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 2018
(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, contact the Council or check the Council website for more information n these courses.
Recent Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following changes to training:
Skills That Could Save a Life
|Primary and Secondary Assessments||Wounds and Infections|
|Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries||Hypothermia & Frostbite|
|Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue Injuries||Heat-Related Emergencies|
|Allergies and Anaphylaxis||Altitude-Related Illnesses|
|Burns||Evacuations, Gear Improvising and more…|
- Fall 2018
Time: Fri 6:00 – 10:00 PM, Sat 9:00 AM -- 10:00 PM, Sun 2:00 -- 10:00 PM,
Course space is limited to 10 students.
Costs: Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course $60, CPRFPR/AED Course $30
Two work books, water-resistant field reference booklet, pocket mask and 2-year certifications included.
For more information or to register, contact Tim Woods at 607-844-3921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 University of Scouting will take place on Saturday, March 17 at the Whitney Point High School in Whitney Point, NY, I-81 Exit #8. This annual event is arguably the Training Committee's biggest activity of the year, with over 70 different courses offered and taught by experts in their field.
- The University of Scouting is open to all adult leaders, parents, and older youth, as well as Boy Scouts of any age who would like to take our Den Chief training certification course.
- The day is divided into 7x one hour long class sessions (one of which is your lunch period). Participants select which course they want to take for each class session.
- Those involved with any of Scouting's programs -- Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturing -- will all find many courses to choose from.
- A number of the courses will result in some form of certification, such as SM/ASM Position-Specific, Den Leader Position-Specific, CPR, 1st Aid, District Committee Training, Commissioner Training, Hazardous Weather, and Climb-on-Safely, as well as Den Chief Training for Boy Scouts.
- Most of the courses are 'supplemental', offering program helps and aids for Cub Packs, Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews. You'll find a lot of 'outdoor-related' courses, too, including the very popular "Dutch Oven Cooking" a three-period long class where you cook (and eat !) a half-dozen different entrees and desserts prepared over a charcoal fire.
- Cost is just $30 per participant ($15 per instructor or staff) and includes a Smokey Legend Barbeque lunch with a vegetarian option IF you register prior to the March 9, 2018 cutoff.
Please click below to visit the University of Scouting homepage, and, if you would, please forward this link to all of your fellow leaders, parents, and older youth so that they, too, can take advantage of the opportunities offered at the Baden-Powell Council's 2018 University of Scouting !
Download a page from National giving the requirements
Makes a Trained Leader?" in PDF format.
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 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.
Cub Scouts: Links to all training courses for Cub Scout Leaders are now available online at: http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx
Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training for Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Leaders, Cubmaster, and Pack Committee
Den leaders and assistants, Cubmasters and assistants, pack trainers, and pack committee chairs and members can now learn the how-to’s for successfully conducting an engaging den and pack program and can become confident in the role each plays.
Youth Protection Training (YPT) (required for all leaders, not just Cub)
Note: The Cub Scout Leader position-specific training system includes many different modules. Different leadership positions require different combinations of modules to be 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!
Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venturing: Some Boy Scout and Venturing leader training is linked to http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx, and the courses can be taken from my.scouting.org, you'll find training under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Learn Center image on the right side of the home page.
Youth Protection Training (YPT)
Boy Scouting and Venturing Fast Start
Troop Committee Challenge
Safe Swim Defense
This is Scouting
Climb on Safely
Crew Advisor and Associate Advisor
Sea Scout Adult Basic Training
Venturing Board of Review
Youth Protection Training (YPT)
Exploring Advisor and Associate Advisor
Exploring Service Team
Exploring Ride-Along Safety
Other courses with links at http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx include:
Safe Swim Defense
Climb on Safely
Unit Commissioner Fast Start
Chartered Organization Reprentative Fast Start
ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start
Staffing the District Committee
Camp Health Officer Training
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. Also, anyone who has been through a given training module can train others, so last years' Bear leaders can train this year's leaders, and so on.
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. Note: B-P Council local policy
says YPT must be current throughout the year for which the volunteer
is being registered.
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.
Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 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. Please note: Although YPT is strongly encouraged for adults attending any overnight activity, at this time, the requirement applies only to individual adults staying three or more nights at a resident camp.
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.
