Step-by-Step Guide to Training

Cub Scout
Leader Training
Boy Scout / Varsity
Leader Training
Leader Training
Step 1. Youth Protection Training
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training within 30 days of registering and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection Training must be completed every two years to remain current.

Youth Protection.
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, sign of abuse, and how to report suspected absue. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section's topic. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training record database if the module is experienced online.
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Venturing Youth Protection.
This training will help leaders understand and guide youth through possible problems as it relates to abuse. You will also learn about the issues you may face as a leader to help provide a safer environment for the crew members and to protect yourself from false accusations.
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Step 2. Fast Start Training (Optional)
An orientation training for your volunteer position you can take to get you started before Position-Specific Training

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  • Den Leader Fast Start
  • Cubmaster Fast Start
  • Pack Committee Fast Start
  • ScoutParents Fast Start

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  • Varsity Leader Fast Start
  • Boy Scouting Fast Start
  • ScoutParents Fast Start

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  • Venturing Fast Start
  • ScoutParents Fast Start

Step 3. Leader Position-Specific Training
The main course necessary to be considered "trained" for your Scouting position. Please note that the instructor-led version of Position-Specific is the preferred method of training in the BSA. Self-Study such as the e-Learning courses on MyScouting are only for those who cannot otherwise attend a training course.

Cub Basic Leader Training
Required for Tiger, Cub, Webelos, Cubmaster, Assistants, Committee Chair, and Committee Members.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. Required for packs that conduct their own camping program.

Outdoor Leader Skills
Required for adults to take Webelos camping

Scout Leader Basic Training
Required for Scoutmasters and Assistants. Open to all adults.

Troop Committee Challenge
For all adult members of a troop.
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Intro to Leadership Skills for Troop - How to Teach
This is the new troop level youth leadership training. This replaces Troop Leadership Training. You must be registered with the BSA before attending this training. For Scoutmasters and Assistants - Roundtable Breakout Sessions.

Venturing Leader Specific
Designed to introduce adult Venturing crew leaders to the basic information needed to operate a crew.

Step 4. Supplemental Training (Optional)
The training beyond "the basics" to learn more about a particular skill or program. Supplemental training can be taken online and includes: This is Scouting, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Climb On Safely, Trek Safely, and Weather Hazards.
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Step 5. Wood Badge
Wood Badge for the 21st Century has been developed for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The course content, and team and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters in all leadership positions. Wood Badge provides a common foundation of leadership and team skills used throughout all program areas.

W4-33-15 (2 Weekend Course)
First weekend 25-27 September
Second weekend 24-26 October
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