Varsity Leader Training

2016 Training Dates

Varsity Leader Training

As a Varsity Leader and a mentor for the youth in our community, you will find Scouting to be a fun and exciting program for you and your Scouts. The training programs of the Boy Scouts of America will provide you with all the basic tools needed to be successful in your leadership position, along with continual opportunities to refine your skills as you become comfortable in delivering a quality program.

Varsity Leader Basic Training

Varsity Leaders are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:
1. Youth Protection Training (YPT) online, and
2. Varsity Leader Specific Training, and
3. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online or attend an in-person session. Registered members of the BSA should provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.

Varsity Leader Specific Training provides coaches with the information and tools they need to lead successful team. VLST is offered at University of Scouting in February. Find additional courses near you.

Additional Training Courses for Varsity Leaders

Participating in supplemental and advanced training is an a great way to keep your basic leadership skills fined tuned and provides an opportunity to gather new ideas from other experienced Leaders.

Online Training

There are many training courses that can be taken online at

Training Validation: After logging onto, click on “Training Validation”, and you can check to see if your trainings have been recorded in the council's computer system.  If you notice any discrepancies in your training records, visit the training page.