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Training Committee: for names and contact information see the Contact page
Any questions on training? E-mail training@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 

University of Scouting Resources

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 councils).
For more info on these courses, please email training@tompkinscortlandscouts.org

  • June 15-17 - Sailing for Sea Scout Adult Volunteers - see below
  • July 20-22 - Sailing for Sea Scout Adult Volunteers - see below
  • August 6-11 - NYLT (National Youth Leader Training) - Camp Tuscarora - for troop and crew youth leaders contact Fran Bialy for further information, fjbialy@gmail.com*
  • August 17-19 - Sailing for Sea Scout Adult Volunteers - see below
  • August 17 to 19 and September 7 to 9, 2018 - Woodbadge - Camp Woodland, Constantia, NY - contact Tim LaChance for further information, timlachance@twcny.rr.com (out-of-council course)
  • October 12-14 - Northeast Region Outdoor Program Seminar at Camp Alpine, NJ (Regional Program)
  • October 27-28 - BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) - - at least one BALOO-trained adult leader must accompany a Cub Pack or Webelos Den camping trip - see Council website*
  • April 27-28, 2019 - BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) - - at least one BALOO-trained adult leader must accompany a Cub Pack or Webelos Den camping trip - see Council website*
  • April 27-28, 2019 - INTRODUCTION to OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS) - Camp Tuscarora - a required course for all Scoutmasters and Ass't Scoutmasters; all adult leaders involved in either troop or venturing camping are encouraged to take this course - see Council website*

*= 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:

  • 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. 
  • Youth Protection Training (YPT): For details, see below.
    • As of September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training is required before any adult can register. Note that this was a local requirement for several years, it is now National policy. YPT has been available through my.scouting.org for several years. 
    • As of February 2018, a new YPT course has been released, replacing the three program-specific courses Y01-Y03. All new and renewing adults must take the new training, all current adults will have to take the new training before October 1, 2018. 
    • As of Summer 2018 all adults attending long-term camp must register as leaders and take YPT
  • BALOO/OWL - has been combined and broken into two parts.  Both parts must be completed to be considered trained.  
    • Part 1 - On line - available through my.scouting.org
    • Part 2 - in the field
  • Boy Scout Leader Position Specific Training - on line training is 19 modules (don't groan) - available through my.scouting.org
  • Chartered Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position trained will be released later in 2017 (Fast Start is already on line).  
  • Commissioners Basic - on line training is now available through my.scouting.org

Sailing for Sea Scout
Adult Volunteers
Hosted by Sea Scout Ship 25 - Ithaca, NY

Course Description: Sailing for Sea Scout Adult Volunteers is a two-day training hosted by Ship 25 in Ithaca, New York open to Sea Scout adult volunteers and other interested adults. Although many Sea Scout adult volunteers are experienced boaters, a fair number are either powerboat or small sailing craft sailors. This course will provide the background and experience needed to prepare adult volunteers to help Sea Scouts organize a group sailing excursion on a larger sailboat. 

Two days of activities include an introduction to keelboats, basic sail training, navigation underway exercises, review of knots used aboard a sailboat, and safety issues on sailing vessels. The emphasis of the course will be on safety through consideration of the three operational areas: 

  • knowing the principles of sailing;

  • knowing the boat that will be used; and 

  • knowing the waters you will sail. 

During the course, each participant will perform all functions aboard, including helm, watch, deck, and navigation duties. 

The course will be held in Ithaca at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2-2 Base and aboard s/v Sensei, a Newport 33 sloop, on Cayuga Lake. Participants will live aboard the vessel for the duration of the course.

Program leaders: SSSAV is led by USCG-licensed Capt. Pamela Wik-Grimm, Sea Scout Ship 25 Mate, who has a lifetime of sailing and boating experience and is an accomplished sailing instructor. There will
also be a trained crew member aboard to assist with vessel operations and training.

Participant Requirements

  • At time of registration, applicant must provide current completion certificates for Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and Weather Hazards; all of which can be taken online at http://my.scouting.org 

  • A current BSA Medical form Parts A and B. (available here: https://bit.ly/2HKIxq1 )

  • The full course registration fee is due with the application.

Costs: The $135 fee covers your food, and accommodations on s/v Sensei for 2 nights. You will need to provide for your own transportation to Ithaca, NY and arrive by noon on the first day of the

When and Where: SSSAV is being offered in three sessions of four participants each. When applying, please indicate your first and second choices for sessions.

  • June 15, 2018 noon - June 17, 2018 noon

  • July 20, 2018 noon - July 22, 2018 noon

  • August 17, 2018 noon - August 19, 2018 noon

Apply to attend SSSAV  now by contacting Pamela Wik-Grimm, Course Coordinator (pwikgrimm@gmail.com or cell 607-379-3737). 

Send completed applications with full payment to Pamela Wik-Grimm at 85 Park Street, Binghamton, NY 13905. 

Download a Flyer (PDF) - Download an Application Form (PDF)

Train for Emergencies in
Wilderness and Remote Environments
Fall 2018

  • 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 float.
  • 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 course
  • Minimum age of 14 can attend
  • Required at all BSA High Adventure Bases

Learn Skills That Could Save a Life
Course Highlights

To prepare 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 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…

Register Today for Our Next Training Session

Dates:              TBA - 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.

Download a flyer here (PDF)
Download a Registration Form here - MS Word format - PDF Format

For more information or to register, contact Tim Woods at 607-844-3921 or wwwoodsw@earthlink.net.

Are all of your unit's leaders trained?

Download a page from National giving the requirements for "What 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

Courses include:

  • 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

  • Safety Afloat

  • Climb on Safely

  • Trek Safely

  • Weather Hazards

  • Crew Advisor and Associate Advisor

  • Crew Committee 

  • Sea Scout Adult Basic Training

  • Venturing Board of Review

Exploring: Training for Explorer leaders is now available through My.Scouting.org, and also through the Learning For Life website.

  • Youth Protection Training (YPT)

  • Exploring Advisor and Associate Advisor

  • Exploring Committee 

  • Exploring Service Team 

  • Exploring Ride-Along Safety 

Other courses with links at http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx include:

  • Safe Swim Defense

  • Safety Afloat

  • Physical Wellness

  • Climb on Safely

  • Trek Safely

  • Hazardous Weather

  • Unit Commissioner Fast Start

  • Chartered Organization Reprentative Fast Start

  • ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start

  • Staffing the District Committee

  • Generational Diversity

  • Camp Health Officer Training

  • Mentoring Workshop

In-Person 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. 

The Boy 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 registered volunteers.

  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before registering as a leaderApplications 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.

  • 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 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.

February 2018 Update to the YPT Course (YPT2)

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". Note that the completion certificate for the new training is identical to that for the old training and carries the same Y01 code. The only way to tell if the certificate is for the new training is to look at the completion date - it must be on or after February 1, 2018, to comply with the October 1st requirement. 

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 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.)

There is a requirement for ALL registered Scout leaders to complete this new training by October 1, 2018. 

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 - Mike Brown. 

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. 

Rick Hillenbrand

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) 

Has your training passed its "shelf life"? 

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!

Two Years: 
Youth Protection Training (YPT) *
Climb On Safely *
Trek Safely *
Safe Swim Defense*
Safety Afloat*
Hazardous Weather*
Camp Visitation
Chainsaw Safety

Three Years: 
BSA Lifeguard
Paddle Craft Safety
Swimming & Water Rescue

Five Years:
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. 


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