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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.orgExternal Link

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 or the Council Service Center at (914) 773-1135 x234.  Training department Fax: 914-449-9691

General Council Training and Leadership Development Information

Youth Leadership Training

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