Spring 2012

The Training Times

Spring 2012
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Training Leaders, not just running training courses!

2012 Spanish Wood Badge Course

The Boy Scouts of America, along with the team leadership of National executive board member Jose Niño invite you to the first-ever Spanish Wood Badge Course at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico to be held in conjunction with our friends from Scouts de Mexico.  Certain segments of this course will also be conducted in English.

This history-making course will take place at the Philmont Training Center in beautiful Cimarron, New Mexico from July 29th – August 4th, 2012.  The registration fee for this course is $400 (excluding transportation).

For more information, please contact Oscar Santoyo in the Program Impact Department via email at oscar.santoyo@scouting.org.

2012 Spanish Wood Badge Registration

2012 Wood Badge Nacional en Español

Los Boy Scouts de América, le invitan al primer curso de Wood Badge Nacional en Español, en el Centro de Entrenamiento de  Philmont en Cimarron, Nuevo México.  Este curso será dirigido por el Sr. José Niño, miembro del Comité Ejecutivo de la Junta de Directores del Concilio Nacional. Nuestros amigos de Scouts de México nos acompañarán. Algunos segmentos del curso se ofrecerán en inglés para facilitar la integración de todos los participantes.

Este curso único e histórico se celebrará del 29 de julio al 4 de agosto de 2012, rodeado de la belleza natural inigualable que nos ofrece Philmont.  Registración para este curso es $400 (sin transportación).

Para más información favor de comunicarse vía telefónica o por correo electrónico con Oscar Santoyo, del Departamento de Impacto de Programa al: o oscar.santoyo@scouting.org.    ¡Pendientes para más detalles!

Registracion del Wood Badge en Espanol 2012

Join Us At The Philmont Training Center This Year!

Through partnerships with national committees including advancement, alumni, commissioners, membership, mission impact, outdoor adventures, health and safety, properties, finance, international, our faith based partners, the Order of the Arrow, youth development, professional development, and the regions, the Volunteer Training Committee and the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico offer a variety of week-long conferences for every adult leader in Scouting.

At PTC you will be learning from the subject matter experts and members of the national committees who have developed the programs, as well as other great volunteers and professionals.  This summer each of the regions are sponsoring a week at the training center, in most cases hosted by the region Key-3, with added program designed around the needs within each region.

A PTC conference is your opportunity to learn best practices and hear what is being developed for the future, while providing feedback and ideas from your own Scouting experience.  At the same time your spouse and family will take part in their own adventures through a program of staff-led, age appropriate activities.  For more information on the Philmont Training Center, to learn about the 2012 conference opportunities, and to register for a conference, visit www.philmonttrainingcenter.org.

Come experience the many learning opportunities this summer or fall while basking in the Scouting heritage that is Philmont!

Why Aren’t I “Trained”?

At the beginning of 2012 This is Scouting was removed from the list of courses that most leaders need to take to be considered “trained” in ScoutNET and to wear the Trained patch.  So how come Scouters who were only missing This is Scouting when the change was made were not automatically marked as “trained” in ScoutNET?

ScoutNET only updates a record when there is a related change in that record. It does not automatically scan every leader to see if they meet the criteria.

ScoutNET is a complicated, 90s-era software in the middle of a major update, so creating a new query to look at all records and update them is a very challenging process.  Keep in mind that ScoutNET contains not only records of our current 1+ million adults, it includes everyone who has been registered since 1999 plus merit badge counselors, FOS and endowment prospects, etc.

We know that the number of Scouters who took all the necessary courses except This is Scouting is a relatively small number, but we also know that regardless of the number it is a real issue for those individual Scouters and councils with required training policies.

We are looking into a query to do an update, but it is expensive and difficult.  That is why we made the change at the beginning of the year, after most units had rechartered and the year-end process was complete.  That would give us almost another year before it became critical for the Journey to Excellence and another round of rechartering.  We also know that the majority of our volunteers will need to take YPT in 2012 since they took it in 2010 for the jamboree, or because that was the first year of the big press for mandatory YPT.  As soon as they take the course it will update their records.  (We also know that a new system is coming that promises to make this easier.)

Many councils are updating the individuals’ training on a case-by-case basis through ScoutNET and the Volunteer Training Team can help with that process.

NEW! Leader Specific Training for LDS Den Leaders

As promised, the new Leader-Specific Training for Den Leaders in units chartered to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now available for download on the Training page of Scouting.org.  This instructor-led course uses terms that LDS leaders are familiar with to help those leaders become knowledgeable and comfortable in conducting den meetings, and familiar with the resources of the BSA.  It can be conducted in a variety of settings, with minimal set up or needed resources. From start to finish, the course can be completed in about 2 hours; making it easy to conduct on a single weeknight or other convenient time. This course, plus YPT of course, qualifies the den leader to wear the Trained patch on their uniform.

