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"Every Scout deserves a trained leader"
One of the keys to a successful Scouting experience for young people, second only to the selection of the right person for each responsibility, is trained volunteer leadership. Leadership training provides adult leaders with fundamental information about the aims and methods of the movement, as well as specifics about their particular roles in Scouting. Whether you are a new leader or an experienced leader, there is a training program for you! You might be wondering where to start, or what to do! Training is a continuous process throughout your scouting career. Young and old, new to scouting or experienced in scouting, there is always training for you - call your district training team to find out more!
Why do I need that training?
Everyone requires training for anything that is to be done well. Unit leaders are trained so that young people receive a worthwhile experience full of fun and adventure. How effectively the Boy Scouts of America can influence the lives of young people depends to a large extent on their leaders' abilities and understanding of the aims, principles and techniques of their various jobs within Scouting. It has also become mandatory for all leaders to be trained for units to be re-chartered as of 2011; making training a cornerstone of success for any unit in scouting.
What training do I need?
This chart will tell you the required and recommended training courses for your leadership position in Cub Scouting,Boy Scouting, Venturing, Varsity and Sea Scouting. Please note that “This is Scouting” (now online at myscouting.org) has taken the place of New Leader Essentials as noted on this chart. If you have already taken New Leader Essentials in the past, you have completed that component of your training plan. All Leaders will have “This is Scouting” (or NLE), Youth Protection (Not older than 2 years) and the fast start for their specific position completed for every scout year they are registered leaders (**all Online Courses**). Training continues along the scouting trail from position to position and it is recommended that leaders work to stay 1.5 years ahead of their current position to be able to fully maximize training for their Scout’s overall experience; that includes intermediate and advanced training.
Update Your Individual and Unit Scouting records ASAP!
Let the District know what you have accomplished as a leader by downloading and filling out a Scouting Resume for registered adults. When completed send resume and supporting documents scanned into a PDF to Nils Erickson at email@example.com. These documents will then be QC’d and submitted to the HOAC Service Center Representative to upload into the Council Databases for the individual Scouter’s record and the Unit’s Trained Status.
Training Courses Requiring Recertification
Most BSA training courses do not require recertification with the obvious exception for Youth Protection Training (YPT) which is required every two years. Some courses can be required to be re-trained by Course and Camp Directors at their discretion at anytime for the safety of security of the Scouts and Scouters attending. Please be sure to consult Course and Camp Directors and or District Executives to ensure your unit has taken the requisite classes before any trip, trek or Unit high adventure outing.
The following is a list of courses requiring recertification and the timeframe for each:
- Trainer’s EDGE – Three years
- Paddle Craft Safety – Three years
- Swimming and Water Rescue – Two years
- Safety Afloat – Two years
- Chain Saw Safety – Two years
Note: National Camping School certification is good for five camping seasons.
On-Line Training Opportunities Anytime (Also Called Supplemental Training) - with your BSA ID number (from your membership card, or see your unit leaders), log into the e-learning website, take these on-line courses. Your successful completion of these courses goes directly into your BSA Scoutnet records. If you have leaders who do not have access to the internet; these courses can be conducted in a classroom setting by a unit or an individual. Email the District Training Chair, Nils Erickson, for more information.
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College of Cub Scouting Courses
- Den Leader Specific TRG (Tiger/Wolf/Bear/WEB I&II)
- Pack Committee Leader Specific TRG (Cubmaster, Committee Members, COR)
- Outdoor Leader Skills for WEBELOS Leaders Course (Previously known as WLOE, OWLS, OLSW) (Conducted Bi-Annually usually in conjunction with an IOLS-Leaders who attend will be credited for IOLS when taking OLS4WL)
- WEBELOS to 1st Class Transition Course (Also known as Arrow of Light and Beyond-Offered Yearly at a roundtable, during any IOLS&OLS4WL and by request from Pack’s)
- Pack Trainer Development Conference-Unit Training Coordinator Course (Conducted Bi-Annually or as needed to fill unit trainers slots and or the District TRG TM)
- Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
College of Boy Scouting Courses
- Scoutmaster/Asst.Scoutmaster Position Specific Training (Three two hour blocks of instruction done in one day or over two days as time requires)
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Course (Required for SM/ASM to be fully trained- Open to Youth who hold Life or higher rank and or are at-least 16Y/O and have been identified as a possible candidate for ASM when aging out **parent or Guardian must attend with Youth**) (2 to 3 day course done over a weekend-preferred to be conducted in conjunction with SM/ASM TRG and OLS4WL)
- Merit Badge Counselor Training (Conducted during Roundtable on highlighted months-see KDTT Training Calendar )
- First Class to Eagle Course (Conducted by request for Individual Units as needed)
- Troop Trainer Development Conference-Unit Training Coordinator (Conducted Bi-Annually or as needed to fill unit trainers slots and or the District TRG TM)
College of Venturing, Varsity and Sea Scouting
- Venturing Leader Specific Training (Conducted Bi-Annually)
- Varsity Leader Specific TRG (Conducted Annually)
- Powderhorn (conducted every other year by Council)
- Intro to Kodiak (Conducted as needed by Crews/Teams-Contact Council Venturing Director)
- Intro to Kodiak X (Conducted as requested to support Individual Crews/Teams Kodiak Courses-Contact Council Venturing Director)
YOUTH MEMBERS TRAINING
DEN CHIEF TRAINING:
The duties of all Den Chiefs are:
- Know the purposes of Cub Scouting
- Help Cub Scouts achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.
