Scout Leader
Training






The Boy Scouts of America provides wants all of its leaders to be fully trained so that they can help the boys to the best of their abilities. We encourage all leaders to take advantage of these opportunities to magnify their calling. Below outlines the different kind of training courses available.

Once a leader has completed basic training, he or she may wear the "Trained" patch on the left sleeve of the uniform, just below the position patch of the older uniform, or on the pocket flap on the left arm of the newer uniform. Officially, the red Trained patch has is for Cub Scout leaders, while the green Trained patch is for Boy Scout leaders as part of the Centennial Uniform.

After completing basic training, there are additional advanced courses available. These are optional and usually have a fee, but they are excellent resources. Roundtable is a great place to get ideas for the coming month,

Trapper Trails Council has also developed its own Training patch. It is a six segment patch; there is a separate segment for each of the four areas of basic training, an alternate "Trained" patch, as well as one for Woodbadge, which is the "crowning achievement in training." These segments are available at the Council Office for purchase provided you have completed the area of training it represents. They are completely optional, and are not valid in any other Council. A diagram explaining how and where to wear them is available here.

 

 



























Here are detailed checklists to getting trained that you can download and print.

Wolf Den Leaders Bear Den Leaders Webelos Den Leaders Cubmasters 11-Year-Old Leaders

 


 

Types of Training Available


Fast Start - Basically a quick crash course in how your particular program happens to work, as well as as a run-through of your basic duties.

Youth Protection - This course helps to keep abuse out of your unit and teaches skills to avoid situations that can get out of hand. This must be done every 2 years, and must be completed before a leader can be registered.

This is Scouting - Teaches about how BSA operates, and a little history about the program.

Leader Specific - Goes into detail about all of the particular duties that you will have in your position and how to do it best.

OWL - Outdoor skills for Webelos Leaders teaches basic things that the leaders of boys who are starting to camp need to know.

BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation teaches all Cub leaders some basics about nature and survival skills that a Cub Scout can learn.

Roundtable - A monthly meeting where they hand out awards to the leaders and give ideas for things to do with the boys in the upcoming month

Baden-Powell University - This new mega training combines three training sessions (Pow-wow, Outdoor Training, Boy Scout Leader Training) into one big day. Attendees have the option of earning a degree in one of these three areas or getting a general degree.

Silverwolf - Advanced training for Cub Scout Leaders that puts you in the boys' shoes for two days. This has been replaced by Akela's Council.

Akela's Council - Replaces Silverwolf. Held once a year.

Woodbadge - Advanced training for Scout Leaders that teaches things such as conflict resolution, listening skills, group management, and how to be a better leader.

Powderhorn - Advanced training for Venturing Leaders that includes SCUBA, hiking, rappelling, mountain climbing, kayaking, and more.
 

 

Basic Training

Type When Available Where
Fast Start Always Available online here
Youth Protection Always Available online here.
This must be completed once every 2 years
This is Scouting Always Available online here.
Leader Specific Always online;
every couple of months in person
Available online here.
In person training dates/times here.
OWL (Webelos Leaders Only) Usually twice a year, Sat. morn 8-12
Held in conjunction with OLS & BALOO
Location Varies. See current information or visit the Council site here.

 

Advanced Training

Type When Available Where
Akela's Council Once a year
Friday morning to Saturday Evening
Location Varies. See current information or visit the Council site here.
BALOO, Outdoor Leadership Skills Usually twice a year
OLS: Fri-Sat, BALOO Sat morn
Location Varies. See current information or visit the Council site here.
Woodbadge Several times a year
6 days (Th, Fri, and Sat for 2 weeks)
Location Varies. See current information or visit the Council site here.
Powderhorn Once or twice a year
6 days (Th, Fri, and Sat for 2 weeks)
Location Varies. See current information or visit the Council site here.
Baden-Powell University (f.k.a. Pow-wow) Annually in the Fall
Saturday, usually 8-4 PM
Location Varies. See current information or visit the Council site here.
Roundtable Monthly at 7:00 PM, 1st Thursday South Point Ward Building (Usually held at the Council bowery office during Summer)