Boy Scouts is a youth-led, youth-run organization, but the Scouts must be trained to be leaders. One of the Scoutmaster’s most important responsibilities is to provide the direction, coaching, and training that empowers the Scout with the skills needed to lead the troop.

Scouting’s value to young people is clear, but the advantages of Scouting are not limited to youth. Adults also develop leadership and physical skills with every training experience.

Adult training begins with the Fast Start Orientation program, followed by Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and the new Leader Specific Training. Further training can include Wood Badge for the 21st Century, which has evolved into the BSA’s core leadership skills training course. It focuses on a person’s ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults.