Training

Adult Leader Training

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.

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 re-registered.

You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training.

What makes a Trained Leader

A leader in Scouting is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the training courses for their position.

Position-Trained Requirements

Cub Scout
Cubmaster/Den Leader/Committee Chair

Boy Scout/Varsity
Scoutmaster/Merit Badge Counselor/Committee Chair

Venturing
Crew Adviser/Committee Chair/BoR

Exploring
Adviser/Committee Chair/Service Team Member

Sea Scouting
Leader

Commissioner (1)
Area/Unit/Council

Commissioner(2)
District/Roundtable

Chartered Organization
Representative

Chaplain
Chaplain

Cub Scouts

This course provides Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout Pack.

This course (or the online training at My.Scouting.org) is required to be trained as a Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster. The in-person classroom training.,with the added dimension of interaction with instructors and other Cubmasters. makes taking in-person training so much more valuable.

Participants may want to obtain a copy of the Cub Scouts Leader Handbook  which is available at the local scout shop.

So You’re a New Cubmaster 
New Cubmaster Guide

Cubmaster Resources

Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training has been developed to give you, a new leader, the knowledge and skills, as well as generate the enthusiasm, that you’ll need to be successful. It is made up of three parts: an intoduction to Scouting and the Cub Scout Pack, a module on how Cub Scouts have fun in the pack and den, and training for your specific Cub Scout position.

Den Leader and Assitant Den Leader Specific Training Objectives:

  • To discuss the purposes of the Cub Scout Program
  • To learn what a Wolf/Bear Cub Scout den leader does
  • To plan and conduct a Wolf/Bear Cub Scout den meeting
  • To Learn about Wolf/Bear Cub Scout advancement and record keeping
  • To discuss Wolf/Bear Cub Scout behavior issues
  • To have fun with Wolf/Bear Cub Scouts

We all learn differently, and the Cub Scout training is designed to deliver the learning content in the style that works best for you—either online or instructor led.

Basic Leader Training Requirements

Per the “What makes a trained leader?” flyer (11/11/2014) and the Trained Leader Requirements table (c. June 2015) and the my.Scouting™ E-Learning Training Center (11/05/2015) basic leader training requirements for the members of a Pack Committee are:

  • Y01 Youth Protection Training (current certificate of completion which is good for two years) and
  • C60 Pack Committee Challenge (instructor-led) or Pack Committee Position Specific Training (online)

In addition the Pack Trainer is required to take:

  • D70 Fundamentals of Training (instructor-led)

Fundamentals of Training, also known as Train-the-Trainer (Fundamentals), is the first part of a Train the Trainer curriculum which was apparently released in late 2012 or early 2013. At this time it appears to be only available as a local instructor-led class. More: The Commissioner news web page (January 2013).

Supplemental Training.

After basic position training available training paths include the Scouter’s Training Award for Cub Scouting (PDF, 511-057, 2012 printing) and for the Pack Trainer more “Train the Trainer” training.

The Pack Trainer Award (PDF, 2006 printing) was superseded in 2011 by the Scouter’s Training Award for Cub Scouting (PDF, 511-057, 2012 printing) per the Awards and Knots article in the Training Times, Fall 2011 (web page, November 2011.)

You may also want to complete one or more health and safety training courses and outdoor activity courses to support unit activities and tours. For example:

  • Online courses: Physical WellnessSafe Swim Defense,  Safety Afloat,  Weather Hazards
  • Instructor-led courses: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO), Outdoor Webelos Leader Training (OWLT)

Adult leaders who are committed to supporting the Scouting program are also encouraged to completeWood Badge for the 21st Century. BSA® recommends that new leaders attend Wood Badge within your first year as a leader. Attending Wood Badge early allows you to make the most of this training.

This course is for new (or seasoned) Cub Scout Leaders and parents, eager to have a successful camping outing. It is a one or a one-and-a half day training event, presented by the council or a district.

This course introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. The Boy Scouts of America’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.

Topics include:

  • Aims and Purposes, Health and Safety,
  • Planning
  • Equipment, Campfire Planning and a Camp Fire Demonstration
  • Round Robin sessions on:
    • Stoves, Lanterns, and Fire Safety
    • First Aid and Sanitation
    • Nature Hikes and Games
    • Cub Scout Cooking

Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.

Related training: Hazardous Weather training (required for all tours) is available via the Leader Training link at https://my.scouting.org (after login).

