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Every Scout deserves a trained leader. Every leader deserves to be trained.

NCAC aims to provide our volunteers with a wide assortment of training opportunities in both required and supplemental courses. No matter what program you are involved with or your previous experience with Scouting, we have the resources you need to "Get trained, then lead.”

If you have any questions, please contact either your District Leadership Training Chair or


Training Courses

NCAC offers many helpful courses to train leaders on every part of the program - from tying a square knot to singing songs around the campfire to rappelling down a mountain. Here are some important ones to know about:

  • Youth Protection Training (YPT): All volunteers are required to complete Youth Protection Training and must renew the training every two years. This training is accessible to the general public online at under the Youth Protection tab. Please review the training, as it provides important information about detecting and preventing abuse, no matter where it may occur.
  • Fast Start Training: Take this course immediately after registering as a leader and before meeting with youth members. Courses are specific to the program (Cub Scout leader, Boy Scout leader, Varsity Coach, or Venturing crew leader) and available online at
  • Position-Specific Training: These course provide leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct a successful program. Separate courses exist for leaders at the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing levels.
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills: Hands-on training that teaches Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Coaches basic outdoor leader skills. 
  • Back Country Outdoor Leader Skills (BCOLS): For leaders at all program levels planning High Adventure treks at backcountry venues not supported by BSA infrastructure.
  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO): A one-day training event, presented by the council, that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.
  • Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders: Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants, this course teaches outdoor-related skills and activity badge instruction through demonstration and hands-on practice. Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den.
  • Wood Badge: Advanced training in leadership skills available to all leaders in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing, as well as council and district Scouters.
  • Powderhorn: High-adventure resource training designed to expose older Scouts and adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high-adventure unit-level program
  • Pow Wow: An annual day-long training conference for Cub Scout leaders from across the Council!
  • University of Scouting (UoS): Leaders from all programs and experience levels gather to share, network, and learn in an annual day-long event.
  • The Trainer's EDGE: A "train-the-trainer" course for anyone who wants to help train Scout leaders.

A Tool for Trainers - Quick Unit Look-up for posting training in (MS Excel file)

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