Summer 2012

The Training Times

Summer 2012
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Training Leaders, not just running training courses!

Training Awards for Adult Leaders in Units Update

In 2011 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 update procedures and the awards themselves. Among the recommendations was the update of the unit leader training awards requirements and a review of the Cub Scout Leader Recognition Awards. 

These recommendations have been reviewed by the national volunteer training committee and a task force of unit-level leaders. Some awards have been eliminated and all of the requirements for the remaining awards have been updated.

The forms and requirements have been simplified, but the committees do not believe that means easier. They are along the same lines and Adegree of difficulty as the previous requirements, but will be less complicated and consistent across the awards and the phases of the Scouting program.

The Cubmaster Award has been discontinued. Cubmasters may now earn the Scouter’s Key Award and may wear the Scouter’s Key knot with a Cub Scouting device.

The Cub Scouter and Pack Trainer Awards have been discontinued. Cub Scout pack leaders may earn the Scouter’s Training Award and may wear the Scouter’s Training Award knot with a Cub Scouting device.

The Tiger Cub and Webelos Den Leader’s Awards have been discontinued.  All den leaders may earn a new Den Leader’s Training Award medal that is being created, and may wear the Den Leader’s Training Award knot (identical to the previous Cub Scout Den Leader Award knot) with the appropriate device. A Tiger Cub den leader device is also being developed.

Scouters who have earned the discontinued awards will still be able to wear these awards and knots.

Scouters who have begun to work on the Cub Scout Leader Recognition Awards will still be able to earn them as long as they are completed by the following dates:

  • Tiger Cub Den Leader Award – December 31, 2012
  • Webelos Den Leader Award – December 31, 2012
  • Cubmaster Award – December 31, 2013
  • Pack Trainer Award – December 31, 2013
  • Cub Scouter Award – December 31, 2013

Cub Scouters who have not started to work on an award may only earn the new awards and must use the new requirements.

Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing awards, knots, and devices have not been changed. Only the requirements have been updated. Leaders who have started to earn these awards may use either set of requirements, but Scouters who have not started to work on an award may only use the new requirements.

The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, basic and continuing training, and successful performance in their leadership role.

Progress record forms with the new requirements for these awards can be found at

Youth Protection Training

Our guess is that a lot of you took Youth Protection Training in 2010 to attend the jamboree, or because that was the first year it became mandatory. If that’s the case, it is two years later and time to take it again!!

It is very important that we do all we can to protect our youth and that we stay up to date on how we can all do Scouting Safely. Be sure to bookmark and visit the Youth Protection web site at

Course Director Conferences

Course director conferences for the course directors of Wood Badge and NYLT courses have been scheduled this fall in each region. Registration links for approved course directors can soon be found on under Application for a Council to Conduct Wood Badge, Powder Horn, and NYLT.

National Training Conferences

As the summer moves along, the conferences at the Philmont Training Center are adding new vitality to units, councils, districts, and families all over the nation. Conferences the likes of the International Conference, the Region Journey To Excellence weeks, Strictly for Cub Scouters, Delivering Training to Unit Leaders, Be Prepared for High Adventure, and many others have brought more participants and their families to the Villa Greensward. This fall’s Conferences and the Philmont Leadership Challenge will close out the year in style, and it is looking like this year’s conferences will be among the best-attended ever!

There are still some openings for the conferences in July and August, and for the fall conferences in September. Visit for more information and make PTC a part of your 2012 Scouting year.

The draft schedule of the 2013 Philmont Training Center conferences is available, although subject at this point to possible shifting of dates and added conferences. The schedule will be finalized by the opening of registration in September.