New Training Award Requirements

Last year the national council’s awards committee conducted a review of the hundreds of awards presented to Scouts and adults in the BSA. Many recommendations were made to simplify and update procedures, and the awards themselves.

Among the recommendations was the update of some awards and/or the knots that represent them on the uniform. These include the training awards and the Cub Scouting awards.

For example, to give the award the same recognition as the other top unit leader awards, the Cubmaster Award will become the Cubmaster’s Key and use the Scouter’s Key knot. The Cub Scouter and Pack Trainer Awards will use the Scouter’s Training Award knot. The Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and Webelos Den Leader’s Awards will use the Den Leader’s Award knot. Devices to be worn on the knots will be available to indicate which awards, and for which program awards were earned.

Scouters who have earned the awards previously will still be able to wear the old knots as long as they are available.

The requirements to earn the awards will be similar to the current requirements, but have been updated to reflect current training, the emphasis on program planning, and the Journey to Excellence.  They will continue to require training, tenure, and performance.  This is Scouting which was removed from the “basic” training set for most positions, but is still a valuable course to help leaders understand the Scouting program and its history, will be a part of the award requirements.

The new requirements will be released at the National Annual Meeting in late May and will be posted on the Training page of Scouting.org after the meeting.  Scouters who have begun work on the awards using the previous requirements will be able to finish with the old requirements, or can choose to use the new ones.


Have you listened to the Award Winning CubCast lately?

Cubcast is a monthly audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and informational topics for Cub Scout leaders and parents. It is designed to supplement your training and roundtable programs. You can listen to it on-line, download it to share, and/or subscribe to it via RSS feed.

This year CubCast won the Bronze Award in the Media Innovation: Podcast category at the 32nd Excel Awards!

Check out www.scouting.org/Scoutcast, choose CubCast, and give it a listen! 

A new edition is posted at the beginning of every month and there is an archive of the past CubCasts.

Leader Training Continuum

Good trainers know that they should view training from an overall perspective and not limit their vision to the particular course they are conducting.   They know that few leaders can accumulate all the information and ideas possible in a couple hours of training.  Leaders should get what they came for, but should have the awareness that there is more to learn and where they can find what they are looking for when necessary. 

Leaders and instructors alike should have a clear understanding that leader training is a process that continues as long as an individual is actively involved in the program.

The five levels of the BSA training continuum that make up this “graded approach” are: Joining, Orientation, Basic, Supplemental, and Advanced.  Each is designed for a specific purpose, with the first required of all leaders to register, the next two being more “role based” training, and the last two being advanced skills and leadership focused.

In the new Guide to Leader Training we outlined a five-level adult training continuum:

Joining – training all leaders must take to be a member of the BSA (Youth Protection)

Orientation – training that can help a leader get started before Specifics is available, but is not required (Fast Start)

Basic – the training necessary to be considered “trained” for your role (Specifics, or Specifics plus IOLS for Scoutmasters)

Supplemental – training that can help you conduct an activity or learn more about your Scouting role (lots of things!)

Advanced – advanced leadership skills training (Wood Badge, Powder Horn, etc.)

Remember, there is no such thing as “fully trained!”


Are you on Facebook?  If so, have you found the BSA training page?  We already have over 2,000 “likes” and it is growing every day.  You can find us at www.facebook.com/BSAtrainingteam

Be a PTC Ambassador

The Volunteer Training Committee is recruiting Scouting leaders to serve as ambassadors to promote Philmont Training Center programs within the local council to unit, district and council level volunteers and professionals. Working with the council training committee with resources from the PTC marketing team, ambassadors will serve as a crucial link in promoting the 2012 and 2013 conference opportunities

The responsibilities of the ambassadors will include encouraging Scouters to attend conferences that will benefit their leadership role within the council, as well as conducting presentations using resources provided by PTC at unit, district, council events, roundtables, Universities of Scouting, Pow Wows, and like events.  Scouters interested in serving as ambassadors must be appointed by their Scout Executive and council training committee chairman. The council will then forward the name and contact information to Peter Self (peter.self@scouting.org).

If you are interested in being your council’s ambassador, visit with your council training chair.

2013 Florida Sea Base Conferences

Remember what it looked like at your house in January of 2012?

Participating in a national training conference is an experience you’ll never forget, and what could be better than a conference in the Florida Keys in the middle of winter? Led by the very best instructors, the conferences will allow you to meet with fellow Scouters from all over the country to discuss best practices and methods of improving Scouting in your area.  Learn the latest and greatest developments on topics like the Mechanics of Advancement, Growing and Sustaining Venturing, How to Conduct Advanced Leadership Training, and more.

Wouldn’t you rather be in the Keys next January? Registration will open soon, but save the date on your calendar now, because space is limited!

