Because Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader

BSA On-Line Training Center
BSA Training Recertifications:
Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up to date with current information and methods means some of the BSA's training courses need to be retaken every couple of years.

We all know about Youth Protection training and National Camping School, but there are some others—including some that have recently been added to the list.

Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid:

Youth Protection - every 2 years
National Camping School - good for 5 camping seasons
Safe Swim Defense - every 2 years
Paddle Craft Safety - every 3 years
Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue - every 3 years
BSA Lifeguard - every 3 years
Visitation Training - every 2 years
Lead Climbing Instructor - every 5 years
Climbing Instructor - every 2 years
COPE/Climbing Inspector - every 2 years
Safety Afloat - every 2 years
Chain Saw Safety - every 2 years
Trainer's EDGE - every 3 years
Hazardous Weather - every 2 years
Physical Wellness - every 2 years
Climb On Safely - every 2 years
Trek Safely - every 2 years


The volunteer leader training materials have been updated for the Boy Scouts of America. The result is a seamless training program that helps leaders easily graduate through the courses quickly and with little duplication. The package provides the district training committee with tools to achieve 100 percent trained unit volunteers. It begins with the existing Fast Start training, continues through This is Scouting (replaces New Leader Essentials), followed by leader-specific training for each adult's role in the unit.

Here is a brief overview of the components of the training continuum:

Cub Scout New Leader Training
This is the new Fast Start training for Cub Scouting . This is the first step for any new volunteer and should be taken immediately after a new leader registers and before he or she meets with any youth.
Boy Scout New Leader Training
Venturing Fast Start Training
Youth Protection On-Line Training
On-Line Youth Protection Training is a valuable resource, although our Council recommends that your first option be administered face to face with a Trained District Facilitator. 
Venturing Adult Youth Protection Training
This link is to the Boy Scouts of America National web-site. The Training gives adults involved in the Venturing Program tools to help them protect youth members in their Crew along with other valuable resources.
Basic Leader Training
The new Basic Leader Training is comprised of two parts: This is Scouting (replaces New Leader Essentials), for all unit-level leaders, and New Leader Specific Training, based on the leader's unit-level position.

Basic Leader Training is designed for maximum flexibility. The sessions can be delivered over time - training on one or more evenings a week or month - or in a one-day training event that incorporates all program areas. It is suitable for large or small groups and may be presented to leaders of one or more units each time. Each district may decide the appropriate delivery method, keeping in mind that the focus is to remove roadblocks and achieve 100 percent trained leaders.

This is Scouting (replaces New Leader Essentials)
This is Scouting is an introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding and methods of Scouting. It addresses how these aims and methods are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting and Venturing. Videos, discussions, and hands-on reinforcement are presented during the 90-minute training session. Ideally, all unit-based volunteers - Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders - take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they serve. Each leader completes This is Scouting training only once.

Benefits of This is Scouting
1. Better assists our movement in implementing the full Scouting program with chartered organizations.
2. Provides a better understanding of the advantages of encouraging youth and adult volunteers to move through the traditional program as their youth mature.
3. Creates an awareness of the different aspects of the Scouting program, which may result in leaders taking advantage of those programs for a child in a different age group.

New Leader Specific Training
Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the Boy Scouts of America's values-based program, they can then begin training for their specific Scouting position through Leader Specific Training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies. Leader Specific Training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:
- Tiger Cub den leaders
- Cub Scout den leaders
- Webelos den leaders
- Cubmasters
- Pack committee members
- Scoutmasters
- Troop committee members
- Venturing committee members
- Venturing Advisors

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training
This training is for Tiger Cub den leaders, Cub Scout den leaders, Webelos den leaders, Cubmasters, and pack committee members. This training can be completed Online. The leader is considered trained when he or she has completed Youth Protection Training and the Leader Specific Training for their position.

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training
There is a specific training for Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters. The training is divided into four parts. The first three parts concentrate on troop operation and can be completed in one full day or three evenings. The final part, which focuses on outdoor skills, lasts approximately a day and a half, depending on the skill level of the new leader. The leader is considered trained when he or she has completed Youth Protection Training,  Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. For troop committee members the required leader specific training is the Troop Committee Challenge, which can be completed in three hours. A troop committee member is considered trained after the completion of Youth Protection Training and the Troop Committee Challenge.

Venturing Leader Specific Training
This training is for Venturing Advisors, assistant Advisors, and crew committee members. Training incorporates Venturing's current adult leader training. It can be completed in approximately one day, along with This is Scouting. A Venturing leader is considered trained upon the completion of the Venturing version of Venturing Youth Protection Training, Introduction to Outdor Skills and Venture Leader Specific training.

Impact of "Seamless" Training
- Increased awareness of all aspects of the Scouting program for youth.
- An understanding that the Scouting program at all levels has the same values and aims for youth.
- The values and aims are delivered in an age-appropriate program, utilizing proven methods.
- An ease and conveyance to leaders as they move from one program to another.
- Potential increase in membership in other programs, as leaders learn more about what is available in the full Scouting program.

For training dates, by district, please click here.

Wood Badge
Wood Badge is the premier training program for all Scout leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.  This includes all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing Leaders, District and Council Committee members as well as Professional Scouters.  Wood Badge is designed to train adults using the latest leadership skills and techniques.  The course will strengthen every volunteer's ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults.

Trainer's EDGE
The Trainer's Edge is the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. The purpose of the course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course focuses on training behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

Shooting Sports Training
NRA Rifle / NRA Blackpowder Rifle and Merit Badge Counselor Course - March 29-30, 2014 or November 1-2, 2014
Archery Level I - March 8, 2014 or May 3, 2014
Air Rifle/BB Gun - March 8, 2014 or May 3, 2014
NRA Shotgun / NRA Blackpowder Shotgun Course - August 23-24, 2014
Hunter Education, Camp Wisdom, information coming soon!

COPE & Climbing Training
Tower Level I and II - March 1, 2014 at Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp   

Philmont Training Center
The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is the only national volunteer training center for the Boy  Scouts of America. Since 1950, PTC has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.

Philmont Leadership Challenge
Ready for something beyond Wood Badge? Hone your Wood Badge leadership skills in our backcountry environment. This course is for Scouters in all programs who have attended Wood Badge. For a flyer, click here.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience(NAYLE)
This camp is designed to provide you with a Philmont based wilderness encounter that motivates you to follow a life of helping others succeed based on the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.




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