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Boy Scout Leader Training

Every youth deserves a trained leader and every leader deserves training. The Training Continuum, promoting Lifelong Learning, provides a seamless training program beginning with Fast Start, This Is Scouting, and Youth Protection, which are available at the web-based Online Learning Center at, followed by Leader Specific training, Outdoor Leader Skills, supplemental training and Wood Badge. A very good supplemental training opportunity is called Pow Wow; be sure to check out the information regarding this fall training opportunity.

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed: Fast Start, This Is Scouting, Youth Protection, Scoutmaster/ Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Outdoor Leader Skills.

Troop Committee Chairs and Committee Members are considered trained when they have completed Fast Start, This Is Scouting, Youth Protection, and the Troop Committee Challenge as their Leader Specific training, all four of which are offered online through


Boy Scout Leader Fast StartThe Boy Scout Fast Start video includes the following:

Part 1. Introduction

Part 2. The Troop Meeting

Part 3. The Outdoor Program

Part 4. The Troop Committee

This Is Scouting— This Is Scouting is an introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting. It addresses how these aims and methods are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. This web-based video includes review questions presented during the approximately 45-minute training session. The curriculum can be completed through the Online Learning Center (

Youth Protection Training— Full details about Youth Protection can be found just a few pages away on the YPT page. Remember that this training is required to be considered a trained leader in Scouting.

Leader Specific TrainingOnce a volunteer has a solid overview of the BSA's values-based program, he or she can begin training for a specific Scouting position through Leader Specific training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a Scouter needs to assume a leadership role.

Scoutmaster / Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training - This six hour training concentrates on Troop operation and can be completed in one full day or two evenings.

Troop Committee Challenge - A web-based training course for the Troop Committee Members. This training will enable Committee members to better understand their roles and responsibilities.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader SkillsThis hands-on program gives adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, this training session takes one weekend to complete.

Supplemental Training ActivitiesScouting offers supplemental training opportunities for all Scouting leaders. Topics include CPR, Hazardous Weather, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Roundtables, and more. Some are offered online, but also check out the Lamp Lighter and website for more opportunities.

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