OverviewCommon sense tells us that training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!
The Scout Leader training presentations are being revamped and many of the online courses are "under construction".
Youth Protection is not required to be considered trained in your position but it is strongly recommended for all leaders in Scouting. You can take the course online at https://my.scouting.org/ or by attending an in-person presentation for satisfying the YPT requirements for Texas state camps.
Fast Start Training
Fast Start Training is the first step for any new volunteer and is to be delivered immediately after a new leader registers and before he or she meets with any youth member.
More detailed information concerning Fast Start training is available here.
Basic Leader Training
The new Basic Leader Training comprises two partsThis is Scouting for all unit level leaders and Leader Specific Training, which is based on the leaders unit level position.
This Is Scouting provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training.
Leader Specific Training
These training courses include leader specific training for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders; an introduction to outdoor leader skills; and the new Wood Badge Course.
BALOO / Outdoor Leader Skills Training
BALOO and Outdoor Leader Skills Training are courses that cover camping and basic outdoor skills that leaders need to know. In order to run a Cub Scout camping activity, at least one BALOO-trained leader must be present.
Safe Swim Defense / Safety Afloat
In order to run any Scouting events around the water, swimming or boating, at least one leader trained in Safe Swim Defense and/or Safety Afloat (as appropriate) must be present. The training for these courses is now available online.
Guide to Safe Scouting
The Guide to Safe Scouting is a basic part of all training for leaders in Scouting. The Guide covers the basics about how to keep the youth in Scouting safe.
The Guide to Safe Scouting can beÂ accessed onlineÂ and you can save a copy to your local computer.
What does it mean to be a Trained Leader?
|Cub Scout Leaders are considered trained when they have completed Fast Start, This is Scouting, and the Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their position.|
|Pack Committee Members are considered trained when they have completed Fast Start, This is Scouting, and the Committee Specifics as their Leader Specific training.|
|Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed Fast Start, This is Scouting, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.|
|Troop Committee Members are considered trained when they have completed Fast Start, This is Scouting, and the Troop Committee Challenge as their Leader Specific training.|
|Varsity Scout Leaders and Assistants are considered trained when they have completed Fast Start, This is Scouting,, Varsity Scout Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.|
|Venture Crew Advisors, Assistant Advisors, and Crew Committee Members are considered trained when they have completed Fast Start, This is Scouting, and Venturing Leader Specific Training.|
If you have completed the requirements above for your position, you may wear the "Trained" insignia below your position patch on your uniform. Please refer to the Insignia Guide for proper placement.