Scoutmaster / Asst. Scoutmaster Training

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Training
As a Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster, you will be considered “trained” once you complete New Leader EssentialsScoutmaster/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 A: The Role of the Scoutmaster in a Boy-Led Troop and The Outdoor Program and the Advancement Program
  • Part B: 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.

Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills is broken into three easy to digest parts.

Part A is a half day course and is $5

Part B is a full day course and is $35

When looking to be trained you must take all three parts BUT you can take the parts in any order that works for your schedule. When you complete the last part of your course you should inform the instructor who will submit your name as having completed Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills on the training attendance report.

When possible the Council Training Committee will take a weekend and offer all two parts during the weekend.

Other course setups will have Part A and Part B on a Saturday and then have the training staff repeate Part A and Part B on Sunday.  Also, Part 3 is often instructed on a Saturday and then repeated on Sunday. These courses usually take place at one of the Seneca Waterways Council camps and do not require overnight camping. 

On a combined one day Part 1 and Part 2 IOLS course, the first class begins at 7 am and runs until 12:00 pm and the second class begins at 1:00 pm and runs until 4:00 pm. Please be sure to bring your own lunch if staying between classes. End times depends on the flow of the class and may run later.

What to bring to an IOLS course?  Scouters should attend in their field (Class A) uniform and be prepared for the weather as activities take place outside as well as indoors. A comfortable chair is also recommended but not required. It's also a good idea to bring a small notepad and writing tools to take notes.

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.