Training Committee: for names and contact information
see the Contact page
Any questions on training? E-mail training@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
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
(Additional courses and opportunities will be
available from the Baden-Powell Council and from neighboring
For more info on these courses, please email email@example.com
- College of Commissioner Science* - April 17 (online) - click
here for a catalog and information (PDF).
- NYLT (National Youth Leader Training)* - Aug. 9-14 - Camp
Tuscarora - see https://scoutingevent.com/368-nylt2021
- Summer 2021: two weekends, Aug 20-21 and Sept 11-12 - see below
- BALOO (Basic Adult
Leader Outdoor Orientation)* and IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor
Leader Skills)* - Fall 2021 (date tba) BALOO is for all Cub leaders, a
leader must accompany the Pack on overnight campouts. IOLS is for all
Scout leaders, and is a requirement for SM's and ASM's to be
considered trained. Course Director, Larry Blumberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
BALOO Course Director, Bob Steele, email@example.com
Please see the following documents for more information:
- OKPIK - Cold Weather Camping Training for adult leaders / older
youth - two sessions
- Classroom session - January 9, 2022
- Outdoor Weekend - January 28-30, 2022
*= 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.
Wood Badge N3-368-20+1
August 20-21 - Camp Tuscarora
September 11-12 - Camp Barton
IS WOOD BADGE?: Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting
experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used
by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations
through- out the country.
Wood Badge training was begun by Baden Powell in 1919 as a way to
insure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained. Since then
Wood Badge has been held world- wide, providing advanced leadership
training to thousands of Scout leaders.
Wood Badge builds upon the best traditions and experiences of the Boy
Scouts of America and also draws from a wide range of courses within and
beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory
and team development.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced
leadership needs of all Scouters, particularly unit level Scouters, such
as Cub leaders, Scoutmasters and assistants, Venturing Crew Advisors,
Committee Chairs and members. Additionally Scouters serving at the
district and council levels can achieve greater effectiveness through Wood
Badge. It has been updated and refreshed for 2021 and previous
participates who have taken wood badge before can enjoy the experience
WHY ATTEND?: By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools
that will be useful not only in Scouts but in the workplace and at home.
Participants will better learn to understand and appreciate diversity and
differences in our society. They will learn skills that will make them a
better Scout leader. Units with trained leaders are able to deliver an
improved program and a more meaningful experience for the youth Scouting
serves. By attending Wood Badge, the participants will internalize the 5
themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding,
QUALIFICATIONS: Each participant must be a registered adult leader and
have completed Youth Protection Training and the Leader Specific Training
appropriate to his/her position in Scouting. Attendance at all five course
days is required. Because of the advanced nature of Wood Badge, these
requirements WILL NOT be waived.
COURSE LOCATION AND TIME:
Wood Badge Part 1 Weekend: 8:00 a.m. Friday, August 20 through 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Tuscarora Scout Reservation
Wood Badge Part 2 Weekend: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 11 through 5:00
p.m. Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Camp Barton
Both Weekends must be attended to complete course. When you sign up you
are registering for both weekends.
UNIFORM: Field uniforms are worn at breakfast, dinner, flag ceremonies,
& special events. Scouting activity shirts or Course t-shirts may be
worn at other times.
COST: The course fee is $280.00, which covers the cost for training
materials and all meals for both weekends. A non-refundable deposit of
$50.00 is required to hold a place on the course. Your payment must be
submitted with the completed application. An early bird discount of $25 is
available if paid in full by May 1, 2021.
COURSE SIZE: Limited to the first 48 paid participants so early
registration is recommended. Those registering after the course is full
will be placed on a waiting list.
To register for this Wood Badge Course, go to https://scoutingevent.com/368-woodbadgeNE336821
For more information Contact the Course Director Eileen Mulcahy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following
changes to training:
Registration Training Updated June 15, 2020 All the training
material for Online Registration, Pin Manager and managing new member
leads is being updated and refreshed. Check out the changes at https://www.scouting.org/resources/online-registration/
- Cub Leader
Position-Specific Training has been updated as of July 29, 2020.
See below for details.
- Scouts BSA
Position-Specific Online Training was replaced, effective
August 3, 2020. See below for details.
- All Council
and District Key 3 are required to take Membership Ethics Training before
October 1, 2019, and annually thereafter. This training is worthwhile
for other Council/District Key 3 delegates (vice-Chairs, etc) and
committee members whose responsibility includes membership, unit
formation or registration issues. The training is available through my.scouting.org
as of September 2019.
Committee Training - on line training is available through my.scouting.org
as of July 2019
- The Trek
Safety training program was retired, as of May 2019. This material
has been incorporated into other BSA training.
Protection Training (YPT): For details, see below.
- Effective October 1, 2018, two registered adults 21
years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities,
- As of Summer 2018 all adults attending long-term camp must
register as leaders and take YPT.
- As of April
2018, Hazardous Weather Training (SCO_800) is now required for
direct contact leaders to be considered "trained". The
training is available on-line through the Training Center, and takes
about half an hour to complete. While this applies only to users
who were not already considered "trained" at the effective
date, it's a good idea for everyone to take the training - it's less
than an hour, and covers useful information. The module for this
training is now part of the suite of modules for basic leader
training, so it does not have to be taken separately by new
- BALOO/OWL -
has been combined and broken into two parts. Both parts must be
completed to be considered trained.
Position-Specific Training has been updated
as of July 29, 2020
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:
- Conducting a Cub Scout Den Meeting
- Annual Program Planning
- Cub Scout Uniforms
- Conducting a Cub Scout Pack Meeting
- Resources Involving Adults in Cub Scouting
- Conducting a Cub Scout Pack Committee Meeting
The new English Facilitated materials can be downloaded from the https://www.scouting.org/training/adult
*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.
POSITION SPECIFIC ONLINE TRAINING
Online Training was replaced, effective August 3, 2020
A new online and facilitated version of Scouts BSA training became available on August 3rd
Scouters that were taking the training and did not
complete it prior to this date will have to restart the
training using the new learning plans and modules.
The new online learning combines content resulting in fewer modules.
The online courses have also been streamlined to help reduce the total time it takes to
complete the training. The new facilitated course uses offline versions of
the learning modules to facilitate maintenance on any future changes -
thus the online and facilitated content are simultaneously updated to
ensure consistency in the versions of the training.
Please note: Completion of the appropriate portion of the Scouts BSA
facilitated sessions will meet the requirements for:
- Scoutmaster & Asst Scoutmaster: S24 Scoutmaster Specific
- Merit Badge Counselor: D76 Merit Badge Counselor Orientation
- Troop Committee Chair & Committee:WS10 Troop Committee Challenge
Train for Emergencies in
Wilderness and Remote Environments
- Ideal for Scouts, outdoor leaders or employees in remote environments an hour or more
from EMS response, our new 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid
course and 8-hour CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED course
give you the emergency skills you need when on a back country trek or
- Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid
Curriculum & Guidelines
- 16-hour WRFA course with 8-hour CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED
- Minimum age of 14 can attend
- Required at all BSA High Adventure Bases
Skills That Could Save a Life -
participants to give critical care for potentially life-threatening
emergencies in a delayed-help situation, the BSA/Red Cross Wilderness and
Remote First Aid course covers the following:
| Primary and Secondary
|| Wounds and Infections
| Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal
Hypothermia & Frostbite
| Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue
|| Heat-Related Emergencies
| Allergies and
|| Altitude-Related Illnesses
|| Evacuations, Gear Improvising and more…
For information and registration, see https://www.bpcouncil.org/training/
Are all of your unit's leaders trained?
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
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
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
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
District-level Adults: Training for adults who are
registered at the District level which is available through My.Scouting.org
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
Safe Swim Defense
Climb on Safely
Hazardous Weather (required for unit leaders after
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.
Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Training Policies
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
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.
- Adults accompanying a Scouting unit on
activities who are present for more than 72 hours: Effective for
the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Scouting
unit to a resident camp or other Scouting activity who is present 72
hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion
of a background check (CBC) and Youth Protection Training (YPT) -
even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip. The 72 hours
need not be consecutive, so an adult can't "reset" by
leaving camp for a while.
- Effective October 1, 2018, two registered adults 21
years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities,
including meetings. This also applies to Patrol events -
youth-only Patrol outings are no longer permitted. A registered female
adult over 21 must be present for any activity involving
female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age-
and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
- Units Service Female Youth Members: There must be at least
one registered female adult
leader over 21 in every unit serving females. This does not have to
be the top leader, however - when Girl Troops are chartered in the
Scouts BSA program after February 1, 2019, the Scoutmaster may be
male as long as there is at least one female Assistant
- Tenting: Separate tenting arrangements must be provided for
male and female adults as well as for male and female youth,
although spouses may share tents. Youth sharing tents must be no
more than two years apart in age. In Cub Scouting, parents and
guardians may share a tent with their family. In all other programs,
youth and adults tent separately, even if the adults are parents of
- Reporting: All persons participating in Scouting programs
are mandated reporters of child abuse. Reports must be made to local
law enforcement and child protective services. As part of its
"Scouts First" approach to the protection and safety of
youth, the BSA has established a dedicated 24-hour helpline to
receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might
put a youth at risk. The number is 1-844-SCOUTS1 (1-844-726-8871).
Online reporting is also available at http://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/
When to use it: Anytime you believe a youth has been harmed or their
safety and wellbeing is at risk, and you cannot immediately reach
your Scout executive or local council. If a Scout is bullied because
of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or
disability, and local help is unable to resolve the problem. If
someone is at immediate risk of harm, always call 911.
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/
To ensure these policies are fully implemented,
please take the following steps:
If your YPT will expire within
the year for which you are registering, by local rule, please log on to
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.
Baden-Powell Council Local Policy for Youth Protection Training
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)
Has your training passed its "shelf
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!
Have you applied for recognition
of your accomplishments?
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.