Boy Scouts

This course is a new Scoutmaster’s and Assistant Scoutmaster’s introduction to the Boy Scouts of America and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful troop leadership experience. Course topics include:

  • The Role of the Scoutmaster
  • Troop Organization
  • Troop Meetings
  • Working with Boy Leaders
  • The Patrol Method
  • The Patrol Leaders’ Council
  • The Outdoor Program
  • The Advancement Program
  • Program Planning
  • Membership
  • Paperwork

The course is presented in one 5-hour session.

This fun and interactive training serves as a vital tool for new troop committee members as well as for veterans. The mission of the Troop Committee Challenge training is to help each troop committee work as a team to improve the Scouting experience for adult and youth members. It helps build the commitment of individual members as well as cultivates a better troop committee team.

Adult Volunteers

OK! You have taken Youth Protection training to learn Boy Scout of America youth protection policies, and This is Scouting for an overview of Boy Scout of America, but you still do not know what a Charter Organization Representative does.  This course provides information about responsibilities and duties of Charter Organization Representatives.  Topics covered include:

  • Overview of the Boy Scouts of America (Mission, purpose and organization)
  • The Charter Concept (Chartered organization and local council responsibilities)
  • Your Job as a Charter Organization Representative
  • When You Need Unit Leadership (Recruiting volunteer leaders)
  • Other Opportunities (District Committee)

Prerequisite:  This is Scouting.It may be taken online via eLearning. 

Need a quick preview? Take the Charter Organization Representative Fast Start training via eLearning

Related Publication: The Charter Organization Representative Guidebook 

This course is designed for adult Troop and Team leaders involved in teaching Scouts the outdoor skills required to earn the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Rank; as well as those that lead Scouts in outdoor adventures.  Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches, LDS Leaders of 11-year-old Scouts and their assistant leaders need this course to be considered “Trained”.  This course is recommended for adult Crew leaders who run outdoor programs.
The course may be taught over a weekend or as two separate one-day sessions.  Working as patrols, this hands-on course uses the Boy Scout Handbook, Guide to Safe Scouting and other materials to teach the following practical outdoor skills.

  • The American Flag
  • First Aid for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class
  • Hiking Basics, Camp and Pack Basics, Leave No Trace Camping
  • Tents and Shelters, Ropes and Lashing, Woods Tools
  • Camp Fires and Cooking
  • Measuring, Compass, Orienteering and Map Reading
  • Animal & Plant Identification

Participants in this 16 hour LNT Trainers Course receive introductory training in Leave No Trace skills and Outdoor Ethics. The LNT Trainer Course assists the participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and teaching techniques for disseminating these low impact outdoor skills to their Scouting units. 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training is a practical, 3 hour course that prepares you to recognize the need for and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation on adults and children over the age of 1 year.  You will learn or review the steps that need to be taken to deal with patients with cardiac and breathing emergencies, including practice in CPR, choking emergencies, and the early and effective use of an AED.  Successful completion of the course practical exercises and skill demonstration sets will result in an Adult and Child CPR & AED Certification by the American Red Cross that is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.

This course is open to all BSA registered adult volunteers and to youth members age 14 or greater.

The cost for the Adult & Child CPR & AED course is $25. The course is limited to 24 participants.  Priority will be given to those who need this course certification in order to participate in the Wilderness & Remote First Aid training that begins the next day.

Wilderness & Remote First Aid training is a practical, 16 hour course that was designed jointly by the American Red Cross and the National Office of the BSA.  The course is fast paced and covers a great variety of the large and small medical emergencies that one could expect in a wilderness or remote environment.

The course consists of lecture, practical exercises, and outdoor scenarios that will require participants both to demonstrate their grasp of first aid skills and to exercise leadership and sound judgment in simulated wilderness emergency environments.

Successful completion of the course practical exercises and skill demonstration sets will result in a Wilderness & Remote First Aid Certification by the American Red Cross that is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.

This is not a basic first aid class.  All participants are expected to have mastered first aid skills at the level of the BSA First Aid Merit Badge. Please take the time to review and practice this material before attending the class.  

All participants must have a current Adult CPR/AED certification from a recognized health care organization in order to commence this training.   Those who do not have such current certification can obtain it by attending the Adult and Child CPR/AED training offered on the Friday night before the W&RFA training.   Registration for the CPR/AED class is separate from the W&RFA class and is accomplished through the HAT page on the Council’s website.  Completion of the HAT Core training class is not a prerequisite for W&RFA or CPR/AED training.

The class is open to BSA registered adult leaders and to mature 17-year-old youth members.  We have found that younger youth cannot demonstrate in this context the leadership and organizational skills that we feel are essential for certification.

