In Scouting, there are multiple ways to deliver training. Pamphlets are a means to inform you of general requirements. For Cub Scouting, Fast Start programs (on CD/DVD) provide the first step in the training process. Required Basic Leader Training is designed to be delivered at the Council, District, Unit or individual level. Generally, presentations to larger groups also provide the opportunity for all of the participants to interact, a process just as important as delivering the training materials. After completing Basic Leader Training, there are supplemental training opportunities available. All of these will be described below.
Fast Start Training
Fast Start training remains essentially unchanged. It continues to provide an
immediate comfort level for new leaders and enables them to say, “I can do this!” Fast Start training is the
first step for any new volunteer and is to be delivered immediately after a new leader registers and before he
or she meets with any youth.
Basic Leader Training
The new Basic Leader Training is composed of two parts: This Is Scouting,
for all unit-level leaders, and New Leader Specific Training, based on the leader’s unit-level position.
This is Scouting
This is online training that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting.
It addresses how these aims and methods are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,
Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. All unit-based volunteers (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders)
should take this session, so they understand that they are striving for the same results for the youth they serve.
New Leader Specific Training
Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the Boy Scouts of America’s
values-based program, they can then begin training for their specific Scouting position through Leader
Specific Training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a
leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time
varies. Leader Specific Training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:
- Tiger Cub Den Leaders
- Cub Scout Den Leaders (Wolf/Bear)
- Webelos Den Leaders
- Pack Committee Members
- Pack Training Coordinator
- Troop Committee Members
- Venturing Committee Members
- Venturing Advisors
Basic Leader Training is designed for maximum flexibility. The sessions can be
delivered over time; training on one or more evenings a week, or month, or in a one-day training event that
incorporates all program areas. It is suitable for large or small groups and may be presented to leaders of
one or more units each time. Each council and district may decide the appropriate delivery method, keeping in
mind that the focus is to remove roadblocks and achieve 100 percent trained leaders.
Overview of each of the New Leader Specific Training Courses
For Tiger Cub Den Leaders, Cub Scout Den Leaders, Webelos Den Leaders,
Cubmasters, Pack Committee members.
Training can be completed in one day or two or three evenings. The leader is
considered trained when he or she has completed This Is Scouting and the Leader Specific Training.
Boy Scout Leader Specific Training
For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
The training is divided into four parts. The first three parts
concentrate on troop operation and can be completed in one full day or three evenings. The final
part, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (see below), lasts approximately a day and a half, depending on the
skill level of the new leader. The leader is considered trained when he or she has completed
This Is Scouting and the Leader Specific Training.
For Troop Committee Members.
Troop committee training consists of the Troop Committee Challenge,
which can be completed in three hours. After its completion a troop committee member is considered
trained. The leader is considered trained when he or she has completed This Is Scouting,
Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
Venturing Leader Specific Training
For Venturing Advisors, assistant Advisors, Crew Committee Members.
Training incorporates Venturing’s current adult leader training. It can be
completed in approximately one day. This Is Scouting is completed online.
Wood Badge will evolve to be the core leadership skills training course for
the Boy Scouts of America The new Wood Badge course is less focused on outdoor skills, which are addressed
in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and Powder Horn training, but will instead strengthen every
volunteer’s ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults. Click
HERE for more information.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS)
Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program. Waiting
for a volunteer to attend a Wood Badge course to receive those skills is too long to wait. To address this
issue, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters,
assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches. The skills taught are based on the Scouting skills
found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders since it focuses on
skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.
The course is a day and a half long, but a leader can move at an accelerated
pace by showing that they have mastered a specific skill. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than on
attending the course. To be considered trained, these leaders must complete This Is Scouting
and this new course.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
This training is to support the new Cub Scout Leader who has minimal
camping experience but wants to plan and carry out an entry-level outdoor experience for the pack. This
training is required if the pack wishes to participate in outdoor activities.
Outdoor Webelos Leader Training (OWL)
This training course is required for Webelos Leaders that wish to take
their Webelos Den overnight camping. Completion of BALOO does not replace this training. This
training is not required for Webelos Leaders to complete basic training but is required for
their training award.
Youth Protection Training
This course is available online, and is a “must-have” for all leaders. It is also a 75 minute
classroom training course. It is not taught as a part of basic leader training. It is offered online throughout the year,
and both on a District and Council level. Your District Training Chair can help arrange for a special “in-house”
course for your unit.
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow
A training extravaganza of knowledge and skills to help you become a
more effective leader. An exciting day-long carnival of action, activities, and program ideas.
University of Scouting
A day long event full of training courses and other
supplemental training for all leaders.
Den Chief Training
An all day training event for Boy Scouts who have been selected by
the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster or Varsity Scout Coach and approved by the Cubmaster and
pack committee for recommendation to the den leader. The Den Chief helps the Den Leader with Den meetings.
Unit Leader Roundtables
Roundtables are held monthly for the purpose of giving adult leaders the
skills and ideas they need to deliver an exciting Scout program to their Scouts.
National Youth Leadership Training
A week long (or 2 weekends) experience for Boy Scouts featuring Scoutcraft
and leadership skills.
Trainer Development Conference
A course designed to train those who conduct training for leaders
in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, commissioner service, and district/council
Leadership training is a major part of Scouting, and this new training session
will teach Wood Badge and NYLT trainers how to conduct an effective training session. The course will include an opportunity to prepare and conduct presentations and demonstrate skills. Each participant should prepare a 10 minute presentation on a Scouting topic of their choice.
Commissioner Basic Training
A training program for unit commissioners. It is offered in-council as well as at the annual College of Commissioner’s Science training event.
District Committee Training
This workshop is an official training program of the BSA. It will help district committee members meet the overall needs of their District, functions of district operations,
responsibilities of each committee & overall importance. It is directly related to all individuals currently or prospectively a member of the district committee fulfilling any one or multiple roles.