A cornerstone of the Boy Scout programs is training. Some of these training courses are conducted by districts and some by the council; others are available through the BSA ONLINE LEARNING CENTER. (You must have/create an account to log in.)
Become a trained leader
If you had a magic wand, would you use it to make the Scouting program better and more fun for youth so they stayed in Scouting longer, so it had a larger impact on their lives? What if the same magic wand made leadership roles easier, more rewarding, and led to better retention among adult leaders? Would using that magic wand be a top priority?
Well, such a magic wand does exist - in the form of the learning programs for leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. Common sense tells us training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! These pages contain many of the “magic wands” and resources.
Scout them out!
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:
- Youth Protection Training online,
- Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Basic Training, and
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters
Troop Committee Members are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:
- Youth Protection Training online, and
- Troop Committee Challenge online
Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders, and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online. Registered members of the BSA should provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit. Adults attending Boy Scout summer camp or winter camp must also take Classroom YPT. Watch for training updates on the Calendar.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Basic Training provides troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS): 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. Fifth grade Webelos leaders are encourage to take this course.
+ BSA Online Learning Center page provides current resources, forms and courses available and the latest BSA updates.
+ Check your Training Record by clicking on Training Validation
+ Youth Protection Training You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.
+ Guide to Safe Scouting will prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner.
+ Philmont Training Center
TRAINING CHAIR: Andy Tirpak at firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAINING REGISTRATION: Sonya Harvey at email@example.com
CAMP KARANKAWA DIRECTOR: Dianna Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org