Volunteer Training

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What Makes a Trained Leader?

Fast Start Training

  • Take immediately after registering as a leader and before meeting with youth members
  • Course is specific to the program (Cub Scout leader, Boy Scout leader, Varsity Coach, or Venturing crew leader).
  • Offered through MyScouting.org, or available on DVD

Youth Protection Training

  • Required for all leaders who have direct contact with youth
  • Recommended for parents of all youth
  • Teaches do’s and don’ts of working with youth
  • Offered through MyScouting.org, or your district/council

This Is Scouting

  • New online training session that replaced New Leader Essentials
  • Offered through through MyScouting.org
  • DVD (No. 36118) available for areas with limited Web access

Position-Specific Training

  • Hands-on training in how to run meetings and work with youth
  • Based on leader’s position
    • Cub Scout leaders, assistants, pack committee, and pack trainers
    • Boy Scout leaders and assistants
    • Varsity Coaches and assistants
    • Venturing crew leaders and assistants
    • Offered by the district or council as group training, small group training, or personal coaching

    Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

    • Teaches Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Coaches basic outdoor leader skills
    • Offered by the district or council as hands-on training

    A direct-contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the above-mentioned training courses.

    Supplemental Adult Training

    Cub Scout Leaders

    Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

    • A one-day training event, presented by the council, that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping

    Cubcast

    • A monthly audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to information for Cub Scouting leaders and parents

    Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders

    • Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants
    • Teaches outdoor-related skills and activity badge instruction through demonstration and hands-on practice
    • Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den.
    • Offered through the council

    Pow Wows/University of Scouting

    • An annual training conference for Cub Scout leaders by a council or district
    • Generally includes sections on games, crafts, skits and puppets, ceremonies, administration, and Webelos activity badge skills

    Boy Scout Leaders

    Powder Horn

    • High-adventure resource training provided by the council
    • Designed to expose older Scouts and adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high-adventure unit-level program

    The Trainer's EDGE

    • The required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs
    • Supplements the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development
    • Offered through the council

    Troop Committee Challenge

    • Required for every troop committee member
    • Committee members learn and identify their roles and responsibilities
    • Available through MyScouting.org

    Venturing Leaders

    Powder Horn

    • High-adventure resource training provided by the council
    • Designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scout adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high-adventure unit-level program

    Training for All Volunteers

    Hazardous Weather

    • Must be completed prior to submitting a tour permit application to the local council
    • Presents safety precautions for weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs
    • Offered through the Online Learning Center and on DVD (No. 19-700)

    Philmont Leadership Challenge

    • Adult leaders live in the Philmont backcountry and practice leadership skills learned in Wood Badge for the 21st Century.

    Philmont Training Center 

    • The Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico, provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional leaders.

    Roundtables/Program Forums

    • Provide quality resources, knowledge, and skills to unit leaders
    • Roundtables are usually conducted monthly in every district. Contact your district for more information.

    ScoutParent Unit Coordinator

    • Assists the coordinators in understanding their specific roles
    • Gives tips on how to effectively use the ScoutParents program to involve more parents in all of our Scouting programs
    • Each unit is required to have at least one ScoutParents unit coordinator to implement the ScoutParents program.
    • Available online through MyScouting.org

    Supplemental Training Modules

    • Provide orientation beyond the basic training offered in This Is Scouting and leader position-specific training
    • Download subjects that are of interest for personal or unit use. There are no training credits associated with the completion of these units of study.
    • Additional training units are being developed and will be continually added.

    Wood Badge

    • Advanced training in leadership skills
    • Available to all leaders in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing, as well as council and district Scouters
    • Offered through the council

    For more information on training opportunities, go to www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.

     

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