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?

Univeristy of Scouting is now Trailhead Academy!

Please save the date for October 28, 2023 to join us...more details are on the way!

  • October 28, 2023



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 Online 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 Skills (IOLS).

        Register for IOLS training here.

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), IOLS,  University of Scouting, and Roundtables. It also encompasses shooting, aquatic, and climbing trainings.

      Register for BALOO training here.

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
Aquatics 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

File Name Description
Create My.Scouting Account Download
District Training Chair Position Requirements Download
I'm a new Den Leader Download
Navigating My.Scouting Download
Position Trained Requirements June 2022 Download