- Be the activities assistant in den meetings
- Set a good example by attitude and uniforming.
- Take part in weekly den meetings.
- Assist the den in its part of the monthly pack meeting program.
- Be a friend to the boys in the den.
- Know the importance of the monthly theme.
- Meet as needed with the adult members of the den, pack and troop.
Den Chief Training is normally scheduled to be offered at the University of Scouting Annually. The District will also conduct a course annually. Any Boy Scout that has reached the rank of First Class, and or any Venturing Crew or Team member can seek to become a Den Chief after they have been given permission by the units Scoutmaster/Venturing Leader or Team Coach. How pack’s request Den Chiefs is at the discretion of the individual Cubmaster in coordination with the individual Scoutmaster/Venturing Leader/Team Coach of the Den Chief’s unit.
COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience)
A COPE Course is a custom built challenge course or ropes course designed to meet the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Project C.O.P.E. installation and operation procedures. COPE Programs are based on attaining seven goals outlined by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
The seven C.O.P.E. goals are summarized as:
Teamwork is the key that allows a group to navigate a C.O.P.E. challenge course successfully. The C.O.P.E. challenge ropes course experience makes it clear that each individual can accomplish more as a member of a team than by going it alone.
A C.O.P.E. challenge course encourage in the moment active learning of critical listening and discussion skills important for any group, troop or individual attempting to accomplish a difficult task.
Participants completing difficult tasks on a C.O.P.E. challenge course develop trust in the C.O.P.E. staff members, their fellow troop members and themselves.
Team members attempting to solve problems on a cope course have abundant opportunities to develop and exercise leadership skills in small and large groups.
Project C.O.P.E. requires groups and troops to make decisions by developing one or more solutions to a the specific obstacle, problem, or initiative. Teams must consider all the available resources and alternatives, and evaluate the probable results before moving forward.
Project C.O.P.E. challenges groups and individual to develop solutions to interesting problems. Participants must step outside of the box and frequently use creative ideas. Participants can then test their solutions and evaluate the results.
Meeting the challenges of a C.O.P.E. challenge course allows individuals and groups to develop self-esteem and encourages them to set challenging yet attainable goals.
Cope course programming on a challenge course, rope course or team course emphasizes learning by doing. When we work with scouting associations, scout troops, scout camps, scouts and scouters on the design, installation, inspection and training of C.O.P.E. challenge courses, ropes courses and/or climbing towers we emphasize the need for a design that will accommodate all ages, sizes, shapes, and physical abilities. Our C.O.P.E challenge course options include innovative initiative elements, climbing towers vertical climbing elements and low and high ropes course challenges.
TLT (Troop Leader Training - Local unit)
TLT is a troop-level “how to” for all troop leaders and new Scouts. TLT teaches Scouts how to Be a leader, what he needs to Know to perform his responsibility, and how to Do it well. TLT’s Training Objectives are to introduce the Scout to his new leadership role and The expectations of that role. To explain the role of all troop leadership positions. To equip the Scout with vision and skills to be an effective troop leader. Scouts will benefit from TLT acquiring the knowledge and confidence in knowing his responsibilities as well as understanding the troop structure. TLT Helps the unit by enabling the youth led troop structure. It gives the Scout the confidence to perform his responsibilities well. It fosters good communication between the youth and the Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader. Any age Boy Scout—including new Scouts—should attend this training. The material is for all ranks and positions. TLT is primarily done by the Scoutmaster and the senior patrol leader. May request help from the assistant Scoutmaster or others. TLT can be conducted at any location, and can be done in three one hour modules and or one-three hour session.
NAYLE is a national level, week long “extreme leadership” training in a wilderness setting. It uses Philmont Ranger training to reinforce NYLT skills. The training objectives of NAYLE are to help Scouts expand upon team building and ethical decision making skills learned in NYLT. NAYLE also teaches leadership, teamwork, and the lessons of selfless service. NAYLE Benefits scouts by creating leadership skills, intuitive decision making and reinforces all NYLT skills while reinforcing the concept of service before self. NAYLE helps the local units when the Scouts come home brimming with enthusiasm for the best in service-based leadership to their team, whatever that team may be. Age 14+, with previous NYLT experience is required for attendance and any troop leader can attend. NAYLE is a Youth-led course with youth staff plus a few adult support staff. NAYLE is conducted at Philmont’s Rocky Mountain Scout Ranch (underneath the Tooth of Time) over an entire week and is offered numerous time’s over each summer session at Philmont. NAYLE will give any Scouts attending a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.