Online Training

The BSA Online Training Center 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.

New Requirements for Trained Leader Emblem

All registered Cub Scout leaders must now complete the following four training courses to earn the Trained Leader emblem:

  • Fast Start Training for their position (online or instructor-led)
  • Youth Protection Training (online or instructor-led)
  • Cub Scout Leader Specific Training (for their position, instructor-led)
  • This Is Scouting

Training shows new leaders how to do their jobs and allows for an interchange of ideas with more experienced leaders. Every Cub Scout deserves qualified, trained leaders who will provide the best program possible, the way it is intended. Trained leaders ensure that the goals of Cub Scouting are met. The leadership training program of the Boy Scouts of America provides this information and helps leaders become confident in carrying out their responsibilities.

NEW! 2010 Philmont Training Center Conference Schedule

NEW! What Makes a Trained Leader?

Cub Scout Leader Fast Start
As the first step in the training continuum, Fast Start Training is meant to provide all the information and resources for new leaders to conduct their first meeting, along with guidance for the meetings that follow.

Basic Leader Training
Basic Leader Training—including This Is Scouting and position-specific training—is designed to prepare to all adult leaders in Cub Scouting to become effective in their roles.

Wood Badge
Wood Badge is advanced training in leadership skills for all adults in BSA programs.

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders
Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants, this course teaches outdoor-related skills through demonstration and hands-on practice.

Unit Leadership Enhancements
Delivered as a regular part of the pack leaders' meeting, these short training discussions are intended to better equip pack leaders to conduct a quality Cub Scout program.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities.

Trainer Development Conference
The trainer development conference is part of a continuous process of updating trainers with the latest training methods, principles, and technologies.

Youth Protection Training
Every leader in Cub Scouting should complete Youth Protection training, which provides essential information about working with youth.

Cub Scout Leader Roundtables
Monthly roundtables provide an opportunity for leaders within a council to share ideas in an ongoing learning experience.

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow
The pow wow is a "convention" for pack leaders that provides an opportunity to attend sessions addessing various facets of the Cub Scout program.

National Cub Scouting Conferences
Cub Scout leader training conferences are held at the Philmont Training Center and the Florida Sea Base. Councils recommend individuals, who receive invitations to attend these conferences.