Training

Adult leader training is vital to the success of Scouting programs and ensures that a fun, safe and fulfilling experience is provided to each Scout. Some courses may be completed online through my.scouting.org. All other courses are provided by the council and each district on a regular basis. 
Beyond required training, we encourage adult leaders to take supplemental training such as University of Scouting or Wood Badge as well as a variety of our other training courses throughout the year. 
Check out our Training Calendar for more information on how to become the trained leader every scout deserves

Training Specific Events

Scoutmaster Intro to Leader Specifics

This course introduces the adult leadership to the day to day operations of how a troop functions. Explanations of adult leadership positions, youth leadership positions along with clarification on policies, procedures, and proper uniform guidelines are just a few of the topics discussed. If you are planning to join a troop in the near future, have just joined a troop, or feel you need a refresher, this is the training for you!

Register Here
 

March 2nd
June 15th
September 14th
December 14th

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid is a sixteen hour course that combines classroom instruction, skills practice and role-playing scenarios to teach the response steps and treatment of injuries and illnesses in a delayed-help situation. Payment of the course fee is not a guarantee of certification. Course certification and successful completion of the course requires that the participant attend all sessions, participate in all skill sessions and activities, demonstrate competency in all observable skills, and complete the scenario. Class size : Minimum of 10

Course Pre-requisites: Minimum age 14**, CPR/AED certified

**Course content is above basic first aid skills, being comfortable and familiar with the BSA First Aid requirements and the First Aid Merit Badge book is a must.  Due to this we highly recommend a minimum age of 16, and having a current CPR/AED certification.  If you are not current with these, we offer CPR/AED on Friday evenings at no additional charge.


Register Here
 

April 26-28
September 27-29

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]lobal.com

Intro to Outdoor Ethics

Introduction to Outdoor Ethics / Leave No Trace will cover the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and how to put them into practice.  If registration numbers permit, we will then split up the Cub Scout leaders and Troop/Venturing leaders and work on practical exercises that you can use with your Scouts.  You will learn about the awards for each program.  This is an important part of Scouting and we will share with you how to become a LNT / Outdoor Ethics Trainer.  Be Prepared to spend some of your time in the outdoors, the real fun stuff happens when we go outside to learn Leave No Trace activities that you can share with your Scouts.  Don’t get left behind on the trail!

Register Here
 

Will be held again in 2020

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is:

  • Scouting’s Premier Training Course
  • A “Mountain-Top” Experience
  • An Experience in the Patrol Method
  • A Worldwide Experience
  • A Realization of the Boy Scout Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Practical Learning of Scouting’s Skills and Methods
  • Applicable to your work & Family life too     

Register Here
 

Our Wood Badge course (C7-702-2020,) will be held in August and October of 2020.
Exact dates will be announced shortly
You must attend all 6 days of the course

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]

NYLT

NYLT is an exciting action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with Leadership skills and experience that they can use in their home Units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Throughout the wekk Scouts learn skills including problem solving, communication, and how to find a fixed vision. The course is run by the youth staff with the adults taking on an advisory role. Course is designed to simulate a full month in a unit.

Register Here
 

July 15-20

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]

Building an Outdoor Adventure is the opportunity to learn new skills, techniques and ‘keep-up’ with the youth of today.

You will be able to:

  • Gather ideas for new things to do together
  • network with other adult leaders
  • Learn what ‘Works’
  • Learn what ‘Doesn’t Work’
  • Establish resource contacts
  • Ask questions you’ve always hesitated to ask
  • Work to build the confidence to make sure your unit is building a quality, adventure filled program for your unit

EVENT PAST DETAILS

When: March 30, 2019

Where: Ranbow Council Scout Reservation

Time: Check-in: 7:30 AM

          Opening Ceremony: 8:00 AM

          First Session Begins: 8:30 AM

Cost: $25

Registration Closes March 20th, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The morning session offer a variety of topics…Splints & Bandages, Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Camping,  Winter Survival for Cubs, Stories of the Night, Astronomy, Nature & Wildlife for Scouts & Cubs, Team Building For Scouts & Cubs, as well as Orienteering & Compass Games and Leave Not Trace/Outdoor Ethics  sessions.

You are welcome to choose any combination of courses that suits your needs and interests for the morning session. However, the afternoon session will be a “Round Robin” event in which everyone will participate in all 4 sessions.

The 4 afternoon courses will consist of:

Dutch Oven Cooking: Want to bake a cake? Make bread? Bake a pie? Roast a chicken? Leave your GE, LG Magic chef over at home and learn about the use of a Dutch Over, the care of the Dutch Over, Gadgets and accessories. Who knows, there might even be something to taste in this session.

Shooting: Join our experienced  staff and learn the latest about RSR’s shooting sports program. Topics covered will range from the various guns available, improvements to the shooting area, gun safety, and even includes the opportunity to shoot a selection of weapons. If the kids can do it, so can you!

Welding: How many of you have actually had to opportunity to weld something? Join us and learn some of the basics of welding, see what materials are used and what safety features are necessary. Who knows, maybe you will end up helping one of your youth at summer camp with welding!

Canoeing: For centuries, the canoe was the primary method of water travel of the explorers and settlers. It remains today an important part of the wilderness experience and a fun leisure activity that teaches skills such as communication, teamwork, and physical fitness. Have fun learning how to get into the canoe without tipping it, practice steering and the various strokes associated with traveling in a straight line, something that is a challenge for even the most experienced.

BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It’s designed to introduce Cub Scout leaders to the newly expanded opportunities for pack overnight camping. This is an energetic training that will cover everything you need to know to plan and run a pack over-nighter. Please wear the scout uniform appropriate for your current position and arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. Come spend the day at camp filled with Fellowship and an opportunity to sharpen your scouting kills. This class covers all the information needed to plan and execute a pack overnight. Learn about “No Surprises”, proper planning, scheduling, program suggestions, camp cooking with different types of equipment, and lots more! Speak with fellow scouters and get ideas future outings, ask questions and share your experiences with others. Don’t forget every pack needs a BALOO trained leader. 

Register Here
 

April 13-14

October 12-13

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]

 

Trainers Edge

The purpose of the Trainers EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. Trainers Edge is designed to give adult and youth trainers the skills needed to be an effective presenter and instructor. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands on experience in methods and media. The group will offer feed-back that will help you improve your skills as a trainer. Feedback is a gift, we want to make sure it is given in a positive, helpful way. Trainers Edge is a requirement for all NYLT staff and Wood Badge staff. The certification is good for 3 years.

Register Here
 

January 20

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]

 

Scout Master Outdoor Skills

This training is a required training for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Venture Advisors, and Crew Committee members. The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the basic outdoor skills necessary to succeed as a leader. You will be camping just like the youth in your unit and learning how the patrol method functions. Cracker Barrel will be provided on Friday evening.

Register Here
 

April 13-14
October 12-13

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]

Den Chief

Every Cub Scout deserves a trained leader – sometimes that leader is an adult, sometimes is is a trained Boy Scout, Venture Scout or Varsity Scout in the leadership position of a Den Chief, who wishes to assist a Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear or Webelos den. A Den Chief is someone the younger boys look up to and view as role models. Den Chief training focuses on how to assist the den leaders with planning and conducting the meetings, how to build an age appropriate repertoire of activities for the Cubs, and learning to be confident with the boys in carrying out their specific duties while having fun.

