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Every youth deserves a trained leader and every leader deserves to be trained. 

Welcome to the wonderful world of Cub Scouting! Eager and energetic boys will be looking to you for fun, adventure, and leadership. Have no fear -- there is plenty of training and resources available to make you a great success!

Click here for a chart showing what training is required for your position.

Click here for a schedule of all Cub Scout leader training courses scheduled in the council.

NOTE:  Before completing any online training, please enter your member ID into the profile of your MyScouting account.  If you have not yet received your member ID, you may still take online training, but you must present your completion card to your district training chair in order to receive credit for the course.  See further instructions at the Online Training section of this web site.


Four courses are required for most Cub Scout leaders to wear the "Trained" emblem:

1.  Fast Start Training:   Online @

To be completed prior to first meeting with youth

Fast Start Training provides an immediate comfort level for the new leader and enables the leader to say, "I can do this!" Fast Start training is to be taken immediately after a new leader registers and before he or she meets with any youth member.

Cub Scout Leader Fast Start training is a series of position-specific segments. Each segment gives information and planning on conducting the first meeting and even demonstrates a meeting you can use.

The Cub Scout segments include:
  • Tiger Cub Den Leader
  • Cub Scout Den Leader
  • Webelos Den Leader
  • Cubmaster
  • Pack Committee Member
  • ScoutParent Coordinator
2.  This Is Scouting: Online at

This component of basic training for all program areas 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. Ideally, all unit-based volunteers - Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders - take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they serve. Each leader completes This Is Scouting only once.

3.  Youth Protection Training:   Online @

This course guides you on the do's and don'ts of working with youth.  At all times, the youths' safety is the number one priority.  At the same time, a leader needs to know the rules for keeping him/herself safe, too.  YPT is a required training for certain outings, including day camp.

Youth Protection Training maybe completed via the Internet or through a DVD presentation by your district training team.  If you complete Youth Protection Training in a group setting via video, you must still complete the online version as a requirement for day camp or summer resident camp.
4.  Leader Specific Training: Approximately 3 hours - classroom course  OR
                                                Online @

Cub Scout Leader Specific training provides the specialized knowledge a leader needs to assume a leadership role within their Cub Scout pack. Specialized instruction is carried out for pack committee members, Tiger Cub den leaders, Cub Scout den leaders, Webelos den leaders, Cubmasters, and their assistants, and pack trainers. The first half of this training session includes two modules:  Introduction to Cub Scouting and How We Have Fun (90 minutes total).

The next 90 minutes is a specialized session tailored to your specific position in Cub Scouting.  When a Cub Scout leader changes position, he must take this leader specific training for that new position in order to be considered "trained," but does not have to repeat Introduction to Cub Scouting and How We Have Fun.

Click here for a list of Cub Scout Leader Specific training opportunities in Sam Houston Area Council.

Upon completion of Fast Start Training, This Is Scouting, Youth Protection Training, and Cub Scout Leader Specific Training for the position in which the leader is currently registered, a Cub Scout leader is considered "Trained" and may wear a "Trained" emblem.

When a Cub Scout leader changes position, he or she must take Leader Specific Training for that new position in order to be still be considered trained.

Trained Emblem


Recommended within first two years of registration.

As the adult leadership skills training course for the BSA, Wood Badge focuses on strengthening every volunteer's Wood Badge ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults.  The course teaches participants the basic of listening, communicating, valuing people, team development, situational leadership, problem solving, and managing conflict.  Once the skill is learned, each participant is given the opportunity to use the skill as a member of a successful working team.  At the conclusion of the course, each participant develops a set of personal goals related to his or her Scouting role.  Working these goals allows the participant to practice and demonstrate new skills.

Training time: Two full 3-day weekends (including overnights)
Prerequisite: Basic training. This Is Scouting, Youth Protection Training, plus Leader Specific Training in the position for which you are currently registered.

Click here for more information on Wood Badge in Sam Houston Area Council.

It is the goal of BSA for every leader to attend Wood Badge within the first two years of his or her registration.


At any time a Cub Scout leader can take part in these supplemental trainings:

Cub Scout Roundtable

Cub Scout Roundtable, conducted monthly in each district, gives Cub Scout leaders examples for pack and den Roundtable logomeetings; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; ideas for crafts, games, and ceremonies; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship. These meetings will help you deliver a stronger program to your Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts.

Cub Scout roundtables are for all registered leaders - the program schedule offers something for everyone!

Roundtable programs are based on the monthly themes as outlined in Cub Scout Program Helps.

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow: November 5, 2011

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a Cub Scout leader's learning extravaganza - a big fun-filled experience where Cub Scout leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting. Offered only once per year (a Saturday in early November in Sam Houston Area Council), you get to choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions. Walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas! 

The event is traditionally held on the first Saturday of November. Make plans now to join us in exploring the path for putting fun and adventure in your den and pack program.

