Fast Start: Varsity Leaders
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 only.
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".
*Varsity Leader Position Specific Training
Leader position specific training is based on the leader's position. These courses are taught by informed trainers who know how to engage groups and make learning fun. These courses are offered by the district or council as group training in a classroom setting.
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.
*Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook.
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.
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.
For more information, contact your Varsity Coach, or District Training Chair.
*Indicates training is required to be considered Trained to Position and eligible to wear the "Trained" emblem.