A cornerstone of the Scout programs is training. Some of these training courses are conducted by districts and some by the council; others are available through the BSA Online Learning Center

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

BALOO is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. BALOO training is comprised of two components – an online component, and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a trained Cub Scout outdoor leader and to receive the BALOO recognition patch. The online component contains introductory and basic information and must be completed prior to the practical component at my.scouting.org. The practical component is an overnight outdoor camping experience that takes about 16-hours to complete. A minimum of one BALOO trained adult must attend every pack overnighter. Most courses include meals.*


Date Time Host District (Location) Contact Cost* Registration Link
September 20-21, 2019 Fri 6:00 pm -
Sat 9:00 pm
Tall Timbers (The Woodlands) Nacho Sauceda $36.50 Register
September 27-29, 2019 Fr at 6:30 pm - 
Sat at 9:00 pm
Orion (Tomball) Dave Weaver $31.50 Register
September 27-29, 2019 Fr at 6:30 pm to
Sun at noon
David Crockett (Bellville, TX) Becky Capt $36.50 Register
October 4-6, 2019 8:00 am Sat -
noon on Sun
Thunder Wolf (Ganado, TX) Jody Court $31.50 Register
October 11-12, 2019 Fr at 6:30 pm - 
Sat at 9:00 pm
Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $31.50 Register
October 26-27, 2019 Sat at 9:00 am -
Sun at 10:00 am
Soaring Eagle (Tomball) Pablo Canovas $31.50 Register
November 15-16, 2019 Fr at 5:30 pm -
Sat at 8:00 pm
Texas Skies (Sealy, TX) Matt Estes $36.50 Register
March 20-21, 2010 Fr at 5:30 pm -
Sat at 8:00 pm
Texas Skies (Sealy, TX) Matt Estes $36.50 Register

Chaplain's Aide Training

Chaplain's Aide Training is for Scouts to learn the duties, responsibilities, and opportunities of chaplaincy service in troops.


Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link 
August 24, 2019 10:00 am - noon Iron Horse (NE Houston) Randy Bell $0 Register
November 9, 2019 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register

Climbing Training

Topping Out is a climbing tower instructor's course for adults that spans two evenings and two weekends. Climb on Safely is a prerequisite, and may be taken online at My.Scouting.org. The classes must be attended in the correct sequence: an evening class, a two-day tower class at Tellepsen Scout Camp, a second evening class, and a two-day real rock class at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, near Fredericksburg, TX. Participants learn about climbing equipment such as cams, stoppers, hexs, and anchors. Participants also learn how to effectively supervise climbing and rappelling activities.  


Date Course Location Cost Contact Registration Link   
October 25-27, 2019 Topping Out: Tower Course Tellepsen Scout Camp, Navasota, TX $60 Joe Welch Register
December 14-15, 2019 Topping Out: Real Rock Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, TX $50 Joe Welch Register


Commissioner Training

A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit commissioners, assistant district commissioners, assistant commissioners and roundtable commissioners.

Date Times Course Host Location Register Contact
December 7, 2019 TBD Commissioner Basic Training Council College of Commissioner Science Opens Soon  

*Commissioner Basic Training will not be offered at University of Scouting.   

Crew Committee Challenge Training

Crew Committee Challenge is intended to provide Venturing crew committee members with the basic information they need to help manage a crew. The training takes about two and a half hours to complete. 

 

Date Time Host District (Location) Contact Cost Registration Link
           

  
Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training

The Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training course is intended to provide Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters with the basic information they need to conduct successful pack meetings. The training takes about four hours to complete and can be taken in a classroom setting or online.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
9/27/19 6:30 - 8:30 pm David Crockett (Bellville, TX) Becky Capt $6.50 Register
9/28/19 8:00 - 11:30 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
10/5/19 8:30 - 12:00 pm Brazos (Richmond) Allan Sutton $0 Register
10/12/19 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Big Cypress (Cypress) Alicia Rodenberger $0 Register
11/9/19 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register

