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Basic Leader Training

New Leader Essentials September 19, Town North Presbyterian
Troop Committee Specific September 26, Town North Presbyterian
Scoutmaster and Asst. Scoutmaster Specific - Part 1 September 26, Town North Presbyterian
Scoutmaster and Asst. Scoutmaster Specific - Part 2 October 3, Town North Presbyterian
Scoutmaster and Asst. Scoutmaster Specific - Part 3 October 10, Town North Presbyterian
Venture Leader Specific - Part 1 September 26, Town North Presbyterian
Venture Leader Specific - Part 2 October 3, Town North Presbyterian
Cub Scout Leader Specific September 26, Town North Presbyterian
Outdoor Leader Skills October 18-20, Camp Wisdom
Youth Protection & Safe Scouting Certification  
Outdoor Leader Skills - Overnighter  
Woodbadge Session 1  
Woodbadge Session 2  
Powderhorn Session 1  
Powderhorn Session 2  
For location and cost of courses, see individual entries on the North Trail District calendar.

The volunteer leader training materials have been updated for the Boy Scouts of America. The result is a seamless training program that helps leaders easily graduate through the courses quickly and with little duplication. The package provides the district training committee with tools to achieve 100 percent trained unit volunteers. It begins with the existing Fast Start training, continues through New Leader Essentials, followed by leader-specific training for each adult's role in the unit.

Here is a brief overview of the components of the training continuum:

Fast Start Training

Fast Start training remains essentially unchanged. It continues to provide an immediate comfort level for new leaders and enables them to say, "I can do this!" Fast Start training is the first step for any new volunteer and is to be delivered immediately after a new leader registers and before he or she meets with any youth.

Basic Leader Training - Boy Scouts - Cub Scouts

The new Basic Leader Training is comprised of two parts: New Leader Essentials, for all unit-level leaders, and New Leader Specific Training, based on the leader's unit-level position.

Basic Leader Training is designed for maximum flexibility. The sessions can be delivered over time - training on one or more evenings a week or month - or in a one-day training event that incorporates all program areas. It is suitable for large or small groups and may be presented to leaders of one or more units each time. Each district may decide the appropriate delivery method, keeping in mind that the focus is to remove roadblocks and achieve 100 percent trained leaders.

New Leader Essentials

New Leader Essentials 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. Videos, discussions, and hands-on reinforcement are presented during the 90-minute training session. 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 New Leader Essentials training only once.

Benefits of New Leader Essentials

  1. Better assists our movement in implementing the full Scouting program with chartered organizations.

  2. Provides a better understanding of the advantages of encouraging youth and adult volunteers to move through the traditional program as their youth mature.

  3. Creates an awareness of the different aspects of the Scouting program, which may result in leaders taking advantage of those programs for a child in a different age group.


New Leader Specific Training

Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the Boy Scouts of America's values-based program, they can then begin training for their specific Scouting position through Leader Specific Training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies. Leader Specific Training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:

Tiger Cub den leaders
Cub Scout den leaders
Webelos den leaders
Pack committee members
Troop committee members
Venturing committee members
Venturing Advisors

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

For Tiger Cub den leaders, Cub Scout den leaders, Webelos den leaders, Cubmasters, pack committee members. Training can be completed in one day or two or three evenings. The leader is considered trained when he or she has completed New Leader Essentials and the Leader Specific Training.

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

For Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters. The training is divided into four parts. The first three parts concentrate on troop operation and can be completed in one full day or three evenings. The final part, which focuses on outdoor skills, lasts approximately a day and a half, depending on the skill level of the new leader. The leader is considered trained when he or she has completed New Leader Essentials, Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. For troop committee members. Troop committee training consists of the Troop Committee Challenge, which can be completed in three hours. A troop committee member is considered trained after the completion of New Leader Essentials and the Troop Committee Challenge.

Venturing Leader Specific Training

For Venturing Advisors, assistant Advisors, crew committee members. Training incorporates Venturing's current adult leader training. It can be completed in approximately one day, along with New Leader Essentials. A Venturing leader is considered trained upon the completion of New Leader Essentials and Venture Leader training.

Impact of "Seamless" Training
Increased awareness of all aspects of the Scouting program for youth.
An understanding that the Scouting program at all levels has the same values and aims for youth.
The values and aims are delivered in an age-appropriate program, utilizing proven methods.
An ease and conveyance to leaders as they move from one program to another.
Potential increase in membership in other programs, as leaders learn more about what is available in the full Scouting program.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge will evolve to be the core leadership skills training course for the Boy Scouts of America. The new Wood Badge course is less focused on outdoor skills - which are addressed in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and Powder Horn training - but will instead strengthen every volunteer's ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults.

Some information on this page borrowed from the Circle 10 Training page.