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 2020-21
(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.
WHAT IS WOOD BADGE?: Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations through- out the country.
Wood Badge training was begun by Baden Powell in 1919 as a way to insure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained. Since then Wood Badge has been held world- wide, providing advanced leadership training to thousands of Scout leaders.
Wood Badge builds upon the best traditions and experiences of the Boy Scouts of America and also draws from a wide range of courses within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, particularly unit level Scouters, such as Cub leaders, Scoutmasters and assistants, Venturing Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs and members. Additionally Scouters serving at the district and council levels can achieve greater effectiveness through Wood Badge. It has been updated and refreshed for 2021 and previous participates who have taken wood badge before can enjoy the experience again
WHY ATTEND?: By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools that will be useful not only in Scouts but in the workplace and at home. Participants will better learn to understand and appreciate diversity and differences in our society. They will learn skills that will make them a better Scout leader. Units with trained leaders are able to deliver an improved program and a more meaningful experience for the youth Scouting serves. By attending Wood Badge, the participants will internalize the 5 themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, Empowering.
QUALIFICATIONS: Each participant must be a registered adult leader and have completed Youth Protection Training and the Leader Specific Training appropriate to his/her position in Scouting. Attendance at all five course days is required. Because of the advanced nature of Wood Badge, these requirements WILL NOT be waived.
COURSE LOCATION AND TIME:
UNIFORM: Field uniforms are worn at breakfast, dinner, flag ceremonies, & special events. Scouting activity shirts or Course t-shirts may be worn at other times.
COST: The course fee is $280.00, which covers the cost for training materials and all meals for both weekends. A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to hold a place on the course. Your payment must be submitted with the completed application. An early bird discount of $25 is available if paid in full by May 1, 2021.
COURSE SIZE: Limited to the first 48 paid participants so early registration is recommended. Those registering after the course is full will be placed on a waiting list.
To register for this Wood Badge Course, go to https://scoutingevent.com/368-woodbadgeNE336821
For more information Contact the Course Director Eileen Mulcahy at email@example.com or 607-761-1714
Recent Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following changes to training:
The Cub Scout English E-Learning and Facilitated Adult Training have been updated to match current Cub Scout Program changes and updates to include using Scoutbook – especially in relation to conducting a Cub Scout Den Meeting using the Den Leader Experience. The new modules are available in the BSA Learn Center, and the following modules have been updated:
The new English Facilitated materials can be downloaded from the https://www.scouting.org/training/adult page.
*NOTE*: Unlike the updates to Scouts BSA Leader Training which were announced recently, if you have already completed any of the above modules, you are NOT required to retake them in order to proceed with a learning plan currently in progress. It would be your option to retake - or not - any modules you have already completed before this update. That said, even those already position trained are encouraged to accomplish the new modules so they are current with the latest program changes.
A new online and facilitated version of Scouts BSA training became available on August 3rd
Scouters that were taking the training and did not complete it prior to this date will have to restart the training using the new learning plans and modules.
The new online learning combines content resulting in fewer modules. The online courses have also been streamlined to help reduce the total time it takes to complete the training. The new facilitated course uses offline versions of the learning modules to facilitate maintenance on any future changes - thus the online and facilitated content are simultaneously updated to ensure consistency in the versions of the training.
Please note: Completion of the appropriate portion of the Scouts BSA facilitated sessions will meet the requirements for:
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:
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".
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". 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!. Different leadership positions require different combinations of modules, and some modules are shared between a number of different positions. You don't have to retake a module once taken, even if it was taken for another position.
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:
District-level Adults: Training for adults who are registered at the District level which is available through My.Scouting.org includes:
Other courses with links at My.Scouting.org include:
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:
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 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!
* = 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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