Resources: Training

Training Is IMPORTANT........... every youth deserves a trained leader!

So you want to be a Scouting Volunteer, or perhaps you just became a volunteer or even changed your volunteer role. Now what?


2016-2017 Training Schedule

For List Cub Scout Training, click HERE

For List Boy Scout & General Scout Training, click HERE


Adult Training

Youth Protection Training is required before interacting with any youth. This is available online and in person.

  • Can't make the in-person training? Complete On-Line by clicking HERE

Position-Specific (Role-Based) Training provides the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in one's role. Some of these trainings are available online but all are available in person. This includes Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skill (IOLS).

Supplemental Training includes a variety of courses that are designed to give additional information on targeted areas of the program through a combination of additional knowledge of Scouting in general, additional skills and roles knowledge, and/or beginning advanced leadership skills knowledge. This includes Trainer's EDGE, Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation( (BALOO), Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL), University of Scouting, and Roundtables. It also encompasses shooting, aquatic, and climbing trainings.

Advanced Training is for leaders desiring a deeper understanding of the program or seeking additional leadership development. These courses supplement the roles knowledge and skills learned in the other levels. This includes Wood Badge, Kodiak Challenge, and Powder Horn. It also includes youth trainings such as National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE).


BSA Training Recertifications

Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up-to-date with current information and methods means some of the BSA's training courses need to be retaken every couple of years. Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid. Training Courses in Bold Italic Font are offered online.

Training Course How Often to Retake
Youth Protection every 2 years
Position Specific   
   • Cub Leader (All Positions) Does NOT Expire
   • Scoutmaster Does NOT Expire
   • Troop Committee Does NOT Expire
   • Venture Leader Does NOT Expire
Aqautics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue every 3 years
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) Does NOT Expire
Chain Saw Safety every 2 years
Climbing Instructor (Lead) every 5 years
Climbing Instructor every 2 years
Climb On Safely every 2 years
COPE/Climbing Inspector every 2 years
Hazardous Weather every 2 years
Lifeguard every 3 years
National Camping School after 5 camping seasons
Paddle Craft Safety every 3 years
Physical Wellness every 2 years
Safe Swim Defense every 2 years
Safety Afloat every 2 years
Trainer's EDGE every 3 years
Trek Safely every 2 years
Visitation Training every 2 years