Training

An enthusiastic, trained leader can make the difference between a unit that is struggling, and one that is ready to take on the world!  Training is for both new and experienced leaders in how to apply proven techniques in effectively running a unit. 

Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming events on the training calendar for the most up-to-date opportunities.

Online Training

Create a My.Scouting account and link your BSA ID to take Youth Protection and other BSA training.

Get Involved

Courses are put on with great volunteer like you. Want to get involved on a training team?
Our Scout Executive teaching "Making Ethical Decisions" during NYLT!

Adult Basic Leader Training

For training requirements for your position, please check out the National link for position-trained requirements.

Cub Scouts

Cub Position-Specific Training – a-half day course designed to highlight the Cub Scouting program broken down into sessions to best match your registered position in the pack.
Click here for more information and to register for Cub Leader Position-Specific Training
If there are no current classes, or if there is a conflict, please check back for the latest updates or courses can be completed online at my.scouting.org.

BALOO Training – a one-and-a-half day overnight course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to pack activities.  BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands-on practical.
Click here for instructions to complete BALOO Prerequisite Training
Click here for more information and to register for BALOO Training

Scouts BSA

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training – a-full day course designed to highlight the Scouts BSA program broken down into high level modules.
Click here for more info and to register for Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
If there are no current classes, or if there is a conflict, please check back for the latest updates or courses can be completed online at my.scouting.org.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – a one-and-a-half day overnight course designed to help prepare leaders for an outdoor program in addition to learning teaching techniques on advancement.
Click here for more information and to register for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Youth Training

NYLT

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, Ships, Venture Crews, and Explorer Posts. It is fun, challenging and informative. 
Click here to view more information and to register for NYLT.

Den Chief

One of the best helpers for a Cub Scout den leader or Webelos leader is a den chief, a Scout who can help with activities, advancement, ceremonies, crafts, and other den events. But the best den chief is one who has completed 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 Scouts BSA troop to provide den chiefs. You won’t regret it! You’ll have better dens, and better Webelos-to-Scouts BSA transition results.

Scouts BSA Leaders: Being a den chief qualifies as a leadership position for rank advancement. Encourage your Scouts to volunteer for the most important position in Scouting. Encourage your Scouts to complete Den Chief training online and contact your District Training Chair to find out how to run your own orientation course for your Scouts.

Den Leaders: Ask your pack leaders or local troop leaders to help you get den chiefs. Webelos den chiefs are especially useful for teaching the Scouts BSA parts of Webelos advancement requirements and give the boys and girls a friend in the troop when it’s time to bridge. You will get a valuable assistant leader.

Den Chief Resources

Course Syllabi and Presentations:

Den Chief Resources

Webelos to Scout Transition

Supplemental Training

CPR / Wilderness First Aid

CPR Training – is a few-hour-long evening program run with the ESCI standards with a hands-on component.  This course is recognized as a pre-requisite to Wilderness First Aid. Click here for more information and to register for CPR Training.

Wilderness First Aid – is a weekend-long program run with the ESCI standards with a hands-on component.  This course is recognized by NCAP Standards where access to medical services is limited.  Click here for more information and to register for Wilderness First Aid Training.

ServSafe Food Manager

ServSafe Food Manager Training – is a several-day program to be certified in running a kitchen that conforms with NCAP and state standards.  There are currently no offerings.

University of Scouting

The University of Scouting – is a day-long program designed to provide a block class schedule on a variety of topics.  Save the date for March 4, 2023 and check out the current flyer.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge – is an advanced leadership training that teaches the latest in leadership theory and team development.  Save the date to attend both weekends September 9-10, 2023, and October 14-15, 2023.  Completion of basic leader training for your position is a prerequisite to attending.  Check out the current flyer.

Woodsman's Thong

Woodsman’s Thong – information-packed demonstration course of advanced outdoor Scout skills beyond basic First Class levels to enhance your unit’s program. This program is available for Scouts at least 13 years of age and completed the First Class rank along with adult leaders.  Click here to view more information and to register for Woodsman’s Thong.

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 2020 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below. Please note, recipients of Training Awards will receive a certificate and knot patch for the award. Devices for the knots can be purchased through the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops. Knot patches are only awarded with the first award per recipient. Recipients receiving additional Training Awards  may purchase additional knots through the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shop.

Key Awards

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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.