Columbia Gorge General Training Information

Basic Leader Training


trainedThe 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.

Training Continuum Overview

  • FastStart Training

    Fast Start training is the first step for any new volunteer and is to be delivered immediately after a new leader registers and before he or she meets with any youth member.
  • Basic Leader Training

    The new Basic Leader Training comprises two parts: New Leader Essentials for all unit-level leaders and Leader Specific training, which is based on the leader's unit-level position.
  • New Leader Essentials

    New Leader Essentials is an introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting. It addresses how these aims and methods are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Videos, discussions, and hands-on reinforcement are presented during the 90-minute training session. Ideally, all unit-based volunteers—Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders—take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they serve. Each leader completes New Leader Essentials training only once.
  • Leader Specific Training

    These training courses include leader specific training for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders; an introduction to outdoor leader skills; and the new Wood Badge course.

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:


  • Tiger Cub Den Leader(s)
  • Cub Scout Den Leader(s)
  • Webelos Den Leader(s)
  • Cubmaster(s)
  • Pack Committee Member(s)
  • Scoutmaster(s)
  • Troop Committee Member(s)
  • Venturing Committee Member(s)
  • Venturing Advisor(s)

 Training Session Times (approx.)

TitleTime Needed
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

What makes a trained leader?

  • Cub Scout leaders are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials and the Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their position.
  • Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
  • Troop committee members are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials and the Troop Committee Challenge as their Leader Specific training.
  • Varsity Scout leaders and assistants are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials, Varsity Scout Leader Specific Training (available April 2002), and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
  • Venturing crew Advisors, assistant Advisors, and crew committee members are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials and Venturing Leader Specific Training.

 Wood Badge for the 21st Century (6 days)

Logo WoodBadgeWood 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.



Powder Horn (6 days)

Logo VenturingVenturing 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

Youth protection has been incorporated within Basic Leader Training

Troop Committee Challenge Specific 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.

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat

Offered at MOST CPC summer camps.

BB / Archery Training

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