A note from the training chair - August 2016

I Hate "Training"
by Ernest Froemel

When I hear “Training,” I think of Clyde Beatty – go ahead look him up in Wikipedia. It conjures images of taming or controlling wild beasts. That certainly is NOT what Boy Scout Leader Training is about! As Baden-Powell stated, “The most important object in Boy Scout training is to educate, not instruct.” So, what’s the difference?
Training gives someone a given action for a given situation. Education gives you the tools to respond to situations that you may not have encountered before. Which of those is more likely when dealing with youth?

The Boy Scouts of America has developed education courses for every level of leader. As we enter the fall of 2016, the Pathway to Adventure Council is offering many courses to help leaders deliver the best possible program to their youth. There will be handouts at your District’s Program kick off describing those courses and identifying which are relevant to your position.

Some courses may be taken online. They consist of several modules that each take 6-12 minutes and may be completed in any order at any time. However you prefer your “education,” please take the courses specific to your position in Scouting since every youth deserves a trained leader. Oops, I used “trained” again. Oh well, we’ll probably have to continue using that word since “Educated Leader” is hard to fit on a patch.

A cornerstone of the Boy Scout programs is training. Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. The important Scouting position you hold will be easier and more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver the quality Scouting program every Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturer desires. Every youth deserves a trained leader. Some of these training courses are conducted by districts and some by the council; others are available through the BSA Online Learning Center.

Leader-Specific Training

Leader-Specific Training is required for new Scout leaders, either for the first time, or in a new capacity.


When and where is Wood Badge offered in the Council?

Spring 2017: April 28-30 and May 19-21. Watch the calendar for location and registration information.

Fall 2017: September 15-17 and October 13-15. Watch the calendar for location and registration information.


YOUTH PROTECTION is the very first training you should take, and this training must be retaken every two years. It is done online and only takes 20-30 minutes. Definitely a first and top priority. When you go to the site, make sure your account includes your BSA membership ID so that the training can be automatically recorded.


If you are a Cub Scout, Boy Scout Venturing Leader, you can complete all of your training through the Myscouting.org Training Portal.

> Take Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Online

Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills 

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) teaches basic camping and outdoor safety skills, and is required training for Scoutmasters (and Assistants), and Varsity Team Coaches (and Assistants).

Click here for dates!

Leader-Specific Training 

Districts throughout the Council offer Leader-Specific Training courses. This includes training for all unit leadership positions as shown below. Please use the links below to find the next course in your area.

  • Cub Scout Leader-specific Training 
  • Boy Scout Leader-specific Training
  • Varsity Vision (Varsity Leader-specific Training)
  • Venturing Leader-specific Training

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Roundtables are a monthly gathering of pack, troop, team, crew, and district leaders. Get the latest information on district and council events, training opportunities, BSA policies and learn about great available resources. Roundtable is an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. The roundtable commissioner and staff demonstrate elements of a model meeting that leaders may use as a pattern for their own meetings. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, and able to provide a stronger program for Scouts

The goals of Roundtable are four-fold:

  1. To help motivate unit leaders and refresh their morale, enthusiasm, inspiration and vision.
  2. To provide unit leaders with relevant skills, techniques, ideas, information and know-how to make their unit operation successful. This instruction builds strong and exciting scouting programs.
  3. To provide resources to help unit leaders in their roles.
  4. Respect the time given by each Scout or Scouter that is attending-- it can never be replaced.

All Adult Leaders who hold any position within their units are invited to attend each month. Come and share your knowledge, skills and resources for the benefit of all your leaders and youth in your local district.

For more information on your District's Roundtable, contact your local Unit Commissioner or a member of the District leadership. You may also click on "Districts" on the top navigation bar and then select your district to see when and where your Roundtable is being held.

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