Adult Training

Every Scout Deserves a Well-Trained Leader !

Trained Scout Leaders provide a high quality, fun-filled program for Scouts.  When Leaders understand the Whys and Hows of Scouting, they are more effective in their roles.  Trained Leaders know how to use the available resources to provide exciting and worthwhile programs for the Scouts.  Trained Leaders have more confidence in carrying out their roles and responsibilities.  As a result, our Scouts recieve a program designed to achieve Scouting's aims of:  Citizenship Training, Character Development, and Personal Fitness.  Trained Leaders deliver a well-planned, exciting program that keeps Scouts happy and attracts new scouts to our pack!

All Pack Leaders are expected to be "Trained" within 6 weeks of being appointed. 

All Pack Leaders will take Trainer's EDGE within 3 months of being appointed.

All Pack Leaders will take Wood Badge within 2 years of assuming a Leadership Position.

All Leaders and Parents will take "Youth Protection Training" and Renew it every two (2) years (National Policy).


What Makes a "Trained" Leader ?     

 A direct contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the "Trained" leader emblem when he or she has completed the following 4 training courses: 

     1.  Fast Start
     2.  Youth Protection
     3.  This is Scouting
     4.  Position Specific Training

1.    Fast Start Training.

Fast Start training is the first step for all new leaders and should be taken immediately after they register and before they meet with any youth members. New leaders choose the Fast Start they need to take: Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, Varsity Scout Leader, or Venturing Crew Leader. All Fast Start courses are available on DVD, or they can be completed through the Online Learning Center (www.MyScouting.Org). (If you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account.)

2.    Youth Protection Training.

Youth Protection training is required for all leaders who have direct contact with youth. At all times, youth safety is the number one priority. At the same time, adults need to know the rules for keeping themselves safe, too. Comprehensive Youth Protection training teaches all the do’s and don’ts of working with youth. The training is offered through the Online Learning Center, or it may be taken as part of an district or council training course.

3.    This is Scouting.

This Is Scouting is a new online training session that replaces New Leader Essentials. It picks up where Fast Start leaves off with six modules of training: The Mission of Scouting, Programs for All ages, Scouting Is Fun, Scouting in the Community, Keeping Our Youth Safe, and Scouting’s Legacy. The training takes about an hour to complete and can be found on Online Learning Center. (If you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account.)

4.    Position Specific Training.

Leader position specific training is based on the leader’s position. These courses are taught by informed trainers who know how to engage groups and make learning fun. These courses are offered by the district or council as group training, or may be done as small groups or by personal coaching.  The training is offered through the Online Learning Center, or it may be taken as part of an district or council training course.

  • Tiger Cub den leaders
  • Cubmasters and assistants
  • Wolf and Bear den leaders and assistants
  • Pack committee
  • Webelos den leaders and assistants
  • Pack trainers

Now That You're TRAINED - Consider Going that Extra Step!

One or more Pack Adults must have this training:

Hazardous Weather
- Required for Tour Permit (Online)
Safe Swim Defense  - Required for Swimming and other Water Activities (Online)
BALOO (Beginning Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) - Required for Pack Hike or Camping Trip
IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) - Webelos and Boy Scout Leaders for Hike or Camping Trip
Swimming and Water Rescue - Recommended, but not required
CPR - Required for Certain Activities

Trainer's EDGE - Allows you to be a trainer for any course you've taken
Wood Badge - Advanced Adult Leader Training using Patrol Method

Council Training Matrix - If you want to see it all.

Wood Badge

The Wood Badge experience strengthens Scouting in our units, districts, and local councils, by training adult leaders. Since 1919, the Wood Badge course has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands of leaders. Click here to read about the Founding of Wood Badge.  These Scouters have affected the lives of millions of America`s youth in a quality Boy Scout program of citizenship training, character development, and fitness. People who have taken this course exclaim it's one of the best experiences of their lives and changes the way they view the world!  Other courses like this cost upwards of $5,000!  Many employers will pay for you to attend.   Click here to read about the new Wood Badge for the 21st Century.
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  Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow - November 2013

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a training extravaganza and idea exchange where Cub Scout leaders can choose from all sorts of topics which are helpful for planning Cub Scout events. It is really important to go to Pow Wow and attend the super classes to learn how to deliver a great program. Every year is a new experience, so sign-up today.

University of Scouting - November 2013

Register early and mark your calendar!

Training Initiative

Units with trained unit leaders retain more youth members, have fewer incidents on outings, and have a stronger program.

Effective December 31, 2011, the Grand Canyon Council Requires ALL Direct Contact Leaders to be Fully Trained for their positions in order to Renew their Charters.

Direct Contact Leaders are:  Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Tiger Leaders, Assistant Tiger Leaders, Webelos Leaders, Assistant Webelos Leaders, Varsity Coaches, Assistant Varsity Coaches, Venture Crew Advisors, Associate Crew Advisors, Explorer Post Advisors, Explorer Post Assistant Advisors, Sea Scout Mates, and Sea Scout Skippers.

Youth Protection Training must be renewed at least every 2 years (24 months).
All other Training must be renewed at least every 5 years.

For a list of upcoming courses, please check the council website or
click here.


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