The new Basic Leader Training program is the culmination of more than two years of work by professionals and volunteers from throughout the nation. Their goal was to revise and update the volunteer leader training materials for the Boy Scouts of America. The result is a seamless training program that helps leaders easily graduate through the courses quickly and with little duplication.
The package provides the district training committee with tools to achieve 100 percent trained unit volunteers. It begins with the existing Fast Start training, continues through New Leader Essentials, and is followed by Leader Specific training for each adult's role in the unit.
Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the BSA's values-based program, he or she can begin training for a 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:
|New Leader Essentials (all leaders)||90 minutes|
|Leader Specific Training:|
|Tiger Cub Den Leader||2 hours 35 minutes|
|Cub Scout Den Leader||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Webelos Den Leader||2 hours 55 minutes|
|Cubmaster and Assistants||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Pack Committee Members||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Scoutmaster and Assistants||3 sessions, 2.5 hours each|
|Troop Committee Members||3 hours|
|Venturing Crew Advisors||5 hours|
|Venturing Committee Members||5 hours|
Wood Badge has evolved into the core leadership skills training course for the BSA. The new Wood Badge course focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults and is less focused on outdoor skills, which are more effectively addressed in other courses.
Venturing and Boy Scout Leader High Adventure Outdoor Skills Resource Course The Powder Horn course is designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scouting adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high adventure unit-level program. Required: registered BSA leader, current medical form.
Youth protection has been incorporated within Basic Leader Training
For troop committee members, Leader Specific training includes the Troop Committee Challenge. By following the Troop Committee Training Syllabus, participants can complete the challenge in three hours, after which they are considered trained.
(Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) Held several times per year, BALOO teaches adult leaders the basics of camping in the context of a Cub Scout pack. The course focuses on teaching the guidelines and limitations associated with Cub Scout level camping.
Offered at MOST CPC summer camps.