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
(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, 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.
Recent Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following changes to training:
You don't stop learning just because you're "trained" - there's always something more to know. The University of Scouting is an opportunity for all adults, older youth and Den Chiefs to learn more about any of dozens of topics useful in Scouting - and life outside of Scouting, for that matter. Make sure it's on your calendar, and take a group of leaders from your unit along with you!
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…|
For information and registration, see https://www.bpcouncil.org/Training/
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 Web Tools".
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 "Trained".
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 includes:
Exploring Advisor and Associate Advisor
Exploring Service Team
Exploring Ride-Along Safety
District-level Adults: Training for adults who are registered at the District level which is available through My.Scouting.org includes:
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 include:
Safe Swim Defense
Climb on Safely
Hazardous Weather (required for unit leaders after April 2018)
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.
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. 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.
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/
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". 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.
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.
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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