Summer 2017

The Training Times

Summer 2017
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From, June 27, 2017:
If you’ve accessed Scouting U’s new BSA Learn Center, you know about the top-notch development material available to BSA’s volunteers and employees. From Cub Scout information to commissioning, the Learn Center is chock-full of educational modules to help us provide youth with the best Scouting experiences possible.

Now, thanks to the continuing efforts of the Scouting U Instructional Design Team, those beyond the Scouting community are taking notice of this sophisticated training resource. The BSA Learn Center was recently recognized with a first-place Award for Innovation from the Oracle HCM Users Group (OHUG).

In This Issue

OHUG, an organization devoted to providing insight into Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and HCM Cloud applications, presented the Boy Scouts of America with the award during the 2017 OHUG Global Conference earlier this month.

Scouting Team Leader Steven Yackel credits the Learn Center’s success to the group’s determination and hard work. “I would like to recognize the continuing efforts of the Scouting Instructional Design Team for taking a leadership role on this project and for adopting a culture of continuous improvement,” Yackel explained.

For the statement “The modules contained information that was appropriate for online training,” 91.7%of the participants answered either “Totally Agree” or “Somewhat Agree.” Just over 85% said they prefer the shorter module approach (for online training) to longer, continuous training segments.

Scouting U Announces COR Online Training

Projected Release Date: End of September

Module 1: What is a Charter?
Estimated Length: 20 Minutes
Objectives & Topics

  1. Describe what a charter is and how charters are used through the BSA.
  2. Describe who owns a Scouting unit.
  3. Understand the charter agreement and its components.
  4. Explain the annual charter and recharter process.

Module 2: Scouting Units
Estimated Length: 10 Minutes
Objectives & Topics

  1. Summarize the types of Scouting units and programs offered in the BSA.
    1. Cub Scouts
    2. Boy Scouts
    3. Varsity Scouts
    4. Venturing and Sea Scouts
    5. Exploring
    6. STEM
  2. Recognize the need to provide the full family of Scouting.

Module 3: The Chartered Organization Representative Position
Estimated Length: 15 Minutes
Objectives & Topics

  1. Explain the role of the chartered organization representative (COR) in the Scouting program.
  2. Recognize the relationships between the COR and
    1. Unit Commissioners
    2. Unit Key 3
    3. District and Council
    4. Chartered Organization & Institution
  3. Describe the voting responsibilities of the COR.
  4. Identify meetings the COR should attend
    1. Unit Committee Meetings
    2. District and Council Annual Meetings
    3. Unit Recharter Meeting
    4. Unit Key Meetings
    5. Detailed Unit Assessment

Module 4: BSA Standards and Volunteers
Estimated Length: 20 Minutes
Objectives & Topics

  1. Comprehend BSA standards related to
    1. Code of Conduct
    2. Membership
    3. Indemnification
    4. YPT
    5. Required Adult Leader Training for
      1. Cub Scouts
      2. Boy Scouts
      3. Varsity Scouts
      4. Venturing and Sea Scouts
      5. Exploring
  2. State how the COR helps the chartered organization and unit leaders.
    1. State how to recruit and approve volunteers.
    2. Describe how to support the training of unit leaders.

This new training, when completed, will meet the position-training requirements for the COR position!

Program Safety

The safety of all youth participating in Scouting activities is a priority of the Boy Scouts of America. Program Safety course prepare leaders to recognize various risks, hazards, and accidents that may happen while delivering the Scouting program.

These courses are now available around-the-clock in the BSA Learn Center by logging into your account on

Program Safety modules available to view in the BSA Learn Center include:

    • Hazardous Weather Training
    • Discusses how to manage risks to our Scouting family in the outdoor classroom and is required for at least one leader per unit when taking a unit on a tour.


    • Safe Swim Defense
    • For adult leaders supervising a swimming activity and must be completed every two years.


    • Safety Afloat
    • For adult leaders supervising all boating activities and must be completed every two years.


    • Trek Safety
    • Designed to prepare Scouting groups for a backcountry trek. The training helps youth members and adult leaders how to identify situations that could alter the trek.


    • Climb on Safely
    • This module identifies procedures for organizing a BSA climbing or rappelling activity.


    • Drive Safely
    • Based on the concepts of defensive driving, Drive Safely identifies hazards and preventable collisions.



“This is Scouting,” a long-standing orientation course, provided Scouters with an overview of the Scouting organization which included the history, values, programs, and more for the BSA.

Recent changes in the Scouting program have impacted the content contained within this course. Therefore, “This is Scouting” is now retired and is no longer available to be viewed on my.scouting, but many of the topics discussed are included in other available training modules.

