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
Once facilitators have been tasked with delivering the adult Youth Protection training, they should contact their Council Scout Executive for access to the materials. Access to the materials should not be shared with anyone else.
The materials are packaged as a zipped file that contains facilitator’s guides and PowerPoint slide decks for each of the mandatory and recommended Youth Protection training modules, copies of the video files embedded in the PowerPoint slide decks, a copy of the end-of-course test for the current year, and a sample training attendance report. You’ll also find an optional Chief’s video (M4 Overview – Chief.mp4)
All other versions of Facilitator Led Training are superseded by the materials available through your Scout Executive.
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.
STEM Nova Program, Nova Counselor, and Supernova Mentor Training are now available at my.scouting.org, click “BSA Learn Center” then “STEM in Scouting”. To access them,
Create or log into your account at my.scouting.org
Click on “BSA Learn Center”
Select the “Expanded Learning” category, then select “STEM IN SCOUTING”
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 (New syllabus under development)
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 Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Lion, 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 Scouts BSA 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.
Instructor Syllabus (August 2018)
Instructor Syllabus – Spanish Version (January 2016)
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)(NEW)
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 Scouts BSA troops 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.
Spanish Syllabus (NEW)
Chartered Organization Representative Training
NOTE: Online training modules for the Chartered Organization Representative are available in the BSA Learn Center on My.Scouting
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.
Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training (New syllabus in development)
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 (New syllabus in development)
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.
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 Scouts BSA 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 Scouts BSA 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.
Advanced Unit Chaplain and Chaplain Aide Training
Councils may now provide Unit Chaplain and Unit Chaplain Aide training which includes participation by the Chartered Organization Representative at their convenience. This easy to download syllabus is intended to reinforce not only the relationship with the Chartered Partner but connect these Scouts and Scouters with other units in their districts and council. They may learn best practices to strengthen their roles as Chaplains and Chaplain Aides, inspire more Duty to God activities and foster understanding of the many faiths represented in the Boy Scouts of America.
The Course Code for this training is D86.
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.
Instructor Syllabus. (Oct 2018)
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 Janice Downey, 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
Philmont Training Center
Since 1950 The Philmont Training Center (PTC) has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.
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 2019 volunteer development conferences.
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Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, 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.
Council Executive Board Orientation
Click here for videos, facilitator guides, lesson plans and more resources. The 17-module training has been developed to assist you in understanding and carrying out your responsibilities as a council executive board member—officer, committee chair, or council member at large, or Advisory Council.
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 (NEW – Sept 2018)
- 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.
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
Weather Hazards (Now required for Direct Contact Leader Position Trained Requirements)
Climb On 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