Training Frequently Asked Questions | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Frequently Asked Questions on Training

What is a Direct Contact Leader?

Cub Scout Direct Contact Leaders are:

Assistant Cubmaster
Den Leader (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, & Webelos)
Assistant Den Leader (Wolf, Bear, & Webelos)

Scouts BSA Direct Contact Leaders are:
Assistant Scoutmaster
Venturing Direct Contact Leaders are:
Crew Advisor
Associate Advisor
Sea Scouting Direct Contact Leaders are:
Exploring Direct Contact Leaders are:

Associate Advisor


What training is required?

The trainings required for all Direct Contact Leaders is:

Youth Protection Training (available online or classroom)
Hazardous Weather Training (available online)

All online modules list for the respective positions available in the training center at or In-person Position-Specific Training (classroom).  A list of all online position specific training requirements by program and position is available at under Basic Leader Requirements.

For Scouts BSA leaders only, in-person Intro to Outdoor Leadership Skills


How long does it take to complete positions specific training?

Youth Protection Training required for all positions takes approximately 1 hour to complete, in addition to the applicable online position specific training below:

Cub Scouts, Cubmaster & Assistant Cubmaster – Approximately 2 hours.
Cub Scouts, Den Leader & Assistant Den Leader – Approximately 2 hours 10 min.
Scouts BSA, Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster – Approximately 3 hours 10 min.  Required Intro to Outdoor Leadership Skills is typically an overnight course.
Venturing, Crew Advisor & Associate Advisor – Approximately 2 hours 50 min.
Exploring Advisor & Associate Advisor – Approximately 2 hours. 20 min.
Sea Scouts, Skipper & Mate – Approximately 1 hour 40 min.


I heard that Hazardous Weather training is required to be direct contact leader trained, is this true?

Starting April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.  Hazardous Weather training is included in the direct contact leader training plans and estimated completions times.


If I am trained in my current position, will I be required to take Hazardous Weather now to retain the trained designation?

No, if you are currently trained in your position you will not be required to take the additional course now. To stay current, the new course (SCO_800) will need to be taken after WS81 is two years old. We recommend if you have not taken the updated course (SCO_800) that you do so to have the most current content.  Also, Hazardous Weather like Youth Protection Training expires every two years.


I was told that all leaders are required to be trained.  Is the true?

The answer is maybe.  While the Crossroads of America Council policy is that all direct contact leaders must be trained, in 2016 some districts stared requiring all leaders to be trained.  These districts may continue this requirement.  Please contact your district training chair or unit commissioner for more information regarding any district specific requirements.


I thought Lion Guides only needed to complete Youth Protraction Training.  Why is Den Leader training now required?

The Lion pilot program is being integrated into the Cub Scout program.  Lion Guides are now Den Leaders to align with the rest of the Cub Scout program.


Why does the council not have a record of training I completed online?

If you have completed a course online and it does not appear in your council training records, it is most often because your BSA ID# has not been added to your account profile.  Only you can correct this issue.  If you do not know your BSA ID#, get it from your unit leader or training coordinator and add it to your profile.  Sign in to, click on Menu, Legacy Web Tools, Manage Member ID and enter your BSA ID #.  All training completed after your BSA ID# is added to your profile will automatically be added to your Scout record.

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