Common sense tells us training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. 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. Everything we do in Scouting has a purpose and training is the key to recognizing, understanding, and achieving the purpose behind every activity.

Training Requirements

The Boy Scouts of America has developed a thorough training program for all adult leaders. It starts with Youth Protection and basic training for your position. Once you’ve taken the basic courses, you’re considered trained for your position and you get to wear the “Trained” patch on your sleeve. But it doesn’t stop there. After basic training, there’s Wood Badge, which is the premier leadership course of the BSA, plus dozens of other supplemental courses to help develop your knowledge and skills. Altogether, it means there are plenty of opportunities for even the most experienced scout leader to continue learning.

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training is REQUIRED for all Adult Leaders. This training needs to be re-taken every year. Venturing and Sea Scouting Leaders must take a specialized Youth Protection Training course called Venturing Youth Protection Training.

Youth Protection training is available as a 25-minute online session, which you can watch on your own at your convenience. It’s also offered periodically as an in-person training course, occasionally with a webcast option. To start take online taking Youth Protection training online, please visit MyScouting.

Quick-start Training Guides & Training Finder.

Training requirements differ based on your role as a volunteer and/or which program you are supporting. To learn which courses are required for your position, please look at our quick start guides below.

If you’re still unsure of which trainings you should take or you would like to see additional trainings that may be helpful for you in your role, check out this BSA Training Finder Tool.

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