University of Scouting: February 11, 2012

University of Scouting, traditionally held in on a Saturday in early February in Sam Houston Area Council, offers a wide variety of program activities for all Scouting leaders, including Cub Scout leaders. It's a great time to pick up those extra classes that wouldn't fit on your schedule at Akela's Trail!

BALOO: Approximately 8 Hours

If your pack is planning any pack overnighter campouts, this training is a must in order to conduct a safe, fun, well-planned, and exciting out for your Cub Scout families! Baloo

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) is designed for Cub Scout leaders and parents who have minimal camping experience but want to plan and carry out entry-level outdoor experiences for the pack. In order for a pack to conduct a pack campout, the pack must have a least one person in attendance on the campout who has completed BALOO training.  BALOO training is not required for a Webelos den overnight campout.

Click here for a schedule of BALOO training opportunities in Sam Houston Area Council.

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders is highly recommended for helping Webelos den leaders develop the WDL Patchoutdoor skills and program knowledge needed for leading a Webelos den campout and completing specific outdoor activity badges.

Click here for a schedule of Webelos leader outdoor training opportunities in Sam Houston Area Council.

Health and Safety Training Courses

Click here for a schedule of health and safety training opportunities in Sam Houston Area Council. Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat may also be completed online.
Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership (risk management training) makes leaders aware of the policies and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America as well as heightening the awareness of the risks involved in any outing and how to avoid them.

Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader in attendance at the activity must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card (No. 34243) with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan. Click here to complete Safe Swim Defense training online.   Keep a copy of your certificate of completion on hand for appropriate events.

Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat training, No. 34159C, have a commitment card, No. 34242A, with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat. Click here to complete Safety Afloat training online.  Keep a copy of your certificate of completion on hand for appropriate events.
Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather training, available online through the MyScouting portal, makes leaders aware of the risks involved with weather during an outing and how to avoid them. Beginning January 1, 2009, at least one registered leader attending the outing must have completed Hazardous Weather training in order to secure a Local Tour Permit.

Unit Leadership Enhancements

Unit Leadership Enhancements are short training discussions held as part of the monthly pack leaders' meeting and are conducted by the pack's own leaders. They help the pack and den leaders become better equipped to conduct a quality Cub Scouting program.

Information on these 15 topics may be found in the Cub Scout Leader Book, No. 33221.

Leadership Training Pack Meeting
Annual Program Planning Membership Planning Special Events
Character Development National Awards Policies of the BSA
Cub Scout Camping Pack Budget Plan Program Evaluation
Family Involvement Pack Committee Youth Protection

Trainer's EDGE

Trainer's EDGE is conducted by the council at University of Scouting and on a Saturday in August.  Other Trainers Edgeopportunities may be hosted during the year by districts.

Click here for more information on scheduled dates.

Trainer's EDGE is for those leaders who want more training and leadership skills and who want to be a part of the district or council training team.  It provides hands-on, interactive opportunities to practice your training skills in a small-group environment.

Commissioner Conference

This annual training event is for any Scout leader involved in commissioner service, including those who work with Cub Scouts - unit commissioners, assistant district commissioners, district commissioners, as well as Cub Scout roundtable commissioners and staff. Sessions will assist you in improving the quality of service that commissioners provide to Cub Scout packs.  The conference is traditionally held on the first Saturday of December each year.

Philmont Training Center

Philmont Training Center, the National Volunteer Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America, provides a unique environment for Scouting conferences each summer and fall. Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico on the Philmont Scout Ranch, Philmont Training Center is an outstanding opportunity to learn and to share your experiences with other Scouters from across the country.

In addition to hosting these Conferences, the Training Center also provides the opportunity for families to attend with their Scouters and enjoy a wide range of family programs, making the Philmont Training Center experience one of a kind. Fully-staffed, age-appropriate day programs are available for infants through spouses.

If interested in attending, click here to check the conference schedule.  Registration is through the "Events" tab in MyScouting.

Pack Trainer

Under the direction of the pack committee chairman, the pack trainer helps leaders and parents understand the purposes, policies, and procedures of the Cub Scouting program.  The pack trainer's primary goal is to have 100% of the pack leadership trained in their position responsibilities.

Click here for an overview of  the pack trainer responsibilities.

Training Awards

Cub Scout Leader Recognition Plan

The Cub Scout Leader Recognition Plan is a series of awards that recognize Cub Scout leaders for training, tenure, and performance.  Completed forms should be submitted through your district training chair.

Tiger Cub Den Leader Award 

Cub Scout Den Leader Award 
Den Leader Award
Webelos Den Leader Award 
Webelos Den Award
Cubmaster Award 
Cubmaster Award
Cub Scouter Award 
Cub Scouter Award
Pack Trainer Award 
Pack Trainer Award

*Click here for more information on the Pack Trainer Award.