Training Updates

The Training Times

Winter 2020
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Membership Ethics

We have implemented position training requirements for the following positions:

  • Council President, Council Treasurer, Council Vice President: Completion of D71 (Council Officer Training) and Membership Ethics
  • Council Executive Board Member: Completion of H91 Council Executive Board Training and Membership Ethics

Membership Ethics is already a training requirement for district committee positions.

Due to changes in positions, not all Key 3 members have received the learning plan assignment emails, and some individuals who are no longer in a Key 3 position have received emails.

To rectify this, we have added the Key 3 Membership Ethics training into the Member’s Learn Center.  If you need this training, please use the process listed below. There is no need to email or call to have the training assigned.

  • Log in to
  • Select the Member’s learn center graphic on the right side of the home page to navigate to the Member’s learn center.
  • From the Member’s learn center home page, select Position.
  • Scroll down and select the Add Plan button for Key 3 Membership Ethics.
  • Begin the training by clicking on the title Key 3 Membership Ethics, or by clicking the My Learning tab to access and launch the course.

Scouts BSA

We are currently in the process of identifying and implementing updates in the Scouts BSA modules. A new face-to-face training syllabus that will replace the current Scoutmaster position-specific training is part of this initiative. Roll-out is expected in the first quarter of 2020.

What is Sea Scouts Module

This module is currently being updated and should be republished by December. Items include updates for new uniforms and other miscellaneous items regarding the program.


Are you on Facebook? If so, have you found the BSA volunteer training page? We have 13,800+ “Follows” and more than 13,800 “Likes,” and the number is growing every day. Encourage your Facebook friends to join us. You can find the page by logging into your Facebook account and putting “BSA Volunteer Training Team” in the search line.

CubCast and ScoutCast

Whether you have a new den, pack, or troop, or maybe you’re a seasoned Scouter looking for new best practices, the Scouting magazine podcasts have something for every Scouting leader, parent, and even professionals.

CubCast and ScoutCast start the year with a special crossover episode to discuss everything you need to know about chartered organizations and the role of the chartered organization representative.

In February, CubCast explores all the wonderful features of Scoutbook while ScoutCast uncovers the secrets for Cultivating New Leaders.

Then, come back in March for Bridging on CubCast and on ScoutCast. You’ll discover how Venturing units can be beneficial to your Scouts BSA troop.
As a bonus, each podcast features a timely Safety Moment to keep everyone Scout-safe.

You can find these and archived podcasts at There is also a transcript included with each podcast. You can subscribe to each podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss a single episode.

Send us your ideas for future podcasts by tweeting us at:

@CubCast    @BSAScoutCast

Direct-Contact Leaders Trained Goal for 2019

WHAT? National goal to achieve at least 50 percent of direct-contact leaders trained (organization-wide)

WHEN? By December 31, 2019

WHO? As listed in JTE, direct-contact leaders include

  • Cubmasters (CM)

  • Tiger Den Leaders (TL)

  • Den Leaders (DL)

  • Webelos Den Leaders (WL)

  • Scoutmasters (SM)

  • Crew Advisors (NL)

  • Skippers (SK)

So…how are we doing? We ended October 2019 with 50% DCLT!!! (46.5% at the end of October 2018).

Don’t Miss The Boat!

Volunteer development conferences in the Florida Keys! January 2020! See the flyer and below for complete conference listings and descriptions and registration information!


“…the content of these courses must be presented independently and must NOT be combined.”

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event. The target participants are  new Cub Scout leaders or volunteers who have minimal camping experience but want to plan and carry out an entry-level outdoor experience for the pack. This course is the introductory step in teaching leaders how to fulfill the promise of the outdoor program.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster position-specific training and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors.

The target participants are Scouts BSA leaders who wish to become proficient in many of the basic outdoor skills through First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster- Specifics, this course is required of all direct-contact leaders registered in a troop – to be considered “trained.” The leader (regardless of tenure) MUST attend and complete the course (this includes the camping component).

While it might be tempting for training teams to combine these outdoor trainings, BALOO and IOLS are district courses designed with different audiences and learning objectives.

BALOO and IOLS can be held concurrently; however, the content of these courses must be presented independently and must NOT be combined.

It may be beneficial to share trainers who have expertise in various skills (e.g., health and safety, knots, outdoor ethics, cooking); however, trainers should remain focused on the different  audience types, methods of  presentation, and goals of the training as they teach each course.

BALOO trainers provide entry-level skills instruction to participants while having some good Cub Scouting fun! Trainers should keep it simple while introducing the basic concepts. The teaching method of this course is through demonstrating skills to give participants the confidence necessary to plan and carry out a successful, first- time Cub Scout–level camping activity.

Alternatively, IOLS trainers should utilize a hands-on program to give leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a Scout-led troop through teaching methods, activities, and games that model the variety of teaching used in effective and engaging Scouting programs. Attendees should see and experience different aspects of how Scouting works while playing the role of Scouts in a troop.

Every youth deserves a trained leader. Every leader deserves training focused on the specifics about their particular roles in Scouting.

Sharpen Your Leadership Skills at the Summit and Philmont in 2020

Leadership Challenge is the preeminent outdoor experiential Scouting leadership course for those who have completed Wood Badge. For 2020, Summit Leadership Challenge (SLC) will be held July 5-11 at The Summit, and Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC) will be held September 20-26 at Philmont.

Both courses bring to life the potential of servant leadership through challenging and engaging activities that motivate you to follow a life of helping others succeed based on the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Scouters from across the country will observe and participate in team building and problem-solving while effectively managing challenging situations. Will you meet the challenge?

To register for Summit Leadership Challenge:

For more information about Philmont Leadership Challenge (registration coming soon):

Join SLC & PLC on Facebook!  montleadershipchallenge/

NAYLE Prepares Youth Leaders for Success in 2020

Youth leaders are invited to attend National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) at The Summit and Philmont in 2020! NAYLE builds upon skills learned during National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), with engaging activities that equip young women and men to navigate team dynamics to plan for success using tenets of servant leadership. For more than a decade, outstanding Scouts have participated in NAYLE, and these young leaders are now shaping the future of the Boy Scouts of America.

To register for NAYLE at The Summit (2 courses):

For more information about NAYLE at Philmont (6 courses; registration coming soon):

Join NAYLE on Facebook!  NAYLE/

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2020 Summit NAYLE Flyer – 02102020

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The Training Times is a publication of Scouting University
Joel Eacker – Scouting U Vice- Chair/Learning Delivery
Steven Yackel – Scouting U Department Manager
De Tan Nguyen – Learning Delivery Team Lead
Kathy Craig – Editor
Skylar Henderson—Editorial Assistant

Contributors to the Winter 2020 Edition
Caryl Lombardi
Martez Moore
Mark Nelson
Tim Rogers