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Leadership Training

One of the keys to a successful Scouting experience for young people, second only to the selection of the right person for each responsibility, is trained volunteer leadership. Leadership training provides adult leaders with fundamental information about the aims and methods of the movement, as well as specifics about their particular roles in Scouting.

For this reason, the Northern Lights Council is committed to provide top quality training opportunities for leaders, parents and Scouts at the district and council levels. Through these efforts, the delivery of a better and quality Scouting program can be provided to our entire youth membership.

How to register on My.Scouting.org and become trained online:  How to register on 'My Scouting' for Training .pdf

Click the link below to find out more about required basic leader training courses for your position.  Training courses are also available for youth leaders, click the youth leadership link to find out more.

 

New Youth Protection Training

Every adult leader needs to complete the NEW Youth Protection Training this fall in order to renew their membership for 2019. Even if your Youth Protection Training was completed within the past two years, if you haven't completed the new training that came out this year, you will need to complete the new version.

To make that easier, we will be training instructors that will then be able to conduct the training locally. For more information, download the flyer below.

2018 Youth Protection Plan Flyer

 

 
Training News

'Trained' Leader Designation to Require Hazardous Weather Training


Effective April 30, new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be
considered position trained. And here is one story about why this is so important.

Imagine as a leader with a group of excited Scouts you arrive at a council camp for a camporee on a rainy Friday afternoon. Saturday morning is filled with the sounds of Scouts participating in the scheduled activities, only to have the weather turn blustery with sustained winds of about 30 mph and gusts up to 48 mph. The trees of the heavily forested area start swaying madly back and forth.

As a leader, what would you do? Would you continue with the camporee or evacuate the camp?

This was exactly the situation experienced earlier this year at Pacific Harbors Council’s Klondike Derby held at Camp Thunderbird. According to the National Weather Service, sustained winds of about 30 mph with gusts up to 48 mph were recorded near the camp between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. It soon became apparent to leaders that conditions had become unsafe and, around mid-morning, with input from the council representative and Camp Thunderbird’s ranger, leaders decided to evacuate the camp.

“We made sure that we followed the Boy Scout Guide to Safe Scouting and our hazardous weather training to ensure that all scouts and adults made it home safe,” said Barb Dyer, Klondike committee chairwoman. "It was the right decision to cancel Klondike. While it’s disappointing that the boys couldn’t have the fun-filled weekend that was planned, I’m eternally grateful that safety is first with the BSA.”

A good decision it was, as several large trees and branches dropped on or near Scout campsites during the storm. No injuries were reported, but it could have turned out differently. Rebecca Ledford, an adult leader with Troop 4100, shared a photo of her son’s tent, which had been impaled by a heavy fallen branch — right where his pillow was.On Sunday morning the “all clear” was given for scouts and leaders to return to retrieve their belongings and break down their campsites.

Hazardous Weather training is available around-the-clock in the BSA Learn Center by logging in to your account on My.Scouting.orgExternal Link. Below you can download the FAQ on the updated training requirements and a preliminary copy of the position trained requirements.

Hazardous Weather FAQ

Position Trained Requirements

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