BSA National has rolled out a new Youth Protection Training course, which is being called YPT2 (at least unofficially). This new four-module online training course is to be used for all adults in all programs, and it replaces the three program-specific courses - Y01 (generic), Y02 (Venturing) and Y03 (Exploring) - which were in effect until now.
Effective immediately, all new and renewing adults must take the new YPT2 training - the old training is no longer available online, and the old courses should no longer be given as in-person or DVD-based training. National has promised an in-person version of the training will be available in July.
At this time, the BSA has said that all currently-registered adults will be required to take YPT2 before October 1st in order to remain current - in other words, they are saying that whatever expiration date you might have on your current YPT, it will be canceled on October 1st. These deadlines have a habit of slipping, and you'll probably have to take YPT again before the end of the year to meet the council's local policy anyway, so in the words of the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, "Don't Panic".
The new training course is a good one. It takes about an hour to complete, which is longer than either of the old Y01 or Y02/03 training programs individually, but shorter than the two combined, so it's not particularly troublesome. The bugs which plagued the training when it was first rolled about appear to have been squashed, and the system seems to work well, so there's no reason not to take the new training whenever you find the time to do it. It's got the same two-year shelf life by National standards as the old courses had, so if you take it now it will still be in force through next year and you'll be all set for rechartering in December.
I would expect that if the October deadline is maintained, the district will offer in-person YPT2 training for district leaders before the deadline - probably at the September roundtable. Watch this page and the district Facebook Group for the latest information.
Yrs. in Scouting,
Mike Brown, Taughannock District Commissioner
The following is a February 3rd post shared from the official Commissioners of the BSA Facebook Group:
BSA's brand new Youth Protection Training (aka YPT2) is now available via BSA's Learn Center. (You can access BSA's Learn Center via your My.Scouting account, and then adding the Youth Protection Training to your Training Plan.) My TOP-LEVEL summary: It's a great new training that ALL people interested in helping youth should take, including parents and even non-Scouters and non-Scouting families. Great new material that is very up-to-date. (Congrats and kudos to the YPT Team.)
I am trying to confirm that there is a requirement to complete this new training by ALL registered Scout leaders by October 2018. (I've an e-mail I've sent to get a definitive answer - and will share when I know more.) Also, for the record, my new YPT certificate has an expiration date of Feb 3, 2020.
Here is a summary of the four modules, the course numbers and approximate run time*:
o Overview & Policies - SCO_3001 (20 minutes)
o Sexual Abuse - SCO_3003 (22 minutes)
o Bullying - SCO_3004 (13 minutes)
o YPT Certification - SCO_3007 (no time estimate)
1) refers to buffering problems with the original training, which have been fixed.
2) The 'right arrow with a vertical line at the point is "your friend;" this is how to advance to the next slide or make the training continue.
3) When done with each module click on the "Close Course" button in the upper right-hand corner of the module. (or, better yet, click on the banner with the course name in the upper-left corner, which will take you back to the module listing - Mike Brown)
4) To print your certificate you will have to relog into My.Scouting, go to the Learn Center, then when on the YPT tab (located near the top) click on the printer icon on the right hand side of the line that has your YPT Status and expiration date. At this point a 'pop up' window will appear (reminder: make sure your browser allows pop-up windows) and then you can choose which YPT course you want to a certificate to print or to download. Note: if you don't see the printer icon, try again later - maybe even the next day. There appears to be a time delay of up to several hours before the certificate can be printed.
Best personal take-aways:
o Keep the Scouts First phone number handy, 844-Scouts1 (844-726-8871), and use it to report ALL suspected abuse in Scouting, or even if you have questions.
o BSA policy that when tenting, youth must be NOT more than 2 years apart in age unless relatives.
o BSA policy that "buddies" must be NOT more than 2 years apart in age and the same level of maturity.
o 93% of those hurting our kids are NOT strangers.
o 25-35% of sexual assault is committed by those under 18.
o Consider the digital communications adults use with youth. Digital communications are subject to BSA's "No 1 on 1" policy. Are you "friends" with a youth on social media (Facebook, Linked In, etc.)? Over the years I've specifically had several Venturers ask me why I wouldn't accept their "friend" requests … and now YOU know why. (I always told them to try again after they were 21.)
o You need to get 75% or more of the 25 questions correct to 'pass' the YPT exam. Read the questions thoroughly… I misread a "gimme" and clicked too fast, thus got one question wrong.
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)
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) *
Climb On Safely *
Trek 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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