Presentations and handouts from the Baden-Powell Council's University of Scouting over the years are now available on an on-line resource page. Check it out!
Upcoming Training Opportunities in 2020-21
(Additional courses and opportunities will be
available from the Baden-Powell Council and from neighboring
*= Course given by Baden-Powell Council - unless a link is provided, please feel free to contact Larry Blumberg LBlumberg@stny.rr.com with any questions, or check the Council website for more information n these courses.
We hope that you will find this packed with interesting courses and that YOU, Unit leaders, Parents, and Youth will join us for our One-Stop Day of Training, November 14, 2020.
As always we try to keep our course offerings fresh and current. We have removed some courses and added new ones so that everyone will find something new while we retain the "proven favorites" that are always filled. Please note that we have tried to include a number of courses that will appeal to all Adult Leaders and Older Scouts — We hope that everyone will find something to interest them at our University.
We also call your attention to our Opening Roundtable. To serve our Council Membership we will extend the opening to include a brief Roundtable of Interest to all members of our Council. We promise that it will be interesting, informative, and relevant..
Registration and Payment Deadline is due by Wednesday noon, November 11, 2020. Please note that you are registering for the University of Scouting event. Then, a few days prior to the event all registrants will receive “Zoom” links to access each of the courses being conducted.
We also hope that you will share this catalog with others – most of us attended our first University because someone invited us. Without that encouragement or suggestion, we might not have discovered the courses and training material that helped broaden our knowledge and make us the well-rounded leaders we are today. University of Scouting is for everyone involved in Scouting, not just direct Unit Leaders.
Youth and their Parents will also benefit from our University: There are courses to develop leadership and planning abilities and to enhance scout skills. There is material to help parents better understand how a Unit works. Accurate and relevant knowledge can help move them into a broader role with your Unit. Attendance at University is an investment in your Unit's future, but it starts with a gentle nudge, a word of suggestion.
Please help us to "spread the word!" Look at our courses and consider our offerings. We hope that you will join us at the 2020 Baden-Powell Council “virtual” University of Scouting !
For registration and information click here
Download a Course Catalog (PDF)
Course Director, Ed Plesnar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following changes to training:
The Cub Scout English E-Learning and Facilitated Adult Training have been updated to match current Cub Scout Program changes and updates to include using Scoutbook – especially in relation to conducting a Cub Scout Den Meeting using the Den Leader Experience. The new modules are available in the BSA Learn Center, and the following modules have been updated:
The new English Facilitated materials can be downloaded from the https://www.scouting.org/training/adult page.
*NOTE*: Unlike the updates to Scouts BSA Leader Training which were announced recently, if you have already completed any of the above modules, you are NOT required to retake them in order to proceed with a learning plan currently in progress. It would be your option to retake - or not - any modules you have already completed before this update. That said, even those already position trained are encouraged to accomplish the new modules so they are current with the latest program changes.
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For information and registration, see https://www.bpcouncil.org/training/
page from National's website giving the requirements for a leader to
be considered "trained".
Specific course modules required for training Cub, Venturing, Sea Scouting and Exploring leaders can be downloaded here in PDF format.
Online Training: You need to log into the Learn Center at My.Scouting.org to take online courses. You don't need to be a registered Scouter to set up a MyScouting.org account, but it is a very good idea to associate your account with your member ID number as soon as you receive your membership card. That way, any training you take online will automatically be credited to your BSA records. When entering my.scouting.org, you'll find training under Home, My Dashboard, My Training. Courses are in the "Training Center", listed by program. Please do not set up more than one My.Scouting.org account! If you have problems after you've set up one account, get help - duplicate accounts are one of the major causes of problems in getting proper credit for training, among other things. If for some reason you wind up with two BSA membership nunbers (you shouldn't, but it happens), you can associate your My.Scouting.org account with all of the member numbers through the "Manage Member ID" tool under "Legacy Web Tools".
Note: Nearly all position-specific training includes many different modules, all of which need to be completed before a leader is considered "Trained". Be sure that you have downloaded a list of positions and modules here and reviewed them to make sure that your leaders are, in fact, trained!. Different leadership positions require different combinations of modules, and some modules are shared between a number of different positions. You don't have to retake a module once taken, even if it was taken for another position.
