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Note: The Trained icon signifies a training course that is required in order to wear the "Trained" patch on your uniform. This patch indicates that you are trained for your position in Scouting. See the Awards and Recognition page for more information about the requirements for this award.

Key Courses for Boy Scout Leaders

Youth Protection Trained
Explains BSA policies and precautions to protect youth from harm and protect adult volunteers from getting into potentially improper situations.
Effective June 1, 2010: All registered adults are required to take this training every 2 years. All new adults are required to take this training before registering as an adult.

Online version: MyScouting
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Scoutmaster Basic Training Trained
Training on how to operate the Scouting program, geared for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. Typically taught as a half-day course or two shorter sessions.

Outdoor Leader Skills Trained
Introduction to basic outdoor skills like knife and ax, cooking, and pioneering. Taught as a hands-on weekend campout. Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters must take this training in order to wear the "Trained" patch. Leaders of venturing crews with an outdoor program must take this course, too.

Troop Committee Challenge Trained
Training on how to operate the Scouting program, geared for Troop Committee members.

Online version: MyScouting

Merit Badge Counselor Training
A course designed to provide merit badge counselors with an understanding of the methods of counseling and their role in the Boy Scout advancement program.

Merit Badge University - Counselor Training/Orientation
This is a follow up to the MB counselor training course. The MBU training provides MBU counselor orientation.

Other Relevant Courses

Fast Start
A quick introduction to Scouting for all adult leaders.

Online version: MyScouting

This Is Scouting
An introduction to the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting.

Online version: MyScouting
This course will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete.

Wood Badge
BSA's core leadership skills training, designed to help every adult grow as a leader. The course is a six-day presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest in team-development theory. Wood Badge is relevant to leaders at all levels of the Scouting program.

Hazardous Weather
Planning and decision making regarding weather for a safe outing.
Effective January 1, 2009: To get a tour permit, at least one leader on the trip must have completed this training.

Online version: MyScouting

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat
Safe Swim Defense training covers the basic principles that units must follow to ensure that they're running a safe aquatics program. Swimming events require leaders who are trained in the eight points of Safe Swim Defense. Get trained, and if it's been awhile, take a refresher!

Safety Afloat training covers the basic principles that ensure that BSA boating activities are safe and successful. Boating activities require leaders who are trained in Safety Afloat.

Online version: MyScouting

A training opportunity designed to help Venturing leaders and Scouters safely conduct outdoor activities. This course is based on the Venturing Ranger requirements. Participants will have the option to participate in a variety of hands-on activities.

Leave No Trace
Hands-on training in the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT) and how to apply them. LNT camping is growing in popularity, and many camping areas now require you to use LNT methods. LNT has also been added to the Boy Scout advancement requirements. Take this training to become more familiar with LNT and gain valuable skills to share with your unit.

This training is for youth and adult leaders.

Wilderness First Aid
Certification in basic wilderness first aid. Learn first aid for backcountry situations where emergency medical services are not readily available.

This training is for adult and older youth leaders. Space is limited.

Philmont Training Center
Philmont Training Center (PTC) at Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional leaders. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC. Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. Invitation to these conferences is upon recommendation of the local council or a national committee.

Visit the Philmont Training Center Web site for a catalogue of available courses.

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