Trained leaders are adult Scouters who care enough to sacrifice a bit of their time to become fully knowledgeable in the best Scouting methods so that they can most effectively help young people in their units. Every Scout deserves a trained leader, and every leader deserves to serve alongside other leaders who are fully trained so that they are as effective as possible.
This page is dedicated to the basic things a leader should do to be trained. These are your first steps. Most basic trainings can be completed online; however, check your district calendars to see when these trainings are done in or near your community, because training sessions are greatly enhanced by the personal touch of an experienced trainer and from interacting and sharing with other new leaders.
Key Training Courses
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. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.
Venturing Youth Protection Training
This course is required for Venturing leaders who have direct contact with youth. 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 mintues.
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. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.
Fast Start Training
Fast Start training is not required to be considered "Basic Trained" However, there exists on MyScouting.org a Fast Start Training for each position in Scouting. You will find that material in this training is not duplicated in the "Position Specific Trainings". Each training takes around 30 minutes to complete online.
Position Specific Training
Position Specific training is required to be considered "Trained" in the Boy Scouts of America. Though this training can be completed by Cub Scout Leaders and Troop Committee members online at www.MyScouting.org, it is reccomended that leaders search out trainings near their district for an "In-Person" training. The live trainings are lead by an experienced leader that not only can directly answer questions, but is well versed on local council resources. Even if you take the online trainings, It is reccomended that you attend an in person training for your position in or near your community. Boy Scout, Venturing and Varsity Leaders must take their trainings at in person trainings.
Troop Committee Challenge
This training is Position Specific Training required for every troop committee member to complete basic training. This online course focuses on the core beliefs, aims, and methods of Scouting. Specifically, it helps each committee member learn and identify his or her role and responsibilities in support of the adult leaders in the unit to provide a quality troop experience for the Scouts. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.
Supplemental training modules are designed to provide leaders in Boy Scouting with orientation beyond the basic training offered in Position-Specific Training.