Volunteer Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. The important scouting position you hold will be easier and more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver a quality scouting program every Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturer desires. Every youth member of Scouting deserves a Trained Leader.

The Heart of America Council provides training courses for every position in Scouting. The information below will help you find the courses you need for your current or future position, when they are scheduled, and contact information if you have questions about training courses offered in your area.

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Cub Scout Training Resources

Cub Scout Adult Leader Training

As a Cub Scout Leader, and a mentor for the youth in our community, you will find Scouting to be a fun and exciting program for you and your Scouts. The training program of the Boy Scouts of America will provide you with all the basic tools needed to be successful in your leadership position, along with continual opportunities to refine your skills as you become comfortable in delivering a quality Cub Scouting Program.

Cub Scout Leader Basic Training

The Cub Scout Leader Basic Training is designed to be "position specific."

  • Pack Trainer  - Find out more about the Pack Trainer Position.

Cub Scout Advanced and Supplemental Training Courses

Participating in supplemental and advanced training is an a great way to keep your basic leadership skills fined tuned and provides an opportunity to gather new ideas from other experienced Cub Scout Leaders.

Already know what you're looking for? Click below to locate training courses in your area. 

Council Map – Find your District

Training Schedule - Locate scheduled training courses

Training Chairs – Locate your District’s Training Chair for more information

Scouts, BSA Training Resources

Because every scout deserves a Trained leader.

New Leader Training/Position Specific – Just getting started in Boy Scouting? To begin your training to be a Boy Scout Adult Leader, begin with these courses that are developed, not only for the new leader, but also for the protection of the youth and to help you to understand the basics of Boy Scouting. These courses are required, along with the appropriate Position Specific training, to be considered completely Trained in your registered position.

Council OLS Training - Outdoor Leader Specifics Training provided by the Council Training Committee

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Council Map – Find your District

Training Schedule 

Training Chairs – Locate your District’s Training Chair for more information

Venturing Training Resources

Venturing Adult Leader Training

New Leader Training/Position Specific – Just getting started in Boy Scouting? To begin your training to be a Boy Scout Adult Leader, begin with these courses that are developed, not only for the new leader, but also for the protection of the youth and to help you to understand the basics of Boy Scouting. These courses are required, along with the appropriate Position Specific training, to be considered completely Trained in your registered position.

Council OLS Training - Outdoor Leader Specifics Training provided by the Council Training Committee

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

This training is for Second Year Webelos Leaders about to cross over into Boy Scouting, all Troop leaders who camp with youth, Venturing (depending on Crew's declared area of emphasis) and Varsity Leaders. It is required for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches, and Assistant Varsity Scout Coaches.

Shooting Sports Training

NRA Range Safety Officer Training:

BSA Shooting Sports requirements that there be one Range Safety Officer (RSO) on the line for any firearms shooting (Camp, private or approved range). This is the only course that is required to become an RSO. You must be 21 years old or older to attend this course.

Sessions are held multiple times throughout the year. We conduct two (2) types of Range Safety Officer Training's each type is conducted in the Spring and Fall.

First is a two-part course (Tuesday and Thursday nights). We will start at 6:00 p.m. each evening and wrap-up around 10:00 p.m. each evening. You must attend both evenings to complete Range Safety Officer Training. All two-part courses are held at Naish Scout Reservation.

Second is a one-day course We will start at 8:00 a.m. and wrap-up around 5 p.m. All one-day courses are held at the HOAC Office.

Range Safety Officer Training costs $45 and includes the cost of course materials only; no food is provided with this training. This course is required before you take any firearm specific Instructor Training.

Upcoming dates for 2019 are April 23 & 25, September 10 & 12, and December 7.

To sign up for this training go to Shooting Sports Trainings.

NRA Basic Firearms Training

Basic Firearm training is a prerequisite for any instructor certification and a means for achieving Scouting Merit Badge in the firearm discipline (rifle, shotgun). All scouts, venturers, sea scouts (age 14 and above) and adult Scouters can attend. Sessions are one day in length starting at 8:00 a.m. and complete around 5:00 p.m. Scouts completing the course will have also completed the merit badge and can have a blue card filled out for the troop advancement. Sessions currently are at Camp Naish.

Basic Firearm Training costs $25 and includes the cost of course materials and ammunition only; no food is provided with this training. This course is required before you take any firearm specific Instructor Training.

The dates for 2019 are as follows:

Rifle – August 17 and October 12

Shotgun – August 17

Pistol – October 12

Muzzleloading & Rifle – October 12

NRA Basic Instructor Training

The Basic Instructor Training is the first part of NRA certification for any firearm discipline (Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol & Muzzleloader), and needs to be only attending once within a year. Basic Sessions are held multiple times throughout the year. We conduct two (2) types of Basic Instructor Training, each type is conducted in the Spring and Fall.