Register Here
 

April 13
October 12

 

For information regarding training please contact

Debbie Richardson
[email protected]

Training for Adults

This section provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program.

Joining Courses

These courses are required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. A login is required, but 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.

Boy Scouts of America IconCub Scouts IconBoy Scouts IconVenturing Icon Sea Scout IconYouth Protection Training

Once facilitators have been tasked with delivering the adult Youth Protection training, they should contact their Council Scout Executive for access to the materials. Access to the materials should not be shared with anyone else.

The materials are packaged as a zipped file that contains facilitator’s guides and PowerPoint slide decks for each of the mandatory and recommended Youth Protection training modules, copies of the video files embedded in the PowerPoint slide decks, a copy of the end-of-course test for the current year, and a sample training attendance report. You’ll also find an optional Chief’s video (M4 Overview – Chief.mp4)

All other versions of Facilitator Led Training are superseded by the materials available through your Scout Executive.

Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconYouth Protection Pledge Cards

Take the pledge to keep our Scouts safe by following the BSA’s Youth Protection policies. Half the pledge is signed and given to the council; the other half stays with you in pocket card format as a reminder. The links below, in English and Spanish versions, will print four-up on a sheet.

Orientation Courses

Orientation courses are designed to help Scouters learn more about their Scouting role and about other leadership positions
in the program.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconSTEM Orientation

STEM Nova Program, Nova Counselor, and Supernova Mentor Training are now available at my.scouting.org , click “BSA Learn Center” then “STEM in Scouting”. To access them,

 

Create or log into your account at my.scouting.org 

Click on “BSA Learn Center”

Select the “Expanded Learning” category, then select “STEM IN SCOUTING”

 
Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses

These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing the course will make a Scouter “trained” for the role(s) covered in the course. E-learning versions of some courses may be found below in the E-learning section.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconBasic Leader Requirements

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.

Cub Scouts IconCub Scout Position-Specific Training

The link below is to the syllabus that is to be used by trainers in presenting a group and/or the stand-alone position-specific course. This course is intended to provide the following positions with the information and tools they need to conduct a successful Program:

  • Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders
  • Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters
  • Pack Committee and Committee Chair

Leaders who complete the training are considered trained for their position.

Instructor Syllabus  (May 2019) (NEW)

 

Boy Scouts IconScoutmaster Position-Specific Training (NEW)

The instructor’s guide below is intended to be used by trainers leading Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training. The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for those positions. There is no change to the My.Scouting Tools code (S24) for the course.

Instructor Syllabus  (August 2018)
Boy Scouts Icon Venturing IconIntroduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)(NEW)

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 in order to be considered “trained”.

Instructor Syllabus  (August 2018)
Spanish Version  (August 2018)

 

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training

Below is the instructor’s guide for the Venturing crew Advisor and assistant training. The course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconChartered Organization Representative Training

NOTE: Online training modules for the Chartered Organization Representative are available in the BSA Learn Center on My.Scouting 

Boy Scouts IconTroop Committee Challenge

The Troop Committee Challenge is designed for troop committee members and becomes the course (along with Youth Protection training) troop committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to conduct the course for troop committee members.

Troop Committee Challenge 

 

Venturing IconCrew Committee Challenge—Crew Committee Position-Specific Training

The Crew Committee Challenge is designed for crew committee members and becomes the course (along with the Venturing version of Youth Protection training) crew committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to conduct the course for crew committee members.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconSTEM Nova Counselor Training

These courses are intended to provide training for STEM Nova counselors. The instructor-led course is designed to be used with the training slide deck at group courses.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconSTEM Supernova Mentor Training

This course is a self-study training course for STEM Supernova mentors.

Supplemental Training Courses

These courses are designed to help Scouters with a particular skill or to enhance their Scouting role. Additional modules may be found on the “Supplemental” link in the upper-left section of this page.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts IconRoundtable Planning Guides

Providing knowledge, program ideas, skills, and fun resources is the purpose behind the
Roundtable Planning Guides for Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders. Using this guide along with local resources, roundtable commissioners can enable and motivate unit leaders to deliver an outstanding program to their Scout troops. The guide is designed to allow program topics to be used in the order best suited for your district.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts IconCubCast and ScoutCast

The podcasts are monthly audio presentations that provide information on topics of interest to Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders.

  Powder Horn

Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your area training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

  Advanced Unit Chaplain and Chaplain Aide Training

Councils may now provide Unit Chaplain and Unit Chaplain Aide training which includes participation by the Chartered Organization Representative at their convenience. This easy to download syllabus is intended to reinforce not only the relationship with the Chartered Partner but connect these Scouts and Scouters with other units in their districts and council. They may learn best practices to strengthen their roles as Chaplains and Chaplain Aides, inspire more Duty to God activities and foster understanding of the many faiths represented in the Boy Scouts of America.

The Course Code for this training is D86.


Outdoor Skills Training Courses

These courses are designed to help Scouters with skills related to the BSA’s outdoor program.

Cub Scouts IconBasic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.

Instructor Syllabus (Oct 2018)

 

Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing IconCamp Health Officer Training

This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a camp health officer at a council or district camping facility.

Boy Scouts Icon  Sea Scout IconKodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose

Boy Scouts Icon Venturing IconPassport to High Adventure Training Outline

This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.

Train-the-Trainer Courses

These courses are designed to help Scouters learn or improve their presentation skills.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconThe Fundamentals of Training

This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconThe Trainer’s EDGE

While the Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills.

Administration of Training

These resources are designed to assist training teams that administer training in a unit, council, area, or region.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconGuide to Leader Training

This new guide outlines the basic responsibilities for volunteer leader training committees and the methods of BSA volunteer training. To be sure that information is up-to-date, the guide does not include the forms and other resources that are more easily available, and more current, via Scouting.org. The training pages of Scouting.org will help you find the current resources, forms, and courses available—as well as the latest in BSA training.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing IconApplication for a Council to Conduct Wood Badge and NYLT

The first step for a council to conduct one of these advanced training courses is to submit an application. A form has been developed that will serve for applying for Wood Badge and NYLT. Simply fill out the form and send it to the Volunteer Development Team for processing.

Boy Scouts of America IconApplication to Conduct a SEABADGE Course

The first step for a council, area, or region to conduct the advanced national training course known as SEABADGE is to submit an application. A new form has been developed that serves as the method for making application. Simply fill out the form and send it to Keith Christopher, National Director, Sea Scouts, BSA for processing.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconFillable Training Cards

In conjunction with the Volunteer Development Team, the National Supply Group has released the latest version of the pocket-sized certificate of training. Simply specify SKU 615012 when ordering from your local Scout Shop or through scoutstuff.org . Click on the link below to open a pdf template that has been created for convenience in filling out these portable training records.

National Training Conferences

Bechtel Summit’s John D. Tickle Training Center 

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconPhilmont Training Center

Since 1950 The Philmont Training Center (PTC) has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconSea Base

Join us in the beautiful Florida Keys to learn with experienced and informed Scouters with ample time to enjoy the climate and beauty of the Keys. 

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout IconWood Badge

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.

Course Director’s and Area Training Conferences

Boy Scouts of America Icon Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts Icon Venturing Icon Sea Scout Icon2019 Course Director’s and Area Training Conference Registration

Click here for the most up-to-date listing of Wood Badge and NYLT Course Director’s Conferences in your region or area and across the nation. The accompanying links for registering for each conference will be available as listed. Many of this year’s Course Director’s Conferences have been combined with other functional conferences, creating an atmosphere of learning on a larger scale and allowing for the sharing of resources and ideas. You will find these Area Training Conferences listed here as well.

 

Council Executive Board Orientation

Click here for videos, facilitator guides, lesson plans and more resources. The 17-module training has been developed to assist you in understanding and carrying out your responsibilities as a council executive board member—officer, committee chair, or council member at large, or Advisory Council.

Training Awards

Cub Scouts Icon Boy Scouts IconVenturing Icon Sea Scout IconTraining Awards for Adult Leaders in Units

The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress record forms with the 2012 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below.

Cub Scouts IconDistrict Committee Awards

The files below contain updated requirements for the Scouter’s Key for District Committee Members and new requirements for the Scouter’s Training Award for District Committee Members.

E-learning

Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of
my.scouting.org . A login is required, but 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. These include:

Expanded Learning
Safe Swim Defense 
Safety Afloat 
Weather Hazards 
Climb On Safely

Leader Position-Specific Training
Leader Position-Specific: Den Leader 
Leader Position-Specific: Cubmaster 
Leader Position-Specific: Pack Trainer 
Leader Position-Specific: Pack Committee 
Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Advisor 
Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Committee

Instructions for Accessing Online Training. Cub

Supplemental Training

Supplemental training is designed to provide orientation beyond the basic training offered in leader-specific training.

New Leadership Development Series 

Stop Bullying Now: Tips for Scouting Leaders and Scouts
The values of Scouting make it clear that bullying cannot be tolerated. Scouting leaders have a unique opportunity to teach respect and acceptance of others. These simple presentations created by the BSA in conjunction with the US Department of Health and Human Services can be used by individuals or in a group setting to help our members and families learn more about preventing bullying in Scouting.

Leader Instructor Led    I   Leader Self Study 
Scout Instructor Led      I   Scout Self Study 

New-Unit Organizer Modules
These modules were prepared by the National Membership Committee’s New-Unit Organizer Task Force. They are designed to help Scouters understand the role of the new-unit organizer and the new-unit commissioner, and how to use the Unit Performance Guide. The modules are designed as 50-minute sessions to use at district or council training events. New-Unit Organizer Training and the accompanying slide deck are designed to be used to train new-unit organizers.

New-Unit Organizer Training 
New-Unit Organizer slide deck 
New-Unit Commissioner module 
New-Unit Organizer module  
Unit Performance Guide module 

CubCast and ScoutCast
CubCast and ScoutCast are monthly audio podcasts designed to help Cub Scout and Scouts BSA leaders learn more about topics of interest.

Planning and Conducting a Safe Scout Outing  
Although it can be effectively used at the unit level, this outline and video were designed to be presented at a district or council-level venue, such as a University of Scouting. An explanation of the sandwich principle and emphasis on the importance of qualified supervision and discipline are at the core of this training. NOTE: Due to the large size of this file, it is highly recommended that it be downloaded rather than trying to view it directly from this site.

Recruiting Quality Training Staff
This session will provide an overview of the steps involved in recruiting quality district or council training staff and will allow participants to take a step-by-step practice run through the recruiting process.

Youth Protection

BSA Youth Protection Mission Statement

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels. Protección Juvenil En Español

New to Scouting? Click here to login and take Youth Protection training You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training.

To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org  and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number.

From the My.Scouting.org  portal, click Menu then My Dashboard from the menu list. The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training. Upon completion, you may print a training certificate to submit with a volunteer application. Your training will automatically be updated in our system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card that includes your member ID number.

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub ScoutScouts BSA, and Venturing programs.

Download the How-To Guide for taking Youth Protection Training 

Leadership Selection

The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units.

The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child abuser, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child abuser by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and what discipline techniques he or she would use.

Required Training

  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers and is a joining requirement.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
  • Download the How-To Guide for taking Youth Protection Training 

The “three R’s” of Youth Protection

The “three R’s” of Youth Protection convey a simple message for the personal awareness of our youth members:

  • Recognize that anyone could be an abuser.
  • Respond when someone is doing something that goes against your gut or against the safety guidelines.
  • Report attempted or actual abuse or any activity that you think is wrong to a parent or other trusted adult.

Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for Volunteers

There are two types of Youth Protection–related reporting procedures all volunteers must follow:

  • When you witness or suspect any child has been abused or neglected—See “Mandatory Report of Child Abuse” below.
  • When you witness a violation of the BSA’s Youth Protection policies—See “Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies” below.

Mandatory Report of Child Abuse

All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. You may not abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies

If you think any of the BSA’s Youth Protection policies have been violated, including those described within Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse, you must notify your local council Scout executive or his/her designee so appropriate action can be taken for the safety of our Scouts.

Steps to Reporting Child Abuse

  1. Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
  2. In cases of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately. In addition, if the suspected abuse is in the Scout’s home or family, you are required to contact the local child abuse hotline.
  3. Notify the Scout executive or his/her designee.

Find your local council Scout executive:

 
 

Click here to download  the Incident Information Form.

Click here to learn more about incident reporting.


Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse are published in the Guide to Safe Scouting and the online version is maintained as the most current.  Frequently-asked questions are also addressed in this FAQ.

Youth Protection Infographic
Download  the BSA’s Youth Protection infographic  to see how Scouting’s barriers to abuse help keep youth safe.

Download the Bullying Prevention Guide 

Digital Privacy

A key ingredient for a safe and healthy Scouting experience is the respect for privacy. Advances in technology are enabling new forms of social interaction that extend beyond the appropriate use of cameras or recording devices (see “Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse”). Sending sexually explicit photographs or videos electronically or “sexting” by cell phones is a form of texting being practiced primarily by young adults and children as young as middle-school age. Sexting is neither safe, nor private, nor an approved form of communication and can lead to severe legal consequences for the sender and the receiver. Although most campers and leaders use digital devices responsibly, educating them about the appropriate use of cell phones and cameras would be a good safety and privacy measure. To address cyber-safety education, the BSA has introduced the age- and grade-specific Cyber Chip program, which addresses topics including cyberbullying, cell-phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft. Check it out.

BSA Social Media Guidelines

Although using social media is not a Scouting activity, their use to connect with others interested in Scouting can be a very positive experience. But the creation and maintenance of these channels requires forethought, care, and responsibility. Read more about the BSA Social Media Guidelines here .

Key Resources

Guide to Safe Scouting
Single source of information for safe scouting. The guide is designed for adult leaders; topics include Youth Protection, Health and Safety and Reporting information. Frequently-asked questions are also addressed in the Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs.

How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide
These booklets are a basic resource to help parents understand how child abuse happens and keep their children safe. Exercises for parents and children are included. Several versions of the booklets are available:

Personal Safety Awareness Meeting Guide (Venturing Program)
Video Facilitator Guides. A sample letter to parents and guardians as well as English and Spanish meeting guides for facilitators’ use when showing the age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention video.

