Winter 2013

The Training Times

Winter 2013
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Training Leaders, not just running training courses!

Happy New Year!

2012 Top Training Councils

The final 2012 reports are in and here are the top training councils in each region according to the Journey to Excellence:

  • Central Region – Heart of America
  • Southern Region – Heart of Virginia
  • Northeast Region – Minsi Trails
  • Western Region – Mount Baker

The Heart of America Council, headquartered in Kansas City, was #1 overall with 96.9% trained leaders!

The rest of the “Top Ten” in the BSA were:

2 – Heart of Virginia (92.8%)
3- Chattahoochee (86%)
4 – Potawatomi Area (83.2%)
5 – Minsi Trails (76.4%)
6 – Dan Beard (75.4%)
7 – Rio Grande (73%)
8 – Columbia-Montour (72.2%)
9 – Pennsylvania Dutch (71.6%)
10 – Central Florida (70.4%)

Seventy-five percent of the BSA’s local councils improved their JTE training score over 2011! Fifty-nine percent of all councils were Gold, 27% were Silver, and 10% were Bronze. Four percent had a percentage that fell below the Bronze criteria.

JTE counts trained Cubmasters, Tiger Cub den leaders, Cub Scout den leaders, Webelos den leaders, Scoutmasters, leaders of 11-year-old Scouts in troops chartered to the LDS Church, Team Coaches, and Crew Advisors.

Team Update

The BSA training team is very happy, but sad at the same time, to share that Senior Program Administration Specialist Ron Timmons has been promoted to be the Team Leader of Corporate Alliances in the Development Group of the Boy Scouts of America.

Ron has given outstanding leadership to all of our volunteer training efforts, especially in the area of advanced leadership training, over the past three years. We will miss him in that role and as a valuable member of the volunteer training team, but we are so happy he has this important new career opportunity.

Ron begins his new assignment in mid-January and we congratulate Ron, wish him the best, and thank him for his service to volunteer training!

At the same time we are happy to announce that Cindy Polman will join the training team as a Program Administration Specialist in mid-February.

Cindy has been serving as a Field Director in the Longhorn Council. Prior to her professional career she was an educator. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in education.

We know that her training, experience in education, and local council field service will make her an asset to the learning efforts of the BSA.

We are looking forward to working with Cindy and know you will too!

MyScouting Tools

Are you using the new tools on MyScouting?

There may be more releases by the time you read this, but since its introduction late last year MyScouting Tools has introduced new features that allow Scouters to access – and update – personal and unit training data. The YPT tool, for example, is the first training related tool in a series that will help Scouters keep track of, and update, training records.

Two new training tools that are not found in the toolkits, but can be found on the main page of MyScouting are the Unit Training Detail and the Unit Training Tracking Report. These new reports were released at the end of 2012 and can be found in the “Training” section on the front page of the MyScouting account of many volunteers. These reports are the first time that by-unit training reports have been available to volunteers or professionals.

The Unit Training Detail report has been provided to adults registered in the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor, Committee Chair, and Chartered Organization Representative positions in their units. Unit Training Detail will provide each unit with a listing of adults and display all BSA training courses shown as completed in the persons’ ScoutNET record. The adult training information may be printed in a report or exported for the use of the unit to provide an inventory of training courses completed by all to the unit’s adult leaders.

The Unit Training Tracking report will be provided to most registered council and district-level volunteers. Unit Training Tracking will allow these volunteers to view each unit in their service area and will list adults with BSA training courses completed in that unit. Again, the adult training information report may be printed by unit, or exported to provide an inventory of training courses completed.

The reports will give you a list of training completed for each person, not a “Yes” or “No” for trained status. But that is coming! A future release of MyScouting Tools will include similar reports, and a training status report, but we wanted to get these interim reports to you now so that you can see what is in the database.

It is important that leaders connect their MyScouting account to their BSA member number. MyScouting tools will give leaders in the unit access to these ID numbers and the ability to see what is there and what is missing.

Thank you for your support as we continue to enhance MyScouting Tools.

Training Committee Retreat

This past November the National Volunteer Training Committee conducted a weekend retreat at the Philmont Training Center. Along with the committee members and staff, the retreat included region and area training chairs, and other key area and region training volunteers. A total of 55 Scouters attended – with great representation from all four regions!

The retreat was a great experience where this team of national trainers was able to “put faces to names” and share ideas and plans for learning in the BSA.

Those in attendance discussed the learning strategy of the BSA, the training committee strategic plan, met in smaller groups to talk about plans for advanced leadership training and the concept of “team based learning”, heard from the committee leadership about plans for the future, and from the instructional designers in attendance about effective teaching/learning.

Some of the team members also were able to visit the new Rayado Ridge Leadership Training Camp. More on that project later in this issue of Training Times.

New Den Leader Position-Specific Training

A new Den Leader Position-Specific Training course syllabus will be released in the first quarter of 2013. It will be available for download on the “adult” page of The content of the course was developed based on the results of extensive surveys of den leaders in 2006 and 2011, Voice of the Scout feedback, and a den leader “competency” study in 2012.

