Boy Scout Leaders - Required Training
Every Boy Scout deserves a trained leader.
Required training courses for Boy Scout leaders vary depending on your position. Training requirements are listed below. Scout leaders are also encouraged to take additional training courses to become familiar with the roles and responsibilites of each position in the troop.
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed each of the following courses:
1. Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
concentrates on troop operation and can be completed in one full day or three evenings. Currently this course is not offered online. Dates for upcoming courses are listed below.
Upcoming leader specific training courses for Scoutmasters & Assistant Scoutmasters:
2. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS)
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.
This overnight course is offered annualy by each district and at Camp Wilderness.
New in 2012!
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is now offered in a "self study" format. This option allows Scout leaders the flexibility to complete this important training course at thier own pace, under the direction of a trained Scoutmaster.
Upcoming Intro To Outdoor Leader Skills Training Events:
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are required to complete both courses, Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, to be considered trained.
Troop Committee Members
Troop Committee Members and Troop Committee Chairs are required to complete Troop Committee Challenge, an online training course that takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
Click here to access the BSA Online Learning Center and complete Troop Committee Challenge.