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Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

Every Leader deserves training so s/he can successfully deliver the scouting program!

Training of adults to successfully deliver the Boy Scout program has evolved into a well-presented, thorough, curriculum of courses to be completed in sequence. Here are the courses you need to fulfill your commitment of an adult leader.

Updated Training Links (11/16/2016)

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

Click Here for Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America has a set of videotapes to help teach boys about protecting themselves against abuse.  These videos help boys recognize dangerous situations and avoid becoming victims.

The video ‘It Happened to Me’ is designed for Cub Scouts, boys ages 6 to 10, to view with their parents or guardians.  The video presents five scenarios of situations that boys may encounter.  It establishes safety rules that help the boys counteract the fear and shame that can result from abusive situations.

‘A Time to Tell’ is designed for Boy Scouts, boys ages 11 to 14.  This video depicts risks of sexual abuse through dramatizations of adolescent experiences.

‘Youth Protection: Personal Safety Awareness’, is designed for any young person in the 14 to 20 age range.  It is made up of vignettes dealing with the issues of acquaintance rape, Internet safety, stalking, and fraternization.  Each scenario is followed by instructions for local group discussions and a teen panel discussion, with pertinent advice regarding each situation.

Fast Start Training

The first step for any new adult volunteer in a Pack or Troop, no matter what the position may be.  The Fast Start training is short and should be taken as soon as possible after you have accepted a leadership position.  The Fast Start program has been designed to provide an immediate comfort level for new leaders and enables them to say, ‘I can do this!’, but it should be soon followed by more comprehensive training.  If you will be taking your position-specific training right away, then this Fast Start Training is not needed.Cub Scout Fast Start Training

Cub Scout Fast Start Training:

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Cub Scout Fast Start Training Guide

Boy Scout Fast Start Training:

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Boy Scout Fast Start Guide

This Is Scouting

The next step in training for adult leaders who have completed Fast Start Training.  This Is Scouting is an online introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting.  It addresses how these aims and methods are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing.  Each leader should complete This Is Scouting training once. Click here to learn how to log into

Leader Specific Training

Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the scouting program, training for a specific Scouting position continues through Leader Specific training.  This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies.  This training is classroom-led.  Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:

Outdoor Leader Skills

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program.  Training in outdoor skills is required before taking scouts on outings. The two main courses for outdoor leader skills are Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).

Click HERE for more information about BALOO/IOLS

Supplemental and Ongoing Training

There are many more opportunities for volunteers to improve their skills and understanding of the Boy Scout program.  Some are required before holding certain types of events.