Successful completion of the course practical exercises and skill demonstration sets will result in a Wilderness & Remote First Aid Certification by the American Red Cross that is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.

The cost of the class is $75 and class is limited to 30 participants.  Priority will be given to MDSC members until 1 month before the class, at which time it will be open to all registrants.  There is a growing interest in the class from Scouters in neighboring councils, so plan ahead and register early.

Our W&RFA classes are held on a Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 until about 5:30 at the Council Office at 800 Ellinwood Dr, Pleasant Hill.  The schedule for 2018 is as follows:

March 3-4     April 21-22      May 19-20      September 29-30

For any questions, contact Merrill Swiney at mswiney452@aol.com.

The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer.  The focus is on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience.  Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

Leader Education and Discovery (L.E.A.D.)

Be the Best Scout Leader You can Be

   L.E.A.D. 2019 Online Registration will be opening soon. 

WOOD BADGE is the ultimate in Scout leadership training focused to teach leadership skills to adults involved in ALL levels of Scouting; Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, and District, Council, and professional positions.

Originally developed by Lord Baden-Powell in 1919, the founder of the Boy Scouts, Wood Badge is designed to offer Scouters the opportunity to learn leadership skills in an outdoor environment; it emphasizes leadership, not outdoor skills. It enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of the skills you need to be successful in the development of yourself and youth.

WOOD BADGE consists of two parts: The first part is a two-weekend training experience where you are taught leadership in a scouting setting; this includes an outdoor experience. During this time, you will be trained in practical leadership skills such as listening, communicating, project planning, problem solving, inclusiveness, valuing diversity, conflict management, leading change, and more. Through this living / working experience, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice these skills with other Scouters in a supportive environment.

You will find these skills to be very valuable tools in your scouting, business, and personal life. While you are learning these skills, you will develop a vision for YOUR leadership, and derive, with the help of the staff, goals that will enable you to realize your vision — “Your Ticket”.

The second part is where you “work your ticket”. Over the course of the 18 months following the practical skills training, you work at your own pace to accomplish your goals. When you complete “your Ticket”, you will join the ranks of many scouters before you and will be honored at a Wood Badge beading ceremony, where you will receive your Troop One neckerchief, leather woggle, Wood Badge beads of recognition, and a certificate of course completion.

In September of 1919, a 61 year-old retired general of the British Army stepped out into the center of a clearing at Gilwell Park near London, England. He raised to his lips the horn of a Greater Kudu, one of the largest of African antelopes. He blew a long, sharp blast. Nineteen men dressed In short pants and knee socks, sleeves rolled up, assembled by patrols for the first Scoutmasters’ Training Camp held at Gilwell. The general’s name — Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the recognized founder of the World Scouting Movement.

When they had finished their training together, Lord Baden-Powell gave each man a simple wooden bead. This bead was taken from a necklace belonging to a Zulu chieftain, found in a deserted hut in South Africa in 1888.

The Scoutmasters’ Training Course was a great success and continued to be held year after year. At the end of each course, the wooden beads were used to recognize the completion of training. When the original beads ran out, new ones were whittled to maintain the tradition established by Baden-Powell. Because of these beads, the course came to be known as Wood Badge. It continues to this day in England and around the world as the advanced training course for leaders in Scouting.

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Youth Training

Boy Scouts wishing to become den chiefs will take this course to learn the Den Chief’s responsibilities, tasks, relationship to adult den leaders, and receive many suggestions to ensure a smooth start and continuing success for all den chiefs.  Because it teaches and models many leadership skills, the course can be taken by all Boy Scouts as an excellent supplemental leadership training course between Introduction to Leadership Skills-Troop and NYLT.

The training can be found online:  HERE 

The training of youth leaders in scouting is important to promote the growth of the individual youth and a leadership model for the Boy Scout/Varsity/Venture (unit) program. The unit leader is the primary source of youth leader training.  As a supplement to that training, the National Youth Leader Training Conference provides youth with a one-week/two-weekend-long experience – a month in the life of a model unit – designed to give potential youth leaders the skills they can use to help their units. The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Develop a youth’s confidence and knowledge in leading the unit program.
  • Gain working understanding of the resources, skills and methods needed to undertake further Unit leadership responsibility.
  • Share ideas and learn from the experiences of other youths from units across the Council.
  • Support adult unit leaders in training youth leaders in the unit.
  • Reinforce a youth’s relationship with his unit leader and other adult leaders.
  • Experience scouting/venturing at its very best.