   
Den Chief Training

Den Chief Training is basic training for Scouts in troops interested in becoming den chiefs for a Cub Scout den, and for adult leaders who wish to know more about this vital position. This course can be completed in a classroom setting or online.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
August 24, 2019 8:00 - 10:00 am Iron Horse (NE Houston) Randy Bell $0 Register
November 9, 2019 8:00 - 11:00 am Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register
November 9, 2019 12:00 - 3:00 pm Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register


Den Leader Position-Specific Training

The Den Leader Position-Specific Training course provides Cub Scout den leaders with the basic information they need to conduct successful den meetings. The training takes about four hours to complete and can be taken in a classroom setting or online.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link 
9/28/19 8:00 - 11:00 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
10/5/19 8:30 - 12:00 pm Brazos (Richmond) Allan Sutton $0 Register
10/12/19 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Texas Skies (Katy) Ray Terry $0 Register
10/12/19 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Big Cypress (Cypress) Alicia Rodenberger $0 Register
11/9/19 8:00 - 2:00 pm Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register

 

First Aid

First Aid/CPR/AED: First aid training gives participants the information and skills needed to help during many emergency situations. First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) trainings are universally recognized for their effectiveness. It can help ensure that everyone from the Scout working on a First Aid merit badge to a Scouter leading a unit on a high-adventure trek is fully prepared. This blended learning course includes an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skills session. The online portion (~two hours) must be completed before attending the in-class portion.  

First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course: This course will train instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This is a blended learning course consisting of online content, a pre-course skill session and classroom segments. Prerequisites: Possess a current basic-level American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification or equivalent and be at least 16 years of age on the last day of the instructor course. Complete online classes prior to attending the classroom activities (instructions will be sent with registration confirmation).

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. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Course prerequisites: Minimum age 14; current certification in an adult CPR course; completion of AED training.  Certification: Organizations and individuals may provide students who successfully complete the 16-hour curriculum a certificate of completion of a class that meets the criteria of the Boy Scouts of America for Wilderness First Aid. The content of this course may not deviate, either through additions or deletions, from the approved curriculum. Who is this for? Youth and adult Scout leaders are encouraged to take this first-aid course, which offers a management dimension that most curriculums fail to address. Scout leaders will likely find it the most valuable program they’ll ever take. The BSA requires at least one person (two preferred) per unit to be WFA-certified for certain high-adventure camp and backcountry experiences. This certificate will be valid for two years.

Note: Equivalent First Aid, CPR, AED and WFA training from the following nationally-recognized organizations: American Red Cross (ARC),  Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) meet the BSA training requirements. Other courses accepted by the BSA are listed here and here (page 2). BSA does not accept online CPR classes.

Date Course Location Contact Time Cost Register
September 14, 2019 First Aid/CPR/AED Cockrell Scout Center Gidget Swift 8:30 - 10:15 or
11:00 - 12:15 (if the 8:30 class fills up) 
$41.50 Register
September 21-22, 2019 First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course Cockrell Scout Center Gidget Swift 8:00 am - 5:00 pm $86.50* Register
October 12, 2019 First Aid/CPR/AED Cockrell Scout Center Gidget Swift 8:30 - 10:15 or
11:00 - 12:15 (if the 8:30 class fills up) 
$41.50 Register
November 9-10, 2019 Wilderness First Aid Cockrell Scout Center Gidget Swift 9:30 - 5:00 (Saturday and Sunday) $91.50 Register

*includes lunch


Hike and Learn Mini-Philmont

Hike and Learn Mini-Philmont is a weekend training for units that have already been backpacking a few times and need to enhance their skills. The activity requiring crews to break camp on Saturday morning and hike to different training locations while carrying their packs. Crews must be fully self-sufficient, including the ability to cook their own meals on the trail. Units should bring a GPS. Units should plan on cooking their own meals using backpack stoves or propane stoves.  


Date Contact Cost Registration Link
       

   
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with basic training, this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in troops in order to be considered trained. The training is a weekend course and takes about 15 hours to complete. Most courses include meals.*  What to bring to training.

