What Makes a Trained Leader?

Fast Start Training

  • Take immediately after registering as a leader and before meeting with youth members
  • Course is specific to the program (Cub Scout leader, Boy Scout leader, Varsity Coach, or Venturing crew leader).
  • Offered through, or available on DVD

Youth Protection Training

  • Required for all leaders who have direct contact with youth
  • Recommended for parents of all youth
  • Teaches do’s and don’ts of working with youth
  • Offered through, or your district/council

This Is Scouting

  • New online training session that replaced New Leader Essentials
  • Offered through through
  • DVD (No. 36118) available for areas with limited Web access

Position-Specific Training

  • Hands-on training in how to run meetings and work with youth
  • Based on leader’s position
  • Cub Scout leaders, assistants, pack committee, and pack trainers
  • Boy Scout leaders and assistants
  • Varsity Coaches and assistants
  • Venturing crew leaders and assistants
  • Offered by the district or council as group training, small group training, or personal coaching

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

  • Teaches Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Coaches basic outdoor leader skills
  • Offered by the district or council as hands-on training

Supplemental Adult Training

Cub Scout Leaders

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

  • A one-day training event, presented by the council, that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping


  • A monthly audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to information for Cub Scouting leaders and parents

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders

  • Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants
  • Teaches outdoor-related skills and activity badge instruction through demonstration and hands-on practice
  • Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den.
  • Offered through the council

Pow Wows/University of Scouting

  • An annual training conference for Cub Scout leaders by a council or district
  • Generally includes sections on games, crafts, skits and puppets, ceremonies, administration, and Webelos activity badge skills

Boy Scout Leaders

Powder Horn

  • High-adventure resource training provided by the council
  • Designed to expose older Scouts and adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high-adventure unit-level program

The Trainer’s EDGE

  • The required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs
  • Supplements the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development
  • Offered through the council

Troop Committee Challenge

  • Required for every troop committee member
  • Committee members learn and identify their roles and responsibilities
  • Available through

Venturing Leaders

  • Powder Horn
  • High-adventure resource training provided by the council
  • Designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scout adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high-adventure unit-level program

Training for All Volunteers

Hazardous Weather

  • Must be completed prior to submitting a tour permit application to the local council
  • Presents safety precautions for weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs
  • Offered through the Online Learning Center and on DVD (No. 19-700)

Philmont Leadership Challenge

  • Adult leaders live in the Philmont backcountry and practice leadership skills learned in Wood Badge for the 21st Century.

Philmont Training Center

  • The Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico, provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional leaders.

Roundtables/Program Forums

  • Provide quality resources, knowledge, and skills to unit leaders
  • Roundtables are usually conducted monthly in every district. Contact your district for more information.

ScoutParent Unit Coordinator

  • Assists the coordinators in understanding their specific roles
  • Gives tips on how to effectively use the ScoutParents program to involve more parents in all of our Scouting programs
  • Each unit is required to have at least one ScoutParents unit coordinator to implement the ScoutParents program.
  • Available online through

Supplemental Training Modules

  • Provide orientation beyond the basic training offered in This Is Scouting and leader position-specific training
  • Download subjects that are of interest for personal or unit use. There are no training credits associated with the completion of these units of study.
  • Additional training units are being developed and will be continually added.

Wood Badge

  • Advanced training in leadership skills
  • Available to all leaders in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing, as well as council and district Scouters
  • Offered through the council

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