Cyber Chip
To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the BSA introduces the Cyber Chip. The Scouting portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources includes grade-specific videos for each level.

Bullying Awareness
These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by the BSA and other entities we work with to protect children.

Youth Protection Champions
To address the need for Youth Protection–specific volunteers at all levels, the BSA has implemented its new Youth Protection Champions program. These volunteer champions will be the key drivers of Youth Protection at their assigned levels.

Camp Leadership … A Guide for Camp Staff and Unit Leaders 
Brochure for unit leaders and camp staff who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy camp setting where Scouts are free from the worries of child abuse.

ScoutHelp
The BSA offers assistance with counseling to any Scout, former Scout, or family member of any Scout who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. Individuals can email [email protected]  or call toll free at 855-295-1531.

State Statutes on Child Welfare 
Reporting requirements for child abuse differ from state to state. The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources on a variety of topics, including state statutes on child abuse. This site is not operated by the Boy Scouts of America.

NEW Youth-on-Youth Training Materials

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the safest environment possible for our youth members. To that end, BSA’s ScoutingU has created some additional Youth Protection training to professionals, volunteers, and leaders regarding the prevention of youth-on-youth incidents that might occur within the context of Scouting, especially in a camping or overnight setting. It is designed to help prepare adult leaders to prevent and appropriately respond to these incidents.

This informational document with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation for BSA leaders, parents, volunteers, and professionals should be delivered at the council, district, or unit level by a Youth Protection Champion, training chair, district chair, district executive, or other appropriate Scout leader to leaders for camping and overnight activities.

Suggested training opportunities include:

  • Existing facilitator-led Youth Protection training sessions
  • Pre-camp leaders’ meetings for summer camp and first-time leaders’ meetings at all outings
  • Camp schools
  • Scout executives’ and district executives’ trainings on responding to youth protection incidents
  • Other training events that include the “Youth Protection Training for Volunteer Leaders and Parents” DVD

Camp Staff Understanding and Preventing Youth on Youth 20181217 
Camp Staff Youth on Youth Facilitators Guide 20181217 

Cub Scout

The following resources may be used by parents and leaders in their efforts to protect youth. Several are available for purchase. Visit your local Scout shop or ScoutShop.org .

The Guide to Safe Scouting

Youth Protection & Adult Leadership.

Cyber Chip

To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online. Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

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How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide

A booklet, included in the printed handbooks, providing tips to help parents talk with their sons about child abuse.

Scouts BSA

The following resources may be used by parents and leaders in their efforts to protect youth. Several are available for purchase. Visit your local Scout shop or www.scoutstuff.org .

The Guide to Safe Scouting

Youth Protection & Adult Leadership.

How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.

A booklet, included in the printed handbooks, providing tips to help parents talk with their sons about child abuse.

 
 

Camp Leadership … A Guide for Camp Staff and Unit Leaders

Brochure for camp staff who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy camp setting where Scouts are free from the worries of child abuse.

Cyber Chip

To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online. Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

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Venturing

The following resources may be used by parents and leaders in their efforts to protect youth. Several are available for purchase. Visit your local Scout shop or www.scoutstuff.org .

The Guide to Safe Scouting

Youth Protection & Adult Leadership.

Venturing Leader Youth Protection Training

Topics covered include the BSA’s Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures.

How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.

A booklet, included in the printed handbooks, providing tips to help parents talk with their sons about child abuse.

Cyber Chip

To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online. Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

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Cyber Chip

 

 

 

Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

Netsmartz® has Cyber Chip resources, including grade-specific videos, for each level. Check it out here. 

Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

Click here  to download.

Cyber Chip Requirements

 

Printable Cyber Chip Certificates

 

Available From ScoutShop.org 

  • Cyber Chip pocket card (grades 1-5)
  • Cyber Chip pocket card (grades 6-12)
  • Cyber Chip patch (grades 1-5)
  • Cyber Chip patch (grades 6-12)

Integration Ideas

Boys’ Life Articles

Parents

      • Use the Cyber Chip as a tool to work with your youth to create additional open communications.
      • Visit www.scouting.org/cyberchip and NetSmartz® for more content ideas and tip sheets.

Click here  to download.

Unit Leaders

      • Tailor the requirements to your own unit rules. Complete the requirements for the Cyber Chip as a unit at a regular meeting, then hand out the cards and patches on the spot.
      • Review the resources available on the website, including teaching materials, an implementation guide, and more.
      • Create a fun challenge for youth to stump the unit leaders.
      • Play a “Jeopardy!”-style game in a meeting to use what’s been learned.
      • Use the Cyber Chip as a foundational step in preparation for leadership positions such as Webmaster.

Councils and Districts

      • Add Cyber Chip information to council or district websites. Create an area focused on cyber safety. Use resources from NetSmartz®
      • Spread the word by communicating at events like camporees and Scoutoramas.
      • Do a tech event for adults or youth—then set teams to compete with each other on their knowledge in a fun fashion.

Bullying Awareness

The idea that a Scout should treat others as he or she wants to be treated—a Scout is kind—is woven throughout the programs and literature of the Boy Scouts of America. When a Scout follows the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, bullying and hazing situations should never occur. These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by the BSA and other entities we work with to protect children.

A Scout Is Kind Newsletter 

Bullying—What is Bullying? 

Bullying Prevention Guide 

Creating a Bullying-Free Culture in Scouting 

What to Do if Your Child Is Being Bullied 

Prevention of Cyberbullying in Scouting 

Reporting Suspected or Observed Bullying 

Providing Support to Scouts Who Are Bullied 

The Bully 

Prevention of Bullying in Scouting—Unit Discussions 

Myths About Bullying 

Youth Protection Champions Program

Youth Protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America and relies upon the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting, including 

  • Volunteers and leaders who create a culture of awareness and safety within their units and councils and ensure that their units follow the BSA’s youth protection policies
  • Parents who monitor and participate in their children’s activities and teach them personal safety skills
  • Scouting professionals who increase the awareness of the BSA’s Youth Protection policies, make training available to everyone, encourage all Scouting units to include personal safety awareness education in their programs, and enforce Youth Protection policies in all council-sponsored activities
  • Anyone who becomes aware of possible abuse within Scouting; they must report any suspicion to the proper authorities for review and investigation. 

Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance its efforts to protect youth, regularly consulting with experts from law enforcement, child safety, psychology, and other disciplines to ensure its efforts consistently evolve along with the ever-changing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth. We have invoked mandatory Youth Protection training, hired noted professionals to help focus activities, and elevated clear focus and awareness across the organization.

You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training.

To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org  and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number.

From the My.Scouting.org portal, click Menu then My Dashboard from the menu list. The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training. Upon completion, you may print a training certificate to submit with a volunteer application. Your training will automatically be updated in our system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card that includes your member ID number.

In support of this focus and awareness the National Youth Protection Committee has identified and initiated the Youth Protection Champions program. As indicated in the various level-specific position descriptions, these volunteers are the focal points and key drivers of Youth Protection at their assigned level of the organization. They will assist in recruiting Youth Protection leadership within their sphere of influence, support Youth Protection training and strategy development actions as appropriate, and in so doing, act as one of the principal champions and advisors at their level on all matters relating to Youth Protection and any pertinent Youth Protection initiatives, plans, programs, policies, communications, or actions that affect the BSA.

