You can learn more about the training courses avalable and go to the GLC Training Calendar for specific specific training dates and registration information. Go to the Training Overview for a more general look at adult leader training and what is available for all levels of the Scouting program.
Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of my.scouting.org . A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.
Safe Swim Defense
Climb On Safely
Leader Position-Specific Training
Troop Committee Challenge
Leader Position-Specific: Den Leader
Leader Position-Specific: Cubmaster
Leader Position-Specific: Pack Trainer
Leader Position-Specific: Pack Committee
Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Advisor
Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Committee
Monthly Roundtables are intended to be a gathering of all Boy Scout leaders once a month to exchange news/info, get supplemental training, learn ideas from experienced leaders, and spend time with your fellow leaders. It's your best bet to stay a well-trained and well-informed leader!
Monthly Roundtables meets on the second Thursday of each month. Summer month schedules vary - check your district calendar. Please visit your district web site to find out where your district holds its Roundtable.
University of Scouting
University of Scouting is a council-wide Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venture training event. Each year Boy Scout leaders meet to take courses on a variety of topics. Course topics include: the basics (for new leaders); unit management; Advancement; Camping and Hiking; making Pack and Troop meetings special, and more.
University of Scouting is offered on a Saturday each fall. Registration can be done on line or through Great Lakes Council.
This section provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program.
These courses are required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section's topic. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.
Youth Protection Pledge Cards
Take the pledge to keep our Scouts safe by following the BSA's Youth Protection policies. Half the pledge is signed and given to the council; the other half stays with you in pocket card format as a reminder. The links below, in English and Spanish versions, will print four-up on a sheet.
This Is Scouting
This Is Scouting provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training. The module consists of six video sections, each followed by a brief quiz. Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.
These courses are intended to be used to provide an orientation for Scouts, Scouters, and parents about Scouting and the STEM program and the STEM opportunities in Scouting. The instructor-led course is designed to be used with the STEM Orientation slide deck at roundtables and other training events.
Basic Leader Requirements
Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role? This sheet explains the training requirements for all unit-level leaders.
Den Leader Position-Specific Training
The link below is to the syllabus that is to be used by trainers in presenting the stand-alone den leader position-specific course. This course is intended to provide Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos training, along with Youth Protection training, are considered trained for their position.
Chartered Organization Representative Training
The training outline and resources for training chartered organization representatives can be found at the link below.
Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training
The link below is to the instructor guide that is to be used by trainers in presenting the stand-alone Cubmaster and assistant Cubmaster position-specific course. This course is intended to provide Cubmasters with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout pack. Cubmasters and assistants who complete this training and Youth Protection training are considered “trained” for both positions.
Pack Committee Challenge—Pack Committee Position-Specific Training
The Pack Committee Challenge is designed for pack committees and is the course (along with Youth Protection training) pack committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to conduct the course for pack committee members.
STEM Nova Counselor Training
These courses are intended to provide training for STEM Nova counselors. The intructor-led course is designed to be used with the training slide deck at group courses.
STEM Supernova Mentor Training
This course is a self-study training course for STEM Supernova mentors.
Supplemental Training Courses
These courses are designed to help Scouters with a particular skill or to enhance their Scouting role. Additional modules may be found on the "Supplemental" link in the upper-left section of this page.
Roundtable Planning Guides
Providing knowledge, program ideas, skills, and fun resources is the purpose behind the Roundtable Planning Guides for Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders. Using this guide along with local resources, roundtable commissioners can enable and motivate unit leaders to deliver an outstanding program to their Scout troops. The guide is designed to allow program topics to be used in the order best suited for your district.
Cubcast and Scoutcast
The podcasts are monthly audio presentations that provide information on topics of interest to Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders.
Outdoor Skills Training Courses
These courses are designed to help Scouters with skills related to the BSA's outdoor program.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
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. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.
Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.
The course syllabus is available from your local council or through Scoutstuff.org .
Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL)
This course is designed to help Webelos leaders enhance the outdoor program for the Webelos Scouts in their den by teaching some basic outdoor skills as well as skills needed to complete many of the Webelos activity badges. This course can be taught as a stand-alone experience but is often presented in conjunction with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).
Camp Health Officer Training
This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a camp health officer at a council or district camping facility.
These courses are designed to help Scouters learn or improve their presentation skills.
The Fundamentals of Training
This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA's training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.
The Trainer's EDGE
While the Trainer's EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills.
Administration of Training
These resources are designed to assist training teams that administer training in a unit, council, area, or region.
Guide to Leader Training
This new guide outlines the basic responsibilities for volunteer leader training committees and the methods of BSA volunteer training. To be sure that information is up-to-date, the guide does not include the forms and other resources that are more easily available, and more current, via Scouting.org. The training pages of Scouting.org will help you find the current resources, forms, and courses available—as well as the latest in BSA training.
Application for a Council to Conduct Wood Badge and NYLT
The first step for a council to conduct one of these advanced training courses is to submit an application. A form has been developed that will serve for applying for Wood Badge and NYLT. Simply fill out the form and send it to the Volunteer Development Team for processing.
Fillable Training Cards
In conjunction with the Volunteer Development Team, the National Supply Group has released the latest version of the pocket-sized certificate of training. Simply specify SKU 615012 when ordering from your local Scout Shop or through scoutstuff.org. Click on the link below to open a pdf template that has been created for convenience in filling out these portable training records.
National Training Conferences
Philmont Training Center
Since 1950 The Philmont Training Center (PTC) has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.
Florida Sea Base
Choose from two weeks of volunteer training conferences. Located in the beautiful Florida Keys, the Sea Base Conference Center is the site for these trainings that will provide instruction with experienced and informed Scouters and ample time for sharing ideas and best practices.
Course Director and Area Training Conferences
2016 Course Director's and Area Training Conference Registration
Click here for the most up-to-date listing of Wood Badge and NYLT Course Director's Conferences in your region or area and across the nation. The accompanying links for registering for each conference will be available as listed. Many of this year's Course Director's Conferences have been combined with other functional conferences, creating an atmosphere of learning on a larger scale and allowing for the sharing of resources and ideas. You will find these Area Training Conferences listed here as well.
Training Awards for Adult Leaders in Units
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress record forms with the 2012 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below.