First is a two-part course (Tuesday and Thursday nights). We will start at 6:00 p.m. each evening and wrap-up around 10:00 p.m. each evening. You must attend both evenings to complete Basic Instructor Trainings. All two-part courses are held at Naish Scout Reservation.

Second is a one-day course We will start at 8:00 a.m. and wrap-up around 5 p.m. All one-day courses are held at the HOAC Office.

Basic Instructor Training costs $20 and includes the cost of course materials only; no food is provided with this training. This course is required before you take any firearm specific Instructor Training.

Upcoming dates for 2019 are April 23 & 25, September 10th & 12th, and December 7th.

To sign up for this training go to Shooting Sports Trainings.

NRA Firearm-specific Instructor Training

Participants must have completed the Basic Instructor Training and the Basic Firearm Training for the firearm they wish to be an instructor in. Sessions are held one to two times a year in the following disciplines: Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, and Muzzle-loading. This training runs over the course of two days; all day Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Sunday morning/early afternoon from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. You must attend the full weekend to complete Instructor Training. All courses are held at Naish Scout Reservation. The course fee of $45 covers includes the cost of course materials only; no food is provided with this training.

Download the NRA Pre-Course Assessment/Questionnaire for Firearm-specific Instructor Training and complete it before arriving at your scheduled Instructor Training.

Muzzle Loading Qualification & Instructor Training – October 19 & 20

Pistol Qualification & Instructor Training -  October 19 & 20

Rifle Instructor Training - September 14 & 15

Shotgun Instructor Training – September 14 & 15

To sign up for this training go to Shooting Sports Trainings.

2019 National Camp School Pre-Qualification Training at Camp Naish

This 3-day course will include NRA Basic Instructor Training, Rifle Instructor, and Shotgun Instructor Training. You must attend all 3 days of this course.

The cost for this course is $125.00 and includes lodging (if needed) and all meals through lunch on Sunday, March 31st. Please click here to obtain the 2019 NCS form. Submit this form to Cheri Williams at Cheri.Williams@scouting.org to begin the registration process. 

For specific questions regarding this National Camp School Pre-course please contact Russ Lindsay at 913-269-0050 or RSLindsayJr@gmail.com.

 

Youth Members Training Resources

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 available online and also scheduled to be offered at the University of Scouting. Click the link above or contact your District Training Chairman or District Executive for the next scheduled Den Chief Training in your district.

NYLT (National Youth Leader Training):

An intensive, seven-day outdoor training experience for young men and women in support of the Unit Leader's responsibility for the training of troop youth leaders. The course is conducted by the Heart of America Council Training Committee using the Junior Leader Training Conference outline, approved by the Boy Scout Division of the Boy Scouts of America.

The purpose of NYLT is to give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the Unit program; to give participants a basic knowledge of the eleven skills of leadership and help them relate these skills to their Unit responsibilities; to give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with youth from other Units; to create an atmosphere where Scouts will experience Scouting at it's best; to enhance the relationship between his/her Unit Leader, and TO HAVE FUN!

Each conference participant must be either enrolled in a Venturing Crew or Boy Scout Troop and at least a First Class Scout, 13 years old and currently filling a leadership position in the troop or likely to assume one soon. They must also be proficient in basic Scouting skills.

The conference is intended to strengthen the relationship between the junior leader and the Unit Leader. The Unit Leader or one of his assistants is expected to attend the final day's leadership commitment conference, which is on the last evening of the course.

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If you have any questions regarding training issues that are specific to your District, please contact your District's Training Chair listed below.

DISTRICT NAME PHONE EMAIL
Big Muddy Richard Webb (816) 785-9203  
Blue Elk Bradley and Kimberly Eichstadt (816) 229-9139 beichst@gmail.com | kle9139@gmail.com
Frontier      
Golden Eagle Charlie Brown (816) 365-7290 training@goldeneaglekc.org
High Trail James Freeman (816) 524-1630 freeman@swansonmidgley.com
Iron Horse John Harding (913) 458-7464 jwharding89@gmail.com 
Kaw  Mike Henre (913) 416-8631 henre@att.net
Lone Bear John Harris (660) 864-5061 johnharris@embarqmail.com
Mormon Trail Dennis Johnson (913) 626-4700 dejohnson@powereng.com
Northern Lights Travis Kleoppel (816) 807-6997 travis.kleoppel@snapon.com
Pelathe Rick Heschmeyer (785) 841-8853 starlitpath2009@gmail.com
Pioneer Trails Craig Watz   cgwatz@gmail.com
Shawnee Trails Ron Cox (816) 935-9452 ron.cox@dalecarnegie.com
Spirit Trail Tim Collins (816) 718-8611 tcondor17@sbcglobal.net
Soaring Eagle Michael Schaefer   mschaefer619@gmail.com
Twin Rivers Brock Guernsey (913) 829-9286 brock.guernsey@gmail.com