Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader
You are invited to follow the pathway of adult leader development that Baden-Powell began in 1918. The quality of the Scouting program that we bring to the boys is dependent upon the quality and capability of the unit's adult leaders.
The leadership training philosophy of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide adult leaders with fundamental information about the aims and purposes of the movement, as well as specifies about their particular roles in Scouting.
A trained leader is knowledgable and confident in the role of being performed. The knowledge and confidence of a trained leader are quickly sensed by Cub, Boy, Varsity or Venture Scouts and are a positive influence on their lives.
Fast Start Training
Fast Start training is the first step for all new leaders and should be taken immediately after they register and before they meet with any youth members. New leaders choose the Fast Start they need to take: Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, Varsity Scout Leader, or Venturing Crew Leader. All Fast Start courses are available on DVD, or they can be completed through the Online Learning Center. (If you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account.)
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection training is required for all leaders who have direct contact with youth. At all times, youth safety is the number one priority. At the same time, adults need to know the rules for keeping themselves safe, too. Comprehensive Youth Protection training teaches all the do’s and don’ts of working with youth. The training is offered through the Online Learning Center, or it may be taken as part of an district or council training course.
This is Scouting
This Is Scouting is a new online training session that replaces New Leader Essentials. It picks up when Fast Start leaves off with six modules of training: The Mission of Scouting, Programs for All ages, Scouting Is Fun, Scouting in the Community, Keeping Our Youth Safe, and Scouting’s Legacy. The training takes about an hour to complete and can be found on the BSA National site.
Position Specific Training
Leader Position Specific Training is based on the leader’s position. These courses are taught by informed trainers who know how to engage groups and make learning fun. These courses are offered by the district or council as group training, or may be done as small groups or by personal coaching.
Cub Scout Leaders
Cub Scout Leader Specific Training has been developed for the following positions:
- Tiger Cub den leaders
- Cubmasters and assistants
- Wolf and Bear Den leaders and assistants
- Pack Committee
- Webelos den leaders and assistants
- Pack trainers