BOY SCOUT LEADER TRAINING
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Every youth deserves a trained leader and every leader deserves to be trained.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Scouting! Eager and energetic boys will be looking to you for fun, adventure, and leadership. Have no fear -- there is plenty of training and resources available to make you a great success!
for a schedule of all Boy Scout training courses
scheduled in the council.
for a chart showing the training required
for your position.
|NOTE: Before completing any online training, please enter your member ID into the profile of your MyScouting account. If you have not yet received your member ID, you may still take online training, but you must present your completion card to your district training chair in order to receive credit for the course. See further instructions at the Online Training section of this web site.
BOY SCOUT LEADER BASIC TRAINING
The following courses are required for most Boy Scout leaders to wear the "Trained" emblem:
This course guides you on the do's and don'ts of working with youth. At all times, the youths' safety is the number one priority. At the same time, a leader needs to know the rules for keeping him/herself safe, too. YPT is a required training for certain outings, including long-term summer or winter camp.
Youth Protection Training
may be completed via the Internet or through a DVD presentation by your district training team.
If you complete Youth Protection Training in a group setting via video, you must still complete the associated online quiz.
2. Leader Specific Training: Class room course, divided into three sessions of approximately 2.5 hours each (total approximately 7.5 hours)
- Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific training provides the specialized knowledge a leader needs to assume a leadership role within their troop. Topics include advancement, outdoor program, troop administration, and a boy-run troop.
Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters must also complete a second course -- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
- For their leader specific training, troop committee members should take the online course -- Troop Committee Challenge.
Click here for a list of Leader Specific training opportunities in Sam Houston Area Council.
Upon completion of the appropriate courses listed above, a Boy Scout leader is considered "Trained" and may wear a "Trained" emblem.
When a trained Boy Scout leader changes position, he or she must take Leader Specific Training for that new position in order to be still be considered trained.
Recommended within first two years of registration.
As the adult leadership skills training course for the BSA, Wood Badge focuses on strengthening every volunteer's
ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults. The course teaches participants the basics of listening, communicating, valuing people, team development, situational leadership, problem solving, and managing conflict. Once the skill is learned, each participant is given the opportunity to use the skill as a member of a successful working team. At the conclusion of the course, each participant develops a set of personal goals related to his or her Scouting role. Working these goals allows the participant to practice and demonstrate new skills.
Two full 3-day weekends (including overnights)
Basic training. This Is Scouting, Youth Protection Training, plus Leader Specific Training in the position for which you are currently registered.
for more information on Wood Badge in Sam Houston Area Council.
It is the goal of BSA for every leader
to attend Wood Badge within the first two years of his or her registration.
At any time a Boy Scout leader can take part in these supplemental trainings:
Boy Scout roundtable, conducted monthly in each district, gives Boy Scout leaders the skills and ideas they need to deliver an exciting Boy Scout program to boys. The subject of each roundtable is selected to be relative to important and timely aspects of the Scouting program in your district.
Boy Scout roundtables are for adult leaders in all registered positions
- the program schedule offers something for everyone!
|University of Scouting: Second weekend of February
University of Scouting
, traditionally held on a Saturday in early February in the Sam Houston Area Council, offers a wide variety of program activities for all Scouting leaders. It's a great time to get more information on topics that are relative to your Scouting responsibilities.
|Health and Safety Training Courses
offers a variety of health and safety courses:
- Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership (classroom course) makes leaders aware of the policies and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America as well as heightening the awareness of the risks involved in any outing and how to avoid them.
Some of the courses are required before a troop can engage in certain activities:
- Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader in attendance at the activity must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card (No. 34243) with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan. Click here to complete Safe Swim Defense training online. Keep a copy of your certificate of completion on hand for appropriate events.
- Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat training, No. 34159C, have a commitment card, (No. 34242A) with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat. Click here to complete Safety Afloat training online. Keep a copy of your certificate of completion on hand for appropriate events.
- Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather training, available online through the MyScouting portal, makes leaders aware of the risks involved with weather during an outing and how to avoid them. Beginning January 1, 2009, at least one registered leader attending the outing must have completed Hazardous Weather training in order to secure a Local Tour Permit.
- Climb on Safely - available online through www.MyScouting.org - required for climbing and rappelling activities
|Merit Badge Counselor Orientation
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation helps a merit badge counselor understand his or her job as a coach and counselor, who provides realistic learning experiences to a boy in his study of a merit badge subject. The course is offered at University of Scouting and by districts periodically throughout the year.
Trainer's EDGE is conducted by the council at University of Scouting and on a Saturday in August. Other opportunities may be hosted during the year by districts.
Trainer's EDGE is for those leaders who want more training and leadership skills, and who want to be a part of the district or council training team. It provides hands-on, interactive opportunities to practice your training skills in a small-group environment.
This annual training event is for any Scout leader involved in commissioner service, including those who work with Boy Scouts: unit commissioners, assistant district commissioners, district commissioners; as well as Boy Scout roundtable commissioners and staff. Sessions will assist you in improving the quality of service that commissioners provide to Boy Scout troops. The conference is traditionally held on the first Saturday of December each year.
Philmont Training Center
, the National Volunteer Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America, provides a unique environment for Scouting conferences
each summer and fall. Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico on the Philmont Scout Ranch, Philmont Training Center is an outstanding opportunity to learn and to share your experiences with other Scouters from across the country.
In addition to hosting these Conferences, the Training Center also provides the opportunity for families to attend with their Scouters and enjoy a wide range of family programs, making the Philmont Training Center experience one of a kind. Fully-staffed, age-appropriate day programs are available for infants ,toddlers, children, teens and spouses.
If interested in attending, click here
to check the conference schedule. Registration is through the "Events" tab in www.MyScouting.org
Boy Scout Leader Training Awards
Boy Scout leaders have the opportunity to earn a training award (which is displayed by a square knot to be worn on the uniform shirt) that recognizes them for training, tenure, and performance. Completed forms should be submitted through your district training chair.
- for Scoutmasters only
Boy Scouting Training Award
- for all other troop leadership positions