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.
These courses are required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. 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.
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. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database
if the module is experienced online.
Venturing Youth Protection Training
This course is required for all adult Venturing leaders. 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 minutes.
Youth Protection Pledge Cards
Take the pledge to keep our Scouts safe by following the BSA’s Youth Protection policies. Half the pledge is signed and given
to the council; the other half stays with you in pocket card format as a reminder. The links below, in English and
Spanish versions, will print four-up on a sheet.
Orientation courses are designed to help Scouters learn more about their Scouting role and about other leadership positions
in the program.
These courses are intended to be used to provide an orientation for Scouts, Scouters, and parents about Scouting and the
STEM program and the STEM opportunities in Scouting. The instructor-led course is designed to be used with the STEM
Orientation slide deck at roundtables and other training events.
Sea Scout Adult Leader Fast Start Training is designed for anyone wanting to learn more about the basics of the Sea Scout
program. It will provide an orientation of the program and show how Sea Scouts work to better serve the youth involved
in the program.
Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses
These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most
cases, completing the course will make a Scouter “trained” for the role(s) covered in the course. E-learning versions of
some courses may be found below in the E-learning section.
Basic Leader Requirements
Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role? This sheet explains the training requirements
for all unit-level leaders.
Den Leader Position-Specific Training
The link below is to the syllabus that is to be used by trainers in presenting the stand-alone den leader position-specific
course. This course is intended to provide Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools
they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos training,
along with Youth Protection training, are considered trained for their position.
Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (NEW)
The instructor’s guide below is intended to be used by trainers leading Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training. The course
will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters
and assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course,
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and
Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for those positions. There is no change to the My.Scouting
Tools code (S24) for the course.
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 Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered
in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”.
Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training
Below is the instructor’s guide for the Venturing crew Advisor and assistant training. The course will provide an introduction
to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience.
Chartered Organization Representative Training
The training outline and resources for training chartered organization representatives can be found at the link below.
Troop Committee Challenge
The Troop Committee Challenge is designed for troop committee members and becomes the course (along with Youth Protection
training) troop committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to
conduct the course for troop committee members.
Crew Committee Challenge—Crew Committee Position-Specific Training
The Crew Committee Challenge is designed for crew committee members and becomes the course (along with the Venturing version
of Youth Protection training) crew committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below
is for trainers to conduct the course for crew committee members.
Team Committee Challenge—Team Committee Position-Specific Training
The Team Committee Challenge is designed for team committees and becomes the course (along with Youth Protection training)
team committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to conduct the
course for team committee members.
Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training
The link below is to the instructor guide that is to be used by trainers in presenting the stand-alone Cubmaster and assistant
Cubmaster position-specific course. This course is intended to provide Cubmasters with the information and tools
they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout pack. Cubmasters and assistants who complete this training and Youth Protection
training are considered “trained” for both positions.
Pack Committee Challenge—Pack Committee Position-Specific Training
The Pack Committee Challenge is designed for pack committees and is the course (along with Youth Protection training) pack
committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to conduct the course
for pack committee members.
STEM Nova Counselor Training
These courses are intended to provide training for STEM Nova counselors. The intructor-led course is designed to be used
with the training slide deck at group courses.
STEM Supernova Mentor Training
This course is a self-study training course for STEM Supernova mentors.
Supplemental Training Courses
These courses are designed to help Scouters with a particular skill or to enhance their Scouting role. Additional modules
may be found on the “Supplemental” link in the upper-left section of this page.
Roundtable Planning Guides
Providing knowledge, program ideas, skills, and fun resources is the purpose behind the
Roundtable Planning Guides for Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders. Using this guide along with local resources,
roundtable commissioners can enable and motivate unit leaders to deliver an outstanding program to their Scout troops.
The guide is designed to allow program topics to be used in the order best suited for your district.
CubCast and ScoutCast
The podcasts are monthly audio presentations that provide information on topics of interest to Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders.
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 area training chair for information about upcoming courses
in your area.
Outdoor Skills Training Courses
These courses are designed to help Scouters with skills related to the BSA’s outdoor program.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in
adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component
in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with
the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience. Completion of this
course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.
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.
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
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.
These courses are designed to help Scouters learn or improve their presentation skills.
The Fundamentals of Training
This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout
trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended
for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn
the BSA’s training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.
The Trainer’s EDGE
While the Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers
wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills.
Administration of Training
These resources are designed to assist training teams that administer training in a unit, council, area, or region.
Guide to Leader Training
This new guide outlines the basic responsibilities for volunteer leader training committees and the methods of BSA volunteer
training. To be sure that information is up-to-date, the guide does not include the forms and other resources that
are more easily available, and more current, via Scouting.org. The training pages of Scouting.org will help you find
the current resources, forms, and courses available—as well as the latest in BSA training.
Application for a Council to Conduct Wood Badge and NYLT
The first step for a council to conduct one of these advanced training courses is to submit an application. A form has been
developed that will serve for applying for Wood Badge and NYLT. Simply fill out the form and send it to the Volunteer
Development Team for processing.
Application to Conduct a SEABADGE Course
The first step for a council, area, or region to conduct the advanced national training course known as SEABADGE is to submit
an application. A new form has been developed that serves as the method for making application. Simply fill out the
form and send it to Keith Christopher, National Director, Sea Scouts, BSA for processing.
Fillable Training Cards
In conjunction with the Volunteer Development Team, the National Supply Group has released the latest version of the pocket-sized
certificate of training. Simply specify SKU 615012 when ordering from your local Scout Shop or through
scoutstuff.org. Click on the link below to open a pdf template that has been created for convenience in filling
out these portable training records.
National Training Conferences
Florida Sea Base
Join us in the beautiful Florida Keys to learn with experienced and informed Scouters with ample time to enjoy the climate
and beauty of the Keys. Click
here to sign up for one of our January 2018 volunteer development conferences.
Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub
Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters
all are welcome and belong here.
Course Director’s and Area Training Conferences
2018 Course Director’s and Area Training Conference Registration
Click here for the most up-to-date listing of Wood Badge and NYLT Course Director’s Conferences in your region
or area and across the nation. The accompanying links for registering for each conference will be available as listed.
Many of this year’s Course Director’s Conferences have been combined with other functional conferences, creating
an atmosphere of learning on a larger scale and allowing for the sharing of resources and ideas. You will find these
Area Training Conferences listed here as well.
Training Awards for Adult Leaders in Units
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership
roles. Progress record forms with the 2012 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below.
- Den Leader Training Award
- Training Awards
District Committee Awards
The files below contain updated requirements for the Scouter’s Key for District Committee Members and new requirements for
the Scouter’s Training Award for District Committee Members. See the Spring 2013
for additional details.
Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of
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. These include:
Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat Weather Hazards Climb On Safely Trek Safely
Leader Position-Specific Training
Leader Position-Specific: Den Leader Leader Position-Specific: Cubmaster Leader Position-Specific: Pack Trainer Leader Position-Specific:
Pack Committee Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Advisor Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Committee