All Adults: All adults are required to take Youth Protection Training before they are registered, and to keep their YPT current while they are registered. All unit-level leaders who were not considered "Trained" as of April 2018 are required to take Hazardous Weather Training in order to be considered "Trained".
Cub Scouts: All training courses for Cub Scout Leaders are now available online (other than the outdoor session required for BALOO).
Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venturing: Most Boy Scout, Sea Scout and Venturing leader training can be taken from my.scouting.org, other than required Outdoor Training (IOLS). You'll find training under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Learn Center image on the right side of the home page.
Exploring: Training for Explorer leaders available through My.Scouting.org includes:
Exploring Advisor and Associate Advisor
Exploring Service Team
Exploring Ride-Along Safety
District-level Adults: Training for adults who are registered at the District level which is available through My.Scouting.org includes:
Merit Badge Counselor training
Commissioner Basic Training (separate courses for District Commissioner, Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner and assistant commissioners for each of these)
District Committee Training
Membership Ethics (required for Key 3, worthwhile for Key 3 delegates and committee chairs).
Other courses with links at My.Scouting.org include:
Safe Swim Defense
Climb on Safely
Hazardous Weather (required for unit leaders after April 2018)
Unit Commissioner Fast Start
Chartered Organization Representative Fast Start
New Member Coordinator Training
Staffing the District Committee
If your pack or troop has a large number of people who need training, don't wait for a scheduled session - the Training Committee is also bringing the training to you! Contact them at training@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org and schedule a training session for your pack leaders. Packs should have a Pack Trainer if at all possible, so as to be able to present leader training to new leaders as needed.
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.
To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America has implemented the following Youth Protection policies:
Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before registering as a leader. Applications cannot be accepted without certificates of completion for the YPT course. This has been local policy for some time, but as of September 1, 2017, it became a requirement nationwide.
For current leaders, Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered and the unit charter will be held up - make sure that all leaders are trained, and will remain so throughout the year, before handing in a recharter application. Note: B-P Council local policy says YPT must be current throughout the year for which the volunteer is being registered.
The Guide to Safe Scouting on-line version is always the most up to date - find it at https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/
If your YPT will expire within the year for which you are registering, by local rule, please log on to My.Scouting.org and take the training.
If you are already registered, and your My.Scouting.org account is properly linked to your membership number, your training will automatically be updated in the system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account. If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist you.
A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to My.Scouting and create an account. Upon completion, you may print a training certificate to submit with a volunteer application. Once you have your membership card with your new member number, log back in My.Scouting.org and input your member ID in your profile so the training will be linked with your records.
If you have taken Youth Protection Training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to My.Scouting.org to ensure your records are up to date. If your records are not up to date, e-mail training@TCScouts.org with information about when you took the training and from whom, and we will enter the information into your records (don't forget to include your unit number, so we can find you!). Or, you can contact the Baden-Powell Council and have them verify that your Youth Protection Training records are accurate.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the information available in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.
The Baden-Powell Council has established the following stricter Youth Protection Training (YPT) requirement that supersedes the National Policy: In order to renew your registration, your Youth Protection Training must remain current through your entire registration period...for this reason, you are encouraged to take YPT every year to ensure that it will not lapse during your registration period! (National requirements just require current YPT at time of registration or recharter)
The National Training Committee has issued a reminder that some BSA training has a "shelf life", and must be renewed on a regular schedule. If you have any of these certifications, check when you last took them!
Youth Protection Training (YPT)* - note local policy requires YPT to be current thoughout charter year even though National policy allows two years.
Climb On Safely *
Safe Swim Defense*
Paddle Craft Safety
Swimming & Water Rescue
National Camp School (five camping seasons).
* = This course is available online through the national Web site my.scouting.org. you'll find training under Home, My Dashboard, My Training. Courses are in the "Training Center", listed by program - some of the courses noted here are in the "Other" section, so if you don't find the course under your program, check there, too. Make sure you've set up your My.Scouting account with your membership number, so that your training will be credited to your records on the Council's computers!
The BSA has many "square knot" recognition awards for taking training and putting it into practice. See the Recognition section of the Advancement page for details.
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