Training Opportunities

Adult Basic Leader Training

To become trained as a Cubmaster, or assistant Cubmaster, or Tiger Cub Den Leader, or Cub Scout Den Leader, or Cub Scout Assistant Den Leader, or Webelos Den Leader, or Webelos Assistant Den Leader, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Cub Scout Leader Specific

To become trained as a Committee Member, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Pack Committee Member Specific

For a pack overnighter, at least one adult member must complete BALOO training.

Please see below for the upcoming training opportunities.

Cub Scout Leader Specific:

  • April 13, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Vermuele Community Center, North Plainfield – Register
  • April 29, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Council Service Center – Register



BALOO Training:

  • March 25, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Camp Wheeler – Register
  • April 22, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Watchung Reservation – Register
  • September 16, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Winnebago – Register

To become trained as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specifics
  • Outdoor Leader Skills

To become trained as a Committee Member, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Troop Committee Challenge

Please see below for the upcoming training opportunities.  Want an opportunity during the day?  Check out the Boy Scout Summer Camp tab.  You do not need to be registered for camp to attend.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training:

  • March 11, 2017 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm  at Cedar Knolls.  Register
  • May 20, 2017 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church. Register
  • September 16, 2017 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Cedar Knolls. Register
  • November 4, 2017 from 8:00 am-1:00 pm at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church. Register



Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills:
Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A & B are required for this course!


Date Time Location Registration
April 7-9, 2017  6:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Winnebago Scout Reservation  Register
May 5-7, 2017  6:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Winnebago Scout Reservation  Register
October 6-9, 2017  6:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Winnebago Scout Reservation  Register
October 20-22, 2017  6:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Winnebago Scout Reservation  Register

Boy Scout Training at Summer Camp







We will be running Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Position Specific training at Summer Camp.  You do not need to attend summer camp for this option to be available to you.

Stay tuned for 2017 opportunities.

To become trained as an Advisor or Associate Advisor, the following courses are required:

  • Venturing Youth Protection
  • Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training

To become trained as a Committee Chair or Committee Member, the following courses are required:

  • Venturing Youth Protection
  • Crew Committee Challenge – Crew Committee Position-Specific Training

Venturing Advisor and Committee – Leader Specific Training:

Date Time Location Registration


This course will combine material for both Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training and Crew Committee Position-Specific Training into one larger training session. Since portions of the course content for each of the two sessions is exactly word-for-word, the two courses have been combined to allow all attendees to receive credit for both courses.

Youth Training

National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT is the only council-wide youth training program that is not designed to be program specific.  NYLT is a rigorous youth leadership training program that provides skills for life and is designed to benefit and enhance the leadership teams of Troops and Venture Crews.  It is fun, challenging and informative.  This is a co-ed course.  This year Patriots’ Path Council will offer 3 courses.

Who may attend NYLT?

-Registered Boy Scouts 13 years of age or completed the 7th grade until 18 years of age that have obtained First Class.


-Registered Venture Scouts 14 years of age or completed the 8th grade until 21 years of age.

National Youth Leadership TrainingAn NYLT course is set up to represent a month in the life of a typical Scout troop, including mirroring the troop structure by assigning incoming participants to patrols. The first three full days of the course represent the first three weeks of a troop calendar, complete with patrol leaders’ council meetings, troop meetings, patrol meetings, and planning for a big troop event. Participants use the full range of BSA resources for planning and conducting meetings that are interesting, lively, and relevant – a skill they can incorporate with great effect when they return to their home troops. NYLT patrol members put their preparations to the test with a NYLT Outpost Camp symbolizing the big event that culminates a normal troop’s monthly program.

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America offers an advanced application course, NAYLE, held at Philmont.

Date Time Location Registration
 June 26-July 2, 2016  8:00 am-11:00 am  Winnebago Scout Reservation  Register
August 7-13, 2016 8:00 am-11:00 am Winnebago Scout Reservation Register
November 11-13, and 18-20, 2016

MUST attend both weekends to complete the course.

5:30 pm-3:00 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation





Den Chief TrainingDenChiefPatch

One of the best helpers for a Cub Scout Den Leader or Webelos Leader is a Den Chief, a Boy Scout 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.

Pack Leaders: ask your local Scout troop to provide Den Chiefs. You won’t regret it! You’ll have better dens, and better Webelos-to-Scout transition results.

Troop Leaders: being a Den Chief qualifies as a leadership position for rank advancement. Encourage your Scouts to volunteer, then sign them up for training! You’ll get more Cubs growing up to join your troop.

Den Leaders: ask your pack leaders or troop leaders to help you get Den Chiefs. Webelos Den Chiefs are especially useful for teaching the Boy Scout parts of Webelos advancement requirements and give the boys a friend in the troop when it’s time to graduate. You will get a valuable assistant leader.

Date Time Location Registration
October 29, 2016 9:00 am- 12:00 pm Cranford United Methodist Church Register
November 5, 2016  9:00 am- 12:00 pm  Brooklawn Middle School Register
December 3, 2016 8:30 am-11:30 am or 12:30pm-3:30 pm Randolph Middle School Register


Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (Venturing Youth)
Adult Explorer Leader Basic Training (Exploring Adults)

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Where: Brooklawn Middle School, Parsippany

Check In: 8:00 am – 8:30 am Training: 8:30am – 2:30 pm

Who: Any registered Venturing youth or adult and any registered Exploring adult

Cost: $5 includes:Program Supplies and Materials (Bring a bagged lunch)

Event Chair: Ken Schwemmer [email protected]

Event Advisor: Ashley Mickle  [email protected]

Click here for the flyer 

Click here to register

Supplemental Training

University of Scouting

December 3, 2016
Randolph Middle School


What is the University of Scouting?    A day-long training extravaganza – over 150 courses to pick from!
Supplemental Training / Scouting Fellowship / Idea Sharing / FUN! FUN! FUN!
Valuable sessions for even the most experienced leader.