The new course is for Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear den leaders and is intended to provide them with the experience, basic information, and resources they need to conduct successful den meetings. It is also designed to address some of the primary skills that den leaders need.

There are actually two courses in the syllabus. The first is for most den leaders and based on the seven parts of a Cub Scout den meeting using the Den and Pack Meeting Resource Guide. The second option, found in the appendix, is for dens that are using Delivery System Manual Cub Scout Program (Year A or B). Either course should take about two hours so it may be offered in a single evening or morning session, with a minimum of preparation necessary.

The course can be conducted with any size group, but is best conducted in a small-group setting similar to a den meeting. It can be facilitated by unit, district, or council trainers.

When the course is complete, the training codes C41 and C42 should be used. Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear Den Leaders who complete this training, and also have a current Youth Protection Training, are considered “trained” for all three positions.

The existing Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training course, which includes sections for Cubmasters, Webelos den leaders, committee members, and den leaders, is still a valid course and should continue to be used to train all of the other pack positions. New courses for these roles are under development.

The existing E-learning courses are also still valid, and new E-learning courses are also under development.

See the Fall 2012 Training Times for more on the projected updates and timing for new training.

ScoutCast Is Back!

For the past few years, Cub Scout leaders have had the opportunity to listen in on some really great program ideas, and useful tips for Packs and Dens from experts all across the nation, as well as getting the latest and greatest news about Cub Scouting, just by downloading the monthly podcast known as CubCast. Now Scoutmasters, Varsity Scout Coaches, and Venturing Crew Advisors have their own source of information.

Beginning in 2013, ScoutCast will provide a new way for leaders of older youth to learn about some of the less tangible aspects of Scouting. In our first episode released in January, you’ll hear from Michael Gurian, a world renowned behaviorist, and author of multiple books on gender specific learning and behavior. Michael will help leaders identify and deal with bullying in their units. The ensuing months will feature topics such as appropriate discipline, working with special needs youth, best methods of handling economic diversity within your unit, and anger management.

We’ve heard your concerns and are pleased to start giving you more of the tools you need to better lead and teach the youth you serve. Please encourage all of your leaders to take advantage of these simple and easily accessed training opportunities. And, let us know what we can do to help you! Chances are, you’re not alone and the very challenges you are facing are shared by other leaders across the movement. Just send us an email at and we’ll do everything we can to get your topic handled.

You can find ScoutCast (and CubCast) at Pass the word along!

New Pocket Training Certificates

The latest version of the pocket-sized Certificate of Training has been released. In addition to logo changes, the new cards contain room for additional information, such as expiration date for courses and course code, and other enhancements based on your suggestions.

When ordering from your local Scout Shop or through specify #33767 (2012 Printing) and SKU 615012 to be sure you get the new one.

A .pdf template has been created to help trainers fill out these portable training records. The template can be found on the “adult” page of

“411” and the Impact on Training

“411” is the nickname for a task force that is part of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. The numbers “411” come from Pillar IV Dynamic and Relevant Program (“Scouting’s programs are exciting, culturally relevant, and appealing to today’s youth; attracting them at an extraordinary rate and retaining them longer”,) Objective I (“The BSA’s programs match what today’s youth both want and need”,) and Goal 1 (“We have changed our programs to reflect the findings of a thorough program review and assessment that clearly identifies those elements that are appealing, exciting, and culturally relevant to today’s youth and families.”)

This large and diverse task force of volunteers and professionals has been working hard to be sure that the Scouting program continues to meet those goals. Most of the results of their work will come out in 2014-2015.

In the Fall 2012 Times we touched briefly on the impact of the work of this task force on training that, as you can imagine, will have and is having a great impact on the training we design, develop, and deliver. Our goal will be to not only provide updated training for new leaders, but also updates for experienced leaders to help them learn about enhancements to the program.

At the November retreat and in subsequent meetings with the task force, a draft schedule of when updated training needs to, or can, be developed and released.

Watch here for news as those opportunities are created.

NYLT Leadership Academy

For the past few years the Northeast Region has been conducting a training experience to prepare youth and councils to conduct quality National Youth Leadership Training courses. Most recently the experience has been called the Leadership Academy.

For the past two years the volunteer training committee has been observing the Academy to see if it was accomplishing its intended purposes and if it could be considered for expansion nationally. This past fall a task force was created by the training committee, consisting of Academy leaders, trainers from other regions, and members of the instructional design task force, to conduct a formal review and to see if it can in fact be expanded – and what modifications (if any) need to be made to make it effective in all regions of the BSA. A presentation on the Academy was made to the training committee and the region training chairs at the November retreat which received a very favorable reception.

One, if not the, most important courses for youth that we conduct in councils is NYLT. Thousands of youth attend an NYLT every year in the vast majority of our councils. Our goal in volunteer training is to help you make those courses the best they can be. The trainers in the Northeast Region think that the Academy can help do that.

Plans are for NYLT leadership from other regions to attend the Academy in 2013. The task force will review the results and make recommendations for 2014 and beyond.

We will keep you informed here and through the regions and areas of the progress of the task force’s work.

Rayado Ridge Leadership Training Camp

Thanks to the generosity of a group of Scouters in the Circle 10 Council, a new leadership training facility is being built at the Philmont Scout Ranch. The new Rayado Ridge Leadership Training Camp will replace Rocky Mountain Scout Camp as the Philmont home of Wood Badge, the Philmont Leadership Challenge, and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experiences.

The new camp will include training pavilions, campsites for staff and patrols, shower facilities, and a headquarters lodge. The lodge will include offices, food preparation areas, storage, and two porches. One porch will be large enough for full course learning sessions and another can accommodate simultaneous staff development of a second course.

The Rayado Ridge location is just above the historic Rayado community and Philmont’s Kit Carson Museum at the southeast corner of the ranch. It was the site of junior and Explorer leader training at Philmont until the 1980s and is within walking distance of Zastrow. Zastrow was the site of the first “American style” Wood Badge and the home of Wood Badge at Philmont for over 50 years.

Plans are for the new camp to be ready for the 2013 NAYLEs beginning in June and for local council Wood Badge courses beginning in late summer.

RMSC is being closed to overnight camping, but will continue to be used by Philmont, including for PTC family program and for an outside learning area for PTC conferences.

Volunteer Development Conferences at Philmont

A Philmont Training Center conference is a wonderful opportunity for Scouters to learn Scouting best practices from all parts of the BSA, to hear what is being developed for the future on a national level, while providing feedback and ideas from your own Scouting experience. Plus, you learn from the subject matter experts and members of the national committees, as well as other great volunteers and professionals.

Not only that, but at the same time your spouse and family will take part in their own adventures through a program of outstanding, staff-led, age-appropriate activities. There is also plenty of time for, and a full schedule of, family fun after conference hours.

We hope you will consider joining us at one of the 2013 Volunteer Development and Training Committee offerings:

June 9-15 Conducting Advanced Leadership Training
June 16-22 Training Your Troop’s Youth Leaders
Training Your Crew’s Youth Leaders
June 23-29 NAYLE
July 6-12 NAYLE
July 21-27 NAYLE
July 28-August 3 Varsity Scouting
Training Pack Adult Leadership
Training Troop Adult Leadership
August 4-10 Volunteer & Professional Relationships
Delivering Training to Unit Leaders
August 11-17 T-Cubed (T3) – Train The Trainer
The Patrol Method
September 15-21 Philmont Leadership Challenge

For a full list of all 2013 conferences and course information, go to To register for a conference, go to

57,976 Eagle Scouts in 2012!

The Boy Scouts of America announced this month that 57,976 young men earned Scouting’s highest achievement – the Eagle Scout rank – in 2012. This the highest number of Eagles earned in a single year, surpassing the BSA’s Centennial Year (2010) of 56,176.

T3 – The Fundamentals of Training

If you have not seen it already, a new basic train the trainer course syllabus and support material is now available for download on the “adult” page of The course is titled the Fundamentals of Training. The training code to use in ScoutNET is D70.

This course is part one of a three-part continuum of train the trainer courses being designed to help trainers, regardless of previous experience but especially new trainers or those who are new to training in the BSA, 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.

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. This is the current course and will still be for all trainers to improve training skills, but is especially for training managers and staff of advanced leadership training courses. EDGE is required for Wood Badge and NYLT staff.

Part three will be for master trainers, a new trainer role (not an award!) that is under development by our instructional design team. It was reviewed for the final time at PTC in September and being readied for roll out in 2013.

The overall continuum is called T3, or T-Cubed. It is not necessary to take one course to take another as they are designed to help trainers wherever they are in the continuum.

Training Times Archives

You can take a look at older versions of the Training Times by clicking on the word “Archives” on the Training Updates page or on the link on the main training page (


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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. For Sea Scouts, see

(SS) – Ordered through Supply Group
(TP) – Downloadable via
(CDC) – Available to councils and at Course Directors’ Conferences
(BR) – By request from volunteer development


  • Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training – 34875 (SS) – 2010
  • Den Leader Position-Specific – 511-025 (TP) – 2013
  • Den Leader Position-Specific for LDS Den Leaders – 511-105 (BR) – 2012
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training – 34879 (SS) – 2010
  • Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training – 34877 (TP) – 2010
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – 33640 (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 – 511-016 (TP) – 2011
  • Den Chief Training – 34455 (SS) – 2010
  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews – ILSC – 511-013 (TP) – 2011
  • Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders – 33640 – (TP) – 2011
  • This is Scouting – 36118 (SS) – 2009


  • The Fundamentals of Training -511-037 (TP) – 2012
  • The Trainer’s EDGE (TP) – 2009
  • Kodiak Challenge – 511-014 (TP) – 2011
  • Powder Horn – 511-015 (BR) – 2011
  • Wood Badge (CDC) – 2012
  • National Youth Leadership Training (CDC) – 2012

Vision and Mission Statements

Volunteer Training Committee


We enable a learning 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
Peter Self, Cindy Polman, Judy Maldonado, and Oscar Santoyo team members