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Why should I be trained as an adult leader?

July 25, 2018

Every Youth in Scouting Deserves a Trained Leader

What Makes a Trained Leader? You are considered a trained leader when you have completed leader position-specific training for your position and have current Youth Protection training. (Taken from the Adult Leader application)

It is important for all adults to complete their specific position training so that each youth in scouting has quality leadership.  This includes not only the direct contact leadership, committee members and all parents/guardian of all of the youth.

Do you realize that having leaders that have not taken the specific position training reflects on the Unit and the youth?  Untrained leadership can not only effect the youth, the quality programing, and safety of all who are involved.  Each year a form is submitted to BSA at reregistering/rechartering time that reflects the heath of the Unit.

For those who are registered with BSA, when you signed the adult form you signed that you would take the position specific training.

My.scouting.org web site has given you the opportunity to take online training for all Cub Scout positions including Pack Committee. Boy Scout and Venturing can take all training on line, including Committee and Merit Badge, except for the required outdoor segments. Cub Scout leaders and parents who wish to take the Cub Scouts out camping must take the in person Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).  Most of the training is in segments so that you can go back and complete the training on your own schedule.

Learn better by taking training in person – Montgomery Service Area has published a pamphlet with all the training with in Montgomery County in 2018 & 2019. Keep checking the web site for training updates as the pamphlet will reflect any new training opportunities.

Please take the time and take the training that you promised to take when you signed your adult form.

For assistance or questions please contact: Mary Lou Gundersen, 301-869-5625, mdtrainingrecords@comcast.net.

Leader Requirements (Taken from the adult form)

Adult leaders must possess the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the BSA deems necessary for positive leadership to youth.

They must also:

  • Abide by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Scouter Code of Conduct. The Scouter Code of Conduct can be found at www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/Scouter_Code_of_Conduct.pdf.
  • Subscribe to the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle.
  • Reside within the USA or a U.S. territory, or be a U.S. citizen residing outside the USA.
  • Respect and obey the laws of the United States of America.
  • Be 21 years of age or older for primary leadership positions. • Be 18 years of age or older for assistant leadership positions.
  • Complete Youth Protection training (YPT) before application is processed and renew training as required.
  • Review the disclosure information related to the BSA’s background check process and complete and sign a Background Check Authorization form.
  • Take leader position-specific training.
  • Hold only one position within the same unit. The chartered organization representative may multiple as the committee chair or a committee member.
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