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Training (Adult)

Adult Leader Training

 

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 login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA MUST provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit, and validate their training records (including Youth Protection certifications) for charter and tracking purposes.

Training Validation

A new training validation feature has been added to the Training section of www.myscouting.org . This feature enables MyScouting users with a member ID to retrieve their individual training record history. This new myscouting.org feature includes an option for Youth Protection training taken in the past two years as well as an All Training search. If your records are incomplete - notify your District Trainer.


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Mandatory Youth Protection Training
 
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.

To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is designed to help you 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. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section's topic. This course must be completed to earn the "Trained" emblem. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online, and your member ID is part of your profile. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

-- Youth Protection training is now required for all registered volunteers.

-- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.

-- If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist.

-- A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to myscouting.org and create an account. From the myscouting.org portal, click on E-training and take Youth Protection. Upon completion of the course module, print your completion certificate and submit with a new application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

-- IMPORTANT: If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not know or input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so this and your other completed training will be linked to your records.

-- If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure your records are up-to-date, verify that your member # is in your Profile, or contact your council for verification that your Youth Protection training records are accurate.

-- Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.
 
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.

Thank you for your commitment to our nation's young people and to Scouting.

 

Venturing Youth Protection Training

 

This course is required for all adult Venturing leaders. This training will help leaders understand and guide youth through possible problems as it relates to abuse. You will also learn about the issues you may face as a leader to help provide a safer environment for the crew members and to protect yourself from false accusations. This training is available online or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

 

 

ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start

The ScoutParents initiative is a great way to involve parents of new or existing youth in all of our BSA programs to become more active in their child’s Scouting experience. Each unit is required to have at least one ScoutParents unit coordinator to implement this program. The first step for the coordinator is to take this fast start training course. The course will help assist the coordinator in understanding the role and gives tips on how to effectively use the ScoutParents program to involve more parents in all of our Scouting programs. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

Weather Hazards

Hazardous Weather training must be completed prior to requesting a tour permit from the BSA. 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 if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

What Makes a Trained Leader

Need to know what are the requirements to be fully trained? This sheet explains the training requirements for all top leaders.

 

Chartered Organization Representative Fast Start

As a chartered organization representative, you hold a key position in Scouting. While there is honor attached to this position, it is not an "honorary" one. Your primary function is to ensure that the chartered organization's Scouting program succeeds. This course is designed to present you with the basics you need to carry out your new responsibilities as a chartered organization representative. After finishing the online training, you may print a certificate of completion. Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes.

 Chartered Organization Representative (COR) Training:  As a chartered organization representative, you hold a key position in Scouting. While there is honor attached to this position, it is not an "honorary" one. Your primary function is to ensure that the chartered organization's Scouting program succeeds. The COR is head of the "Scouting department" in the organization, and as such the responsibilities of the units and leadership is ultimately the COR's responsibility. Offered as a self-study module. Open attachment below to view your job as a COR.

Leader Training in the Boy Scouts of America

Leaders are trained so that young people receive a worthwhile experience full of fun and adventure. How effectively the Boy Scouts of America can influence the lives of young people depends to a large extent on their leaders’ abilities and understanding of the aims, principles, and techniques of their various jobs within Scouting. Every youth deserves a well trained Leader.  Click here for the BSA Online Learning Center.

The BSA's Four-Level Training Plan

The four-level training plan applies to Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing leaders.  The majority of training is offered at the Unit and District level. Other training opportunities come through the Council and from the National BSA.

1. Fast Start Training (Orientation)

Fast Start Orientation Training

Intended to be taken by pack, troop, team, and crew leaders, as well as ScoutParent unit coordinators, unit commissioners, and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of their new role; Fast Start is designed to help new leaders understand the fundamentals of their specific program and give insight into the various leadership roles of the people they will be working with. Leaders will learn their responsibilities and how to keep things organized, fun, and exciting, along with information about other resources available to help assist in them in their new position. This training is offered online or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

Crew Officer Orientation

Providing support to new Venturing crew leaders, this self-paced course covers crew officers' roles and responsibilities, resources crew officers need and use, working with Advisors and older adults, and how to plan your crew's annual program, along with other planning resources.

This Is Scouting

This Is Scouting provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training. The module consists of six video sections, each followed by a brief quiz. Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.

2. Basic Training

Basic training courses include a series of training sessions designed to give leaders the job-related information (position or role specific) they need. Each program area (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing) has specific training sessions that help the leaders do their job. Most of these Training Courses are put on by the Districts of the Atlanta Area Council; a Calendar showing what Training Courses are being held, dates and locations and how to register through Training Contacts, are now posted on our Council Training Calendar at: www.atlantabsa.org/calendar. Select "Training Calendar" to view a month by month schedule. 

PLEASE NOTE: It is extremely important that the Council and District Training Records are accurate and current. To be sure that YOURS is correct, check your records posted in MyScouting (Validation). Errors or missing data ? Notify your District Trainer at: training@gwinnettbsa.org, your District Executive, or the Program Center.

Leader Position-Specific Training: Each role or position in Scouting has a specific training course designed to introduce you to the resources and skills needed to be successful, and deliver a great program for your age-group scouts. Fully trained leaders changing leadership roles should take the Leader Position-Specific Training for their new position.
 

Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training

Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training can now be completed online if an instructor-led course is not possible. This course will give new leaders the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. Part one is an introduction to Scouting and the Cub Scout pack, while part two is a module on how Cub Scouts have fun in the pack and the den. The third part is focused on specific training for Cubmasters, den leaders, pack committee members, and pack trainers. This module is available on-line and instructor-led "live" classes.

Troop Committee Challenge

Available both as an instructor-led course and online, this course focuses on the core beliefs, aims, and methods of Scouting. It specifically helps each committee member learn and identify his or her role and responsibilities in support of the unit in order to provide a quality troop experience for the Scouts. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

Boy Scout Leader Position Specific Training (BSLST) for Troop Leaders

This course includes Troop Organization, how to conduct boy-led troop meetings, how to mentor/work with youth leaders and the patrol method, paperwork, finances, uniforms, advancement, etc.  In short, anything you need to know to help the troop run smoothly indoors, and support a great outdoor program.  This course can be conducted as 3 sessions of about 3 hours each, or 1 full day of 9.5 hours.    Estimated time to complete: 9 - 10 hours. Offered through the district or council (Offered in person only)

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS) for Troop, Varsity and Venture Leaders

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. This course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to wear the Trained patch. Check with your District Training Committee for the next scheduled course.

 

Varsity Leader Specific Training

This is the syllabus for the instructor-led course for Varsity Scout leaders. The course will provide an introduction to the Boy Scouts of America and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Varsity team ledership experience. Check with your Council Training Committee for the next scheduled course.

Venture Leader Specific Training

This is the syllabus for the instructor-led course for Venture Scout crew leaders. The course will provide an introduction to the Boy Scouts of America and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venture crew leadership experience. Check with your Council Training Committee for the next scheduled course.

 3. Supplemental Training

Supplemental training includes a variety of courses that may be conducted on a district, council, area, regional, or national level. The supplemental training courses are designed to give leaders additional information on specific areas of Scouting. Some of the procedures touched on in basic training are discussed in much greater detail during the supplemental training courses. Here are some examples of supplemental training:

Roundtables held in each district, Scouters Academy, Wilderness 1st Aid, Commissioner Conferences and the College of Commissioner Science, Powder Horn (high adventure leadership) Training, Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base, BB and Archery Certification, COPE, Climbing and Caving Program Training, CPR Training, Philmont Training Center conferences and many more.

Weather Hazards

Hazardous Weather training must be completed prior to requesting a tour permit from the BSA. 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 if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

Safe Swim Defense

All swimming activities in Scouting are required to follow the eight basic principles known collectively as the Safe Swim Defense plan. A unit that follows the plan can expect a safe, enjoyable aquatic experience. Safe Swim Defense is required for BSA tour permits.

Safety Afloat

All boating activities in Scouting are required to follow the nine basic principles of Safety Afloat. With an emphasis on accident prevention through proper preparation and skills, a unit that follows Safety Afloat can expect a safe, enjoyable activity. Safety Afloat is required for BSA tour permits for any trip afloat.

Climb On Safely

Climb On Safely covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling and is required training for at least one adult leader on any type of Scouting outing that involves climbing or rappelling. You will watch a brief video broken into three sections and answer questions after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) for Cub Scout Pack Leaders

This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.

Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter. Check with your District Training Committee for the next scheduled course, or find a date to attend posted on the "Training Calendar" at: www.atlantabsa.org/Calendar

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL)

This course is designed to help Webelos leaders enhance the outdoor program for the Webelos Scouts in their den by teaching some basic outdoor skills as well as skills needed to complete many of the Webelos activity badges. At least one Webelos Den Leader should complete this course before taking their Den on overnights. Check with your District Training Committee for the next scheduled course, or find a date to attend posted on the "Training Calendar" at: www.atlantabsa.org/Calendar

Trek Safely

"Trek Safely" covers seven key safety points about trekking and is recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of trek. You will watch a brief video broken into two sections and answer questions after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes.

Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness Training was developed to help prepare attendees for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. It is appropriate for leadership in all program areas and for Boy Scout and Venturing youth. The module focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit. Learning objectives include the ability to define physical wellness; identify ways to improve the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit; describe the role self-responsibility plays in wellness; and answer questions about nutrition. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

Mentoring

This mentoring workshop will introduce participants to the two different styles of mentoring, as well as their benefits and when these models are appropriate. Using the mentoring framework, the participants will enter into a mentoring relationship using learned conversations to demonstrate mentoring in action.

 

4. Advanced Training

Youth Leadership Training Continuum

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.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is advanced training in leadership skills for all adults in BSA programs. Cub Scouters, den leaders, and leaders in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and commissioner service are all invited to participate in Wood Badge.

This advanced training is presented in two parts:

  1. An advanced learning experience presented over two long (three-day) weekends or as a weeklong course.
  2. An application phase of several months during which the leaders apply the specific skills they have learned at Wood Badge to their Scouting responsibilities.

Leaders who successfully complete both parts of the training program are recognized with the Wood Badge beads, woggle slide, and neckerchief.

To be eligible for an invitation to participate in Wood Badge training, Scout leaders must first complete the Basic Leader Training modules for your position. Your Unit or District's Trainer, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, unit commissioner, or council service center can give you more information.

It is the goal of the BSA that every leader attend Wood Badge within two years of registering as an adult leader.

Wood Badge is an intensive course designed to develop leadership skills and promote a deeper, more dedicated involvement in Scouting.

 

Powder Horn

Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 14 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 council training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

Philmont 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.

The Trainer's EDGE

The Trainer's EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. 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. Check the Council Calendar for schedule.

The 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. Contact your District or Council Training team for more information.

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Training 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. Track your progress to completion, then deliver to your District Training Team to process your Award.

 

The Training Umbrella of Scouting

Learn more about Boy Scouts of America's training courses. This provides an overview of training available based upon your needs.

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Generational Diversity

Take this session and have a broader understanding and deeper appreciation of the diverse range of ages and life experiences of the volunteers and professionals in our organization. You will be able to recognize and define the four generational groups of people currently in the BSA.

 
 
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Early Rank Requirements Video

Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank requirements video.

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The Youth Leadership Training Continuum

This supplemental training module is designed for Scout leaders and parents who want to understand the youth leadership training continuum.

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Troop Leadership Training

Troop Leadership Training, No. 34306A, has been rolled out to replace the Scoutmaster Junior Leader Training Kit.

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Volunteer Development Training Conferences at Florida Sea Base

Scout leaders will have the opportunity to attend a Philmont-style training conference at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base the week of January 18-23, 2010. Each conference will be staffed by experienced, informed Scouters. The conference schedule includes ample time to enjoy the mild climate and natural beauty of the Florida Keys.

 
 

Boy Scout Leader Assessment Tool

This tool is designed to help Boy Scout leaders assess their strengths and weaknesses in regard to the current Boy Scout leader training courses. Your results will be used to help the national Boy Scout organization and your local council to iprove their training courses and help identify the training needs of the general membership.

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Staffing the District Committee

This session will assist you in recruiting the right people to get Scouting done in your district. Learn how the coordinated meeting makes the best use of time, as it breaks out into six operating committees that interact with one another.

 

Teaching Leave No Trace

The purpose of this manual is to further Leave No Trace skills and awareness of outdoor ethics.

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Camp 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.

   

Soccer and Scouting Basic Training

Use this DVD when training coaches and helpers in the BSA's Soccer and Scouting program. It includes a slide show and five video clips in a single presentation. The DVD, BSA bin number 13-566, is available through local council service centers. Both English and Spanish versions of the training are provided on the same DVD.