Monday, May 29, 2017
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EVERY BOY DESERVES A TRAINED LEADER

BSA knows the importance of a leader knowing what to do in order to have a successful Scouting program.  This is why the BSA has a variety of training opportunities for volunteers to participate in to learn and gain a better understanding of the Scouting program.

Every Scouter should do their best to receive the appropriate training for the position s/he holds in the unit or district.

There is a continum of training for leaders as their roles and responsibilities change.  The continum includes:
  • Fast Start Training
  • Youth Protection Training
  • This Is ScoutingTraining
  • Leader Specific Training
  • Supplemental Training
 
  RECOMMENDED TRAINING
Training of adults to successfully deliver the Scouting program has evolved into a well-presented, thorough, curriculum of courses to be completed in sequence. Here are the courses you need to fulfill your commitment as an adult leader.

  • Cub Scout Leaders are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, Fast Start, This Is Scouting, and Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their position.
  • Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, Fast Start, This Is Scouting, Scoutmaster Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
  • Pack or Troop Committee Members are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, This Is Scouting, and Committee Specific Training.
Youth Protection Training    available online    YPT ensures boys involved in scouting are kept safe. At least one adult on every Scout outing must be Youth Protection Trained. Before being involved with boys, EVERY adult should complete Youth Protection every 2 years. If you don’t remember when you took it, you should take it again.

Fast Start Training     available online    Fast Start is the first step for any new adult volunteer in a Pack or Troop, no matter what the position may be. The Fast Start training is short and should be taken as soon as possible after you have accepted a leadership position. The Fast Start program has been designed to provide an immediate comfort level for new leaders and enables them to say, 'I can do this!', but it should be soon followed by more comprehensive training.

This Is Scouting Training     available online    This Is Scouting picks up where Fast Start left off and introduces participants to the following areas of the Scouting program.  Mission, Vision, and Values.  Programs for All Ages and Abilities.  Scouting Is Fun! Scouting in the Community.  Protecting Our Youth.  Scouting’s Legacy.

Position Specific Training     available online     Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the scouting program, training for a specific Scouting position continues through Leader Specific training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training times vary. This training is classroom-led. Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants.

Outdoor Leader Skills     find scheduled courses here     Outdoor leader skills training is critical to the success of the Scouting program and in many cases required to take scouts camping.
  • BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout leaders is a one-day training event that introduces participants to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout, and it is required that at least one adult per pack complete BALOO training in order to apply for tour permits. BALOO training is usually offered twice per year by the council, typically February and September.
  • OWLS - Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills is for all Webelos leaders. This training course covers the skills & resources needed to teach the outdoor activity badges and helps to provide good & safe outdoor experiences. Completion of this training is required before a Webelos den can go on a campout. This training is usually offered twice per year by the council, typically February and September.
  • OLS - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide Boy Scout leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start and guide a program the right way. Completion of this course is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is normally a day and a half long and conducted on a weekend.
 
  SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING

There are many opportunities for volunteers to improve their skills and understanding of the Boy Scout program. Some are required before holding certain types of events.

  • Safe Swim Defense introduces BSA water safety policies. When taught in-person, takes about 20-30 minutes and participants receive a completion card good for 2 years. Swimming events require Safe Swim Defense trained leaders.  The training can be taken online.
  • Safety Afloat introduces BSA boating policies. In-person training takes about 20-30 minutes and participants receive a completion card good for 2 years. Water craft events required Safety Afloat trained leaders. The training can be taken online.
  • Climb On Safely lasts about 45 minutes and provides all the information you need to meet the minimum requirements for a climbing activity. This does not consist of any training or certifications in climbing, but provides the essential components of a safe outing.
  • CPR Certification is normally not offered through a BSA unit, but at least two currently CPR certified adults are required on many high adventure outings.
  • First Aid Certification is normally not offered through a BSA unit, but at least two currently first aid certified adults are required on many high adventure outings

FOLLOW-ON TRAINING SOURCES

Advanced training can be found There are several opportunities for volunteers to improve their skills and understanding of the Boy Scout program. Some are required before holding certain types of events.

  • Monthly RoundTable:     more information    A leaders' meeting held in each district where leaders find information about upcoming district and council events and learn ways to improve the program. Most Roundtables will cover material based on participants' interest. Leaders can learn a new skill or get advice on how to solve a problem. Participation at Roundtables is required for some leader square knot awards.
  • University of Scouting:     more information    The University of Scouting is a fun learning experience, and is the largest supplemental training course offered by the Northern Star Council to Scouting volunteers at all levels. Courses are offered for Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, Venturing Leaders, and District Committees.  University of Scouting will broaden understanding and knowledge of the Scouting program through course sessions on specific topics ranging from crafts, knots, advancement, technology and outdoor cooking.
  • Wood Badge:     more information    Advanced training in leadership and team development, bringing together all programs - Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. By pooling their ideas, sharing meaningful experiences, and learning from highly qualified instructors, participants will return to their home units with new skills and resources, greater confidence, and deeper dedication to deliver the values of Scouting. This training includes approximately six days of instruction that are often held as two 3-day weekend sessions, followed by working on the goals the participant sets for him or herself. Wood Badge is typically offered twice a year by the council.
  • Philmont Training Center is the national training center at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. The training center offers a wide selection of 6-day courses, covering all aspects of Scouting operations, and generally training those who will bring the program back to train the rest of their unit. Individuals are recommended by the district professional for training, however anyone interested in attending the Philmont Training should contact the district executive to express their interest.  For more information about the training center visit www.philmonttrainingcenter.org/. 
 
 
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