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Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!
Every Leader deserves training so s/he can successfully deliver the scouting program!

Training of adults to successfully deliver the Boy Scout program has evolved into a well-presented, thorough, curriculum of courses to be completed in sequence. Here are the courses you need to fulfill your commitment of an adult leader.

Youth Protection Training

YPT ensures boys involved in scouting are kept safe. At least one adult on every Scout outing must be Youth Protection Trained.
Before being involved with boys, EVERY adult should complete Youth Protection Online and all registered adult volunteers must complete it and fully understand the Youth Protection Policies of the BSA.
  • The Boy Scouts of America has a set of videotapes to help teach boys about protecting themselves against abuse. These videos help boys recognize dangerous situations and avoid becoming victims.
    The video 'It Happened to Me' is designed for Cub Scouts, boys ages 6 to 10, to view with their parents or guardians. The video presents five scenarios of situations that boys may encounter. It establishes safety rules that help the boys counteract the fear and shame that can result from abusive situations. Cub Scout Meeting Guide: It Happened to Me
    'A Time to Tell' is designed for Boy Scouts, boys ages 11 to 14. This video depicts risks of sexual abuse through dramatizations of adolescent experiences. Troop Meeting Guide: A Time to Tell
    A third video, 'Youth Protection: Personal Safety Awareness', is designed for any young person in the 14 to 20 age range. It is made up of vignettes dealing with the issues of acquaintance rape, Internet safety, stalking, and fraternization. Each scenario is followed by instructions for local group discussions and a teen panel discussion, with pertinent advice regarding each situation.
    To obtain a copy of any of the above videos, contact the council service center - Find Service Center.
  • Remember, any case of abuse is one too many!

    Fast Start Training

    The first step for any new adult volunteer in a Pack or Troop, no matter what the position may be. The Fast Start training is short and should be taken as soon as possible after you have accepted a leadership position. The Fast Start program has been designed to provide an immediate comfort level for new leaders and enables them to say, 'I can do this!', but it should be soon followed by more comprehensive training. If you will be taking your position-specific training right away, then this Fast Start Training is not needed.

    This Is Scouting

    The next step in training for adult leaders who have completed Fast Start Training. This Is Scouting is an online 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. Each leader should complete This Is Scouting training once.

    Leader Specific Training

    Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the scouting program, training for a specific Scouting position continues 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. This training is classroom-led. Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:

    Outdoor Leader Skills

    Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program. Training in outdoor skills is required before taking scouts on outings.

    Supplemental and Ongoing Training

    There are many more opportunities for volunteers to improve their skills and understanding of the Boy Scout program. Some are required before holding certain types of events.

    Assess yourself with the Boy Scout Leader Assessment Tool - The intended audience for this self-assessment tool is adult Boy Scout leaders, specifically scoutmasters, assistant scoutmasters, troop committee members, Boy Scout commissioners, and Boy Scout trainers. This tool is designed to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses in regard to the current Boy Scout leader training courses.

    More Boy Scout Information to Use:
      Merit Badges - requirements and aids
      Boy Scout Activities - great scout activity ideas
      Boy Scout Awards - see what awards are available to Boy Scouts
      Boy Scout Ceremonies - a few ceremony ideas
      Boy Scout Games - patrol or troop games
      Boy Scout Graces - fun meal graces
      Boy Scout Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
      Boy Scout Projects - community projects for Boy Scout patrols or troops
      Boy Scout Recipes - tasty food recipes for scout camping
      Boy Scout Skits - skits that Boy Scouts like to do
      Boy Scout Songs - songs for scouts
      Boy Scout Stories - stories that Boy Scouts will enjoy and understand
      Boy Scout Uniform - make sure you put all those badges and patches in the right spots
      Boy Scout Tests - online tests for Boy Scouts to test their knowledge
      Boy Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach First Class rank in 12-18 months
      Eagle Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach Eagle Scout
      Boy Scout Monthly Themes

     May 17, 2012 - Clint
    I am looking to see if i can get a duplicate bsa card or what not.  I recall our scout leader back in the day kinda folded up camp just before our eagle scout awards.  Wanted to look back and see where my creds were.  How can i do that?
    May 17, 2012 - Scouter Paul
    Clint - you could contact the council in which you were a scout to see if they still have records from 'the day'.  Membership records are handled at the council level.
    Apr 16, 2013 - Jed Reitler
    Hello and THANK YOU for your indispensable resource!

    I'm waiting to hear back from Council and National regarding 'What Makes a Trained Leader' and 2013 requirements.

    Can you confirm whether This is Scouting and Fast Start remain required this year for position trained?
    Apr 19, 2013 - Scouter Paul
    Jed - Youth Protection Training is required of all adult leaders.  Fast Start and This Is Scouting are no longer required in order to wear the Trained patch.  They are intended for the new leader that will not get into the position-specific training immediately.
    May 18, 2013 - Deaf Scouter
    The correct linkage for the broken 'Child Lures' linkage here is:
    May 29, 2013 - Rivera Troop
    Could you tell me the requirements needed to become a Trainer in BALOO & OWL? I would like to be able to become trained so that I can certify other leaders in my Pack.

    Thank you.
    May 31, 2013 - Scouter Paul
    @Rivera - your BSA District should have a Training Chair.  Contact that person to find out about joining the district's training staff.
    Mar 17, 2015 - Sherry
    What positions are allowed to train others within the Troop besides a unit trainer?
    Mar 17, 2015 - Scouter Paul
    @Sherry - Anyone that has knowledge and skills to share can train others about their topic of expertise.
    There are quite a few specific courses listed on this page.  Some are done individually online, others in classroom settings, others outdoors, and some ad-hoc.  Are you asking about a particular topic of training?

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