Cub Scout leaders are considered trained when they have completed (1)Youth Protection, (2)This Is Scouting and the (3)Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their position.
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed (1)Youth Protection, (2)This Is Scouting, (3)Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and (4)Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
Pack or Troop Committee members are considered trained when they have completed (1)Youth Protection, (2)This Is Scouting and the (3)Troop Committee Challenge as their Leader Specific training.
Varsity Scout leaders and assistants are considered trained when they have completed (1)Youth Protection, (2)This Is Scouting, (3)Varsity Scout Leader Specific Training, and (4)Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
Venturing Crew Advisors, Assistant Advisors, and Crew Committee members are considered trained when they have completed (1)Youth Protection, (2)This Is Scouting and (3)Venturing Leader Specific Training.
Training of adults to successfully deliver the Boy Scout program has evolved into a well-presented, thorough, curriculum of courses to be completed in sequence. Here are the courses you need to fulfill your commitment of an adult leader.
YPT ensures boys involved in scouting are kept safe. At least one adult on every Scout outing must be Youth Protection Trained.
Before being involved with boys, EVERY adult should complete Youth Protection Online and all registered adult volunteers must complete it and fully understand the Youth Protection Policies of the BSA.
The first step for any new adult volunteer in a Pack or Troop, no matter what the position may be. The Fast Start training is short and should be taken as soon as possible after you have accepted a leadership position. The Fast Start program has been designed to provide an immediate comfort level for new leaders and enables them to say, 'I can do this!', but it should be soon followed by more comprehensive training.
Fast Start Training can be Found here!
This Is Scouting is an online interactive learning experience Found here! that is divided into six modules. It picks up where Fast Start left off and introduces participants to the following areas of the Scouting program.
Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the scouting program, training for a specific Scouting position continues through Leader Specific training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies. This training is classroom-led. Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:
Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program. Training in outdoor skills is required before taking scouts on outings.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) will provide Boy Scout leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start and guide a program the right way. Completion of this course is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is normally a day and a half long and conducted at a local scout camp on a weekend.
BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout leaders is a one-day training event that introduces participants to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout, and it is required that at least one adult per pack complete BALOO training in order to apply for tour permits. BALOO training is offered by individual districts.
OWL - Outdoor Webelos Leader Training is for all Webelos leaders. This training course covers the skills & resources needed to teach the outdoor activity badges and helps to provide good & safe outdoor experiences. Completion of this training is required before a Webelos den can go on a campout. This is district-scheduled training.
There are many more opportunities for volunteers to improve their skills and understanding of the Boy Scout program. Some are required before holding certain types of events.
Assess yourself with the Boy Scout Leader Assessment Tool - The intended audience for this self-assessment tool is adult Boy Scout leaders, specifically scoutmasters, assistant scoutmasters, Troop Committee members, Boy Scout Commissioners, and Boy Scout trainers. This tool is designed to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses in regard to the current Boy Scout leader training courses.