Trainer’s EDGE

February 25, 2017 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Patriots’ Path Council, Service Center
Cedar Knolls

Register Here

Trainer’s EDGE is a train-the-trainer course which focuses on using the EDGE method to teach.  This course is required for NYLT and Wood Badge staff members and can also be used to fulfill an approved ticket item for current Wood Badge members working on ticket items.  Other trainers should be taking this course as a pre-requisite to teaching any other course.  This course is also open to unit leaders.  The certification is good for three years.

Please be sure to have a prepared 10 minute presentation of your choice.

Lunch will be provided!


Woodman's Thong logo

It is time again for the course no one else offers. This course, developed by Scouters from our Council, is designed to increase your knowledge of the outdoors and the skills you need to keep your outdoor program exciting.

Registration is open to youth that are 13 years old and Star rank, Venturers, and to registered adult leaders. Space is limited so sign up online as soon as possible. A letter of acceptance and a list of equipment required will be sent when your registration payment is received. An adult registered with their unit must accompany youth from a unit.

Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A & B are required for this course!

Woodsman’s Thong Training Dates:

  • October 22-23, 2016 (7:00 am-1:00 pm)
    Winnebago Scout Reservation
  • Register Here

Flyers and Forms:


Wood Badge Training

WoodbadgeCourse# N5-333-16
Weekend #1: September 10-12, 2016
Weekend #2: October 8-10, 2016
(Must attend both weekends!)

Wood Badge is Scouting’s advanced training course for all adult leaders: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, Varsity, District and Council volunteers and professional Scouters. The training provides a common leadership foundation for all Scouters in the program. It gives multi-faceted presentations of leadership skills, organizational tools, and activities based on the best Scouting traditions and the latest in team development theory. You also will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteers and professional Scouters, and along the way have a great deal of fun.

To attend a Wood Badge course, a Scouter must:

· Be a registered member of the BSA
· Have completed basic training for their Scouting position
· Be capable of functioning safely in the outdoor environment
· Complete an Annual BSA Health and Medical Record

The Wood Badge program consists of two parts: Practical Training and the Application Phase.

Practical Training is 6 days long, divided into two 3-day weekends. In addition, there are 2 patrol meetings held between the 2 weekends. These meetings are mandatory and are scheduled by your patrol at everyone’s convenience. Wood Badge is an outdoor experience where a Scouter lives as a member of a den/patrol/crew, practices skills in leadership, and learns how these skills apply in the role of the adult leader in developing youth through the Scouting program. Through living in this setting for an extended period of time, you develop a Scouting spirit and zeal for the program that motivates you to do a better job in the Scouting task you have accepted. During this Practical Training all participants develop a “ticket,” a written plan for how the Scouter intends to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the course in service to others, to specific goals and objectives in the Scouting program, and in personal growth.

Application Phase is completed at home. Participants have up to 18 months to complete their “ticket.” Throughout this phase you will have a counselor who will act as a resource, Scouting friend, and evaluator. When the counselor determines that you have met the goals you established at the course and “worked your ticket,” you will be presented with the Wood Badge certificate, neckerchief, woggle and beads at an appropriate public ceremony of your choosing.

The Fundamentals of Training is designed to help Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training.  It will provide a great start for new trainers, show the BSA’s training techniques tothose who might have trained for other organizations, and help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.

When: October 25, 2016 from 8:00AM to 12:30PM at the Council Service Center

Who Should Attend’

  • Unit Leaders who would like to give back and train other leaders
  • Existing Trainers, both youth and adult, currently serving on district and council training teams.


This is the first part of the three-part train-the trainer continuum (T3 ) in Scouting and is intended for both youth and adult trainers. This session is designed to introduce new Scouting trainers to teaching techniques and skills.

Most of the BSA’s instructor-led training is designed around a variation of what educators are calling the “team-based learning model.” Using small groups, team-based learning promotes learning and team development through frequent and immediate feedback by a facilitator/ instructor. It helps members learn from each other during and after the course. The teambased learning approach is similar to the patrol method Scouting has used for more than a century all over the world. The patrol method has proven effective in operating a den, patrol, squad, and crew, as well as in learning. We will use this method throughout the course.

This first part of the T3 continuum, The Fundamentals of Training, is designed to help Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. The course will also help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques. And, it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.

Upon completion of The Fundamentals of Training, new trainers will be able to apply the techniques they have learned across the BSA’s leadership development programs, from unitlevel youth leader training taught by youth for youth, to position-specific and supplemental training for adult leaders. Upon completion of this first part, new trainers are coached and mentored by experienced trainers as they become comfortable with and confident in their training skills.

Trainer’s EDGE is the second part of the continuum. As trainers develop their training skills, Trainer’s EDGE provides an additional opportunity for trainers to enhance their abilities. Trainer’s EDGE also supplements the training development sessions offered during faculty development for advanced leadership training courses and increased familiarity with the EDGE model that is used throughout the training.

The third part of the continuum is the Master Trainer course taught at one of the BSA’s national volunteer training centers or a regional “cluster council” course. The Master Trainer course does not create a designation for the participants; it teaches the skills and techniques used to address council and district training objectives. Using the analyze-plan-manage-evaluate process, participants are ideally suited to create and implement training improvement plans that achieve Journey to Excellence goals.

Training Awards

(no old forms will be accepted)

Training Awards

The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress record forms with the 2012 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below.

Key Awards


The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit leaders for tenure, training, and performance in their unit leader role. Progress record forms with the 2012 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below.