Leadership Training for Scouts and Scouters!
Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!
- The Boy Scouts of America offers some of the finest leadership, team building and outdoor skills training available anywhere and the dedicated team of volunteer trainers in our council are anxious to serve you. It doesn’t matter if you just joined Scouting or have 20 years under your belt – there’s always something new to learn.
- Training is provided for all of our adult leaders; as well as our youth leaders because their training is just as critical to the success of the Scouting program at the Scouts BSA, Sea Scout, and Venturing levels as it is for our adults. These older youth carry out the Scouting program and work with fellow members to reach program goals set for the year under the guidance of trained and dedicated volunteers.
- Our council understands the importance of training to the success of a unit and has adopted an official training policy which all units and volunteers must adhere to. Please read it below and while you’re here check out the various training courses and resources we have available for your Scouting success.
Basic Training Opportunities
Youth Protection Training is required to be registered in the BSA as an adult volunteer. In the Mount Baker Council, you must renew this training every 365 days. Because ALL adults in a unit are required to be YPT compliant for re-charter it is often a good tracking plan to simply be sure your YPT date is in the current calendar year.
Specific Leader Training
Specific Training is the “how to” for your role as an adult leader in Scouting. There is a specific training for every registration role in the BSA. Using the My.Scouting online portal you will notice that leaders in the same program will share serval modules with some content being specific for the position they are filling.
Outdoor training doesn’t just cover skills, more importantly it instructs leaders on how to teach and develop outdoor program for or with youth. Scouts BSA scoutmasters are required to have Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) while Cub Packs are required to have at least one adult on every Pack Overnighter that has completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).
While Wood Badge in the 21stCentury looks very different in some regards to the original training offered by Baden-Powell this training still helps any adult lucky enough to complete the training see the full vision of what Scouting offers. Though some may see it as “advanced” the reality is that Wood Badge is the capstone to any adult Scouter’s basic training.
University of Scouting
University of Scouting is a day of training full of courses that help scouters answer questions not traditionally covered as part of the BSA basic training models such as “how to run a pinewood derby” or “what is a Dutch Oven?” U of S is also a great time to laser target critical parts of your program you may want to work on such as membership or engaging older scouts.
Roundtable is a monthly meeting where the District offers targeted program normally to help units on a timely topic such as re-charter or Webelos Crossover. These meetings are also a great social time to see other adult leaders and talk Scouting outside of the bubble of your own unit.
Find your Roundtable by Checking your District Calendar.
My.Scouting is of the principal online portal used by unit scouts and scouters with tracking information and rosters. But did you know that the online training portal also has a whole host of additional training beyond just the specific and YPT trainings? If you’re looking for a quick boost to your Scouting knowledge don’t hesitate to log in and check out the online training center.
Unit leaders are encouraged to regularly check the training status of all the adult leaders registered in their unit. The Mount Baker Council is committed to the belief that EVERY scout deserves a trained leader and that furthermore EVERY adult will enjoy Scouting more by knowing how to do the role they have volunteered in the Scouting program. To this end only units with 100% of its adult leaders fully trained are allowed to re-charter each year. To make the re-charter process less stressful for all concerned unit leaders can check the training status anytime year-round. To find out how to check this status using My.Scouitng CLICK HERE!
Youth Leader Training
Training doesn’t end with adults though, in fact the heart and soul of our program really comes down to YOUTH leadership training. Often the role of a leader is the best test of charter and growth in our scouts. For this reason the Boy Scouts of America offers many different leadership development trainings for scouts to participate in. Some of these can be done at the unit level supported by their adult leadership while others are facilitated at the Council and National level.
National Youth Training Catalog
This section provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program.
National Youth Leadership Training
NYLT is an exciting, action packed program hosted at Fire Mountain each summer designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home Troops and Venturing Crews. The leadership skills taught can be used in any other situation demanding leadership of “self” and “others.” This process begins with a “vision” of what success will look like in the future.
Adventure is Waiting.
With adventure, fun and discovery at every turn, Scouting makes the most of right now.