Ralph Waldo Emmerson said, “put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.” BSA training provides leaders with the ideas and know-how for creating fun, valuable programs consistent with the methods and ideals of Scouting. Training helps leaders focus on providing a great experience for their Scouts.

TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING!! Online, in person in Powhatan district, or in person in another district. It doesn’t matter. There is a training course for every position in your unit. The training will help you present a better program for the youth in your unit. You earn a “Trained” patch for your uniform. It counts towards JTE for your unit. It also helps you earn an adult award for your position. Follow this link to get the details.

Is your unit ready to train-up? Save the Date for one of our area’s upcoming trainings for unit leaders, committee members, chartered organization representatives, and other adult volunteers.

Youth Protection Training
All adult leaders must take BSA’s Youth Protection Training Course, and renew their YPT certification.  With the start of BSA’s Family Scouting Program, all adult leaders are required to complete the new online Youth Protection Training Course before September 29, 2018. Visit BSA’s Youth Protection webpage for more information.

All Direct Contact Leaders Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmaster

Scoutmaster/ASM Training (S24)

Through a series of lively presentations and discussions, the course trainers teach methods adult leaders can use to guide scouts and deliver an effective, exciting scouting program.  The Powhatan District trainers make it VERY relevant and absolutely useful for all who attend.  And it is open to any adult, including all those in the Troop Committee and Troop parents.  Current and aspiring Assistant Scoutmasters, don’t miss this opportunity!

There are no materials required for this training.  All scouters, however, should have taken the mandatory youth protection training prior to the class.  Should you wish to bring your own coffee mug, please do.

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Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS – S11)

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Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters and Den Leaders

Cub Scout Adult Leader Training (C40)
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Basic Adult Outdoor Orientation (BALOO – C32)
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Venturing Leaders

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Merit Badge Counselors

Merit Badge Counselor Training – Watch for upcoming dates

First Aid Training

Whether preparing for a high adventure trip, or just want to be prepared in case of emergencies on a weekend outing, First Aid Training is a must.  Campaign Pay It Forward offers CPR and Wilderness First Aid Courses at a significant discount for Scout Leaders.  Campaign Pay It Forward also offers a free basic emergency first aid course STOP THE BLEED for Scouting Units. For more information and course dates, send an email to or visit

Outdoor Ethics

Every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout unit should have at least one Leave No Trace/Outdoor Ethics Trainer. Both adult leaders and Scouts can get the necessary skills and build confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills by taking the Leave No Trace Trainer Class.

Upcoming Dates:

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

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Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

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Outdoor Ethics Orientation Course

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Looking for Youth Leadership Training Opportunities?  Visit the Powhatan Training Page for youth leaders.