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Training

Training helps you make the Scouting program more fun, more effective, and more rewarding for your youth, for your adults, and for YOU! 

DOWNLOAD THE LIST OF ALL LEADER-REQUIRED TRAININGS HERE

- DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS TO PRINT TRAINING CERTIFICATES HERE

FIND THE ONLINE TRAINING WEBITE HERE - www.my.Scouting.org

  • Create an account. Enter your membership ID for your training to sync to your Scout record. You do not have to be registered to take training, but please save a copy of your completed certificate.

Required for your position...

YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING
(Required for all adults.) 

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers and is a joining requirement.

Click here to login and take Youth Protection training

 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER 
(Required for all Direct-Contact Leaders)

Hazardous Weather training must be completed by all direct-contact leaders. The training module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs. Hazardous Weather training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at www.myscouting.org.  Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes. 

 

CUB SCOUTS- LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING

Leader Specific Training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Cubmasters, Asst. Cubmasters, Committee Members, Den leaders (tiger wolf, bear) and Webelos den leaders are provided with the information and tools needed to conduct a successful programs.  These trainings can be completed online.

 

CUB SCOUTS POW WOW - ADULT TRAINING

These training sessions are open to all Leaders, parents, volunteers, and anyone interested in improving their Cub Scout Program. Adults discuss topics relevant to every position, enhance leadership skills, and add more fun to their Cub Scout Program. 

June 15, 2024, REGISTER HERE (Register by 6/12/24)

 

CUB SCOUTS - BASIC ADULT OUTDOOR LEADER TRAINING (BALOO)

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training is required for any Cub Scout outdoor event, including pack camping and overnight campouts. At least one adult must be BALOO Trained.

September 21-22, 2024, REGISTER HERE (Register by 9-18-24)

February 22-23, 2025 REGISTER HERE (Register by 2-19-25)

September 20-21, 2025 REGISTER HERE (Register by 9-17-25)

 

 

SCOUTS BSA - LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING

Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Committee Members are provided with the information and tools needed to conduct a successful programs in Scouts BSA troops.

These trainings can be completed online.

 

SCOUTS BSA - INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS)

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is an adult hands-on training in the outdoors, designed to help you master basic camp skills required for Tenderfoot to First Class. BOTH DAYS ARE REQUIRED.

April 26-27, 2025, Camp Karankawa, 3249 FM 1459 Rd., Sweeny, TX 77480, REGISTER HERE (Register by 04/23/25)
Nov. 22-23, 2025, Camp Karankawa, 3249 FM 1459 Rd., Sweeny, TX 77480, REGISTER HERE 
(Register by 11/19/25)

 

VENTURE CREW LEADER TRAINING

This training is designed to introduce adult Venturing crew leaders to the basic information needed to operate a crew.

COST: Complimentary

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at andyt.bactraining@gmail.com

 

COMMITTEE MEMBER TRAINING

This training is for Pack, Troop and Crew Committee Members and is intended to provide them with the experience, basic information, and resources they need to be trained Committee Members.

COST: Complimentary

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at andyt.bactraining@gmail.com

 

COMMISSIONER BASIC TRAINING

A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. This five-hour course, designed for unit commissioners, examines: what a commissioner is, what a commissioner does, and how a commissioner does it.

Upon completion participants understand: the 4 objectives of unit service, the function of council and district operations, the commissioner's role in supporting units, the primary tools available to unit commissioners, the methods and steps of good unit program planning, and the commissioner's priorities and how to be an effective leader as a commissioner.

CONTACT: Derick Meadows at dr_meadows@comcast.net

 

CHARTERED ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE TRAINING

The Chartered Organization Representative Training (Course D72) is for the Chartered Organization Representative (CR) who has not completed their training to become a “Trained Leader.” This training is the in person training that the BSA requires for CRs. Required online training for CRs include Youth Protection (Course YPT01 for all but Venturing, Ships, and Posts which require YPT02 instead), This is Scouting (Course WA01), and Chartered Organization Representative Fast Start (Course D62).

Once all the above training is completed, the CR is considered a ‘trained leader’ for their specific position and authorized to wear the respective Cub Scout (Red) or Scouts BSA/Venture/Exploring (Green) patch.

