Training Is IMPORTANT
Because every youth deserves a trained leader.
So you want to be a Scouting Volunteer, or perhaps you just became a volunteer or even changed your volunteer role. Now what?
For a complete overview of unit leader training requirements please click here.
For training dates, by district, please click here.
*See below for a short description of each*
Youth Protection Training is required before interacting with any youth. This is available online and in person.
Position-Specific (Role-Based) Training provides the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in one's role. Some of these trainings are available online but all are available in person. This includes Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skill (IOLS).
Supplemental Training includes a variety of courses that are designed to give additional information on targeted areas of the program through a combination of additional knowledge of Scouting in general, additional skills and roles knowledge, and/or beginning advanced leadership skills knowledge. This includes Trainer's EDGE, Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation( (BALOO), Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL), University of Scouting, and Roundtables. It also encompasses shooting, aquatic, and climbing trainings.
Advanced Training is for leaders desiring a deeper understanding of the program or seeking additional leadership development. These courses supplement the roles knowledge and skills learned in the other levels. This includes Wood Badge, Kodiak Challenge, and Powder Horn. It also includes youth trainings such as National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE).
BSA Training Recertifications
Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up-to-date with current information and methods means some of the BSA's training courses need to be retaken every couple of years. Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid.
|Training Course||How Often to Retake|
|Youth Protection||every 2 years|
|National Camping School||after 5 camping seasons|
|Safe Swim Defense||every 2 years|
|Paddle Craft Safety||every 3 years|
|Aqautics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue||every 3 years|
|BSA Lifeguard||every 3 years|
|Visitation Training||every 2 years|
|Lead Climbing Instructor||every 5 years|
|Climbing Instructor||every 2 years|
|COPE/Climbing Inspector||every 2 years|
|Safety Afloat||every 2 years|
|Chain Saw Safety||every 2 years|
|Trainer's EDGE||every 3 years|
|Hazardous Weather||every 2 years|
|Physical Wellness||every 2 years|
|Climb On Safely||every 2 years|
|Trek Safely||every 2 years|
For BSA online training, please click here.