Training for New Volunteers

What Does it mean to be “Trained”?

The secret to delivering a quality Scouting program is having trained leaders at every level. Maybe you’ve seen another scouter with that cool “trained” patch on their left sleeve. This signifies to youth, parents, and other leaders that you are prepared to lead your Scouting program. Below are the requirements to be “trained” at each program level.

NEW: Updates to Youth Protection Training

The BSA has updated their Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse. Two major aspects of Youth Protection have changed.

  1. All new and existing adult leaders must log in to  My.Scouting.org and complete the updated Youth Protection course. You have until Oct. 1, 2018, to take the updated training. Failure to do so will prevent the unit from rechartering. New leaders cannot register with the BSA without first completing YPT. The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse.
  2. Beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection training. This includes parents, merit badge counselors and any other adult who will be there for an extended time.

The BSA is serious about fighting child abuse, and you’re an important part of that fight. Thanks for your vigilance and dedication. For more information on these changes, please see the official web release here. 

 

Cub Scout Leaders – are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection and the Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their position (Den Leader, Cubmaster, Committee Chair, or Committee Member).

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters – are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Troop Committee Members – are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection and the Troop Committee Challenge as their Leader Specific training.

Venturing Crew Advisors and Assistant Advisors – are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection and Venturing Advisor Specific Training.

Crew Committee Members – are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection and the Crew Committee Challenge.

You can take any of these trainings online via my.scouting.org. For more information on how to take training online, view our Youth Protection & Online Resources page. Review this chart for a comprehensive list of the training classes available online, and be sure to visit our training calendar for upcoming local training dates. To schedule an in-person training for your unit, please contact your District Staff here.