Training News


The new Youth Protection Training is available online. Everyone needs to complete this new version by October 1, 2018. The training can be accessed through your account.

Online position-specific training is now available for Cub Scout leaders and Boy Scout leaders!  For these courses and other training (such as Safe Swim Defense and Weather Hazards) go to (Menu > My Dashboard > My Training > Training Center).

View the Most Recent Training Updates in The Training Times.

The Magic Wand of Training  (Copied from the BSA’s Training Site:  > Volunteer > Training > Training)

If you had a magic wand, would you use it to make the Scouting program better and more fun for youth so they stayed in Scouting longer, so it had a larger impact on their lives? What if the same magic wand made leadership roles easier, more rewarding, and led to better retention among adult leaders? Would using that magic wand be a top priority?

Well, such a magic wand does exist—in the form of the learning programs for leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.

Common sense tells us that training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!

Position Trained Requirements” for unit leaders and other positions.

This document is published by the BSA and is updated periodically. It lists the BSA training courses that are required in order for a leader to be considered “Trained” and eligible to wear the “Trained” strip for his or her current position. Some Scouting positions require only the position-specific training (classroom or online). Other positions require live training courses in a classroom setting, and many require additional training in an overnight camping setting. When determining what training is required for a specific Scouting position, be sure to look for the most recent iteration of this document.

Question: When is a Scout leader “fully trained”?  Answer: Well, to be honest . . . Never!

According to an article titled “Fully Trained,published in the the Fall 2014/Winter 2015 edition of Training Times, page 1, a leader can always  learn new things by attending or teaching a training course. This very short and to-the-point article is copied below:

We often fall into the trap of calling a Scouter “fully trained” when he or she completes “basic” training [i.e. leader position-specific training]. It leads some to think that they have done all of the training they can do. Of course, no person is ever “fully trained.” Even the most tenured Scouter can learn something by attending or instructing a course.

The Five Levels of the BSA Training Continuum discussed in the Guide to Leader Training provide a wealth of opportunities for a progression of learning for all of us to learn more about program, leadership, and other important skills. Do not fall into the trap of using the term “fully trained.”

Also, keep in mind that each of us must repeat Youth Protection training  every two years.  Additionally, several other BSA training courses expire after two years (Weather Hazards, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, and Climb on Safely).



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