*Fast Start: Varsity Leader
As a new Varsity Scout leader, it is essential that each adult complete this
training prior to the Varsity team's first meeting. This training focuses on
how Varsity Scouting's concept is more team-related within the BSA and focuses
on five program fields of emphasis. You will also learn how to incorporate these
fields of emphasis into regularly scheduled team meetings, activities, and service
projects. This training is offered online or in a classroom setting.
*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. This course replaces the former "New
Leader Essentials" and is required only if you have not completed New Leader
*Troop Committee Challenge
This training is required for every team 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 team experience for the Scouts.
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. This training is offered online or in
a classroom setting. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records
database if the module is experienced online.
Wood Badge is advanced training in leadership skills for all adults in BSA
programs. This advanced training is presented in two parts:
- An advanced learning experience presented over two long (three-day) weekends
or as a weeklong course.
- An application phase of several months during which the leaders apply the
specific skills they have learned at Wood Badge to their Scouting responsibilities.
Leaders who successfully complete both parts of the training are recognized
with the Wood Badge beads, woggle slide, and neckerchief.
For more information, contact your Pack Trainer, Cubmaster, or District Training
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. It is based on the eight
core and eighteen electives found in the Venturing Ranger program. It is intended
to help adult leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources and
in the way they lead their unit-level high adventure programs. No high adventure
skills are taught in this course. It is designed to have some disciplines introduced
with a hands-on segment. Example: For scuba if a pool is available, it is suggested
to do a Discover Scuba (PADI) session where participants get into a shallow
pool and wear scuba gear. It is not scuba certification. Participants will not
learn how to rock climb or shoot a skeet course, but will learn where to go
to find those who can teach these skills to Boy Scouts and Venturers.
*Indicates training is required to be considered Trained to Position and eligible
to wear the "Trained" emblem.