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 a Council-wide, consolidated list of training courses please click here. If any updates or corrections are needed please send an email to

Youth Protection Training    |    Position-Specific Training    |    Supplemental Training    |    

Advanced Training

*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.





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