TRAINING

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Quick references to complete courses, these courses are all designed to help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program. Many of the courses can be taken online. A log-in is required; however, anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit. Log in to get started

Youth Leadership Training Continuum

The Boy Scouts of America provides opportunities for youth to develop and improve their leadership skills in the unit, in the local council, and at national training centers. Click here to find out more about what leadership courses would be of the most benefit to you or your youth. View PDF

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)

The purpose of the ILST course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. ILST is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Boy Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training. Completion of ILST is a prerequisite for Boy Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required to participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek. View Online 

Welcome to Den Chief Training!

Boy Scouts wishing to become den chiefs will take this online course as part of their training to become a den chief. The module identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks, and describes the den chief's relationship to the adult den leaders and how that relates to the den chief's activities with the den. After finishing the online training, den chief candidates print their certificate of completion and undergo further training with their adult den leaders. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes. Take Den Chief Training now!

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC)

The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Venturers and is a replacement for the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required for Kodiak. View Online 

Venturing Crew Officers Orientation

This training module is geared primarily to Venturing youth that are elected into positions as officers within their Venturing crew, but it can also be used by adult leaders to learn the duties of the officers in the crew. This course is very useful for youth officers to fully understand their roles and responsibilities as it relates to Crew Officers Briefings and Seminars. This course will help the youth develop an annual plan of activities for the crew, as well as acquiring leadership and team-building skills. View now. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

What Is BALOO?      

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)  is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.

What Is OAKLEAF ?  

Oakleaf is an Outdoor Leader Skills Training course where you will learn the role of the Scoutmaster and practice your outdoor skills.  All Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are required to attend this training.  Committee Chairs and Committee members are encouraged and welcome to attend.  Webelos Leaders may use this training for Outdoor Webelos Leader Training (OWL) and then will be considered training when they cross over with their son(s) to a Boy Scout Troop.

What Is Wood Badge ?  

Woodbadge 2017 Course Website

Wood Badge is an advanced training course designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, and to revitalize their commitment to fulfill the vision & mission of Scouting for the youth that they serve.

What Takes Place?
Participants in Wood Badge for the 21st Century will attend a six-day course. The course is consists of one orientation day and two sessions of three days each.

Course attendees begin their Wood Badge experience as Cub Scouts, then bridge into Boy Scouting and form as a patrol for the balance of the course. Selected staff members are designated as troop guides to work with the patrol during the course and during the patrol’s interim patrol meetings held between the two weekend sessions. To cap the whole Scouting progression, several key staff members serve in the role of a Venturing crew, working side-by-side with the troop during their outdoor experience.
The whole course models first-hand what a Scout experiences during a month as a Scout. During this training, participants are given the opportunity to assume leadership roles to plan and carry out an extended outdoor experience.

Within this framework, participants take part in numerous presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools. A key area of exploration is the process of team development. By recognizing the stages through which leadership teams, pass, participants will learn to apply appropriate leadership strategies that enable teams to reach their highest level of performance.

Wood Badge: A Two-Step Process… Practical Experience
Wood Badge for the 21st Century is a two-step process, beginning with the outdoor experience, consisting of living the Scout program. Those participating are exposed to leadership and Scoutcraft skills as they apply to both adults and youth. Through living in a Scouting atmosphere for an extended period of time, Scouters develop a deeper understanding of the Scouting program that can have a profound influence on the lives of youth in our communities.

To demonstrate an understanding of the leadership skills taught at the course, each participant writes a contract outlining how he or she will apply the lessons learned through their role in Scouting after the course. This contract is called a ticket.

Application Phase
The outdoor experience is followed by a period of up to eighteen months during which the Scouter applies the skills learned during the practical experience in his or her Scouting position – at the unit, district, or council level. Through this period, each Scouter is assigned a counselor who acts as a resource, evaluator, and Scouting mentor to assist the participant in putting into action those points discussed during the course. This is demonstrated by the process known as working your ticket.
Once the ticket is completed to the mutual satisfaction of the participant and the counselor, the Wood Badge Award is presented.

Who May Attend Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, particularly Cub Leaders, Scoutmasters and Assistants, Varsity Team leaders, Venturing Crew Advisers, and other unit, district, and council Scouters.

How do I qualify? To qualify, you must
1. Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America (Any level of the program).
2. Have not previously attended a 21st Century Wood Badge course. (If you have attended a prior Wood Badge course you are elligable & most welcome to take the 21st Century Wood Badge course.)
3. Have completed the basic training courses for your current Scouting position – this includes This is Scouting and Leader Specific Training for your position and Commissioner Basic Training for Commissioners. (Previous versions of leader training courses are acceptable.)
4. Have completed the outdoor skills program if there is one appropriate for your Scouting position. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills is required for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches and Assistants.
5. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
6. Have successfully completed all parts of the BSA Physical prior to the start of the course.
Course Uniform:
For the course, Scouters will need a complete field uniform for the program in which they are registered. This should include shirt, pants, or shorts with the appropriate socks and belt. Information on other clothing and equipment needs will be provided to each registered participant prior to the course.

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section's topic. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.
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Intended to be taken by pack, troop, team, and crew leaders, as well as unit commissioners and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of their new role.
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This Is Scouting provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training. The module consists of six video sections, each followed by a brief quiz. Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.
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Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role? This sheet explains the training requirements for all unit-level leaders.
More Information 

The links below are to the syllabi that are to be used by trainers in presenting the stand-alone den leader position-specific courses. These courses are intended to provide Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear training and Youth Protection training are considered trained for all three positions. Den leaders who complete the Webelos training and Youth Protection training are considered trained as Webelos den leaders.
Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Syllabus
NEW! Webelos Syllabus

 

The syllabus below is used by trainers presenting the standalone Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster specifics course. The course is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. A DVD with presentation support is available from Scoutstuff.org or your local council. Scoutmasters and assistants who complete this training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection training are considered "trained."
Instructor Syllabus

 

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered "trained".
Instructor Syllabus

 
 

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