What Makes a Trained Leader?
Direct contact leaders* must meet the following requirements to be considered basic leader trained:
Cub Scout leaders are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, Fast Start, This Is Scouting and the Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their position.
Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, Fast Start, This Is Scouting, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
Troop committee members are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, Fast Start, This Is Scouting and the Troop Committee Challenge as their Leader Specific training.
Varsity Scout leaders and assistants are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, Fast Start, This Is Scouting, Varsity Scout Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
Venturing crew advisors, assistant advisors and crew committee members are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, Fast Start, This Is Scouting and Venturing Leader Specific Training.
* Direct contact leaders are generally leaders who wear a uniform and are directly involved with the youth in our program on a routine basis. They include Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, den leaders, assistant den leaders, Venture crew advisors and Venture crew assistant advisors.
Fast Start, This is Scouting and Youth Protection training courses are available online at
Other courses must be attended in person.
Other Notes on Leader Training Requirements
Completion of Wood Badge (or having served as a full-time staff member of a course) will deem a registered leader as having met the requirements for training they are currently registered in. For example: A Scoutmaster who completes Wood Badge will be marked as trained as a Scoutmaster.
Changing Position to Cubmaster
If the individual changes position to Cubmaster, the volunteer will not be considered trained until Cubmaster Specific Leader Training is completed.
Full Time Staff of Training Course
Serving as a full-time staff member of a basic leader training course will deem a leader as being trained in the position that they were training in.
Each leader’s official training record, maintained by the council, will document all training completed by the leader. Leaders should contact the council registrar for any questions regarding training records. After examining his or her record, if the leader believes that training courses are not reflected on their record, annotate the record with the title and approximate date the course was completed and send it to the registrar who will update that leader’s record. Proof of completed training is helpful but not required
Timeframe for New Leaders
New leaders must complete Youth Protection and Fast Start within 90 days of their initial registration and Basic Leader Training within 180 days.
Previous Equivalent Courses
If a leader has been trained in a previous course which was equivalent to a course listed above, this policy does not demand that the leader update his or her training, as long as he or she is in compliance with national standards. For instance, leaders who have been trained in New Leader Essentials are not required to be trained in This is Scouting.
Keeping Youth Protection Current
Leaders are required to keep their Youth Protection training current. However, all leaders are strongly encouraged to keep their training current, either by taking the updated training or by serving on staff to teach the training.
Goal of Training Program
The goal of the program is to help units and unit leaders succeed, to help leaders run successful Scouting programs and to keep our Scouts (and adult Scouters) safe and healthy.
Commitment to Offering Classes
The council training committee will ensure that both Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Skills are offered at least twice each year, in a effort to make this important training program available as widely as possible. Additionally, the committee will coordinate the offering Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training during summer camp at Camp Tuscarora.