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Training Records

Did you know that now EACH UNIT can update and fix training records for members of their unit? Each unit (as well as all distrcts and the council) have an objective for trained leadership on their Journey to Excellence scorecards.

Now the Key-3 leaders from each unit can see and correct the training records for their unit. If you are registered as the Unit Leader, Committee Chair or Chartered Organization Representative then you already have access.

As of 8/1/2014!!! The Unit Key-3 can grant access to a ‘Delegate’, someone from the unit that is in charge of training records. See this document for the details.

Go to (NOTE: NOT, although they use the same username and password) and log in. Select your unit from the ‘Toolkit List’ (You will see every unit that you are registered in, if registered in multiple units). Next select ‘Training Manager’ and download a ‘Trained Leader Report’ showing all leaders and either their trained status or a list of missing/incomplete training. If training was taken, but not showing, simply select ‘Add Training’ to record the missing course or courses.

Please review your report quarterly, as you review your Journey to Excellence results and keep the information up to date.

What Makes a Trained Leader

Adult leaders in units are consdered trained, and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem, once they have completed Youth Protection Training and the training courses outlined below, or have completed Youth Protection Training and a previous basic training course when it was current.

Youth Protection Training* is a joining requirement for ALL registered adults and must be retaken every two years.

Leader-Specific (by position)

Leader-Specific (by position)**
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills***

All adults in Crews: Venturing Leader Specific

* E-Learning page at
** Troop Committee Challenge is the position
for troop committee members
***Not required for committee positions
+ Chartered Organization Representatives
take “this is Scouting*”, and Chartered
Organization Representative Training

Training Recertification
Below is a list of courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid:
- Youth Protection – Every two years
- Safe Swim Defense – Every two years
- Paddle Craft Safety -Every three years
- BSA Lifeguard – Every three years
- Climbing Lead Instructor – Every two years
- COPE/Climbing Inspector – Every two years
- Safety Afloat – Every two years
- Chain Saw Safety – Every two years
- Trainer’s EDGE – Every three years
- Hazardous Weather – Every two years
- Climb On Safely – Every two years
- Trek Safely – Every two years

By the way, you are encouraged to take the most current training courses for your Scouting position even if there is no expiratin, or even if you are considered “trained” as a result of taking an older course. It is always better for our Scouts when their leaders stay up to date!

New Leaders Essentials

The Boy Scouts of America has announced that “This is Scouting” has replaced “New Leader Essentials!”

You can take “This is Scouting” Online! Reserve about 45 minutes for this course!

Join to gain access to Learning Center. After you have completed the regsitration process, Select “This is Scouting” or any other course.

If you already have an account simple log in. If you are a new user, create an account. You will need your BSA membership ID card to create your account.

Benefits of New Leader Essentials

  1. Assistance in implementing the full Scouting program with chartered organizations.
  2. A better understanding of the advantages of encouraging youth and adult volunteers to move through the traditional program as their youth mature.
  3. An awareness of the different aspects of the Scouting program, which may result in leaders taking advantage of those programs for a child in a different age group.

Leader Specific Training

Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the BSA’s values-based program, he or she can begin training for a specific Scouting position through Leader Specific training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies. Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:

  • Tiger Cub den leaders
  • Cub Scout den leaders
  • Webelos den leaders
  • Cubmasters
  • Pack committee members
  • Scoutmasters
  • Troop committee members
  • Venturing committee members
  • Venturing Advisors

Baloo (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

BALOO Training is the “Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation” course for Cub Scout Camping. It is an entry level course to the outdoors and health and safety in the Boy Scouts of America. For a pack to go camping, one adult who is BALOO trained must be listed on the tour permit, and attend the camp program. Any adult who is involved with pack activities is encouraged to participate. The more trained adults your unit has, the better your camp program.

BALOO is a 7 hour indoor and outdoor training which helps with understanding the BSA progressive camping program, guidelines established by the National and Council office, plus helps us understand the value of the outdoor program. This training is offered to any registered adult but at least one adult per pack MUST attend this outdoor training for your unit to go pack camping.

OWL (Outdoor Webelos Leader)

The hands-on skills taught are those needed to work with Webelos Scouts. Emphasis is on information needed to teach the outdoor related activity badges

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

For Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters, this training is divided into four parts. The first three parts concentrate on troop operation and can be completed in one full day or three evenings. The fourth part, which focuses on outdoor skills, lasts approximately a day and a half, depending on the skill level of the new leader. The leader is considered trained upon completion of New Leader Essentials, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Troop Committee Members

For troop committee members, Leader Specific training includes the Troop Committee Challenge. By following the Troop Committee Training Syllabus, participants can complete the challenge in three hours, after which they are considered trained.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders because it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

The course is a day and a half long, but a leader can move at an accelerated pace by demonstrating mastery of a specific skill. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than on attending the course.

(a) Junior Leader Training-Leaders Retreat

Venturing Leader Specific Training

Developed for Venturing Advisors, assistant Advisors, and crew committee members, this training incorporates Venturing’s current adult leader training. New Leader Essentials and Venturing Leader Specific Training can be completed in one day, after which the leader is considered to be trained.

(a) Kodiak

(b) Powderhorn

(c) Officers Retreat


Wood Badge has evolved into the core leadership skills training course for the BSA. The new Wood Badge course focuses on strengthening every volunteer’s ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults and is less focused on outdoor skills, which are more effectively addressed in other courses.

Safe Swim Defense – Online Learning Center

Safety Afloat Training – Online Learning Center

Climb On Safely Online – Online Learning Center

Youth Protection Training – Online Learning Center

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