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at andyt.bactraining@gmail.com

 

MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR TRAINING

The Merit Badge Counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications) — as a counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a youth's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Training is available online at myscouting.org.

 

STEM 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.

Counselor Training slide deck
Counselor Training Instructor’s Guide
Counselor Self-Study slide deck
Counselor Self-Study Guide

 

STEM SUPERNOVA TRAINING

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

Mentor's Guide

 

NATIONAL CAMP SCHOOLS

Long-term Camps

Short-term Camps

 

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING

NYLT models a month in the life of a unit. It represents an activity cycle in the life of a typical Scouting unit. The first three full days of the course represent the planning stages, complete with leadership council meetings, unit meetings and planning for a larger event.

FOR DETAILS & REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

 

WOOD BADGE - NST7-574-24-1
Grow & Serve

Wood Badge is the premier adult leader training program in Scouting. The program highlights personal and leadership development with courses in team building, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs. Wood Badge is a fun, challenging and inspirational Scouting experience for all leaders who wish to improve their leadership skills.

Participants MUST ATTEND both weekends and all patrol meetings.

TIME & DATE: (Register by Jan. 16, 2024)
Wood Badge Weekend #1: Feb. 16-18, 2024
Wood Badge Weekend #2: March 9-10, 2024

COST:
Participants - $275 (3% Convenience fee applies.) $75 deposit required at time of registration.
Staff - $175 (3% Convenience fee applies.) $75 deposit required at time of registration.

CONTACT: Wood Badge Course Director Derick Meadows at 
dr_meadows@comcast.net.

REGISTER HERE
 

RESOURCES

 

CONTACT

TRAINING CHAIR: Andy Tirpak at andyt.bactraining@gmail.com

REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE: Sonya Harvey at sonya.harvey@scouting.org

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AQUATICS - KAYAKING

Kayaking BSA provides an introduction to kayaking skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing units in camp or out.

AQUATICS - LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

Prepare for an intensive course which will take a Scout or adult through the required Lifeguard Certification. Participants must be at least 15 years of age.

CONTACT: Charlie Tinsley at charlie.tinsley@scouting.org

for more information, CLICK HERE

AQUATICS - PADDLE CRAFT SAFETY 

Paddle Craft Safety expands Safety Afloat training to include the skills and knowledge needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions on flat water.

AQUATICS - SAFETY AFLOAT

Safety Afloat must be completed for all boating activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed training within two years. Cub Scout activities afloat are limited to council or district events that do not include moving water or float trips. Safety Afloat standards apply to the use of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, floating tubes, sailboats, motorboats, waterskiing, and other small craft, but do not apply to transportation on commercial vessels, such as ferries and cruise ships. Parasailing, kitesurfing, and recreational use of personal watercraft are not authorized BSA activities. Training is available online at myscouting.org.  

AQUATICS - SAFE SWIM DEFENSE

Safe Swim Defense must be completed for all swimming activities. Supervising adult leaders of a  swimming activity must have completed training within two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply in backyards, hotels, apartments, public pools, rivers, beaches, state parks and lakes. Safe Swim Defense does not apply to boating or water activities, but applies to other non-swimming activities whenever participants enter water over knee deep, or when submersion is likely. For example, when fording a stream, seining for bait, or constructing a bridge as a pioneering project. Because of concerns with hyperventilation, competitive underwater swimming events are not permitted in Scouting. Training is available online at myscouting.org.

AQUATICS - Scuba

Scuba BSA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing, and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving.

AQUATICS - Snorkeling

Snorkeling Safety is the recommended procedure for conducting group snorkeling at a private or public pool, wilderness pond, stream, or wherever the water looks inviting enough to take a dip.

AQUATICS - Swimming & Water Rescue

Swimming & Water Rescue training provides BSA leaders with information and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to swimming emergencies during unit swimming activities. It expands the awareness instruction provided by Safe Swim Defense training.

 

CLIMB ON SAFELY

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility, such as a climbing wall or tower. Leaders should be aware that Climb On Safely is an orientation only, and does not constitute training on how to climb or rappel. Climb on Safely training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at www.myscouting.org.

