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 click here.


Youth Protection Training is required before interacting with any youth. This is available online and in person.



Position-Specific (Role-based training) Supplemental Training Advanced Training
  • Provides skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in one's role
  • Some trainings available online (requires you to create an account), but all are available in person
  • Examples of courses
    • Cub Leader Specific
    • Cubmaster Specific
    • Scoutmaster Specific
    • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)
    • Venturing Leader Specific


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 online every 2 years
National Camping School by invite only after 5 camping seasons
Safe Swim Defense online every 2 years
Paddle Craft Safety every 3 years
Aqautics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue every 3 years
BSA Lifeguard every 3 years
Lead Climbing Instructor every 5 years
Climbing Instructor every 2 years
COPE/Climbing Inspector every 2 years
Safety Afloat/Safe Swim Defense online every 2 years
Trainer's EDGE No Expiration Date
Hazardous Weather online every 2 years
Climb On Safely online every 2 years
Trek Safely online every 2 years

For BSA online training, please click here. For instructions on creating your account and linking it to your BSA ID and general navigation instructions, please click here.





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