Previously, many adult training awards required the completion of This is Scouting. With the retirement of this course, the following progress record forms have been updated to reflect this change and are available for download on

  • Scouter’s Training Award for Cub Scouting Progress Record
  • Scouter’s Training Award for Boy Scouting Progress Record
  • Scouter’s Training Award for Varsity Scouting Progress Record
  • Scouter’s Training Award for Venturing Progress Record
  • Cubmaster’s Key Progress Record
  • Scoutmaster’s Key Progress Record
  • Coach’s Key Progress Record
  • Advisor’s Key Progress Record
  • District Committee Key Progress Record
  • District Committee Scouter’s Training Award Progress Record

As always, Scouting U continually strives to provide content you need when you need it!

New Syllabus for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Cub Scout leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities are required to have at least one BALOO trained adult on every Cub Scout den or pack overnight outdoor event – including Pack Camping and Webelos Den overnighters. BALOO training sets a unit up to carry out a successful camping experience for Scouts.

The new BALOO syllabus is now available at new syllabus combines both the Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) and Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL) previously used into one training curriculum.

BALOO training is comprised of two components – an online component, and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader.

The online component contains introductory and basic information, and must be completed prior to the practical component. The goal of the online portion is to make the best use of time to allow leaders to experience as much as possible during the practical hands-on training.

Successful completion of BALOO training has a positive impact on the confidence level of a Cub Scout Leader, and promotes a willingness to plan a Pack overnighter. Camping activities and outings that are fun, based on the purposes of Cub Scouting, and successful, often when the appetite Cub Scouts, parents, and leaders to desire more of the outdoors.

The online portion of BALOO is available around-the-clock on the BSA Learn Center by logging into


The Boy Scouts of America is dependent on its many volunteers to provide the best possible experience to Scouts. The goal of Succession Planning training is to educate current volunteers on how to recruit new leaders, and provide a smooth transition to those new leaders stepping into their new role.

The Succession Planning learning plan consists of four modules, ranging from five to eleven minutes in length, including

    • Volunteer Impact on Membership
    • This module covers recognizing positions and how to recruit and select volunteers, as well as identify key tasks and training opportunities.


    • Recruiting Unit Leaders
    • In this module, you will learn the recruiting method, key ways an individual can have influence in the community, and how to identify potential volunteers.


    • Volunteer Recruitment
    • This module discusses the elements of a recruitment call and the rules of successful recruitment.


    • Succession Planning
    • In this module, you will learn to define the cultivation of volunteers, the benefits of cultivating volunteers, and how to find volunteers and cultivate them.


Succession Planning training is available around-the-clock on the BSA Learn Center by logging into your my.scouting account.


Are you on Facebook? If so, have you found the BSA volunteer training page? We have over 11,000 “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.

Are you Listening?

Scouting produces three podcasts every month featuring best practices and timely discussions you should be having at roundtable.

CubCast is the monthly podcast for Cub Scout leaders, volunteers, and parents. Topics for this year will include Tax Exemptions for the Den Leader and Handling Tantrums in the Den and Pack.

ScoutCast is the monthly podcast for Scout leaders, volunteers, and parents. Topics this year will include Generational Diversity and The Cyber Bully.

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.

You can even send us your ideas for future podcasts by following us on Twitter:

Some Tips for Trainers

(originally published in The Training Times Spring 2013 edition)

  • Set a district and council schedule of training courses for the year so trainers and Scouters can plan and let others in the units know when to attend.
  • Unless there are unusual circumstances, do not change locations or dates of scheduled training.
  • Training offerings should be increased in the months nearing the end of the charter year and recruiting “seasons.”
  • Crossing district boundaries to attend training in other districts should be encouraged.
  • Do not limit yourself to the “usual”training format. Small group and individual sessions often create a great learning environment.

Strong, timely, and accurate communication is essential.

Spotlight On Service
Mary Fisher

Southern Region Training Chair Mary Fisher began scouting 36 years ago and has continued to serve in various roles including Westark Council Training Chair and Vice-President of District Operations, Marketing, and Training. She is currently the vice-president of program for area 8. Mary began her regional training work as an area training chair and then served as the Southern Region Wood Badge Chair. Numerous times, she has been a national representative for her council at the national annual meeting, and during the national jamboree she served as the co-chair for Hometown News. She has also staffed national camping school numerous times.

As a regional training chair, Mary is on Scouting University’s Board of Regents. She is also serving on the National Training Committee.

Beginning as a den leader and continuing to serve in a variety of roles has brought Mary many honors including the Silver Antelope.

Mary and her husband live in Arkansas and own five newspapers. They have a son who is an Eagle Scout and two granddaughters.

Philmont Leadership Challenge

Adults learn to internalize and practice their leadership skills in this action-packed backcountry conference. The course hones the skills taught in Wood Badge in an outdoor experiential learning environment. The Philmont Leadership Challenge underscores the values of Scouting and teamwork and promotes the concept of servant leadership. The course is open to Scouters in all programs.