 

CPR & WILDERNESS FIRST AID

This training will help you cope with medical emergencies in the wild. This course is a BSA Policy Requirement. As of 2008, the requirement is for at least one leader in each group to have this certification for high adventure camps. Must be at least 14 years of age or older.  

DATES:
March 22-23, 2025, Camp Karankawa 
REGISTER HERE (Register by March 19, 2025)

May 17-18, 2025, Camp Karankawa REGISTER HERE (Register by May 14, 2025)

COST: $150 (For week-long events - during Fall & Winter Camps only - dinner will also be provided.)

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF TRAINING

The Fundamentals of Training is the first part of the three-part train-the trainer continuum (T3) in Scouting and is intended for both youth and adult trainers. This session is designed to introduce new Scouting trainers to teaching techniques and skills. This first part of the T3 continuum, The Fundamentals of Training, is designed to help Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training.

The purpose of this course is to introduce experienced Scouters and Scouts to the skills needed to provide effective training. At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to understand the principles of how people learn, understand four primary methods of instruction used by the BSA, and practice the BSA’s training techniques.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Trainers for Scouts BSA, Cub Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, Sea Scouts, Order of the Arrow & Den Chiefs

  • Unit Training and Training Coordinators

  • Current or New District or Council Training Team Members

  • Anyone who wishes to Instruct at a Bay Area Council Training Event

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at andyt.bactraining@gmail.com

 

POWDERHORN

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on course which helps Scouts learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Would you like to expose your troop, crew or ship to rock climbing, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, firefighting, search and rescue, trekking in a different countries, mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, wilderness first aid, astronomy, shooting sports, Sea Scouts, the Kodiak Challenge, the Hornaday award, Messenger of Peace, living history, Leave No Trace, scuba diving, and more. Open to youth and adults ages 14 and up.

REGISTRATION: www.samhoustonbsa.org/powder-horn

 

SHOOTING SPORTS - NRA Range Safety Officer

What does it take to go shooting with your Scouts BSA unit? It takes NRA trained Range Safety Officer Training and a certified NRA Instructor in either rifles (if you want to shoot rifles) or shotguns (if you want to shoot shotguns.)

COST: $105.00. There is a non-refundable $30 fee on top of the standard 15% cancellation fee for this class.

CONTACT: Charlie Tinsley at charlie.tinsley@scouting.org

 

SHOOTING SPORTS - NRA Training

NRA instructor trainings are designed to develop NRA certified instructors who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely teach the NRA basic firearm training courses. Through the NRA training, adults that already have subject matter expertise, learn how to conduct a firearms class the NRA way so the candidates earn the NRA Instructor certification. Learn more about becoming an NRA instructor.

SHOOTING SPORTS - NRA Rangemaster Training

Operation of BB and archery ranges for Cub Scout activities and events require qualified, trained range masters. BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports to be supervised by a BSA certified range master. Range master training covers setting up a range, safety, handling equipment, using a bow stringer, maintaining and storing equipment and instructing Scouts. Shooting sports/Range Master training needs to be renewed every two years.

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at andyt.bactraining@gmail.com

Shooting Sports Resources

For more, visit the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports page for specific guidelines for shooting sports. 

 

TRAINER'S EDGE

Trainer's EDGE is BSA's latest version of the Training Conference that instructs leaders on better ways of making presentations at trainings and allows the participants to practice the EDGE training model (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide & Enable) and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.

Participants should include those individuals that will be delivering training to adults and youth leaders in all parts of the Scouting program including University of Scouting instructors, council and district trainers, Roundtable staff, unit trainers, commissioner trainers, NYLT & Wood Badge staff, Order of the Arrow trainers, and Scouts who are interested in improving their training & presentation skills.

DATE: Saturday, January 25, 2025 REGISTER HERE

CONTACT: Kelly Meacham at kelly.meacham@scouting.org

 

TREK SAFELY

Trek Safely is designed to help Scouting groups be fully prepared for a backcountry trek. It will help each youth member and adult leader recognize situations that could develop, in which the group will have to adjust its schedule or route, or even make camp for the night because of weather circumstances or an injured or ill crew member. Crews that address possible scenarios in advance are less likely to be surprised on the trail. Contingency planning is critical to the success of every trip.  Trek Safely may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at myscouting.org.

 

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