prevention through proper preparation and skills, a unit that follows
Safety Afloat can expect a safe, enjoyable activity. Safety Afloat is required for BSA tour permits for
any trip afloat.
"Trek Safely" covers seven key safety points about trekking and is recommended for adult leaders
organizing any type of trek. You will watch a brief video broken into two sections and answer questions
after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module
is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes.
Weather Hazards training must be completed prior to requesting a tour permit from the BSA. The module
presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and
traditional weather signs. You will answer questions about the topics after each section. Completion is
noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.
Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.
Philmont Training Center
Since 1950 The Philmont Training Center (PTC) has provided a unique environment for training volunteer
and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.
National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience
National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) offers participants an unforgettable Philmont
backcountry wilderness experience that develops leadership and teamwork skills, using the core elements
of NYLT to make these skills intuitive.
Physical Wellness Training was developed to help prepare attendees for the 2010 National Scout
Jamboree. It is appropriate for leadership in all program areas and for Boy Scout and Venturing youth.
The module focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit. Learning objectives include the ability to define physical
wellness; identify ways to improve the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit; describe the role
self-responsibility plays in wellness; and answer questions about nutrition. Completion is noted
automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time
to complete: 40 minutes.
The Trainer's EDGE
The Trainer's EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required
train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. It is meant to supplement the practice offered
through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level
of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this
course is intended to "train the trainer" on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience
in methods and media.
Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide
Providing knowledge, program ideas, skills, and fun resources is the purpose behind the Boy Scout
Roundtable Planning Guide. Using this guide along with local resources, Boy Scout roundtable
commissioners can enable and motivate unit leaders to deliver an outstanding program to their Scout
troops. The 2011-2012 planning guide is designed to allow program topics to be used in the order best
suited for your district.
Staffing the District Committee
This session will assist you in recruiting the right people to get Scouting done in your district.
Learn how the coordinated meeting makes the best use of time, as it breaks out into six operating
committees that interact with one another.
Wood Badge Scholarships
Both the AFL-CIO and the VFW recognize the value of Scouting and particularly the value of Wood Badge
training. Both organizations offer scholarships to their chapter members to better equip them to serve
the youth of their communities. Each of the four regions can award up to three scholarships a year.
Applications can be downloaded, printed, and sent to the Volunteer Development Team at the national
office. Deadline for submitting both applications is March 31st.
Volunteer Development Training at the National High Adventure Sea Base
Want to escape the winter weather next January? The Volunteer Training Team is offering four training
conferences that you might be interested in attending.
Passport to High Adventure Training Outline
This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure
treks using Leave No Trace techniques.
Philmont Training Center Masters Track Application
The Philmont Training Center now offers a Masters Track Square Knot that you may have completed all or
part of the requirements if you have visited the training center in the past two years. If not, this is
one you might want to be working on the future.
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