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As an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), you have the privilege of making a positive difference in the lives of the youth members you serve. To serve effectively, you must be trained. The youth members of the BSA desreve a trained leader, and there is no substitute for proper training. The programs of the BSA are exciting, challenging, and often technical. The information needed to properly deliver these programs to our youth members is not intuitive.
In the Crater Lake Council (CLC), we expect every registered adult BSA volunteer to complete the training necessary for their BSA/program-specific position. Our goal is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law through engaging, often life-changing programs. The key to accomplishing this goal is training. We invite you to complete the proper training. Our Scouts depend on it and your experience will be enhanced by it.
Remember: EVERY Scout deserves a trained leader! And EVERY trained leader deserves to work with other trained leaders. The Boy Scouts of America also offers resources and more on their own national Training page for all Scouting councils that are accessible to you.
In order to be a trained BSA adult leader, you must complete the following courses:
Click the toggle arrows to learn more about each course.
Youth Protection Training (YPT) provides information to help prevent various forms of child abuse, enact barriers to abuse, instill protocols for reporting suspected child abuse, and give resourses to assist adults in creating a safe environment for our youth members. YPT is mandatory for all registered adult leaders, and must be renewed every two years.
Leader Position-Specific Basic Training is designed to give position-related information to adult leaders, including detailed information concerning the aims and methods of Scouting, program planning, and BSA activities. Leaders working directly with youth, such as Cub Scout Leaders, Scouts BSA Leaders, and Venturing and Sea Scout Leaders are expected to complete the basic leader training that specifically pertains to their position.
Leader Position-Specific Basic Training courses are available online through the Training Portal at My.Scouting and can be completed in the completed in the comfort of your own living room! However, some courses can only be completed at an in-person training session. A detailed schedule for all training courses can be found on the Crater Lake Council’s Event Calendar and Training Schedules.
As the BSA states: “The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders.” Training is the key to maintaining the and insuring the delivery of the best program possible to our youth members. We anticipate that you will honor the privilege of being a BSA adult leader and complete your training as soon as possible.
Refer to the Trained Leader Requirements for a quick review of the courses that you will need to take in order to complete your basic training. For all direct contact leaders (regardless of program or position), don’t forget to include the required Hazardous Weather course and keep it current. Consult the schedule specific to the level of Scouting where you serve for information regarding currently scheduled training classes, or to verify which trainings need to be completed online.
Council Training Lists
Click on the Program level that you serve in to see all of the courses that relate to that program. From Orientation to Position-Specific courses to Supplemental training, all courses are designed to help you become a great Scout leader that is ready to help your Scouts enjoy a superior experience. Some courses can be found online while others are offered through the Council Training Team. If you are not sure where your course is listed, use the Alpha List to find links to all courses.