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District Training

District Training Chairs:

Cub Scout Training: Cheryl Fitzgerald 
Boy Scout Training: Ken Birmingham 

To Search for training classes by MONTH in all surrounding areas of Atlanta, click on to the Atlanta Area Council Training Calendar

Current schedule of nearby sessions can be found on the District Calendar pages. http://www.gwinnettbsa.org/event 

Read below for both Cub Scout Leader and Boy Scout Leader training paths, and schedule for nearby classes.

>>> EVERY YOUTH DESERVES A TRAINED LEADER <<<

Every young person in the Scouting program needs and deserves a leader who understands the aims of the program and knows how to deliver it with enthusiasm and fun – in short, a trained leader. Because they understand their role, trained leaders have a positive influence in the lives of the youth. Research shows that Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers with well trained leaders, advisors and counselors - enjoy the program more and stay in it longer. How well we influence the lives of these youth depends on the leaders’ understanding of the Scouting program and their responsibilities.

Council and District Training Committee volunteers are here to help you discover the exciting world of Scouting and learn "how to deliver the promise".

Our Goal is 100% Trained Leaders in EVERY Pack, Troop and Crew

Properly trained leaders will help each group lead and deliver quality programs to the youth we serve. Training sessions range from short E-Learning modules, basic essentials, Leader Position specifics - including planning fun & safe meetings & outings, Health & Safety guidelines, and Outdoor skills; to supplemental intensive high adventure instructions, advancement and leadership development.  The Starter modules are available on-line anytime.

Please note that small fees may apply for supplies and materials for some Leader Specifics, Outdoor skills and other sessions. Always verify any pre-requisites, confirm location, fees and dates/times when you register for an event or on-site course.

On-line course modules can help adult leaders get started on their training path right away. Anyone over age 14 may create a user account and view the courses anytime. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member ID numbers (as part of their user profile) to receive credit (or you can add that # later). Completion certificates or list should be sent to your Pack or Troop Trainer and the District Training Vice Chairs to insure local credit is posted. You can always log in later - access your own records, update your profile, and reprint your completion certificates.

MyScouting Account Set-up Instructions

To create a “MyScouting” account and access all E-learning class modules, go to: http://www.scouting.org  Select the “MyScouting” tab (top of page). Create your user account by completing the profile information. Use your registered name and member ID # (if known). Then log-in from the e-mail confirmation link. Select the “E-Learning” tab.  Select the course “ “ by name tab. Take course module. Take test. Print certificate. Choose another course name tab or log off.

Remember your user e-mail name & password.  Next time, just log onto “MyScouting” account by using your user e-mail name & password.

 

 Class modules recently updated or added to the MyScouting E-Learning portal include:

This is Scouting (replaces New Leader Essentials), Hazardous Weather, Fast Start modules for each role, ScoutParents Coordinator, Youth Protection for Adults, Climb on Safely, Trek Safely, Troop Committee Challenge, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Den Chief, Youth Protection for Venturers and Advisors, Venture Crew Orientation, District Committee staffing, Generational Diversity, Troop Youth Leadership orientation, and much more. Check it out on your schedule!

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.
 
Effective June 1, 2010:

-- Youth Protection training is 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.

-- Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
 
To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps: 
-- If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card.

-- 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 quiz, print your completion certificate and submit with a new application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

-- If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so the 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, 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.

Q: What is the deadline to meet the new Youth Protection training standard? 

A: All registered leaders should take or renew their Youth Protection training so that it is current as of today. A unit will not be able to recharter without its key registered adults being up-to-date on Youth Protection training. No individual leader will be able to register without being up-to-date on his or her Youth Protection training.

Allow 60 – 90 minutes. Completion certificate or classroom card must be attached to new adult volunteer registration.

Youth Protection Training is also available in the classroom format – recommended for first time, or it can be accessed and completed on-line at: http://www.scouting.org using your MyScouting profile  YPT must be renewed every two years

      

NOTE: Venture Leader Youth Protection Training module is ALSO required for all adults registered with a Venture Crew or Varsity Crew. 

Venture YPT (Y02) is available on-line at: http://www.scouting.org using your MyScouting profile  YPT must be renewed every two years 

NOTE: Button Gwinnett District’s classroom format includes a supplemental discussion part that includes: on-line profile & chat room guidelines, Internet safety discussions & other parent and personal safety concerns and additional resources.

Do you want to make it easy for your new parents and leaders to complete Youth Protection training ASAP? Contact us to schedule a YPT trainer to come to YOUR Pack or Troop location. Small donation for handouts/materials is requested.

