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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

Download a PDF of the Trained Position Requirements or click a link below to view the required training for that position.

Scoutmaster

Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this 90 minutes online training.
Learn more »
Take course online »

Hazardous Weather

Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.
Take course online »

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.
View upcoming dates »

Scoutmaster Specific Training (required to recharter)

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.
View upcoming dates »

First Aid

Any individual wishing to become First Aid Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
View upcoming dates »

CPR

Any individual wishing to become CPR & AED Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
View upcoming dates »

Wilderness First Aid

The Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) Wilderness First Aid course is for those who work, live or play in remote areas- away from the usual EMS service. Even though the emergency workers near these areas may be trained to search for and rescue those in need, there may be a delay in the notification of assistance, the time required to get to the patient, or in moving the patient to more advanced treatment. Participants will learn components such as how to apply a splint and how to treat hypothermia. If you are attending a Scouting high adventure base, you will need to take this training. If your troop or crew is planning a high adventure outing, at least one member of the unit should be certified in this training.
View upcoming dates »

Climb on Safely

Climb on Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

Trek Safely

Trek Safely is designed to help Scouting groups be fully prepared for a backcountry trek. It will help each youth member and adult leader recognize situations that could develop in which the group will have to adjust its schedule or route, or even make camp for the night because of weather circumstances or an injured or ill crew member. Crews that address possible scenarios in advance are less likely to be surprised on the trail. Contingency planning is critical to the success of every trip.​​

Safety Afloat

Swimming, kayaking, or any aquatic activity will have potential hazards, even for advanced participants. Lives can be saved with proper supervision and training; lives can be and have been lost by not following Safety Afloat practices. Safety Afloat training is designed for all authorized boating activities. Adult leaders supervising those activities have completed their Safety Afloat training within the previous two years.
Take course online »

Safe Swim Defense

Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean.
Take course online »

Paddlecraft Safety

It is strongly recommended that all units have at least one adult or older youth member currently trained in BSA Aquatics Supervision: Paddle Craft Safety to assist in the planning and conduct of all activities afloat.

There are no recommended trainings for this position.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader.
Learn more »

Voyageur Canoe Training

Voyageur training is canoe use and safety training for adult leaders. This training covers Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, policy review, planning trips and tour permits as well as learning how to use a canoe.
Learn more »

Marlinspike Knots Training

Marlinspike teaches how to tie some of the most interesting and decorative knots that you will ever see, including the Monkey’s Fist and Turk’s Head Knots, along with many practical knots.
Learn more »

Assistant Scoutmaster

Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this 90 minutes online training.
Learn more »
Take course online »

Hazardous Weather

Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.
Take course online »

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.
View upcoming dates »

Scoutmaster Specific Training (required to recharter)

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.
View upcoming dates »

First Aid

Any individual wishing to become First Aid Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
View upcoming dates »

CPR

Any individual wishing to become CPR & AED Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
View upcoming dates »

Wilderness First Aid

The Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) Wilderness First Aid course is for those who work, live or play in remote areas- away from the usual EMS service. Even though the emergency workers near these areas may be trained to search for and rescue those in need, there may be a delay in the notification of assistance, the time required to get to the patient, or in moving the patient to more advanced treatment. Participants will learn components such as how to apply a splint and how to treat hypothermia. If you are attending a Scouting high adventure base, you will need to take this training. If your troop or crew is planning a high adventure outing, at least one member of the unit should be certified in this training.
View upcoming dates »

Climb on Safely

Climb on Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

Trek Safely

Trek Safely is designed to help Scouting groups be fully prepared for a backcountry trek. It will help each youth member and adult leader recognize situations that could develop in which the group will have to adjust its schedule or route, or even make camp for the night because of weather circumstances or an injured or ill crew member. Crews that address possible scenarios in advance are less likely to be surprised on the trail. Contingency planning is critical to the success of every trip.​​

Safety Afloat

Swimming, kayaking, or any aquatic activity will have potential hazards, even for advanced participants. Lives can be saved with proper supervision and training; lives can be and have been lost by not following Safety Afloat practices. Safety Afloat training is designed for all authorized boating activities. Adult leaders supervising those activities have completed their Safety Afloat training within the previous two years.
Take course online »

Safe Swim Defense

Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean.
Take course online »

Paddlecraft Safety

It is strongly recommended that all units have at least one adult or older youth member currently trained in BSA Aquatics Supervision: Paddle Craft Safety to assist in the planning and conduct of all activities afloat.