Resources for Champions

Roles the Champions Play

The Champion will be, no matter what level of the organization:

  • A focal point and key driver of Youth Protection
  • A recruiter, recruiting Youth Protection leadership and supporting Youth Protection strategy development
  • An administrator, assisting in increasing the implementation of new Youth Protection programs, policies, and reports
  • A teacher/trainer, ensuring that Youth Protection training is available and presented various times throughout the year, and facilitating or leading various training sessions

How Champions Are Selected

Champions will be selected according to the qualifications identified for their level of involvement, and they will be appointed by key leadership at that level. Regional, area, and council Champions should be selected and appointed by the respective Key 3 leadership team, with the approval of the level-specific executive board.  

Selected by their unit committee chair, unit Champions should have excellent people skills, have a solid Scouting background or be a fast-track learner, know and practice Scouting’s ideals and all aspects of Youth Protections policies and procedures, and be a Youth Protection–oriented volunteer.

Contact a Youth Protection Champion

To contact a Champion, please contact your Council.

Send a Question or Comment

Send a question of comment to [email protected] 

Spring 2019

The Training Times

Spring 2019
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New Online Learning

Several new online modules have been launched in 2019.

STEM Committee.  This new online learning module helps you understand the roles (to enable you to provide the proper support and to help grow your STEM Scouts program) and structure of the STEM Scouts Committee. The committee management principle provides leadership and top-level governance by delegating leadership for the three key elements of the STEM Scouts program.

Den Chief.  The new online Den Chief training is now available for Scouts who are registered in troops, crews, and ships. The new online course identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks along with describing the den chief’s relationship with supporting den leaders and how it relates to the den chief’s activities with the den. At the end of the online training module, den chiefs can print their certificate of completion signifying they are trained for their position and fulfilling a requirement toward their Den Chief Service Award.

BALOO Prerequisite Training.  These new modules are shorter and provide the knowledge base one needs prior to taking the BALOO outdoor course.  This course must be completed prior to attending the outdoor portion.

Sea Scouts Uniform. Launched in the BSA Learn Center, the new Sea Scout Uniform module contains the latest uniform information. Links where insignia and uniforms can be purchased are provided. The module is contained within the Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training learning plan.

Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts. The Cub Scout modules have been totally rewritten with a newer interface and are even shorter than previous versions. Scouts BSA reflects the addition of girls to this program. Both have new learning plans and include Hazardous Weather training, so volunteers do not have to go to another learning plan to get this position-trained requirement.

New Facilitated Materials

Cub Scout Facilitator-Led Training. This course is designed to deliver training for all position-trained Cub Scout positions and matches the online content.  The training is intended to help leaders begin a “path of learning.” The goal is to encourage and incentivize leaders to become continuous learners, providing the basic information and skills necessary to get them started on their journey and then give them access to and knowledge of additional resources and training opportunities available to them. 

Spanish Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training Syllabus. This syllabus is now available at scouting.org/training/adult.

Youth Protection Training


The updated online and facilitator-led (face-to-face) Y01 Youth Protection Training has been released. Updates include a new learning plan as well as a Spanish-translated version of the training. Previous versions of the facilitated training are obsolete. Do not use them. YPT Champions can get a link to the new facilitator materials from their Scout executive.

If you have already completed Y01 Youth Protection Training, you DO NOT have to retake the training. Both the English and Spanish Youth Protection facilitator-led courses have been released to council Scout executives. To further your knowledge in protecting youth, we have released additional recommended online training modules covering the following Youth Protection topics – Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Neglect, and Impact of violence in the home.

COMING SOON…

Commissioner Online Training. With the new Commissioner Tools rolling out and the recent program changes, these learning plans will be updated. The acclimation modules will be replaced with updated modules (shared from the professional courses), will reflect the addition of girls, and will contain updates such as the fourth aim of Scouting. The various tools modules on the operation and use of the new Commissioner Tools will be replaced with new modules.

Scouts BSA Facilitator-Led Materials.
 These materials will be designed to deliver face-to-face training and will match the online content in achieving position-trained status. We want to encourage leaders to begin a learning journey and provide them with access to and knowledge of additional resources and training opportunities available to them.

District Committee Training. District committee training has been taught the same way for many years. By leveraging the BSA Learn Center we can provide the district committee a learning environment that gives them the content they need when they need it and leverage professional training for consistency in district training. This new learning will replace the District Committee Workshop and will provide learning plans aligned with the various district committee positions and functions to include:
o District Chair/District Vice-Chair
o Membership
o Fund Development
o Program
o Camping and Outdoor Program
o Activities and Civic Service
o Training
o Advancement and Recognition
o Nominating

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice. ~~Brian Herbert

New Mobile-Friendly Design

As software changes, so does Scouting U! As we develop new modules you will see a difference in how they play across devices. We have implemented new templates that provide true responsive design so the modules display better across mobile devices. Below are some examples of what to expect.


Facebook

Are you on Facebook? If so, have you found the BSA volunteer training page? We have 13,800+ “Follows” and more than 13,600 “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.

CubCast and ScoutCast

Are you looking for a little inspiration for why we do what we do in Scouting? Look no further than the April podcasts!

Both podcasts feature captivating discussions about Scouts with special needs. CubCast focuses on the perspective of the leader and the resources available.

ScoutCast features Benjamin Waggoner, an Eagle Scout with spina bifida, and his dad Chip as they share with us how much Scouting has done for their family.

Tune in for our May and June podcasts as well!

CubCast—May – Training with Grace Davidson (CS training developer); June – Preview Adventures with Lisa Wylie (new CS committee chair).
ScoutCast—May – Bullying with Cody Solesbee (doctoral student of Susan Swearer, SA bullying expert); June – Equipment Security with Richard Bourlon (team lead for health and safety, BSA National Service Center).

You can find these and archived podcasts at  www. podcast.scouting.org. 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 send us your ideas for future podcasts by tweeting us at:

@CubCast @BSAScoutCast 

Direct-Contact Leaders Trained Goal for 2019

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

WHEN? By December 31, 2019

WHO? As listed in JTE, direct-contact leaders include

  • Cubmasters (CM)

  • Tiger Den Leaders (TL)

  • Den Leaders (DL)

  • Webelos Den Leaders (WL)

  • Scoutmasters (SM)

  • Crew Advisors (NL)

  • Skippers (SK)

So…how are we doing? We ended March 2019 with 49% DCLT (46.5% at the end of March 2018). To exceed the target of 50% we would need to have trained an additional 1705 direct contact leaders.

Coming Attraction…

Watch for the flyer with complete conference descriptions and registration links coming soon to www.scouting.org/training in the Quicklinks section.

