Wood Badge is an advanced, intense, experiential course on small-group leadership. There are presentations and activities. There are games, but there is no dead time – the games are all with a purpose. The course, and working your ticket afterwards, will help you make your Scouting unit stronger, and will also help you in your work, church, family, and everywhere else.
Wood Badge is for all adults in Scouting, anyone age 18 or older, male or female. It is for people involved with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturing, district, and council.
There will be two courses in 2016:
Spring: Camp Parsons
April 29 - May 1 and May 20-22
Course Director: Julie Reed (email@example.com)
Fall: Camp Pigott
September 23-25 and October 7-9
Course Director: Tom Fuglestad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Participants must attend all six days of one course or the other. Courses start about 7:00 a.m. on the first day of each weekend and end about 5:00 p.m. on the third day of each weekend.
For more information, see our Wood Badge page.
Wilderness and Remote First Aid
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Training in Wilderness First Aid will prepare you to safely participate in unit outdoor adventures and will qualify you to attend the National Jamboree or any BSA High Adventure base. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Youth and adult Scout leaders over age 14 are invited to participate and earn their certification. LInks displayed below will take you to online registration for a training course. Attendance on all dates listed is required to complete the training.
Click here to find upcoming courses.
The Boy Scouts of America requires Youth Protection training for all volunteers. The purpose of this policy is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist in Scouting.
- Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
- Youth Protection training must be taken every year. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
- Instructions on how to take youth protection training: CLICK HERE.
- Instructions on how to setup a My.Scouting account: CLICK HERE.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or click here to go the National BSA Guide to Youth Protection and Adult Leadership.
The National Commissioners Support team was asked a simple question: “How can we really impact Commissioner Service, in a manner that would improve unit program and increase retention of youth?” The answer was simple – recognize the volunteers who are providing excellent Commissioner Service with a knot, and let those Commissioners lead by example.
The mission of every Unit Commissioner is to help units succeed. It is widely understood that the more engaged a commissioner is, the more successful the unit that is receiving commissioner service will be. Click here for the complete article and to view the training PPT click here.
The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Conference is like Wood Badge for youth. NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experiences they can use in their home troops, teams, crews, personal lives, and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
NYLT is for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing.
All courses are at Camp Sheppard.
Registration for 2016 NYLT is open!
2016 NYLT Online Registration
2016 NYLT Information Flyer
Session 1: August 1-6
Session 2: August 8-13
Session 3 August 15-20
Session 4: August 22-27 (co-ed)
Click here to watch NYLT’s promotional video.
Click here to watch last year’s NYLT’s recap.
Modern leadership theory is delivered in a team setting (the term team may be considered synonymous with patrol in a Troop model) with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment.
The course is an exciting combination of classroom and fun outdoor activities providing a challenging and rewarding learning experience.
Participants cook meals and work in their teams throughout the course. Teams are composed of diverse participants in order to promote individuals making new friends and learning about others.
All unit direct-contact leaders must be trained!
All direct-contact leaders are required to complete basic training in order for their units to recharter. Direct-contact leaders are: Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Leaders of 11-Year-Old Scouts, Varsity Coaches, Assistant Varsity Coaches, Crew Advisors, and Associate Crew Advisors.
What Makes a Trained Leader?
A Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained Leader emblem when he or she has completed basic training courses for the current registered position.
Click here for a printable adult training chart.
Click here for quick references to complete courses on Scouting.org
Many courses are available through the E-Learning Center, accessed by signing in to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to My.Scouting, you will be asked to create an account, which requires your BSA registration number in order to be linked to your registration records.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
The Chief Seattle Council has condensed the schedule, but not the syllabus, for the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) training. This change, which has been approved by the council, aligns the course with current needs and complies with national directives to innovate and accomplish our training objectives.
All Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Leaders of 11 Year Old Scouts,Varsity Coaches, and Assistant Varsity Coaches must complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Scoutmaster / Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training in order to be eligable for renewal on the upcomint years charter renewal.
The accompanying schedule (click here) consolidates the course into one 24-hour outdoor experience (for example: 6 pm Friday through 6 pm Saturday). All districts should use this council version instead of the longer version. This will enable us to make greater headway in teaching outdoor leader skills and spreading that knowledge throughout the council in time for rechartering.
Districts may adjust the schedule some, if needed. Anyone completing this condensed course in any district will receive credit, regardless of their home district. Click here to see what you need to bring to this course.
Before you send in missing training, please check your training record in ScoutNET by way of My.Scouting.org. Here is a help sheet for Accessing ScoutNET training records if you need it. Please try to do all of your updates at once, and only send missing training.
Once you have checked your records, please complete the Training Record Updates form, save it, and email it as an attachment to email@example.com. Some non-BSA training simply cannot be entered into ScoutNET.
If you have trouble with the Adobe form, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will figure something out.
Need assistance with your My.Scouting.org account?
Call the Council Office
Online Training Resources
These courses and more are available through the BSA My.Scouting Training Center.
Required courses differ based on program, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, or General.
- Youth Protection Training
- Fast Start
- This Is Scouting
- Safe Swim Defense
- Safety Afloat
- Climb On Safely
- Trek Safely
- Weather Hazards
- Staffing the District Committee
- Troop Committee Challenge
- Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific
- Pack Committee
Rank Requirement Videos
Videos are available to help scouts learn basic skills for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.