Adult Cub Scout Training

This section provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program. Many of the courses can be taken online. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.

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Philmont Training Center

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional leaders. Courses will open for registration January 4, 2010.

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What is a Trained Leader

A Scout leader is entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed some basic but important training courses. A direct contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the following training courses and the specific training for the position.

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What Makes a Trained Leader

Learn the requirements for becoming a trained leader. This document provides an overview of leader training based on the Scouting program you are involved in.

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This Is Scouting

“This Is Scouting” provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training. The module consists of six video sections, each followed by a brief quiz. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.

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Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. This course must be completed to earn the “Trained” emblem. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

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Cub Scout Leader Fast Start Training

Prior to running your first den or pack meeting, Cub Scout Leader Fast Start is the initial training course required for you to complete so that you may understand the fundamentals of the Cub Scouting program. There are separate fast start training courses for all Cub Scout leaders, catered to specific leadership roles in the pack. You will learn your specific responsibilities, how to keep your meetings fun and exciting, and what other resources there are to help assist you in planning for your den or pack meetings. This training is offered online or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

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Supplemental Training

Supplemental training modules are designed to provide leaders in Boy Scouting with orientation beyond the basic training offered in This Is Scouting and leader-specific training.

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The Trainer's EDGE

The Trainer’s EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

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Creating a Training Culture

View this presentation from the 2009 National Annual Meeting.

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Staffing the District Committee

This session will assist you in recruiting the right people to get Scouting done in your district. Learn how the coordinated meeting makes the best use of time, as it breaks out into six operating committees that interact with one another.

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Unit Commissioner Fast Start

The main purpose of the unit commissioner is to make units successful. To do this, a unit commissioner should have people skills and a Scouting background and live by the ideals of Scouting. A good commissioner will often be a counselor, a doctor, a teacher, and an adviser.

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Chartered Organization Representative Fast Start

As a chartered organization representative, you hold a key position in Scouting. While there is honor attached to this position, it is not an "honorary" one. Your primary function is to ensure that the chartered organization's Scouting program succeeds. This course is designed to present you with the basics you need to carry out your new responsibilities as a chartered organization representative. After finishing the online training, you may print a certificate of completion. Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes.

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ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start

The ScoutParents initiative is a great way to involve parents of new or existing youth in all of our BSA programs to become more active in their child’s Scouting experience. Each unit is required to have at least one ScoutParents unit coordinator to implement this program. The first step for the coordinator is to take this fast start training course. The course will help assist the coordinator in understanding the role and gives tips on how to effectively use the ScoutParents program to involve more parents in all of our Scouting programs. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

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Generational Diversity

Take this session and have a broader understanding and deeper appreciation of the diverse range of ages and life experiences of the volunteers and professionals in our organization. You will be able to recognize and define the four generational groups of people currently in the BSA.

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Teaching Leave No Trace

The purpose of this manual is to further Leave No Trace skills and awareness of outdoor ethics.

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Camp Health Officer Training

This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a camp health officer at a council or district camping facility.

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Hazardous Weather

Hazardous Weather training must be completed prior to requesting a tour permit from the BSA. The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs. You will answer questions about the topics after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

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Soccer and Scouting Basic Training

Use this DVD when training coaches and helpers in the BSA's Soccer and Scouting program. It includes a slide show and five video clips in a single presentation. The DVD, BSA bin number 13-566, is available through local council service centers. Both English and Spanish versions of the training are provided on the same DVD.

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