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Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!

Leaders are trained so that young people receive a worthwhile experience full of fun and adventure -- and trained leaders have more fun!

Training is offered for Scouting leaders and parents in many ways, at the Unit and Service Area level, through the Potawatomi Area Council and from the National BSA.

Leader Basic Training

Youth Protection Training (Step 1)

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members.

Youth Protection Training is required for all volunteers prior to registration and must be taken every two years.

To take Youth Protection Training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account. From the My.Scouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, you may print

Leader Position-Specific Training (Step 2)

Leader-Position Specific Training courses give you the job-related information you need -- a Trained Leader not only gives the boys a better program, but you'll have a better time! Leader Position-Specific Training, covers each program area (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing) and each job within each Unit: Cubmasters and Den Leaders (and Assistants) of Cub Scout Packs, Scoutmasters (and Assistants) of Boy Scout Troops, Coaches and Leaders of Varsity Teams, Crew Leaders of Venturing Crews, and Committee Members for all units.

For Cub Scouting, all is available in live classes listed on the Council Calendar  and also through My.Scouting.org.

For Boy Scouting and Venturing, Troop Committee Leader Position-Specific Training is online (called "Troop Committee Challenge"), but other leaders of Boy Scout Troops (Scoutmasters and Assistants) and Venturing Crews (Advisors and Assistants) must attend an in-person, live Leader Position-Specific Training for Scoutmasters, including, for Boy Scout Troops, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (that is also required for Venturing Crews that camp). See the Council Calendar for these “Troop Leader” and "Outdoor Boy Scout" training options.

For any role, live training is better than on line training, because your computer will probably not answer your questions.

Required Training for Camping Activities:

Pack, Troop and Crew Leaders who have completed the trainings noted above can wear the "Trained" strip on their uniform with the applicable leader patch for which they have been trained.

At least one leader on a campout (and it need not be one who wears the "trained" strip) will need to have a current Weather Hazards training through My.Scouting.org.

Plus, for Cub Scout camping, at least one attending Cub Scout Leader must take Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation or BALOO, which is a live course (see the Council Calendar for these "Outdoor Cub Scout" training options).

Supplemental Training:

Supplemental training includes a variety of live and on-line courses that may be conducted on a district, council, regional or national level -- or training to benefit those who may have ancillary roles with Scouting Units. The supplemental training courses are designed to give leaders additional information on specific areas of Scouting. Many topics touched in basic training are covered in much greater detail during the supplemental training courses. Here are some examples of supplemental training:

  • Roundtables in your District bring leaders together to get information and share ideas.

  • This Is Scouting is an overview of the Scouting Program for everyone found at My.Scouting.org.

  • Weather Hazards, Safe Swim, Safe Boating, Climb on Safely and Trek Safely training, and other supplemental training for specific activities are also found at My.Scouting.org.

  • University of Scouting is terrific. This is an excellent program even for those who are not Unit Leaders or Committee Members, because it will cover things that unit helpers handle, like banquets, derbies, and other events, unit help roles, plus outdoor skills to allow parents to stay a bit ahead of their Scouts!

  • Chartered Organization Representative Training -- so that your Chartering Organization knows what is expected of them and how they can support your Unit and Scouts

  • Wilderness 1st Aid training, which is necessary for High Adventure treks (see the Council Calendar)

  • Commissioner Resources, including a College of Commissioner Science (“Commissioners” help units succeed)

  • Certification Trainings for BB and Archery events are offered, along with Climbing and COPE training (see the Council Calendar)

  • Supplemental On Line Training Modules at My.Scouting.org and elsewhere on scouting.org for a variety of skills and leadership tasks (including Mentoring, Chain Saw Safety, Safe Scout Outings, and Bullying Prevention)

  • Resources for events, like Cub Scout Day Camps

  • and many more (browse the Council Calendar for Training Classes

Advanced Training:

Wood Badge is an intensive and fun course that will form lifelong friendships with your fellow leaders, all designed to develop leadership skills and promote a deeper, more dedicated involvement in Scouting. Specific course information can be found at Wood Badge.

Youth Training:

Leadership Training is not just for adults. Because a Troop is a “Boy Run” organization (and a Venturing Crew is a “Youth Run” organization), the Scouts need training on leadership. In addition to training and guidance from Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, Troops can conduct Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) and the Atlanta Area Council offers Youth Leader Training Options for Boy Scouts such as NYLT, a six day course is intended for senior patrol leaders, patrol leaders, and other youth leaders. It is conducted by the council in a camping situation. See NYLT Overview and NYLT Details for more information. Click here for more information on specific trainings for youth leaders.


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