PLC is a very special experience. You will camp in a team setting that enables participants to use their leadership skills to resolve challenging situations.

Through the PLC experience you will acquire…

  • The skill, ability, and motivation to be a dynamic and effective leader taught through advanced, practical applications of Wood Badge skills.
  • Innovative techniques to deliver Wood Badge skills to units and councils.
  • Nationwide resources including new ideas and contacts that can be gained through a program of this type.

The course is open to adults who have completed Wood Badge. Participants must meet Philmont’s backcountry physical standards as specified in the BSA Health and Medical Record, Parts A, B, C, and D.

September 17-23, 2017
Note: Participants will not have an opportunity to be with their families during this week.

The fee for the six-day course is $540. A deposit of $100 is due upon registration, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

Go to and click on the “Register for Philmont Training Center” tab.



Youth and adult staff are required to participate in the Trainer’s EDGE course only once. It may be a stand-alone course during NYLT staff development or offered through the council training committee. All courses being offered across the country are to be referred to as National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). Local names (i.e. Golden Acorn, Pine Tree NYLT) were phased out in 2009 and are not to be used.

An updated version of he NYLT Course Director/Scoutmaster’s Pledge is included in the appendix and should be completed at a region/area course director’s conference or independently and forwarded to your area NYLT coordinator and area training chair.

NYLT 2019

Beginning in 2019, all NYLT course directors/ Scoutmasters are required to attend a region/area course director’s conference within 18 months prior to the start of their course. The individual who is listed as NYLT backup course director/assistant Scoutmaster on the “Request for Authorization to Conduct a National Training Course” form is also required to attend a region/area course director’s conference within 18 months prior to the start of the approved course.

It is highly recommended that all NYLT course directors/Scoutmasters and NYLT backup course directors/assistant Scoutmasters of an NYLT course being offered in 2018 attend a region/area course director’s conference in 2017.


All references to the “NYLT DVD” have been removed from the syllabus. The Microsoft Word and PDF files will be removed from the NYLT Google drive folder. All required video clips will be provided in the NYLT Google drive folder and referenced accordingly in the syllabus. Each presenter will need to learn the material for a given presentation and will have the opportunity to develop his/her own unique visual aid.

Day 2 “Movie Night” Session

The following movies are the only ones that may be used on Day 2 during the “Movie Night” session:

  • Apollo 13
  • Coach Carter
  • Invictus
  • MacFarland, YSA
  • Remember the Titans
  • The Avengers

Forms Updated

An updated version of the NYLT Course Closeout Report form is included in the appendix. There are four questions related to course and content improvement which will need to be completed. The report is to be filed with the area training chair and area NYLT coordinator within 30 days from the end of the course. A copy should be sent to the council training chair and Scout executive.

An updated version of the National Youth Leadership Training Recognition Request form is included in the appendix. The wording and criteria will be identical to what is in the overview section of the syllabus.

**During the fall of 2017, a survey will be sent to NYLT course directors and youth that attended NYLT to collect information on how to improve the NYLT experience. **

2017 Course Director’s Conferences

Are you a 2018…

…Wood Badge or NYLT course director?
…Wood Badge or NYLT assistant course director?
…senior youth leader at NYLT?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to attend your 2017 course director’s conference! Use the link below to find the closest conference for you and your team to attend… The conference will have the latest information you need to present a world-class national training course. All participants who attend the conference will be connected to the revised 2018 syllabus and materials to present the course. You will enjoy meeting other course directors and get great ideas on how to improve the training in your council.

What’s New in Wood Badge For 2018 Courses

In addition to the changes mentioned here, there are lesser changes in wording.

The footers in both the Staff Guide (syllabus) and the Administrative Guide specify that these editions are for 2018 courses.

The Admin Guide and Syllabus both tell us that “The Purpose of Wood Badge is To Strengthen Units.”

Admin Guide

Who May Attend, pg 3: Anyone registered with the BSA and over 18 years of age may attend. Also, note that everyone on any Wood Badge course must provide Part C of the medical form, as well as parts A and B. This point is emphasized throughout.

Regional Wood Badge Coordinators, pg. 3: Any waivers or exceptions must be approved by the regional Wood Badge coordinator (rather than the area Wood Badge coordinator).

Notes,” pg. 14: Now specifies that these roles are not full-time staff positions.

Staff Qualifications, pg. 15: Staff must have participated in Trainer’s Edge, but there is now no time limit and no requirement to repeat that class.

Position Description: Troop Guide, pg. 21, #14: Reference deleted due to inducting the troop guides into Venturing at the participants’ campfire. That will be done at the Day 4 assembly, as it says in the Staff Guide, pg.

Course Revenue, pg. 26 in box: Emphasizes all staff costs are paid by staff, not participants.

