October 2010 (Updated)

Intro to Leadership Skills for Crews Replaces VLSC

Venturing Leadership Skills Course (VLSC) is being replaced by a new course entitled Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or ILSC. Originally the title was to be Crew Leadership Training (CLT) and during the review of the syllabus, the writers agreed the title Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews was a more fitting title and described the course more accurately.

The purpose of ILSC is to teach crew members with leadership positions what their new job is and how to most effectively reach success in that role.

ILSC is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. ILSC is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Venturers and is a replacement for VLSC. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required for Kodiak.

You may ask, “Why the change…?” The goal is to have a uniform, aligned training platform for all programs so that those Scouters may transition smoothly from one course to the next regardless of what type of unit they belong to. All but the intro is now “program neutral” and each course needs the same basic info as prerequisite.

The Volunteer Development Team expects this course to be released to the Scouting community within 30 days. Watch the training page on scouting.org for updates.

Training page: www.scouting.org/volunteer/training

Philmont Training Center Course Calendar for 2011 is in the works!
The 2011 PTC Course Calendar is ready for print and will be out to councils and on scouting.org by October 29, 2010. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend one or more courses at the beautiful Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.

The courses will be laid out in a collegiate-style, giving prospective attendees the opportunity to make plans to follow a track from beginning to end. Each course will be illustrated using criteria such as 1) Intended Attendee 2) Prerequisites 3) Expected Outcomes 4) Next Logical Course(s).

New courses at PTC in 2011 will include: Venturing Youth Leadership Summit, Tiger Cub to Webelos and Teaching Ethical Decisions: Coaching and Mentoring. Each of these courses is expected to be wait-listed. Be sure to get registered as soon as the course opens for registration.

Please help spread the word that the required training pilot period has changed. Originally intended to end December 31, 2010 has now been extended through 2011. The 20 pilot councils will continue their hard work in defining the future of required top leader training in 2011 to ensure a smooth rollout to all of our councils in the future. However, local councils should consider this to be a part of their program goals for 2011, as it has already been successful in many councils across the country that has increased their training percentages. If you have further questions concerning this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact Christopher Smith at the national office for more information via e-mail at christopher.smith@scouting.org.


Are you familiar with our on-line monthly podcast for Cub Scout leaders…we encourage you to check it out! http://www.scouting.org/RSS%20Feeds/CubCast.aspx and listen to our volunteer and professional subject matter experts as they give our Cub Scout packs great ideas and current information on the Cub Scout Program. You can also listen to archived monthly CubCasts from the past year as you build a program for your Cub Scout pack in 2010-2011. This is a wonderful opportunity that you don’t want to miss!

NEW NYLT Course Directors Certificates
Two new certificates are now available for NYLT Course Directors and Assistant Course Directors. They can be ordered from the Supply Group.

  • NYLT Course Director – 611622
  • NYLT Assistant Course Director – 611621

Training Courses Requiring Recertification
Most BSA training courses do not require recertification with the obvious exception for Youth Protection Training (YPT) which is required every two years. The following is a list of courses requiring recertification and the timeframe for each:

  • Trainer’s EDGE – Three years
  • Paddle Craft Safety – Three years
  • Swimming and Water Rescue – Two years
  • Safety Afloat – Two years
  • Chain Saw Safety – Two years
  • Note: National Camping School certification is good for five camping seasons.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills
If you feel you have all the skills required in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills it may not be necessary to take the course. Anyone who feels they can demonstrate all of the skills for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class should contact their District Training Chair and schedule a one-on-one session with a member of the training team.

This statement also applies to Venturing Youth (over 18 years of age) who are able to demonstrate outdoor leader skills to an IOLS Certified Course Instructor.

PLC and NAYLE: A Success for Philmont in 2010
The Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC) was conducted during the fall conference week at near capacity. PLC is an experiential course using the leadership skills taught at Wood Badge.

The 2010 National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is now history. NAYLE was open to Venturing members for the first time and had participants attend all 8 weeks. NAYLE will be offered for four sessions in 2011 at Philmont. Pending approval, it will also be offered in each of the regions. Sites and dates for the region courses have not yet been determined.