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Adult Leader Training


Training Requirements

All adult volunteers must have an adult application on file and have current Youth Protection training. Other training listed below does not expire, and must be taken in person, unless otherwise stated (see below). Old courses are generally grandfathered in, since for example New Leaders Essentials was replaced by "This is Scouting" which became available on-line. For courses available on-line, go to https://myscouting.scouting.org. Each on-line course takes about a half hour, once you get logged into the system. Logging on requires your registration number, which is on your BSA ID card, which you should have received after filling out the Application Form (also renewed each March by the Committee Chair as part of the Troop rechartering).

Youth Protection Training Notice

You need not be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection Training. To take YPT:

  1. From the menu on the left, click E-Learning.

  2. From the General tab, scroll down to Youth Protection Training and click Take Course.

  3. When you complete the course, print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application, or submit the certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. You must enter this member ID into your MyScouting profile so that your local council has a record of the training you have taken online. To do this, log into MyScouting, click My Profile, and enter your member ID number. This links your Youth Protection training, and any other MyScouting training, to your BSA membership.

Merit Badge Counselors need the following applications and training:

Troop Committee members need the following applications and training:

  • Youth Protection

    • available on-line

    • renew every 2 years

  • Troop Committee Challenge

    • available on-line

    • Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters need the following applications and training:

  • Youth Protection

    • available on-line

    • renew every 2 years

  • Scoutmaster Specific Training

  • Intro to Outdoor Leaders Skills

Supplemental Training

Training not specifically required for any of the above positions, but the Guide to Safe Scouting identifies the training needed for the qualified supervision depending on the type of outing (some identified below):

  • Hazardous Weather

    • available on-line

    • renew every 2 years

    • As of January 1, 2009, it became required to be completed by at least one person in a unit for the unit to receive a tour permit.

    • Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

  • Safe Swim Defense

    • available on-line

    • renew every 2 years

    • Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training

  • Safety Afloat

    • available on-line

    • renew every 2 years

    • All float trip supervisors must complete BSA Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense training and rescue training for the type of watercraft to be used in the activity, and at least one must be trained in CPR. Need one supervisor per ten scouts.

  • BSA Lifeguard

    • renew every 3 years

    • Strongly recommended for Troop aquatics activities, and required to take a non-swimmer in a canoe, raft or sailboat.

  • Climb-on Safely

    • renew every 2 years

    • available on-line

    • Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes.

    • See Guide to Safe Scouting - obviously more qualifications are needed to take a group climbing

  • Health and Safety

    • Council recommended to "renew every few years"

  • Trek Safely

    • renew every 2 years

    • available on-line

    • Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes.

They occasionally offer NRA and archery training, which would allow you to supervise shooting sports activities for the scouts. There are others such as Wood Badge, Chemical Fuels, etc. also offered on occasion.

Fast Start Training

Training offered on-line to provide a quick introduction to a position, which you could take while waiting for the more extensive in-person course to be scheduled. This training doesn't count toward being officially trained in your position, but it will help you understand some of the guidelines for the position. :

  • Boy Scout Leader Fast Start

    • This is the first step to take for any volunteer new to Boy Scouting. This course should be taken before beginning youth activities. You'll learn the aims and purposes of the Boy Scouts of America's core program, then zero in on the job. You'll cover the seven parts of the troop meeting, the troop committee, outdoor program, and other basic concepts of Scouting, all in one short online experience. It's the best way for someone new to the program to quickly grasp how troop Scouting works and where additional resources can be found.

  • Troop Committee Challenge

    • This fun and interactive training serves as a vital tool for new troop committee members as well as for veterans. The mission of the Troop Committee Challenge training is to help each troop committee work as a team to improve the Scouting experience for adult and youth members. It helps build the commitment of individual members as well as cultivates a better troop committee team.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Reference the council training calendar for upcoming training opportunities: training calendar.

The General Nash District currently has a number of training courses scheduled, including some evening Leader-specific training courses starting in January at the Firestone Center in Valley Forge (Scout Shop). Reference their training calender.

Training Status

Here's our latest Training Status.