The January 2013 Winter Conferences at the Florida Sea Base are already accepting participant registrations. This winter there will be a two week array of conferences for Scouters seeking to learn from premier subject matter experts and national committee members from throughout the nation.  It is the perfect time to get away from the snow and head to the Keys while learning more about subjects that will help you, your unit, your district, and your council.  It is also a perfect way to network with Scouters from all over the nation.  You can find more information at

Your participation at all of these conferences is really a two-way conversation with the faculty facilitators. The conference facilitators, along with national council volunteers and staff, share the latest in subject matter and what is being planned and developed for the future. In exchange they seek your best practices and feedback as we all work to enhance our Scouting programs. Then you take what you learn and spread the magic of these great places to your service area.

Come enjoy our spectacular training and Scouting venues while meeting some of the nation’s best Scouters from across the country.


Have you listened to the award-winning CubCast lately?  Cubcast is a monthly audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information 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.

Check out, choose Cubcast, and give it a listen!


A new BSA train-the trainer course, or series of courses, is currently under development by the training committee and its training design task force. We are calling it T3, or T-Cubed.

Part one – T3 the Basics – is to help trainers, regardless of previous experience, with presenting effective training. It is designed to help a trainer understand how adults and youth learn, the training model in the BSA, and effective methods of instruction. It is nearing completion with some final testing this summer at the Philmont Training Center.

Part two – The Trainer’s EDGE – supplements the practices offered through staff development of training courses and enhances the platform skills of a trainer learned in part one, using the Trainer’s EDGE and other methods. It will be an update of the current course and will still be for everyone, but primarily for training managers and staff of advanced leadership training courses.

Part three will be for master trainers, a new role that is under development.

Keep watching here for more information.

Commissioner Service Training Updated

Commissioner training has been significantly revised by the National Commissioner Support Team in 2012. Basic training and all of the courses in the College of Commissioner Science are being updated. The National Volunteer Training Committee has been involved in the review of these courses for the National Commissioner Support Staff, and Tim Acree, training chair for the commissioner’s support staff, has been an active member of the National Volunteer Training Committee. So he wanted to share an update.

Commissioner training starts with an orientation for those who are new to Scouting and those who are new to Commissioner Service.  After taking Youth Protection Training of course, new commissioner training begins by completing the following on-line courses: This is Scouting, Unit Commissioner Fast Start, and the Unit Visitation Tracking System video. Links to these courses are in the e-Learning section of MyScouting.

Basic Training is the next step in the process. The new Commissioner Basic Training will be position specific and will be one 2 to 3 hour session. The training is a transfer of basic knowledge necessary for the role so that a Commissioner can begin to help units as soon as possible after being recruited. Basic training is now available for unit commissioners, new unit B unit commissioners, and district commissioners and their assistants. Roundtable Commissioner Basic and Council Commissioner Basic are being written and will be available by the end of the year.

The College of Commissioner Science has also undergone a major overhaul. Some of the courses have been dropped or renumbered and some have been significantly revised. New courses and an entirely new continuing education curriculum have been added. The goal in updating the college courses was to improve the quality of instruction and improve the materials used at a College of Commissioner Science. Commissioner College course content has changed very little since its inception and many councils have created their own college courses.

The updated training is now available by contacting Tim Acree at It will soon be available on the National Commissioner web page – where you can also get more details on the updated training by viewing the latest The Commissioner newsletter. 

As commissioners, we must continually adjust our skills to provide a more valuable service to our units.

Vision and Mission Statements

Volunteer Training


We enable a training culture that supports regions, areas, and councils to deliver effective, fun, and accessible training to all adult and youth leaders.

It is the mission of the Volunteer Training Team to support the mission of the Boy Scouts of America by:

  • Working cross-functionally with stakeholders, producing training resources, products, and strategies which enable councils to deliver effective, fun, and accessible training to all adult and youth leaders.
  • Creating opportunities to enhance leadership skills in youth and adults through advanced training.
  • Continually assessing our training and delivery model to ensure relevant and effective training for both the current and future states of an evolving Boy Scouts of America.

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

This issue’s additional contributors: Bob Sirhal, Michelle Gee, Tim Acree