January 2020 at the Sea Base in the Florida Keys…

Week 1: Jan. 12-18:

  • Becoming an Excellent Council Training Chair, District Training Chair, or Training Committee Member
  • Applying Technology in Unit Service
  • DIVERSEability and DisABILITY: How to Develop and Grow Scouting with Special Needs in Your Council

Week 2: Jan. 19-25

  • Venturing Commissioner and Council Venturing Service Conference
  • Mechanics of Advancement

TRAINING UPDATES AND BEST PRACTICES SHARED AT 2019 TRAINING EVENTS

Our annual national training conference was held March 7-9 in Las Vegas and was a great event for our volunteers and professionals involved in Learning Delivery around the country. We had over 35 attendees from across many different jobs in our training world, including district training chairs, council training chairs, area training chairs, regional training chairs, Wood Badge coordinators, NYLT coordinators, commissioners, and a few professionals from the national office in Irving, Texas.

Lessons learned were shared across the four regions to give examples of best practices and discuss common issues. Updates were provided on our face-to-face syllabus development, online training module development, Wood Badge rollout, the starting efforts toward an NYLT update, and other activities ongoing in Scouting U. Discussions were held on progress in training across both position-specific training and YPT, including approaches within councils around the country to improve their position-specific training progress.

There were several focus sessions that brainstormed ways we can improve our training. These included a discussion on how we can improve position-specific training, ways to improve courses and attendance at the Florida Sea Base and the Philmont Training Center, and additional courses similar to the Strategic Training Plan that could be held in clusters or for a specific council. The energy level was very high, and a lot of great ideas were shared among the attendees.

A Central Region training symposium was held in Indianapolis on March 15-17 with 55 attendees (district training chairs, council training chairs, area training chairs, commissioners, and other interested volunteers) from across the Central Region. Several topics were discussed concerning training in the Central Region including 360-degree management in training, creating a training culture, communications and marketing in training, family Scouting impacts on training, and

what’s new in Scouting U.

The group had a high level of energy, and many good ideas for training were shared that should support improvements in local delivery.

Central Region Training Symposium


2019 Central Region Training Symposium Camp Belzer (Crossroads of America Council) Lawrence, IN


2019 National Training Conference in Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Area Council)

2019 National Training Conference

Some takeaways from the conference…

“Probably the biggest influence to attain a high number of trained Scouters is a ‘culture’ of training which is modeled and supported by your entire council board and all your council professionals.”

–Darlene Kihlberg, NR Area 3 Training Chair / Council VP Program

“We heard updates from the Design Team. This is always fascinating and gives us a glimpse into the reason it takes so long for changes to be made, the magnitude of the tasks, and how few people actually work on the massive list of syllabi and related items. Also, we learned how to interpret KPIs [Key Performance Indicator reports] and how training administrators like council and district training chairs can dig into these numbers to reach the untrained leaders, plan more diverse ways of reaching the untrained, and target positions that show weak trends.”

–Pat Wrath, WR Area 6 Training Chair

Philmont Training Center

Coming in Summer 2019…

Week 2, June 16-22
–I Am a New Council Training Chair. Now What?
–I Am a New District Training Chair. Now What?

From Hal Scott, lead faculty for the Week 2 conferences: 
“Baden-Powell once said, ‘A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.’ If you ar e a new council or district training chair, you need to attend our week-long conference at PTC! Where else can you learn about and discuss all the tricks of the trade for building a high-performance training team and experience the magical atmosphere of Philmont at the same time? Come join us for a week of fun and fellowship while sharing ideas and experiences as well as gaining some incredibly valuable insights into your Scouting position. Philmont is the perfect place to meet Scouters just like yourself from all over the country and learn what it takes to put together a very effective training program. Together we can make a tremendous impact on tomorrow’s leaders!”

Week 7, July 21-27
–Training for Trainers: Fundamentals, EDGE, and More!

From Ted Crouse and Stephanie Daniels, faculty for the Week 7 conference: 

“Have fun, make new friends, and [learn how to] be a great trainer. Bring your entire family for a week of memories and adventure!” (Ted) 
“If it isn’t FUN, it isn’t Scouting! Come have fun with us at Philmont while we learn to be better trainers and play together.”(Stephanie)

For more information on these and all the conferences offered in 2019, go to www.philmonttrainingcenter.org .
Choose one (or more!) of the conferences and plan to join us next summer at PTC. For questions about the Week 2 and Week 7 conferences listed above, contact Cindy Polman at [email protected] 

Spotlight on Service

Jim Libbin
Western Region Training Chair

Western Region Training Chair Jim Libbin has served Scouting 29 years starting with his son’s unit. He served on Yucca Council’s executive board as the Western Region area 6 commissioner, and then as area president. While enjoying Scouting with his son who is now an Eagle Scout and active Scouter, Jim has been recognized with the Vigil Honor, Silver Beaver, and Silver Antelope, and was chosen as Junior Leader Training Scoutmaster, and Wood Badge course director. Among Jim’s favorite Scouting memories are sitting on top of the Tooth of Time (twice) and Mount Whitney, two Philmont treks, a Northern Tier trek, and multiple 50-milers—all with his son. 

Growing up in Illinois as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, Jim earned his First Class rank in a large, successful troop in his small community. Sadly, the troop folded when the Scoutmaster moved, and no one stepped up. This memory has stayed with Jim throughout his Scouting career as he has stepped in to revive a struggling pack, start a new troop for girls, and promote succession planning so youth and their families can continue to benefit from Scouting. 

Jim earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural science and agricultural economics from the University of Illinois followed by a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University. He served on faculty at New Mexico State University Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business as a professor and dean during his tenure from 1979 until he retired in 2017. He and his wife Gail live in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and have four grown children and three granddaughters.

What’s New in Wood Badge

Leadership for Scouting – Leadership for America

The mission of Wood Badge is to inspire and train adults to achieve the mission and aims of the BSA through world-class leadership training that sets the example for youth empowerment to impact the world.

The updated content will be distributed through course director’s conferences (started April 27, 2019). A Wood Badge course director will have access to the new content after s/he registers for a course director’s conference.

Highlights of changes being introduced in the Wood Badge update include the following:

  1. A five-day course: either five consecutive days without a break, or two weekends, the first of which is a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Thursday, Friday, Saturday). The second is a two-day weekend (Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday).

  2. Utilizes team-based learning as a teaching method to increase interaction within and between dens and patrols of participants.

  3. Introduces five themes and fourteen competencies of leadership.

  4. Provides greater emphasis and more time on Cub Scouting.

  5. Introduces new content on Creating a Culture (of a youth-led troop): Train Them, Trust Them, Let Them LeadApply Interpersonal SavvyDiSC (a behavior assessment tool); Know Thyself – Personal Values; and Managing Conversations – including difficult ones.

  6. Emotional Intelligence has been embedded into several sessions, without over-emphasis.Emotional intelligence  is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness, the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem-solving, and the ability to manage emotions which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people.

  7. Eliminates October Sky, the conservation project, and The Game of Life: Win All You Can. Servant Leadership has been embedded into several sessions rather than presented in a separate, stand-alone session.

  8. The Generations session has been folded into other sessions, especially into “Include and Optimize Diverse Talent.”

  9. Patrol projects have been updated and replaced with Leadership Quest which is just as impactful and is considerably less time-consuming.

  10. The ticket process has been updated.

  11. Some new movie clips have been added and/or swapped out to replace old clips. Some old clips have been retained, and others have simply been dropped.

  12. Adjourning” has been added as a fifth stage of team development.

  13. Newton cars have been added as an option for Rockets.

  14. The Wood Badge Game Show has been replaced with several different games. Saturday night of the first weekend is a fun-filled evening.

