From the IWC Training Committee
Everyone requires training for anything that is to be done well. Individual jobs with Scouting are no different; therefore, it is essential that every leader is trained in their individual job and its importance. A trained leader is knowledgeable and confident in the role being performed. The knowledge and confidence of a trained leader are quickly sensed by the Scouts and are a positive influence on their lives.
There are four levels of training:
1 - ORIENTATION /FAST START TRAINING
Fast start training is designed to get a new leader off to a fast start. Its purpose is to acquaint families, new leaders, and others with the program of the Boy Scouts of America and give specific information about the program phase involved. Fast Start can be taken online by clicking on the link (FAST START TRAINING above).
2 - BASIC TRAINING
a) THIS IS SCOUTING is the initial training for adult leaders serving youth in units. Through a series of lively presentations, the training presents an overview of the core elements of Scouting, including the organization’s mission, aims, and methods. It also provides new leaders with a look at the resources available to them through the BSA, and a clear understanding of Scouting’s expectations of its adult leadership. All new adult leaders of Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, or Venturers must take this course. A Scout leader needs to take THIS IS SCOUTING only once. This training is available online.
b) Upon completion of THIS IS SCOUTING, volunteer leaders take part in LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING to prepare them for the opportunities and responsibilities relating to their leadership positions with Scouting. Examples of these trainings would be Tiger Den Leader, Wolf & Bear Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, and Pack Committee. Leader Specific training is also an opportunity for new leaders to get answers to questions they may have about their roles and about the BSA in general. This training must be attended in person. Each time a leader changes positions, Leader Specific Training for the new role must be taken.
c) Youth Protection Training - Youth Protection Training is required for all registered leaders. New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before submitting their application for registration. The certificate of completion must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered. Youth Protection Training is offered online.
3 - SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING
This includes a variety of courses given on a district or council level. They are designed to give additional information on specific areas of Scouting. Some of the methods touched upon in basic training are treated in greater depth in supplemental training courses. Some courses are held on a regular basis as a continuing source of information. Examples of supplemental training courses are Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientations (BALOO), Introduction of Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders, Climb on Safely, Safe Swim Defense, Hazardous Weather, and any courses offered at your district ROUNDTABLE. Many additional courses are offered online through the BSA E-Learning site.
4 - ADVANCED TRAINING
Leaders desiring a deeper dedicated involvement in the program, and who are otherwise qualified, will find advanced training highly rewarding. Wood Badge serves as the advanced training program for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting and Venturing. Successful completion of basic training is a prerequisite for advanced training.