Trained leaders provide a quality, fun-filled program for Scouting units. When leaders understand Scouting, they are more effective in their roles. So what does it mean to be "Trained", and what is required to receive the "Trained" patch? The following shows the natural sequence that leaders should follow to become "Trained".

Once you have completed each of these four items, you are considered to be trained and may wear the "Trained" patch on your uniform.

  1. Youth Protection Training: This online course is required for all adult leaders, and focuses on safety for our youth. There are courses specifically for Cub Scout leadersBoy Scout/Varsity Scout leaders, and Venturing leaders.
  2. Fast Start: This online course provides useful training to help you understand how Scouting works.
  3. This is Scouting: This new class replaces the old "New Leader Essentials." This online course is required to earn the Trained patch and should be completed before taking Leader-Specific Training. This course helps the new leader understand what resources are available to them.
  4. Leader-Specific Training: This is the opportunity for you to understand training specific to your particular Scouting assignment. This training is provided on a district level, and, normally, all families of Scouting (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity and Venturing) are taught at the same time – usually on a Saturday morning. Cub Scout Leader-Specific Training is now available online. Click here for dates of district leader-specific trainings.

Being “trained” is not an event, but a life-long process. For that reason, we encourage all leaders to continue their training by participating in the following training courses that relate to your Scouting assignment.

  1. Monthly Roundtable - Wouldn't it be great to share ideas with all of the other Scout leaders in your same position in your city? This gathering of Scout leaders happens on the 1st or 2nd Thursday of each month near you. Roundtable is designed to make your Scout leader assignment easier by providing resources, events, knowledge and answers. Find your district here, then find your district's roundtable.

  2. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills - This is a nationally-developed training for all Scoutmasters, Asst. Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches, Asst. Varsity Coaches, Venturing Advisors, and Venturing Associate Advisors heading to the great outdoors. Other Scouting leaders are welcome.

  3. Wood Badge - Wood Badge is for all Scouter leaders. The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our units, districts, and council.   

  4. Powderhorn - is designed to help Venturing leaders safely conduct outdoor activities of a fun and challenging nature. It provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully incorporate a program of outdoor adventure. This course is based upon the Ranger requirements giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high adventure activities and not a certification event.

  5. Philmont Training Center - This companion facility to the renowed Philmont base camp trains leaders from across the nation during week-long courses.

  6. University of Scouting

  7. Cyber Chip: Today's youth are spending more time that ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun.  To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. 



Youth Protection

Safe Swim Defense (Swimming)

Wood Badge

Fast Start

Safety Afloat (Boating)

President’s Club

This is Scouting

Climb On Safely (Climbing)

Outdoor Leader Skills

Weather Hazards

Trek Safely


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