Why Become Trained?


A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!

All Scouting Affiliated Adults


Youth Protection Training (available online)


The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.


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Youth Leaders


Position Specific Training (available online)


Designed to help our volunteers improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program. These courses are required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration.


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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (OLS)


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 Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered "trained".


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Basic Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)


This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.

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STEM Orientation

These courses are intended to be used to provide an orientation for Scouts, Scouters, and parents about Scouting and the STEM program and the STEM opportunities in Scouting. The instructor-led course is designed to be used with the STEM Orientation slide deck at roundtables and other training events.

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2010 - present

2010 - present



National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)


National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for Councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their Troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well.NYLT is a six-day course. NYLT INFO




Commissioner Training


A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. Just as we require our unit leaders to be trained, we require our commissioner staff to be trained for their position. A trained commissioner is one that has completed Orientation and Basic Training. The orientation varies by the role. Gamehaven’s commissioner staff gathers quarterly for training and discussion of how to best serve our units through commissioner service. 


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Popcorn Kernel Training


Did you know that the fall popcorn sale is the biggest Council fundraiser of the year? Being in charge of the sale for your unit is a very important role. Make sure you attend the annual traing to ensure you are up to speed on changes, additions, and the best sales techniques to teach your Scouts! Offered the summer prior to the fall sale. Make sure to contact your District Executive if you are not notified of the training.

Advanced Training


Leaders desiring a deeper understanding of the program or seeking additional leadership development will find advanced training highly rewarding. Successful completion of basic training is usually a prerequisite for advanced training. These training courses should supplement the roles knowledge and skills learned in the other levels and in general are intended to support experienced leaders who are supporting not only units but potentially the district, council, area, regional, and national levels of the Boy Scouts of America. Examples of some of the most common advanced courses in the BSA are:


Wood Badge


The most well-known example of advanced leadership training and is designed for all adult Scouting  leaders. Its focus is on leadership, not outdoor skills. The first part of the Wood Badge course reflects unit

meetings, while the second part of the course uses a unit camping activity as its delivery model. The course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters of all leadership positions and will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas. Successful

completion of the basic leader training for a Scouter’s position is the prerequisite for enrollment in a Wood Badge training course. Find Wood Badge training HERE.


Kodiak Challenge


A three- or six-day, trek-based course for older Scouts, Venturers, and leaders designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant—one that will encourage them to try new things that may be out of their comfort zone. It is an experience that has its underpinnings in the application of the

leadership skills they learned in other courses. Those interested in this unique training will need to plan and execute the training themselves with Council Executive approval. The magic in Kodiak is that it is a fun, challenging week of fellowship that includes leadership training. Most other leadership skills courses are just the opposite; leadership courses with fun and fellowship sprinkled in. More info HERE.


Powder Horn


This exciting weeklong or two-weekend experience is a high-adventure resource management course for adult leaders, older Scouts, and Venturers. The course introduces leaders to high-adventure skills through presentations by expert outside consultants and hands-on practice. In addition to learning introductory skills, participants will learn how and where to secure resources and how to integrate exciting, creative high-adventure activities into their unit level programs. Find Powder Horn trainings HERE.




An advanced weekend training conference for Sea Scouting leaders is conducted on a regional basis or region-approved council invitational basis. It is an intense leadership and management training focused on the "how-to" aspects of managing a successful youth led Sea Scout program. While Seabadge was developed as an advanced leadership training program for experienced Sea Scout adult leaders the course is open to all adult Scout leaders. The driving theme for the training is to "Focus on Youth", which makes the course especially valuable for any Scout leader dealing with older youth. Seabadge does not cover topics like boating, knots, or other program-related materials found in the Sea Scout Manual. More info HERE.