The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council is pleased to offer two National Youth Leader Training Conferences this year. Participants will learn the same valuable skills, based on the National NYLT syllabus, no matter which of the courses they attend. We hope you will take advantage of one of these wonderful opportunities.

Requirements:

  • 13 Years Old Minimum
  • Unit Leader’s Approval
  • application-pdfMedical ABC
Date/TimeEvent
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
All Day
NYLT Summer Reunion 
Camp Herms, El Cerrito CA 

For the adventurous amongst you, consider taking NAYLT. It’s offered at Philmont Scout Ranch.

More information

Participants in this 16 hour LNT Trainers Course receive introductory training in Leave No Trace skills and Outdoor Ethics. The LNT Trainer Course assists the participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and teaching techniques for disseminating these low impact outdoor skills to their Scouting units.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training is a practical, 3 hour course that prepares you to recognize the need for and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation on adults and children over the age of 1 year.  You will learn or review the steps that need to be taken to deal with patients with cardiac and breathing emergencies, including practice in CPR, choking emergencies, and the early and effective use of an AED.  Successful completion of the course practical exercises and skill demonstration sets will result in an Adult and Child CPR & AED Certification by the American Red Cross that is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.

This course is open to all BSA registered adult volunteers and to youth members age 14 or greater.

The cost for the Adult & Child CPR & AED course is $25. The course is limited to 24 participants.  Priority will be given to those who need this course certification in order to participate in the Wilderness & Remote First Aid training that begins the next day.

Our CPR/AED classes are held on a Friday evening from 6:30 until about 9:30 at the Council Office at 800 Ellinwood Dr, Pleasant Hill.  The schedule for 2019 is as follows:

Adult and Child CPR and AED  March 1, 2019
Wilderness and Remote First Aid  March 2 – 3, 2019

Adult and Child CPR and AED  April 12, 2019
Wilderness and Remote First Aid  April 13 – 14, 2019

Wilderness and Remote First Aid  May 17, 2019
Adult and Child CPR and AED  May 18 – 19, 2019

Adult and Child CPR and AED September 27, 2019
Wilderness and Remote First Aid  September 28 – 29, 2019

For any questions, contact Merrill Swiney at mswiney452@aol.com

 

High Adventure Training (HAT)

The High Adventure Team offers a variety of courses throughout the year.

Click This Link to get a summary of all the courses that may be offered during the course of the year. And, check Calendar to find when and where they will be offered.

Each of the specialized training courses builds from the foundation gained by completion of HAT Core. This course (or having an existing HAT number) is a prerequisite for all other courses. Those attending the specialized trainings will also be expected to have mastered the skills required to attain the merit badges related to these activities prior to the course.

Register by clicking on the class you are interested in.

What Is High Adventure?

BSA defines High Adventure in many ways. Essentially, it is any activity designed for older boys and girls that involves adventure challenges or wilderness experience (afoot or afloat) and that may include high altitude, extreme weather conditions, cold water, exposure, fatigue and/or remote conditions where readily available medical care cannot be assured.

HAT Mission

To provide awareness, to disseminate information, to develop programs and incentives to ensure and enhance safe and enjoyable high adventure experiences within the Scouting Program, and to ensure and enhance the conservation and maintenance of our environment for the future.

Objectives

  • To provide awareness of important issues and considerations that will give a strong sense of confidence to those adult and youth leaders who will plan and lead high adventure treks while ensuring safety and enjoyment.
  • To disseminate information to the Scouting program about high adventure experiences, special programs, outfitters, instructional resources, developments in equipment and techniques and the policies of the U.S. Forest Service and other similar organizations and the Boy Scouts.
  • To work with the U.S. Forest Service and other similar organizations in developing and organizing ways in which to motivate and involve the Scouting program in helping to maintain and conserve the natural environment and high adventure accesses into and through that environment.
  • To develop programs and incentives through special opportunities and awards that will motivate the members of the Scouting program, both youth and adults, to challenge themselves with the experiences of adventure and the natural environment.

High Adventure Training Courses are offered throughout the year Check the Calendar for specific events and their dates, times, and locations.

Click This Link to get a summary of all the courses that are offered during the course of the year.may be

HAT Core requires Annual Health and Medical Record A/B/C. This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading backpacking treks. Course topics include: Backpack Trek Planning, Gear, Food for the Backpacker, Wilderness Safety, Wilderness Emergencies, Back-country Living and Where to Trek. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults and mature older youth. It covers the common skills and techniques required for
any High Adventure Activity, and focuses on planning and leading a successful backpacking trek. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults and mature older youth.

It is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and the Position Specific Training for Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster

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