Date Time Host District (Training Location) Contact Cost* Registration Link
September  20-21, 2019 Fri 6:00 pm -
Sat 9:00 pm
Tall Timbers (The Woodlands) Nacho Sauceda $36.50 Register
September 27-29, 2019 Fr at 6:30 pm - 
Sat at 9:00 pm
Orion (Tomball) Dave Weaver $31.50 Register
September 27-29, 2019* Fr at 6:30 pm to
Sun at noon
David Crockett (Bellville, TX) Becky Capt $36.50 Register
October 4-5, 2019 Fr at 5:30 pm -
Sat at 8:00 pm
Texas Skies (Katy) Ray Terry $30.50 Register
October 4-6, 2019* Fr at 7:00 pm - 
Sun at 12:00 pm
Thunder Wolf (Ganado, TX) Jody Court $31.50 Register
October 5 - 6, 2019 Sat at 8:30 am -
Sun at 10:30 am
Twin Bayou (Sealy, TX) Charles Williams $31.50 Register
October 11-12, 2019 Fr at 6:30 pm - 
Sat at 9:00 pm
Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $31.50 Register
November 9-10, 2019 Sat at 9:00 am -
Sun at 10:00 am
Soaring Eagle (Tomball) Pablo Canovas $31.50 Register

*If noted by the date, this training also includes Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training


Leave No Trace Trainer Course

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is an overnight course for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to guide units in developing a culture that effectively demonstrates responsible outdoor choices that reduce impacts of Scouting activities. Leave No Trace Trainers, outdoor ethics guides, and outdoor ethics advisors are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting-edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. 

Date Time Location Contact Registration Link
10/18/19 - 10/20/19 Friday at 6:00 pm -
Sunday at 11:00 am
Camp Brosig (Sealy, TX) Bruce Handley Register


Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Master Educator Course

The Leave No Trace Master Outdoor Ethics Educator Course is a 5-day course conducted over two weekends. The Master Educator Course is the summit of Leave No Trace training and may be taken by individuals, ages 18 and up who wish to be accredited as Master Educators by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Prior completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course is recommended.   

Date Location Contact Phone Registration Link
         

   
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

The purpose of Merit Badge Counselor Orientation is to provide council- or district-approved and registered merit badge counselors with understanding of the methods of counseling and their role in the advancement program of Boy Scouts of America.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
9/28/19 10:30 - 11:30 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
10/12/19 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Texas Skies (Katy) Ray Terry $0 Register

 
Pack Committee Challenge - Pack Committee Position Specific Training

The purpose of the Pack Committee Challenge-Pack Committee Position-Specific Training is to familiarize pack committee members with the various responsibilities of the individual members of the committee as well as the committee as a whole. The goal is to help each pack committee work as a team to improve the Scouting experience for adult and youth members. The training takes about four hours to complete and can be taken in a classroom setting or online.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
9/28/19 8:00 - 11:00 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
10/5/19 8:30 - 12:00 pm Brazos (Richmond) Allan Sutton $0 Register
10/12/19 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Big Cypress (Cypress) Alicia Rodenberger $0 Register
11/9/19 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register

 
Philmont Training

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national High Adventure Base. Anyone interested in learning more about Philmont should attend Philmont 101. 


Date Time Course Location Cost* Registration Link
           

Scouting with Special Needs

The council is committed to making Scouting accessible and enjoyable to all Scouts, regardless of their abilities. Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has included fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The BSA's policy is to treat members with disabilities as much like other members as possible. It has been traditional, however, to make some accommodations in advancement if absolutely necessary. By adapting the environment and/or our instruction methods, most Scouts with disabilities can be successful in Scouting. The disability awareness committee offers a variety of training courses.

 

Date Time Course Location Registration Link 
         


Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (S24)

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful troops. Scoutmasters and assistants who complete this training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Youth Protection training are considered "trained." The training takes about four and a half hours to complete and can be taken in a classroom setting or online.