  15. Friday/Saturday night of the second weekend is the overnight outdoor experience and patrol campfire.

  16. New Wood Badge brand and guidelines for usage are located at:http://www.woodbadgebsa.org/ .

Region Wood Badge Coordinators
George Taylor (WR), Julia Farr (NR), Heidi Gunyon (CR), Tony Sitz (SR)

Wood Badge serves as the basic leadership training program for all branches of Scouting, including the Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Sea Scouting, and Venturing programs.

Have you ever thought about attending a Wood Badge course? See what two of our region Wood Badge coordinators had to say about the course…

“For 100 years Wood Badge training has been proof of Baden-Powell’s belief that ‘Scouting is a game with a purpose’.” ~~ Tony Sitz

“The Wood Badge Task Force accomplished what I thought was impossible. The course updates make an already stellar course even better! Through Wood Badge you will learn more about yourself and your abilities, and then improve upon those abilities. While each person’s experience is very personal, every Wood Badge participant becomes a more empowered and confident leader—one with a vision and goals and a plan for success. The course is fun and interactive. New friendships are formed, and old ones strengthened. You will laugh. You will be inspired. You will grow in ways you cannot imagine prior to attending. Attend Wood Badge. Do it for yourself. Do it for the youth you serve in your Scouting role.” ~~Heidi Gunyon

Leadership Challenge

WHAT IS THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE?
Scouters will practice and internalize the leadership skills taught at Wood Badge in this action-packed, experiential conference. Leadership Challenge underscores the values of Scouting, teamwork, and team development, and promotes the concepts of
servant leadership.

WHAT WILL I TAKE HOME FROM LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE?

  • The skill, ability, and motivation to be a dynamic and effective leader 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 only through a program of this type.

WHO CAN COME? 
The course is open to adults who have completed Wood Badge. Participants must meet backcountry physical standards as specified in the BSA Health and Medical Record, Parts A, B, C, and D. 
WHEN IS IT? 
June 30-July 6, 2019, and September 15-21, 2019 – Philmont Scout Ranch 
Note: Participants will not have an opportunity to be with their families during the week. 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 
Philmont – $555. A payment of at least $100 is due when you complete the online application, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival. 
HOW DO I REGISTER? 
Go to the Philmont webpage— 
www.philmontscoutranch.org .

Course Director’s Conferences

Course director’s conferences for the course directors of Wood Badge and NYLT courses are being finalized in locations across the United States. 
Registration links for these conferences for approved course directors, assistants, and advisors can be found on www.scouting.org/training/Adult under 
“Course Director’s and Area Training Conferences” as soon as the details for each conference are complete.

These conferences are not only required for Wood Badge and NYLT course directors, but they are also a great opportunity to learn from other Scouters. In 2019, attendance at a course director’s conference is required for NYLT course directors. 
Additionally, this is where the 2020 updates to the Wood Badge and NYLT syllabi will be distributed and reviewed. In some areas the conferences have been expanded to include other trainers. You can find information about these area/regional training conferences on the registration page.

Course directors for Wood Badge need to attend a 2020 course director’s conference to receive access to the updated lesson plans and administration guide. All Wood Badge courses in 2020 should be presenting the updated Wood Badge material.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

National Advanced Youth L eadership Experience is an exciting program that enhances leadership skills and expands upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in NYLT. NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service, and uses the core elements of NYLT to help youth internalize and strengthen these skills. The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience course is now available at two of our national high adventure bases. The material presented is basically the same at both but is site-specific. 

Additional information can be found at: 
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/Res ources/NAYLE 

Philmont NAYLE 
Philmont offers participants an unforgettable backcountry experience where they use their NYLT leadership skills to resolve exciting and challenging issues. Participants are introduced to and have an opportunity to build upon the legacy of Waite Phillips, the benefactor of Philmont Scout Ranch. Scholarships are available. Contact the Philmont Training Center. 

Six courses will be held at Philmont Scout Ranch in 2019: 
–June 16-22 (Week 2); July 7-13 (Week 5); 
–July 14-20 (Week 6); July 21-27 (Week 7); 
–July 28-August 3 (Week 8); August 4-10 (Week 9)

Bechtel Summit NAYLE 
Participants will attend this course in the summer while experiencing all that West Virginia offers at our newest high adventure base. The NAYLE program utilizes The Summit and all it has to offer. 

Two courses will be held at Bechtel Summit in 2019: –June 23-29 and July 7-13

NYLT Leadership Academy

Looking for a way to make your NYLT staff members even better? NYLT Leadership Academy can do just that. Having its genesis in the former National Junior Leader Instructor Course (NJLIC), Leadership Academy is the premier train-the-trainer for youth staff for your local NYLT. This course prepares youth to be world-class presenters and instructors in a way that no other course does. 

Our goal is to make this course available to more youth in more locations, but for now, you have three locations from which to choose to enjoy the benefits of this one-of-a-kind training. 

Courses are scheduled for this summer in Washington D. C., St. Louis, Missouri; and Los Angeles, California.

St. Louis, MO—June 30-July 6
Wash., D.C.—July 7-13 and 14-20
Los Angeles, CA—July 14-20

For more details go to www.NYLT-LeadershipAcademy.org .

Youth Leadership Growth Opportunities

Vision: The Boy Scouts of America is the premier leadership development organization for youth in the United States of America. 

Methods: The youth leadership training continuum represents the scope and sequence of leadership training courses available to youth members of the Boy Scouts of America and hands-on experiential learning through actual leadership roles. Courses are available for youth ranging in age from 11 through 20, delivered in a range of engaging methods using case studies, games, discussions, and experiential education models. 

Introduction to Leadership Skills 
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews, and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships. Introduction to Leadership Skills (ILS) introduces leadership skills for youth in Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships. The training course is delivered to the youth of the troop, ship, or crew by older and more experienced youth as soon as a young person has been selected by his or her peers for a leadership position. Youth are introduced to the skills of leadership and the tools they will use to implement their vision of adventure and leadership in their role as a youth leader in their troop or crew. The syllabus is available from the BSA through the youth training link on the BSA training webpage: www.scouting.org/Training/Youth . 

The Kodiak Challenge 
The Kodiak Challenge is an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant—an experience that will encourage a young person to try new things beyond his or her comfort zone. It is an experience, but it is grounded in the application of the leadership skills learned in ILS, NYLT, and NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose. Participants design and implement an adventure of their choosing, and through the assistance of a Kodiak guide, explore the leadership skills in the context of their adventure. Kodiak treks should be implemented by the leadership of a troop or crew with the approval of the council training chair. The syllabus is available online at www.scouting.org/training/adult.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) 
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a week-long leadership course. The course is delivered by the local council to help youth further develop their capacity as leaders. The leadership skills introduced in ILS are developed in greater detail, and the week-long training course delivers the skills by modeling a month in the life of a Scouting unit. Youth who function in leadership roles in their troops, crews, or ships will benefit from the experiences developed in this course. A local council requests authorization to conduct this national leadership training. The NYLT course director receives the syllabus at a NYLT course director’s conference. 