There are no recommended trainings for this position.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader.
Learn more »

Voyageur Canoe Training

Voyageur training is canoe use and safety training for adult leaders. This training covers Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, policy review, planning trips and tour permits as well as learning how to use a canoe.
Learn more »

Marlinspike Knots Training

Marlinspike teaches how to tie some of the most interesting and decorative knots that you will ever see, including the Monkey’s Fist and Turk’s Head Knots, along with many practical knots.
Learn more »

Troop Committee Chair

Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this 90 minutes online training.
Learn more »
Take course online »

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.
View upcoming dates »

First Aid

Any individual wishing to become First Aid Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
View upcoming dates »

CPR

Any individual wishing to become CPR & AED Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
View upcoming dates »

Wilderness First Aid

The Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) Wilderness First Aid course is for those who work, live or play in remote areas- away from the usual EMS service. Even though the emergency workers near these areas may be trained to search for and rescue those in need, there may be a delay in the notification of assistance, the time required to get to the patient, or in moving the patient to more advanced treatment. Participants will learn components such as how to apply a splint and how to treat hypothermia. If you are attending a Scouting high adventure base, you will need to take this training. If your troop or crew is planning a high adventure outing, at least one member of the unit should be certified in this training.
View upcoming dates »

Climb on Safely

Climb on Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

Trek Safely

Trek Safely is designed to help Scouting groups be fully prepared for a backcountry trek. It will help each youth member and adult leader recognize situations that could develop in which the group will have to adjust its schedule or route, or even make camp for the night because of weather circumstances or an injured or ill crew member. Crews that address possible scenarios in advance are less likely to be surprised on the trail. Contingency planning is critical to the success of every trip.​​

Safety Afloat

Swimming, kayaking, or any aquatic activity will have potential hazards, even for advanced participants. Lives can be saved with proper supervision and training; lives can be and have been lost by not following Safety Afloat practices. Safety Afloat training is designed for all authorized boating activities. Adult leaders supervising those activities have completed their Safety Afloat training within the previous two years.
Take course online »

Safe Swim Defense

Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean.
Take course online »

Paddlecraft Safety

It is strongly recommended that all units have at least one adult or older youth member currently trained in BSA Aquatics Supervision: Paddle Craft Safety to assist in the planning and conduct of all activities afloat.

Hazardous Weather

Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.
Take course online »

There are no recommended trainings for this position.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader.
Learn more »

Voyageur Canoe Training

Voyageur training is canoe use and safety training for adult leaders. This training covers Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, policy review, planning trips and tour permits as well as learning how to use a canoe.
Learn more »

Marlinspike Knots Training

Marlinspike teaches how to tie some of the most interesting and decorative knots that you will ever see, including the Monkey’s Fist and Turk’s Head Knots, along with many practical knots.
Learn more »

Troop Committee Member

Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this 90 minutes online training.
Learn more »
Take course online »

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.
View upcoming dates »

First Aid

Any individual wishing to become First Aid Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
View upcoming dates »

CPR

Any individual wishing to become CPR & AED Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
View upcoming dates »

Wilderness First Aid

The Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) Wilderness First Aid course is for those who work, live or play in remote areas- away from the usual EMS service. Even though the emergency workers near these areas may be trained to search for and rescue those in need, there may be a delay in the notification of assistance, the time required to get to the patient, or in moving the patient to more advanced treatment. Participants will learn components such as how to apply a splint and how to treat hypothermia. If you are attending a Scouting high adventure base, you will need to take this training. If your troop or crew is planning a high adventure outing, at least one member of the unit should be certified in this training.
View upcoming dates »

Climb on Safely

Climb on Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

Trek Safely

Trek Safely is designed to help Scouting groups be fully prepared for a backcountry trek. It will help each youth member and adult leader recognize situations that could develop in which the group will have to adjust its schedule or route, or even make camp for the night because of weather circumstances or an injured or ill crew member. Crews that address possible scenarios in advance are less likely to be surprised on the trail. Contingency planning is critical to the success of every trip.​​

Safety Afloat

Swimming, kayaking, or any aquatic activity will have potential hazards, even for advanced participants. Lives can be saved with proper supervision and training; lives can be and have been lost by not following Safety Afloat practices. Safety Afloat training is designed for all authorized boating activities. Adult leaders supervising those activities have completed their Safety Afloat training within the previous two years.
Take course online »

Safe Swim Defense

Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean.
Take course online »

Paddlecraft Safety

It is strongly recommended that all units have at least one adult or older youth member currently trained in BSA Aquatics Supervision: Paddle Craft Safety to assist in the planning and conduct of all activities afloat.

Hazardous Weather

Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.
Take course online »

There are no recommended trainings for this position.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader.
Learn more »

Voyageur Canoe Training

Voyageur training is canoe use and safety training for adult leaders. This training covers Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, policy review, planning trips and tour permits as well as learning how to use a canoe.
Learn more »

Marlinspike Knots Training

Marlinspike teaches how to tie some of the most interesting and decorative knots that you will ever see, including the Monkey’s Fist and Turk’s Head Knots, along with many practical knots.
Learn more »

Chartered Organization Representative

Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this 90 minutes online training.
Learn more »
Take course online »

Training the Chartered Organization Representative (required to recharter)

Training for the chartered organization representative (COR), available online at my.scouting.org or presented by the district or council, will give the participant an understanding of the important role they play in the organization of the Boy Scouts of America. Topics included in this two hour training include: how Scouting operates, duties, the district committee, and case study problem solving.
Take course online »

There are no activity-specific trainings for this position.

There are no recommended trainings for this position.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader.
Learn more »

Voyageur Canoe Training

Voyageur training is canoe use and safety training for adult leaders. This training covers Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, policy review, planning trips and tour permits as well as learning how to use a canoe.
Learn more »

Marlinspike Knots Training

Marlinspike teaches how to tie some of the most interesting and decorative knots that you will ever see, including the Monkey’s Fist and Turk’s Head Knots, along with many practical knots.
Learn more »

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