Boy Scout Leader Training

Boy Scout Leader Training

Whether you are a Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or a Troop Committee Member, the Council’s training team has everything that you and your troop need to get up and running.

Fast Start Orientation Training
Fast Start Training has been designed to help each new leader understand their new job.

This Is Scouting
This Is Scouting is an online interactive learning experience that is divided into six modules. It picks up where Fast Start left off and introduces participants to the following areas of the Scouting program: 

  • Programs for All Ages and Abilities
  • Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Scouting Is Fun!
  • Scouting in the Community
  • Protecting Our Youth
  • Scouting’s Legacy

This Is Scouting is replaces New Leader Essentials, and can be found on the Online Learning Center at olc.scouting.org. It takes about an hour to complete, and it is also available on DVD (No. 36118). Participants must correctly answer questions at the end of each module, and upon successful completion, they will receive a certificate of completion.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Training
As a Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster, you will be considered “trained” once you complete New Leader Essentials, Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training is designed to help the new Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster quickly learn what is required for their new leadership position. This training is divided into three parts:

  • Part I: The Role of the Scoutmaster in a Boy-Led Troop
  • Part II: The Outdoor Program and the Advancement Program
  • Part III: Program Planning and Troop Administration

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is a hands-on program that gives adult leaders the practical skills to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. The skills taught will introduce adult Boy Scout leaders with instruction and practice for teaching the outdoor skills associated with Tenderfoot through First Class ranks. This course is offered either as a single weekend course, or two single-day sessions. We hold this course outdoors to help reinforce the “outdoor” experience that you will bring back to your boys and troop.

Advanced Outdoor Leader Skills (AOLS) is hands-on training in the outdoors that picks up where IOLS leaves off, teaching the skills necessary to take boys not just camping, but out into the back country. 

Troop Committee Member Training
As a member of your troop committee, completing This is Scouting and Troop Committee Challenge qualifies you as a Trained Boy Scout Leader, and makes you eligible to wear the Trained patch for your position.

Troop Committee Challenge training has been developed to help troop committee members better understand their roles and responsibilities. This training is best when delivered to all of the troop committee at once. It should also include the Scoutmaster and, if possible, assistant Scoutmasters. Troop Committee Challenge is also available online through the eLearning Center

Youth Protection Training
To round out your basic training you should complete Youth Protection Training. This is required training and must be repeated every two years. It can be done online or at an instructor led training opportunity. More information on Youth Protection Training and the BSA’s policy is available at http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.