NYLT Leadership Academy is the high-level national training course for NYLT staff. (See this newsletter for course description and 2019 dates/ locations.) 

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience 
(NAYLE). See this newsletter for complete information on NAYLE.

SEAL 
The Sea Scout Advanced Leadership course is a leadership development course for Sea Scouts after they have attended Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships. Based on the application of seamanship, piloting, and navigation skills, SEAL challenges the most proficient Sea Scouts to use their seamanship skills as a vehicle for leadership development. More information can be found at www.seascout.org  . 

Wood Badge 
Open to adults, including Venturers and Sea Scouts ages 18 through 20, the Wood Badge course is a week-long or two week-end, internationally recognized leadership development course. Wood Badge serves as the basic leadership training program for all branches of Scouting, including the Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Sea Scouting, and Venturing programs. More Information can be found at 
www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.

Information current as of March 5, 2019

Trainer’s EDGE Requalification: CLARIFICATION
Many have asked about the requalification requirement for NYLT and Wood Badge  staffs. In early 2017 Scouting U and the Scouting U Support Committee considered this requirement. It was determined that the three-year requirement should be
eliminated. It is always the choice of a local council to have reasonable requirements for their local Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, but there is no requirement from National for periodic retraining on Trainer’s EDGE.

The Trainer’s Creed

I dedicate myself to influence the lives of
youth through the training of Scouting
leaders.

I promise to support and use the
recommended literature, materials, and
procedures as I carry out my training
responsibilities.

I promise to “Be Prepared” for all
sessions to assure an exciting and
worthwhile training experience.

I will help leaders understand their
importance to Scouting and will take a
personal interest in their success.

In carrying out these responsibilities, I
promise to “Do My Best.”

The Training Times is a publication of Scouting University
Joel Eacker – Scouting U Vice- Chair/Learning Delivery
Steven Yackel – Scouting U Team Lead
De Tan Nguyen – Learning Delivery Team Lead
Cindy Polman – Editor
Lindsey Paradise – Editorial Assistant

Contributors to the Spring 2019 Edition
Ted Crouse
Stephanie Daniels
Joel Eacker
Tom Giugni
Heidi Gunyon
John Gunyon
Darlene Kihlberg
Caryl Lombardi
Martez Moore
Mark Nelson
Tim Rogers
Hal Scott
Tony Sitz
Pat Wrath

“If you are Wood Badge-trained, you are familiar with one of Lord Baden-Powell’s quotes, ‘Every boy
deserves a trained leader.’ He also said, ‘Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster’s
own personal example.’ Summer is upon us, and many trainings for Scouters are available in your
area. How are you training yourself and setting the example for your Scouts?”

~~Tom Giugni, Scouting U Vice-Chair/
Leadership Development

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Training for Youth

This section provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, 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.

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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 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 Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training. Completion of ILST is a prerequisite for 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.

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.

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Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILSS)

ILSS is intended to help Sea Scouts in leadership positions within their ship understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. ILSS replaces the Venturing Leadership Skills Course (VLSC) and is a prerequisite for Sea Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses (i.e., National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) and the Kodiak Challenge).

 

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Welcome to Den Chief Training!
Scouts wishing to become den chiefs need to take this course. 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 training, den chief candidates receive their certificate of completion.

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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. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

 

 
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Youth Leadership Growth Opportunities
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.

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Venturing Goal Setting & Time Management Training Module

Below is the instructor’s guide for the Venturing Goal Setting and Time Management Training Module. This course will provides a fun, interactive learning experience in learning Time Management in a in a 3 ½ hour time period. The presentation of this module can be split up to accommodated to meet the needs of the crew. Completing this training module will fulfills the Venturing Discovery Award requirement for the goal setting-time management training course.

 

 

 
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Mentoring for Venturing
Below is the instructor’s guide for the Mentoring for Venturing. This course will provides a interactive learning experience on Mentoring in a in a 2 hours. The presentation of this module can be split up to accommodated to meet the needs of the crew. Completing this training module will fulfills the Venturing Summit Award requirement for the Mentoring training course.

 

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Kodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose

 

 

 

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National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)
National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience is an exciting program that enhances leadership skills and expands upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in NYLT. NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service, and uses the core elements of NYLT to help youth internalize and strengthen these skills. The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience course is available at Philmont and The Summit. The material presented is basically the same at both venues but is site-specific.

 

Philmont NAYLE

Philmont offers participants an unforgettable backcountry experience where they use their NAYLE leadership skills to resolve exciting and challenging issues. Participants are introduced to and have an opportunity to build upon the legacy of Waite Phillips, the benefactors of Philmont Scout Ranch.

To register for Philmont NAYLE, go to
www.myscouting.org , and click on the Events Registration tab.

 

Bechtel Summit NAYLE

The Bechtel Summit offers participants an experience at the newest High Adventure base of the Boy Scouts of America. Participants will use their NYLT leadership skills to resolve exciting and challenging issues.

More information  | Space is limited. Sign up today!

 

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National Youth Leadership Training
National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops.

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NYLT Leadership Academy
The NYLT Leadership Academy trains youth staff to be top-notch presenters, evaluators, and leaders of their councils’ National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) courses. This intensive one-week course will improve course (NYLT) knowledge and problem-solving skills, which will help them run world-class NYLT programs.

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Powder Horn
Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your area training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

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Hazardous Weather

Hazardous Weather training must be completed by Direct Contact Leaders to be considered position trained. The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs. You will answer questions about the topics after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database and is only available online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

 

Venturing Project Management
This training is designed to prepare Venturers to effectively manage projects. It leads them through each essential step, including initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here. Listen to the April 2017 CubCast, “Tell Us More About Wood Badge,” to learn more about this advanced leadership training course.

What do we see on course?

We do many things on course, like:
  • Listening
  • Managing conflict
  • Leading change
  • Stages of team development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Leadership for different stages
  • Servant leadership
  • Project planning
  • And more!
These come to you in presentations, games, discussions, activities, and other methods.

Why do you want to go?

You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:
  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons’ and daughters’ units — stronger.
  • What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.
Here’s another summary of why to go. This was originally aimed particularly at Scouters in the Cub Scout program, but it applies equally to all of us.
CUB SCOUT LEADERS! How would you like to attend a training that takes you far beyond your Basic Leader Training? Would you like to build your skills in communication, conflict management and teaching methods? How about a leadership course that rivals many corporate level trainings?
Wood Badge is here for you. This is not a Troop leader training but is designed for Cub, Scout, and Venturing leaders. This course will help you better understand how all the Scouting programs tie together. It will provide you with many useful leadership tools to help enable our youth to have the best possible Scouting experience. There is no better time to attend a Wood Badge course and make a difference in your unit than when you are a Cub Scout Leader.

Tickets

Have you heard of “The Ticket” and wondered what it is? The ticket is a group of five goals you set for yourself to do after course, to improve your unit. You learn more about this on the course.

Purpose of Wood Badge

The purpose of Wood Badge is to develop skilled leaders who can strengthen Scouting units in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. When we accomplish the mission of Scouting, we do it in the units. Therefore, the short form of the purpose is, the purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen units. Although the course is different today, what Baden-Powell said in 1919 still applies:
One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath.

More information

For more information, talk with your district or council training chair.