Date Time Host District (Training Location) Contact Cost Registration Link 
September 27-29, 2019* Fr at 6:30 pm to
Sun at noon
David Crockett (Bellville, TX) Becky Capt $36.50 Register
September 28, 2019 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
October 4-6, 2019* Fr at 7:00 pm - 
Sun at 12:00 pm
Thunder Wolf (Ganado, TX) Jody Court $31.50 Register
October 12, 2019 12:30 - 5:00 pm Texas Skies (Katy) Ray Terry $0 Register
October 12, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Big Cypress (Cypress) Alicia Rodenberger $0 Register
November 9, 2019 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register

*If noted by the date, this training also includes Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)


Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts Adult Leader Basic Training gets back to basics and covers important key subjects including program unit resource management, training opportunities, youth advancement and recognition, program planning, effective leadership, and more.

Date Time Host District Course Contact Registration Link      
           

Shooting Sports

In Scouting events and activities, the BSA’s primary consideration is the safety of its youth and adult members. To achieve that goal, the BSA, in consultation with other organizations, has created specific guidelines for the shooting sports. These organizations also provide training and instructor certification by discipline-specific subject matter experts to prepare those individuals who will serve in a leadership or supervisory role in the various shooting sports activities.


Shooting Merit Badge Fulfillment Class is an opportunity for Scouts who have a partial merit badge in rifle or shotgun to complete the badge. Scouts typically receive a partial merit badge because they did not meet the minimum shooting score requirement, or did not clean a firearm. The Scout must bring documentation indicating the requirements already completed (e.g., blue card or documentation from the unit advancement or Scoutmaster). Instructors, RSOs, or other NRA members are needed to assist with the event. Please bring NRA credentials card. 

Learn More about Shooting Sports

 

Date Time Course Location Cost Registration Link
9/28/19 8-10am or
10am-12pm
Shooting Sports Merit Badge Fulfillment Class Tellepsen Scout Ranch $2 camp activity fee, plus • Cleaning $5.00 • Archery $15.00  • Rifle $20.00  • Shotgun $30.00 Register
1/18/20   Shooting Sports Merit Badge Fulfillment Class     Opens in winter
2/8/20   Shooting Sports Merit Badge Fulfillment Class     Opens in winter


STEM NOVA Counselor and SUPERNOVA Mentor Training (D82/D83)

This course is intended to provide potential Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors with the basic information they need to assist Scouts in completing the requirements to earn the Nova and Supernova awards. The prerequisite for this course is an understanding of the BSA Nova program. Learn more about the STEM program in our council.

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link   
           

 

Trainer's EDGE

Trainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.

 

Date Time Location Contact Cost Registration Link      
           


Training the Chartered Organization Representative (COR)

Training the COR helps Chartered Organization Representatives better understand their roles and responsibilities. The training takes about two to two and a half hours. 


Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
September 28, 2019 8:00 - 9:00 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
October 12, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Big Cypress (Cypress) Alicia Rodenberger $0 Register


Troop Committee Challenge

Troop Committee Challenge training helps troop committee members better understand their roles and responsibilities. This training enables troop committee members to give support to the troop, Scouts, and Scoutmasters. Troop Committee Challenge is an in-person course only.  The training takes about two to two and a half hours to complete.



Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
September 28, 2019 9:00 - 11:00 am Flaming Arrow (Humble) Alice Hamilton $0 Register
October 12, 2019 1:00 - 3:30 pm Texas Skies (Katy) Ray Terry $0 Register
October 12, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Big Cypress (Cypress) Alicia Rodenberger $0 Register
November 9, 2019 8:00 - 11:00 am Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register
November 9, 2019 12:00 - 3:00 pm Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register
 

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training (P21)

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training provides participants with an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. The training takes about three and a half hours. This course can be taken in a classroom setting or online.

 

Date Time Host District Contact Cost Registration Link
November 9, 2019 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Phoenix (Klein) Rhonda Bill $11.50 Register
https://samhoustonbsa.org/training-schedule