 

The Cub Scout Pack Basics

To be considered “Trained” for your Pack Leader position, you must complete: 

For All Parents:  Youth Protection is required. Fast Start for Parents & This is Scouting are all recommended, and may be required by your Pack. Visit http://www.scoutparents.org

Cub Scout Den Leaders:
1.Fast Start module for Den Leaders (available on-line)
2.Youth Protection (YPT)
3. This is Scouting (available on-line)
4.Cub Scout Leader Position Specifics + breakout for your position in the Pack; Tiger Den Leader, Wolf/Bear Den Leader

NOTE: When you move into a new Den or Pack position, you simply take that Fast Start module and that Leader Specifics breakout class; & renew YPT if needed

Cub Scout Pack Leaders:
1. Fast Start module (Committee or Cubmaster) - (available on-line)
2. Youth Protection (YPT)
3. This is Scouting (available on-line)
4. Cub Scout Leader Position Specifics + breakout for your position in the Pack; Pack Committee or Cubmaster.

Webelos Den Leaders: 
1. Fast Start module for Webelos (available on-line)
2. Youth Protection (YPT)
3. This is Scouting (available on-line)
4. Webelos Den Leader Specifics breakout module
5. Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL).

The first three modules are available anytime, by using the MyScouting portal.

Youth Protection and This is Scouting are also available in a classroom setting.

Cub Scout Leader Position Specific and Outdoor skills training classes like OLSWL and BALOO are available only in classroom settings, taught by experienced leaders, using hands-on and interactive sessions.

 

 Cub Scouts 2010 Changes

 

All Cub Leaders from Cubmasters to Committee Members, from Den Leaders to Trainers should visit http://www.scouting.org/cubscouts2010.aspx  to get the news on the changes coming to the Cub Scouts program in 2010. The changes are designed to make it easier than ever to be a Den Leader and provide a quality program to boys in your area. 

There are some changes in the Specifics training curriculum to include the new CubScouts 2010 focus and new resources including the NEW Cub Scout Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide, which includes detailed meeting plans & much more. This should make it even BETTER for your new Den Leaders, & includes more resources for your Committee and Cubmaster too !

Cub Scout Leader Position Specific Training (CSLPST)

This NEW CURRICULUM provides simple, practical skills for each leadership position in the Pack.

CSLPST has been developed to give new leaders the knowledge and skills, as well as generate the enthusiasm, that they need to be successful. It is made up of three parts and is taught in a classroom module format by experienced Cub Scout Leaders to help provide you the steps you need to get started.

The Three Modules include:

1. Introduction to Cub Scouting = Pack organization, age groups, and the essential elements,

2. How We Have FUN = Pack & den meetings, who, what and where to find help and resources,

3. Leader Position Specific break-out modules = The specific knowledge a new Cub Scout Leader needs to understand their new role or position in the Pack – and how to plan & deliver meetings & activities with enthusiasm and fun for all.

Cub Leader Position Specific Training has separate break-out modules for each of the following:

Tiger Cub Den Leader, Wolf/Bear Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, Pack Committee members and Pack Trainer.  Breakouts usually run at the same time – so choose and attend one Module. You only need to attend part 1 & 2 one time - as those are general to everyone. Advance Registrations are required. Allow about four hours to complete all three modules.

 Current schedule of nearby sessions can be found on the District Calendar pages. http://www.gwinnettbsa.org/event

BALOO = Basic Adult Outdoor Orientation

 

Before your Cub Scout Pack may participate in outdoor activities you must have a BALOO-trained leader. Where does one get this BALOO training? BALOO, or Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a fun, one-day outdoor skills and safety training session designed to help Leaders plan & prepare for Pack overnights.

 

 Current schedule of nearby sessions can be found on the District Calendar pages. http://www.gwinnettbsa.org/event 

 

WHEN:

 

o    Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8:00am - 4:00pm

o    Cost is $15 and includes lunch

o    Bring chair and water bottle

CONTACT:  Milton District - www.miltonbsa.org

 

Current schedule of nearby sessions can be found on the District Calendar pages. http://www.gwinnettbsa.org/event 

OUTDOOR WEBELOS LEADER TRAINING for WEBELOS Den Leaders

 

This is the next step up in outdoor skill training, with the goal of being able to get Webelos ready for boy scout-style camping. Den Leaders who are planning on taking their Webelos on an overnight outing are required to be OWL trained. Also, don’t wait until you are a Webelos leader; get trained if you currently are a Bear Den Leader, so you are ready as soon as your den becomes a Webelos den.

