Scouts BSA Training | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Scouts BSA Training

Adult leader training is vital to the success of Scouting programs and insures that a fun, safe and fulfilling experience is provided to each Scout. Some courses may be completed online through my.scouting.org. All other courses are provided by the council and each district on a regular basis. 

Beyond required training, we encourage adult leaders to take supplemental training such as University of Scouting or Wood Badge, as well as a variety of our other training courses throughout the year. 

Direct Contact Leaders

Crossroads of America Council has adopted a policy of requiring all Direct Contact Leaders to be trained for their respective leadership positions. The council is committed to providing the highest quality program possible to the youth it serves. Having trained adult leaders is critical to fulfilling that commitment. Every youth deserves a trained leader.

Questions?

For more information or assistance selecting training courses, please contact:

Thomas Barrington
Program Director
(317) 813-7095

Sherry Webb
Training Assistant
(317) 813-7117

Scouts BSA Leader Training Requirements

  • Trained Position Requirements (PDF) 
  • Scoutmaster
  • Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Troop Committee Chair 
  • Troop Committee Member 
  • Charterd Organization Representative 

Scoutmaster

Advanced TrainingWood Badge, Voyageur Canoe Training, Marlinspike Knots Training
Recommended Training 
Activity-Specific TrainingFirst Aid, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Climb on Safely, Trek Safety, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Physical Wellness, Paddlecraft Safety,
Required Position-SpecificIntroduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, Scoutmaster Specific Training (required to recharter)
Required (All Leaders)Youth Protection Training
Required (Position)Hazardous Weather

Assistant Scoutmaster

Advanced TrainingWood Badge, Voyageur Canoe Training, Marlinspike Knots Training
Recommended Training 
Activity-Specific TrainingFirst Aid, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Climb on Safely, Trek Safety, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Physical Wellness, Paddlecraft Safety,
Required Position-SpecificIntroduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, Scoutmaster Specific Training (required to recharter)
Required (All Leaders)Youth Protection Training
Required (Position)Hazardous Weather


Troop Committee Chair

Advanced TrainingWood Badge, Voyageur Canoe Training, Marlinspike Knots Training
Recommended Training 
Activity-Specific TrainingFirst Aid, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Climb on Safely, Trek Safety, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Physical Wellness, Paddlecraft Safety, Hazardous Weather
Required (Position)Troop Committee Challenge
Required (All Leaders)Youth Protection Training

Troop Committee Member

Advanced TrainingWood Badge, Voyageur Canoe Training, Marlinspike Knots Training
Recommended Training 
Activity-Specific TrainingFirst Aid, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Climb on Safely, Trek Safety, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Physical Wellness, Paddlecraft Safety, Hazardous Weather
Required (Position)Troop Committee Challenge
Required (All Leaders)Youth Protection Training

Chartered Organizatioin Representative

Advanced TrainingWood Badge, Voyageur Canoe Training, Marlinspike Knots Training
Recommended Training 
Activity-Specific TrainingFirst Aid, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Climb on Safely, Trek Safety, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Physical Wellness, Paddlecraft Safety, Hazardous Weather
Required (Position)Training the Chartered Organization Representative (required to recharter)
Required (All Leaders)Youth Protection Training

SCOUTS BSA LEADER TRAINING COURSES


Scoutmaster Specific Training

The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Scouts BSA troops. Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for those positions.
Troop Committee Challenge
The Troop Committee Challenge training for Scouts BSA troop committees has been developed to help troop committee members better understand their roles and responsibilities. Through hands-on experiential learning this will also enable troop committee members to better deliver the promise in support of the troop, Scoutmaster, and Scouts.

Den Chief Training
One of the best helpers for a Cub Scout Den Leader or Webelos Leader is a Den Chief, a youth from Scouts BSA who can help with activities, advancement, ceremonies, crafts, and other den events. But the best Den Chief is one who has attended Den Chief Training to learn about games, songs, tricks, puzzles, and other things that help a Den Chief do a better job.


Unit Training Coordinator

Learn how to become a Unit Training Coordinator so you can train your youth leaders, unit adult leaders, unit committee members and new parents and Scouts.

IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) / BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
This overnight training is required for any Cub Scout Den or Pack outdoor event, including Pack camping overnighters, and Webelos Den overnighters. This training should be presented by council or district level training teams as needed. BALOO is comprised of two components – an online component and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed.

Check out trainings available at the upcoming University of Scouting to be held in November.