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 2019-20
(Additional courses and opportunities will be
available from the Baden-Powell Council and from neighboring
For more info on these courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- August 12-17, 2019 - National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)*
- October 26-27, 2019 - BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
and INTRODUCTION to OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS)
- January 5, 2020 classroom, location TBD / January 10-12, 2020
outdoor, Highland Forest - Okpik (Cold Weather Camping)*
- March 21, 2020 - University Of Scouting*
- April 25-26, 2020 - BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
and INTRODUCTION to OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS)
- June 16, 2020 - Pack Program Planning Conference*
- August 28-30 / September 12-13 - Wood Badge 2020 (hosted by
- October 24-25, 2020 - BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
and INTRODUCTION to OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS) - Camp
*= 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.
Download a 2019-2020 Training
Opportunities Flyer (PDF)
Recent Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following
changes to training:
- The Trek
Safety training program was retired, as of May 2019. This material
has been incorporated into other BSA 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. 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
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.
- 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.
- Boy Scout
Leader Position Specific Training - on line training is 19
modules (don't groan) - available through my.scouting.org
Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position
trained was released in 2017.
Basic - on line training is available through my.scouting.org
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", and different leadership
positions require different combinations of modules. 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!
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)
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) *
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.