Training Course Descriptions / What to Bring

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! 

If you have any special needs or accommodations that the trainers need to know, please contact them in advance.

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.

For trainings that include meals (e.g., BALOO, IOLS), let the trainer or district training chair know If you have special dietary restrictions. 



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.  
What to 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, bug spray, camp chair, mess kit (plate, fork), camp chair, note-taking materials, appropriate clothes for weather (rain gear, jacket, coat), closed-toed shoes or boots for short hike, camera, and the Cub Scout six essentials (first-aid kit, refillable water bottle, flashlight with extra batteries, trail food, sun protection, whistle). The class includes Friday night cracker barrel and three meals on Saturday.  

Chaplain and Chaplain Aide Training

This course is intended to provide unit chaplains and chaplain aides an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and opportunities of chaplaincy service in troops. At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to express understanding of online materials, be comfortable with role as unit chaplain and chaplain aide, build relationship with the chartered organization representative, be familiar with resources, be comfortable with responsibilities for guiding conversations, and participate in the planning and implementation of a worship service. 

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, note-taking materials, water bottle.

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 onlineBring:  BSA Health and Medical Record, note-taking materials, water bottle

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

See Den Leader Position-Specific Training, Cubmaster Specific Training or Pack Committee Challenge.

Den Chief Training

Den Chief Training is basic training for Scouts interested in becoming den chiefs for a Cub Scout den, and for adult leaders who wish to know more about this vital position. Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials, water bottle. This course can be taken online.

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 onlineBring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials, water bottle,

 

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. Eat dinner before arriving. Registration includes Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
Personal Items To Bring:  BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events). Clothes: field uniform, activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) or comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes (boots or tennis shoes), jacket, rain gear. Scouting ten essentials: pocket knife, first aid kit, extra clothes, rain gear, refillable water bottle, flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, trail food, match and fire starters, sun protection, map and compass. Personal Gear: 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), bug repellant, sunscreen, personal hygiene products (e.g., toothpaste, deodorant), note-taking materials, backpack, personal medications. Recommended: Field Book, Troop Leader Guidebook, Scout Handbook. Optional gear: sunglasses, camera, earplugs, gloves for saw and ax demonstration. 
Patrol Items To Bring:  Participants 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.  Patrol items should be decided among you ahead of time along with meal plans.  These are items all can share such as cooking pots/pans, lanterns, cookstoves and utensils, patrol flag, snacks, Dutch oven, ax/saw, duty roster, canopy, ice chest w/ ice, and any other items you feel needed for this experience. The training includes Friday night cracker barrel, and three meals on Saturday. 

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), water bottle, 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 onlineBring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note-taking materials, water bottle.

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, Scout Handbook, water bottle.

STEM NOVA Counselor Training (D82)

This course is intended to provide potential Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors with the basic information they need to assist Scouts in completing the requirements to earn the Nova and Supernova awards. The prerequisite for this course is an understanding of the BSA Nova programLearn more about the STEM program in our council

Trainer's EDGE

Trainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.

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, water bottle.

Troop Committee Challenge

Troop Committee Challenge training helps troop committee members better understand their roles and responsibilities. This training enables troop committee members to give support to the troop, Scouts and Scoutmasters. Troop Committee Challenge is available onlineBring: 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, water bottle.  

 


Online Training

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.