When he is twelve years old, a boy graduates from Primary into the Young Men organization. At this time, he moves from the troop’s patrol for eleven-year-old Scouts into the patrol for deacon-age Scouts (within the same troop). He continues completing rank requirements and earning merit badges as he works toward the rank of Eagle Scout. While in the patrol for deacon-age Scouts, he learns leadership skills, Scout skills, and participates in monthly overnight camping experiences. A highlight each year is attending the week-long summer camp with his patrol.
To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.
“All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.” LDS Scouting Guidelines.
Complete the following two items and return the adult application and the Youth Protection certificate to the troop committee chair.
- Fill out the Adult Application at Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office
- Complete Youth Protection Training at My.Scouting.org.
Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training. Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the adult application.
- To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account.
- From the My.Scouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training.
- Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed adult application, to the troop committee chair (to be submitted to the BSA local council office).
When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will be issued a BSA member ID number (your committee chair should be able to tell you what it is). After you know your member ID number, log back into my.Scouting.org. Find your name in the upper right-hand corner. Click on the silhouette next to your name. Then click on “Legacy MyScouting.” Click on “Continue to Legacy MyScouting.” Sign in with your username and password (if requested). Click on My Profile. Update the system by inputting your ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and any other training records in my.Scouting.org) to your BSA membership.
REQUIRED TRAINING: Once you have finished Fast Start training, you are ready to learn more about your duties and responsibilities as a leader in the troop. Some training is only offered live and other training is available online at My.Scouting.org –> Training –> E-Learning.
To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions, click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”
- Leader-specific training for your position: to be completed ASAP
- Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training: This is a live course (approximately 5 hours) presented by your district or council. If your district is not offering this course in the next month or two, check the council calendar for the next available course that is within a reasonable distance. The training is the same throughout the BSA and you may take the course in any district or council.
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills: This is an overnight training required for all Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters (although it is also useful for any adults who are registered with the troop). This is a live training experience, and if it is not offered within the next few months in your district, check the council calendar and take it in a nearby district or council.
- Troop Committee Challenge: This online course (about an hour) is required for all troop committee members. This training should be completed within 30 days. It is also offered live in some districts.
BOY SCOUT ROUNDTABLE:
An event (usually monthly) sponsored by the district designed to help leaders carry out a successful Boy Scout program in their troops At roundtable you will get program ideas; you’ll receive information on policy, events, and training; and you’ll have the opportunity to share experiences with other Scouters and enjoy fun and fellowship. It’s at roundtable where you’ll hear about exciting (and sometimes unusual and unique) activities you can plan with your Scouts, why some camping areas are better for specific activities, and how other Scouters have succeeded in implementing the aims and methods of Scouting.
SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING: To take these and many other online training courses go to my.Scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Supplemental Training.
- Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather: This training is required for at least one leader who is going with your unit on an outing or activity. The course is online and must be repeated every two years. The training takes about 40 minutes to complete and is both age-appropriate and recommended for all adult leaders and for youth in Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews.
- Safe Swim Defense: Required by at least one leader (preferably all adults) on outings involving activities that include swimming or wading in water over knee deep. The course is online and must be repeated every two years.
- Safety Afloat: Required by at least one adult on outings involving more than just swimming (boating, tubing, waterskiing, and so on). The course is online and must be repeated every two years.
Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. It was designed by Lord Baden-Powell to enable Scouters to learn the skills and methods of Scouting; it is “learning by doing.” Those attending the course are divided into patrols consisting of about eight adults. The patrols form a troop. The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week (or for two weekends), practicing Scouting skills, such as fire-building, camping, cooking, tying knots and lashes, and so on.
Many councils offer a “Sunday-friendly” course, over two weekends from Thursday through Saturday. This allows leaders in LDS units and other religious organizations to return home on Saturday night so they can attend their regular Sunday services.
Charles W. Dahlquist, former Young Men president, had this to say about the value of Wood Badge:
“If we are really intent in touching the lives of our young men. . . then we will do whatever is necessary to help us to accomplish that—including getting trained. For most of us, Wood Badge is life-changing because it has to do more with vision and understanding this great tool for strengthening young men of the Aaronic Priesthood than anything else (“The Importance of Wood Badge Training,” LDS Relationships Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1, February 2007). To view the entire article, click here.
To learn more about Wood Badge training and how you can attend, contact your local council office or check your council’s website.
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