Boy Scout Leader Training

Whether you are a Troop Committee member, a Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster, we have training to get you up and running as fast as you need!

To be a “trained” Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster, registered leaders must complete three courses:

  • Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training,trained_emblem
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and
  • Youth Protection Training

Once completed, you are eligible to wear the “Trained” patch for your position.

Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training is designed to help the new Scoutmaster and his/her assistants understand their new leadership position.  Troop committee members are also encouraged to attend this one-day course to learn about the program they are supporting.  Click here to find out about upcoming courses, and to sign-up online.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is a hands-on program that gives adult leaders the practical skills to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. The skills taught will introduce the participants to the basic Scout outdoor skills from Webelos through the Boy Scout First Class rank.  This course is offered in a single weekend format in the fall, or a two-Saturday format in the spring.  Click here to see when you can take this exciting class, and to sign-up online.

Youth Protection Training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse.  It covers the BSA’s Youth Protection Guidelines, the Guide to Safe Scouting, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. It is required training for every leader before registration, and it must be renewed every two years. Click here to contact our Training Chair to find out when you can train all your troop’s leaders and parents.  Individuals can also take this training module online at MyScouting.org.

Fast Start Orientation Training is intended to be taken by troop leaders immediately following the acceptance of their new role.  This 45-minute training is available online at MyScouting.org.  It is designed to help new leaders understand the fundamentals of their specific program and to give insight into the various leadership roles of the people they will be working with.

This Is Scouting is a 45-minute online overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, youth protection, community involvement, and training.  It is especially recommended for leaders who are brand-new to Scouting, including merit badge counselors, unit commissioners, chartered organization representatives, and members of district and council boards and committees.

Troop Committee Challenge training has been developed to help troop committee members better understand their roles and responsibilities in support of the troop, Scoutmaster and Scouts.  This training is best when delivered to all of the troop committee at once. It should also include the Scoutmaster and, if possible, Assistant Scoutmasters. Click here to contact the VHC Training Chair to find out when you can train your entire troop committee!  Individuals can also take this training module online at MyScouting.org.

Wood Badge is the advanced leadership training program for all adult leaders in the BSA.  It is intended to increase leadership skills for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. Click here to find out about our course offerings.