 

Current schedule of nearby sessions can be found on the District Calendar pages. http://www.gwinnettbsa.org/event 

 

 

Boy Scout Troop and Venture Crew Leader Training

To be considered “Trained” for your Troop or Crew Leader position, you must complete:

All Parents: 
Youth Protection is required. Fast Start & This is Scouting are all recommended by your Troop. Visit
http://www.scoutparents.org

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters:
1.  Boy Scout Leader Fast Start module (available on-line)
2.  Youth Protection (YPT)
3.  This is Scouting (available on-line)
4.  Boy Scout Leader Specifics (SALT or BSLST)
5.  Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS)

Troop Committee:
1. Fast Start module (available on-line)
2. Youth Protection (YPT)
3. This is Scouting (available on-line)
4. Troop Committee Challenge (available on-line) or schedule a group session for your entire Troop committee

Venture Crew Leaders:
1. Advisor Fast Start module (available on-line)
2. Youth Protection (YPT) + Venturing Youth Protection (Y02) 
3. This is Scouting (available on-line)
4. Venture Leader Specifics (VLS)
5. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS)

NOTE: BOTH Youth Protection for Adults (Y01) AND Venture Leader Youth Protection Training (Y02) modules are required for all adults registered with a Venture Crew or Varsity Crew. 

Venture YPT (Y02) is available on-line at: http://www.scouting.org using your MyScouting profile.  YPT and Venture YPT both must be current and renewed every two years to maintain registration. 

Merit Badge Counselors:
1.  Boy Scout Leader Fast Start module (available on-line)
2.  Youth Protection (Required)
3.  This is Scouting (available on-line)

The first three modules are available anytime, by using the MyScouting portal.

Youth Protection and This is Scouting are also available in a classroom setting.

Boy Scout Leader Specific, Venture Leader Specific, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader skills classes are available only in classroom / outdoor settings, taught by experienced leaders.

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training (BSLST)
 

WHO: Any adult accepting the invitation to serve as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop. Troop committee members and other adults who expect to play a supportive role in the success of a Troop are also invited to attend. Webelos leaders preparing to move on to a leadership position in a Scout Troop are encouraged to enroll.

 

WHY: Because every Scout deserves a trained leader! Scouting’s value to young people is clear, but the advantages of Scouting are not limited to youth. Adults, too, develop leadership and physical skills with every training experience.

 

WHAT: BSLST is a day-long course conducted by the District Training Committee. It is designed to bring the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster up to speed quickly with their new leadership position by introducing them to important concepts such as the role of the Scoutmaster in a boy-led Troop, the Outdoor Program, the Advancement Program, Program Planning and Troop Administration.

 

Current schedule of nearby sessions can be found on the District Calendar pages. http://www.gwinnettbsa.org/event 

 

 

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS)

 

WHO: Any adult accepting the invitation to serve as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop. Troop committee members and other adults who expect to play a supportive role in the success of a Troop are also invited to attend. Webelos leaders preparing to move on to a leadership position in a Scout Troop are encouraged to enroll.

 

WHY: Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. 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 outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook.

 

WHAT: Learn the Scoutcraft skills needed to advance to First Class by essentially being a Scout yourself, using the patrol method - in an outdoor weekend camping environment.

Current schedule of nearby sessions can be found on the District Calendar pages. http://www.gwinnettbsa.org/event 

 

Supplemental Resources 

Button Gwinnett District Roundtables:  Are Held Monthly - on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month at Christ Church Episcopal,

located at 400 Holcomb Bridge Road in NorcrossJoin us in FUN and fellowship from 7 – 9:30 PM.

We offer both Cub Scout and Boy Scout roundtables on the same night. Come share your adventures in Scouting, contribute in learning, and participate in fun activities. Most importantly, you meet with the other Scouters and resources in the District and surrounding area.

 > Boy Scout Roundtables offer ideas, games, guest speakers, high-adventure resources and more. The more experienced leaders pass on their knowledge and skills - and we all learn to overcome our shared challenges.

> Cub Scout Roundtables use “theme of the month” in advance to help you in your planning. Each month, you as a scout leader need to come up with new ideas to make your meetings fun, while working within the Cub Scout program. The Roundtable is here to make your job easier. The meeting includes information all leaders need to know and break-out sessions for your particular role in the Pack. Also, you will learn skits, songs, games and crafts that you can bring back to your scouts to use in your den and pack meetings.

 

 Health and Safety are an important part of training.

Find courses like CPR/AED certification, Wilderness First Aid and more listed on the "District Health & Safety" TAB.

 Current schedule of nearby sessions can be found on the District Calendar pages. http://www.gwinnettbsa.org/event

Additional Safety Training modules can be found on the Atlanta Area Council TRAINING CALENDAR: http://www.atlantabsa.org/openrosters/Calendar.asp 

Many modules are also posted on-line now at the MyScouting E-Learning portal.