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  Upcoming Training Events
1: North Roundtables
10-12: National Youth Leader Training
11: BALOO Training
13: Council Roundtable
14: Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Training #2 of 2
17-19: National Youth Leader Training #2 of 2
25-26: Webelos Leader Outdoor Training
25-26: Boy Scout Leader Outdoor Skills Training
1-3: Leave No Trace Training
4: South Roundtables
6: North Roundtables
12: Court of Honor, Muscoot District
14: BALOO Training
16: Court of Honor, Manitoga District
20: EDGE Training
25-28: Powderhorn Training
See Council Calendar for further events

Because every boy deserves trained leaders

Every Scout deserves a trained leader. Are you fulfilling your promise to help deliver an outstanding Scouting experience to your Scouts?

Training for leaders is important. As a leader, training makes you knowledgeable and confident in the role you perform. The knowledge and confidence of a trained leader is quickly sensed by the youth you serve and  is a positive influence on their lives.

The leadership training philosophy of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide adult leaders with fundamental information about the aims and purposes of the movement, as well as specifics about their particular roles in Scouting. A trained leader is knowledgeable and confident in the role being performed.

 Did you know that trained leaders recharter 18 percent more youth than an untrained leader?

Adult leaders in Scouting need certain basic information in order to bring a quality program to Scouts. This information is needed as soon as possible after a leadership position is assumed. Leaders need to know the objectives and methods of Boy Scouting, and they need guidance on how to be effective leaders.

Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers. New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before they submit their application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.

Every new leader should be directed to take This is Scouting and the Fast Start Training for their position, even though they are not required, until they can take the Specific Training course for their position..  These basic training courses help you to understand your role and to learn the Aims and Mission of the Boy Scouts of America. To make the training easier, we now have these courses online at http://olc.scouting.org

The next step is to complete the specific course for your part in the Scouting movement. Cub leaders have a specific training to help them learn the details of the Cub program. Boy Scout leaders have a different course, and deal with an older Scout with different needs, and a different program. Venturing leaders or Committee members have their own course too.

Some positions require leaders to take an outdoor skills course to be fully trained.  See What Makes a Trained Leader.

Taking training once does not make you trained forever. When you change your position in Scouting, you need to take the specific training for your new position. As an example, you can't be a trained Scoutmaster if you have only taken Cub Scout training. Each training course helps you to understand the unique needs of your new position, and the Scouts that you will support. You can gain a lot from participating in specific training, even for Scouters that have been involved in our program for many years.

Your Scouts deserve the best leader you can be. Take the full training course for your position, and make your investment in Scouting count. If you have questions about training, please contact your District Training Chairman listed below or the Council Service Center at (914) 773-1135 x234.  Training department Fax: 914-449-9691


Guide to Leader Training
This new guide outlines the basic responsibilities for volunteer leader training committees and the methods of BSA volunteer training. To be sure that information is up-to-date, the guide does not include the forms and other resources that are more easily available, and more current, via Scouting.org. The training pages of Scouting.org will help you find the current resources, forms, and courses available—as well as the latest in BSA training.


Adult Training Awards
Recognition awards are available to leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements. These awards are presented by the local council. All of the awards require the completion of Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training for the position, Youth Protection training, and participation in roundtables or a Pow Wow or University of Scouting. Some require additional supplemental training. One or two years of registered service in the appropriate position is a requirement for each award, and tenure used for one award may not be used for another.

Details on Adult Training Awards


Basic Leader Training Course Requirements
as of January 2012

Courses for Cub Scout Leader Training
Required Cub Scout Leader Basic Training

Courses for Boy Scout Leader Training
Required Boy Scout Leader Basic Training

For Boy Scout Troop Committees, the following training is online:

Courses for Varsity Leader Training


Courses for Venture Leader Training
Required Venture Leader Basic Training

Supplemental Training

Cub Scout Leaders

Boy Scout Leaders

Venture Leaders


Westchester/Putnam Council Training Courses
The following courses are offered by Westchester-Putnam Council:

Training for Youth

Cub Scout and Webelos Leader Training

Boy Scout Leader Training

Venture Leader Training

Advanced Leader Training




What Makes a Trained Leader   
Adult leaders in units are considered trained, and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem, once they have completed the basic training requirements outlined here:


Fast Start Training
Fast Start is a short, video-based training program designed to provide specific information related to a leader's volunteer position. A viewer guide is used with the video to enhance learning and provide an additional resource that stays with the leader. Fast start training should take place within forty-eight hours of the time a new leader accepts the position. Most units have Fast Start videos that can be loaned to new leaders. Additional viewer guides may be purchased from the Scout Shop. The unit training coordinator or district training committee staff can assist with this training. If your unit does not have a copy of the Fast Start video, please contact the Council office for assistance.

Online Fast Start Training

Cub Scout Fast Start Training Guide

Fast Start is a beginning. Sometime soon you will want to participate in Basic Leader Training to gain additional information that will support you throughout the year. And, for a wealth of theme related material, be sure to check out your district's monthly leader roundtable.


LDS Den Leader Training
Intended to be conducted as an instructor-led face-to-face training, this new syllabus for LDS den leaders is a hands-on course designed around the seven parts of a den meeting. When combined with Youth Protection training, this course satisfies the basic leader training requirements and entitles the graduate to wear the Trained leader patch.



Troop Committee Training
The Troop Committee Challenge - Boy Scout Troop Committee Training, No. 33643, is a course for members of the troop committee. If a committee member later registers as a Scoutmaster or as an Assistant Scoutmaster (or desires to be actively involved in troop meetings and activities), the individual will need to take Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. The Troop Committee Challenge is designed to help troop committee members better understand their roles and responsibilities through interactive learning.

Troop Committee Challenge


Venture Leadership Training
This course is designed to provide all youth and adult leaders with a series of simple but effective training opportunities that will meet the varying needs of Venturing leaders. All sessions are flexible so that the council training team can construct the best plan to meet local conditions. The plan requires a minimum of equipment and materials and is scripted to support those instructors with limited Venturing experience.  Offered at http://olc.scouting.org


Safe Swim and Safety Afloat
Safe Swim and Safety Afloat training offered by National.


Cub Scout Leader Roundtable
Roundtables are conducted monthly on the district level by the District Cub Roundtable Commissioner and Staff for the purpose of giving adult leaders the skills and ideas they need to deliver an exciting Cub Scout program to boys. The Roundtable serves also to renew each leader's enthusiasm and dedication. The subject of each roundtable is selected to emphasize important aspects of Cub Scouting and follows the annual Pack Planning Calendar and Cub Scout and Webelos Scout Program Guides.

See the calendar on the right side of this page for upcoming Roundtables for each district.


Training Recertification
Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up to date with current information and methods means some of the BSA's training courses need to be retaken every couple of years.
We all know about Youth Protection training and National Camping School, but there are some others—including some that have recently been added to the list.

Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid:
■Youth Protection—every two years

■National Camping School—good for five camping seasons

■Safe Swim Defense—every two years

■Paddle Craft Safety—every three years

■Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue—every three years

■BSA Lifeguard—every three years

■Visitation training—every two years

■Lead Climbing Instructor—every five years

■Climbing 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

■Physical Wellness—every two years

■Climb On Safely—every two years

■Trek Safely—every two years



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