Upcoming Training Opportunities
The Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) Training and BALOO Training will be Friday, April 16 - Saturday, April 17. IOLS is the hands-on portion of Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and teaches the practical skills needed to teach youth outdoor skills. BALOO Training is required for any Cub Scout Leader wanting to participate in a den or pack overnight. The BALOO portion of the training has an online prerequisite course that is required to complete online at my.scouting.org prior to attending the in person training.
All attendees must complete the Activity Screening Form and complete Part A & B of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record to attend. Participants are required to bring their own personal face covering and personal gear, please see the course information below for required packing list for the event.
Activity Screening Form
BSA Annual Health and Medical Record
Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader
Youth participate in Scouting because it's fun! Part of making it fun is making sure the adults in the program get the training to know how to operate the Scouting program in a fun, safe, and appropriate way. All leaders in the Kaw District, Heart of America Council, and throughout Scouting need to be trained to keep the program fun and interesting, and keep the youth coming back for more.
All adult leaders must take Youth Protection Training. It must be renewed every two years and can be easily done online! Since this training program is online, we recommend you ask all adults, leaders, parents, and other adults that interact with our youth take Youth Protection Training. Even if someone is not registered with the BSA, they can take this informative training.
After taking Youth Protection Training, and individual wishing to be registered with the BSA should complete their training appropriate for the position in which they are registering. Some of the Position Specific Trainings are available online at www.my.Scouting.org. Those courses not available online are offered periodically by the Kaw District Training Staff or by the Council Training Staff. On occasion the online courses may be offered by the Kaw District Training Staff.
Position Specific Training
These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing the course will make a Scouter "trained" for the role(s) covered in the course. Online versions of some courses may be found at www.my.Scouting.org.
Several programs exist to help train your Scouts BSA and Venturers how to be effective leaders in and out of Scouting! Some of these programs are done within the unit and some are offered at the district, council, and higher levels to build on what you teach at the unit level. Below are some of the common youth training programs that are most utilized by Scouting units. You can find a comprehensive list of youth training courses and syllabi by clicking here.
Unit Administered Youth Training
District & Council Administered Youth Training
Area, Regionally, & Nationally Administered Youth Training
*Must be approved by the Council Training Chair prior to running this program.
^Must be approved by the Council Scout Executive, if hosted by a single council or the group of Council Scout Executives, if hosted by multiple councils and the Area Training Chair.
Adult Advanced & Supplemental Training
Beyond your basic leader training, there are several training programs you can participate in to gain a better understanding of leadership and executing the Scouting program. We encourage every leader to take advantage of these additional opportunities to help improve the program for our youth!
Adult Training Awards
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles.