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Training and Roundtables


Joining Courses


Youth Protection Training - This course is required for to become a registered leader and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.



Orientation Courses

Orientation courses are designed to help Scouters learn more about their Scouting role and about other leadership positions
in the program.


STEM Orientation

STEM Nova Program, Nova Counselor, and Supernova Mentor Training are now available at, click “BSA Learn Center” then “STEM in Scouting”. To access them,

  1. Create or log into your account at

  2. Click on “BSA Learn Center”

  3. Select the “Expanded Learning” category, then select “STEM IN SCOUTING”

Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses

These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing the course will make a Scouter “trained” for the role(s) covered in the course. E-learning versions of some courses may be found below in the E-learning section.


Basic Leader Requirements

Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role? This sheet explains the training requirements for all unit-level leaders.

More Information


Supplemental Training Courses

Powder Horn - Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your area training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

Advanced Unit Chaplain and Chaplain Aide Training - Youth may learn best practices to strengthen their roles as Chaplains and Chaplain Aides, inspire more Duty to God activities and foster understanding of the many faiths represented in the Boy Scouts of America.

Outdoor Skills Training Courses - These courses are designed to help Scouters with skills related to the BSA’s outdoor program.


Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) - This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.


Camp Health Officer Training - This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a camp health officer at a council or district camping facility.

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Kodiak Challenge - The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose

Passport to High Adventure Training Outline - This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.

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Train-the-Trainer Courses


These courses are designed to help Scouters learn or improve their presentation skills.


The Fundamentals of Training - This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will 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.

The Fundamentals of Training Syllabus
PowerPoint: Good, Bad, and Ugly


The Trainer’s EDGE - While the Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills.

Instructor Syllabus

National Training Conferences

Bechtel Summit’s John D. Tickle Training Center


Philmont Training Center - Since 1950 The Philmont Training Center (PTC) has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.  View promo video


Sea BaseJoin us in the beautiful Florida Keys to learn with experienced and informed Scouters with ample time to enjoy the climate and beauty of the Keys.  Sea Base Volunteer Training Conferences


Wood BadgeWood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.

More info


Course Director’s and Area Training Conferences

2021 Course Director’s and Area Training Conference Registration.  Click here for the most up-to-date listing of Wood Badge and NYLT Course Director’s Conferences in your region or area and across the nation. The accompanying links for registering for each conference will be available as listed. Many of this year’s Course Director’s Conferences have been combined with other functional conferences, creating an atmosphere of learning on a larger scale and allowing for the sharing of resources and ideas. You will find these Area Training Conferences listed here as well.


Council Executive Board Orientation - Click here for videos, facilitator guides, lesson plans and more resources. The 17-module training has been developed to assist you in understanding and carrying out your responsibilities as a council executive board member—officer, committee chair, or council member at large, or Advisory Council.


Training Awards


Training Awards for Adult Leaders in Units

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.

District Committee Awards

The files below contain updated requirements for the Scouter’s Key for District Committee Members and new requirements for the Scouter’s Training Award for District Committee Members.

District Committee Key

Scouter’s Training Award for District Committee Members(New Nov 2020)



Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit. These include:

  • Expanded Learning

  • Safe Swim Defense

  • Safety Afloat

  • Weather Hazards

  • Climb On Safely

  • Leader Position-Specific Training

  • Leader Position-Specific: Den Leader

  • Leader Position-Specific: Cubmaster

  • Leader Position-Specific: Pack Trainer

  • Leader Position-Specific: Pack Committee

  • Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Advisor

  • Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Committee

  • Leader Position-Specific: Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster

  • Leader Position-Specific: Troop Committee

  • Leader Position-Specific: Merit Badge Counselor

  • Leader Position-Specific: District Committee Basic


Joining Courses
Orientation Courses
STEM Orientation
Basic Leader Requirements
Supplemental Training
Train the Trainer
National Training Courses
Course Director's And Area
Training Awards


Are the second Monday of each month except for July.  Please wear your uniform to Roundtable.

Currently Roundtables are done by Zoom.  When we can meet again in-person they will be hybrid.


What is Roundtable ?


It is a training opportunity for the Boy Scouts of America and a learning opportunity for YOU — the Unit Leader

Roundtables will:

  • Provide Networking with other leaders in Scouting

  • Be informational — Providing leaders with the "skill-to-do."

  • Share activities are useable by the units in the next month's meetings or in the future.

  • be motivational and inspire


Attendees receive:

  • Flyers, announcements and information on upcoming Council events,

  • Skills and skits to use in your own program

There is no limit to the number of people from your unit that can attend, but we would ask that one attends.  

To find out more about Roundtable check the Constant Contact on the First Friday of each month.  To make sure our information gets in your inbox, contact Carole Cafaro at the Scout Service Center by phone at 203-734-3329 or by email at

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