2013 National Training Conferences
January 13-18 and January 24-26, 2013
Florida National High Adventure Sea Base
Islamorada, Florida

New on the Training Page

The new Guide to Leader Training and a separate document that contains many of the forms that were in the back of the old manual are now available on the “Adult” tab of the training page.

Some Tips for Trainers


– If you are using a poster, a flipchart, or a presentation graphics program, color can enhance your presentation, but used poorly can make it awful.  Keep it simple and use colors with a sharp contrast. Keep in mind that about 10% of men and 1% of women have some form of color vision deficiency.  Sometimes black and white is best!

Teach to the Back Row
– Be sure, in advance, that the folks in the back of the room can see and hear your content.  The letters and charts on slides, posters, and flipcharts need to be large enough for everyone to read them.  If that is not possible and you cannot share the information verbally, use a handout or another media.

Tool or Script?
– Too many of us create presentation media that is more like a script than a teaching tool.  Slides or charts should be limited to key points to help you and your audience remember something, not be the entire content of the presentation.


– This is pretty basic, but far too many presentations lose their impact due to poor spelling and improper capitalization.  Check your prepared presentations at least twice.  If you are a poor speller do not depend on spell check for slides, posters, or handouts – and recruit an assistant to help you with any “during the presentation” writing.

– That famous Cub Scout tip is a good one for training in Scouting.  Keep It Simple, Make It Fun!

Think Like a New Scouter
– Remember what it was like when you first joined Scouting.  Don’t “hit them with the fire hose”, help them drink from the water fountain.

Experience Matters
– There is a Chinese proverb that says “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”  It has also been said that we learn: 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience, and 95% of what we teach others. Of course there are variables, but participatory, experiential learning has a real impact.

Small Groups
– In education circles there is a spreading method of instruction based on what is called the Team Based Learning Model.  It is designed to be conducted in small groups; calls for Individual and group accountability; gives team assignments that promote learning and team development; and there is frequent and immediate feedback from the facilitator.  Sound familiar?  The Patrol Method is effective in operating a den, troop, squad, or crew and in learning.  Use it!

Avoid “Check the Box” training
– the point should be learning and to help improve the learner’s ability to deliver the intended topic, not to just get it done.  Train leaders, don’t just run training courses.

Use the Language of the Learner

– “The SPL was elected to the OA and wants the PLC to attend NYLT this summer.  He is going to NAYLE at PTC.”  We know that many new leaders are reluctant to ask when they hear a term they do not understand or the training does not relate to them, so they begin to “tune out.”   When it is self study they can’t ask.  If we teach in terms or concepts that they are familiar with, we can help them get off to a better start and a new Scouter will soon “speak Scouting” and be more comfortable in Scouting.

Don’t Hibernate
– If you are using a computer and projector for a presentation, be sure to set it up properly to avoid interruptions and embarrassment. Some tips: be sure the computer works with the projector; check the sound; turn off your screen saver and/or hibernation; turn off automatic updates (in fact, disconnect from wireless unless that is necessary for the presentation); turn off instant messenger and e-mail programs; etc.  Some operating systems have a presentation mode that will do a lot of this for you – use it!  And of course – practice!!

Latest Versions of Leader Training Courses

Here are the latest Versions of the most common instructor-led training courses manuals for unit level leaders, and where to get them.

(SS) – Ordered through Supply Group www.Scoutstuff.org
(TP) – Downloadable via www.Scouting.org/Training
(CDC) – Available to councils and at Course Directors’ Conferences


  • Cub Scout Leader-Specific Training – #34875 (SS) – 2010
  • Den Leader Position-Specific for LDS Den Leaders – 511-105 (TP) – 2012
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training – #34879 (SS) – 2010
  • Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training – #34877 (TP) – 2010
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (TP) – 2010
  • Venturing Leader Specific Training – #33491 (SS) – 2011
  • Troop Committee Challenge DVD – 610034 (SS) – 2009

Supplemental Leader Training

  • B.A.L.O.O.  (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) – #34162 (SS) – 2012
  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops—ILST – (TP) – 2011
  • Den Chief Training – #34455 (SS) – 2010
  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews—ILSC – (TP) – 2011
  • Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders – #13-33640 – (TP) – 2011
  • This is Scouting – #36118 (SS) – 2009


  • The Trainer’s EDGE (TP) – 2009
  • Kodiak Challenge (TP) – 2011
  • Powder Horn – 2011 (order from Volunteer Training)
  • Wood Badge (CDC) – 2012
  • National Youth Leadership Training (CDC) – 2012

The Training Times is a publication of the Volunteer Training Team of the Program Impact Committee of the BSA.

Joel Eacker, Volunteer Committee Chair
Mark Griffin, Volunteer Development Team Leader
Ron Timmons, Peter Self, Judy Maldonado, team members