Course Reports, pg. 40: Clarifies that if extensions have been granted, the final ticket report is due 24 months after course, instead of 18 months.

Course Director’s Pledge, pg. A-3: Instead of calling for the Scout executive to sign the pledge, this has the SE sign that she/he will help the course director.


Patrol Projects: The patrol projects should not have any reference to Varsity. They should Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing. This is a late-developing change and is not reflected in the Staff Guide (syllabus).

Aims of Scouting, pg. 46: The Aims are now stated as “Character development, citizenship training, leadership, and mental and physical fitness” in accordance with the BSA change. (The change is the addition of “leadership.”)

Movie Licensing for Wood Badge and NYLT

AAs the Boy Scouts of America, we need to be mindful of federal laws concerning presentation of videos and video clips at Wood Badge and NYLT courses. Since November 1 of 2016, the BSA has been utilizing an umbrella license instead of a limited location/date license. This change has provided several positive outcomes including

  • Eliminating the liability exposure for volunteers, local councils, and the national organization concerning the presentation of movie and movie clips about Wood Badge and NYLT courses and other activities.
  • Diminishing or reducing the workload of processing movie licenses for local councils and the national organization.
  • Decreasing the cost of presenting the movies required at Wood Badge and NYLT courses for the local council by 50%.
  • All local council facilities and camps will be included under the “Umbrella License” which will allow the presentation of movies at activities other than national Training.

Q&A Concerning Movie Licensing

What is a “Public Performance?”
How many times have you seen the FBI warning at the beginning of a DVD or VHS? Next time you pop a DVD into the player, read it closely. It states that the movie is for “Home Use Only.” Home Use means just that—viewing of a movie at home by family or a close circle of friends.

What the Law Says:
Under the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 all non-private exhibitors of registered copyrighted videos or DVD’s must obtain a Public Performance License.

“Willful” Infringement:
For a commercial or financial gain, it is a federal crime carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine.

If I don’t charge admission, do I still need a license?
Yes! Copyright laws apply whether admission is charged or not. The BSA license cannot be used for fundraisers or admission.

I own the movie. Do I still need a license to show it outside my home?
Yes. Neither the rental, purchase, or lending of a video or DVD carries with it the right to exhibit movies outside the home.

What if we are a non-profit organization, church, or government agency? Do we still need a license?
Yes. Copyright laws apply to all viewings of movies that take place outside the privacy of a home.

If you have any additional questions please contact Mark Nelson at or 972.580.2203.

Wood Badge BETA Courses

Over the past two years, a volunteer Wood Badge task force has been reviewing the course and looking at updates and enhancements. They are now preparing to conduct two BETA courses in 2018. We are requesting council training chairs to select one or two individuals from their councils that have not attended Wood Badge to attend one of these courses. We will be sending out additional information to council training chairs concerning the registration process for the courses.

  • Florida Sea Base: January 28 – February 3
  • Philmont Scout Ranch: March 25 – March 31

Please contact Mark Nelson at or 972.580.2203, or Patrick Adams at or 972.580.2375.

The Training Times is a publication of Scouting University.

Joel Eacker – ScoutingU Vice-Chair/Learning Delivery

Steven Yackel – ScoutingU Team Lead

De Tan Nguyen – Learning Delivery Team Lead

Cindy Polman – Editors

Desiree Menken – Editorial Assistant

Contributors to the Fall 2017 Edition

Stacy Lee

Caryl Lombardi

Angela Smith

Mark Nelson

Martez Moore

Tim Rogers

Direct-Contact Leaders Trained Goal for 2017

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

WHEN? By December 31, 2017

WHO? Direct-contact leaders include

  • Cubmasters (CM)
  • Tiger Den Leaders (TL)
  • Den Leaders (DL)
  • Webelos Den Leaders (WL)
  • Scoutmasters (SM)
  • Leaders of 11-year old Scouts LDS (10)
  • Varsity Scout Coaches (VC)
  • Crew Advisors (NL)
  • Skippers (SK)

So…how are we doing?

We ended July 2017 with 43.3% DCLT. To exceed the target of 50% (organization-wide), we would need to have trained an additional 14,112 direct-contact leaders.

As of July month-end, 23 councils trained below 32% direct-contact leaders. Those councils have a combined total of 47,523 untrained direct-contact leaders. If we can make a difference in just these 23 councils, we can exceed our goal by year-end.

Of particular note are two councils—Tidewater Council in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Mountaineer Area Council in Fairmont, West Virginia—ending July with 100% direct-contact leaders.

When asked to share the secret of their success, the council training chairs had this to say:

John Donat, Tidewater Council Training Chair, said

“We achieved it by requiring all positions to be trained, or…the untrained leader could not be included on the unit’s charter. We phased it in over three years.”