Every Scout deserves a trained leader, and every leader deserves to be trained. 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, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!
What to Bring to Training
If you have any special needs or accommodations that the trainers need to know, please contact them in advance. For trainings that include meals (e.g., BALOO, IOLS), let the trainer or district training chair know If you have special dietary restrictions.
What to wear to training. Participants typically wear their Scout field uniform or activity uniform (Scout t-shirt). If you don’t have a uniform, wear comfortable clothes (e.g., jeans). Indoor training facilities vary, so be prepared for warm and cold rooms.
Click on the course below to see what items need to be brought for each training:
BALOO: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (C32)
BALOO is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. BALOO training is now comprised of two components* – an online component, and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “Trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader and to receive the BALOO recognition patch. The online component contains introductory and basic information and must be completed prior to the practical component at my.scouting.org. The practical component is an overnight that takes about 16-hours to complete. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad or mattress, sturdy shoes, change of clothes, sleeping attire, soap, washcloth, towel, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, camp chair, mess kit (plate, fork), refillable water bottle, camp chair, note-taking materials, appropriate clothes for weather (rain gear, jacket, coat), closed toed shoes or boots for short hike, camera, Cub Scout six essentials. Eat breakfast before arriving. The class includes Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast.
Crew Committee Challenge – Crew Committee Position-Specific Training (WS12)
This course is intended to provide Venturing crew committee members with the basic information they need to help manage a crew. The training takes about two and a half hours to complete. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials.
Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training (C40)
This course is intended to provide Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters with the basic information they need to conduct successful pack meetings. The training takes about two and a half to three hours to complete. This training can also be taken online. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials
Cub Scout Leader Specific Training
See Den Leader Position-Specific Training, Cubmaster Specific Training or Pack Committee Challenge.
Den Leader Position-Specific Training (C42)
This course provides Cub Scout den leaders with the basic information they need to conduct successful den meetings. The training takes about two and a half to three hours. This training can also be taken online. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials
IOLS: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (S11)
Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Topics covered: • Campsite Selection • Ropes – Whipping, Tying, and Lashing • Wood Tools – Knife, Camp Saw, and Ax • Fire Site Preparation and Building • Cooking • First Aid • Plant and Animal Identification • Packing and Hiking Techniques • Map and Compass • Leave No Trace. The training encompasses a weekend. Personal Items To Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), registration fee (check payable to SHAC, if not paid online). Clothes: field uniform, activity uniform (troop or Scout t-shirt), closed toed shoes (boots or tennis shoes), jacket, rain gear. Personal Gear for overnight training: tent, ground cloth, camp chair, sleeping bag or blanket, sleeping pad or cot, mess kit (knife, fork, spoon, bowl/plate, coffee cup in a mesh bag), refillable water bottle, bug repellant, sunscreen, personal hygiene products (e.g., toothpaste, deodorant), flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries, compass, note-taking materials, pocket knife, matches/lighter, backpack, personal medications. Recommended: Field Book, Troop Leader Guidebook, Boy Scout Handbook. Optional gear: sunglasses, personal first aid kit, towel/shower gear, camera, ear plugs, gloves. Patrol Items To Bring: You will likely be placed into a patrol of 5-8 other leaders to experience the preparation and cooperation the youth will be expected to perform.
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (D76)
The purpose of this course is to provide council or district-approved and registered merit badge counselors with understanding of the methods of counseling and their role in the advancement program of Boy Scouts of America. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials
Pack Committee Challenge-Pack Committee Position-Specific Training (C60)
The purpose of this course is to familiarize pack committee members with the various responsibilities of the individual members of the committee as well as the committee as a whole. The goal is to help each pack committee work as a team to improve the Scouting experience for adult and youth members. The training takes about two and a half to three hours. This training can also be taken online. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials
Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (S24)
This course is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful troops. This course teaches practical ways to instill the Scouting methods into troop programs and covers the roles of the Scoutmasters and Assistants in a youth-led troop. Topics covered: • The Purpose of Scouting and Your Role • The Patrol Method • Outdoor & Advancement Programs • Program Planning • Troop Administration. The training takes about four and a half hours to complete. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials, Troop Leader Guidebook, Boy Scout Handbook.
Training the Chartered Organization Representative (D72)
This course helps Chartered Organization Representatives better understand their roles and responsibilities.
The training takes about two to two and a half hours. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record
(Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials
Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training (P21)
This course provides participants with an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. The training takes about three and a half hours. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials
There are many training courses that can be taken online. To access the online training, go to My.Scouting.org and then:
- Create an account — this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
- If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the council office.
- If you are not yet registered, you can still take training. Just print the certificate at the end of each course.
- After your account is created, you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your My.Scouting.org account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
- Once you log in to My.Scouting.org, click E-Learning on the left side. Program-related trainings are listed under tabs.
- Submit your certificate of completion to your District Training Chair.
- Click on training validation to review what courses you have taken. This includes courses recorded at the council office.
Training Validation: After logging onto My.Scouting.org, click on “Training Validation”, and confirm if your trainings have been recorded in the council's computer system. If you notice any discrepancies in your training records, contact the district training chair.