Venturing Adult Training


Venturing Adult Training

Common sense tells us that training is important. Research shows the importance of trained leadership, and a trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in their role. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make their crew program all it can be!



Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

All Adult crew members (18 and older) must take Youth Protection for Venturers.

Scheduled courses:
  • TBD

You may also take the course online by visiting my.scouting.org.

Adult Advisor Training

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training

The course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. Linked is the instructor's guide for the Venturing crew Advisor and assistant training.

Youth Trained Patch

Upon completion of this course (and V-YPT) the TRAINED strip patch may be worn on the left sleeve under the position patch.

Scheduled courses:
  • Dec 16, 2017 @ First Congregational Church of Western Springs [register here]

You may also take the course online by visiting my.scouting.org.

Adult Crew Committee Training

Crew Committee Position-Specific Training

The Crew Committee Challenge is designed for crew committee members and becomes the course (along with the Venturing version of Youth Protection training) crew committee members need to be considered “trained.” The linked instructor’s guide is for trainers to conduct the course for crew committee members.

Youth Trained Patch

Upon completion of this course (and V-YPT) the TRAINED strip patch may be worn on the left sleeve under the position patch.

Scheduled courses:
  • Dec 16, 2017 @ First Congregational Church of Western Springs [register here]

You may also take the course online by visiting my.scouting.org.

Advanced Training

These advance training courses provide opportunities to take your leadership, training and mentoring skills to the next level.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide adult members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their Scouting positions and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

Scheduled courses:
  • 9/14-16/18, 10/13-15/18

Visit the PTAC Woodbadge page for details on the next course.

Kodiak Challenge

Kodiak Challenge

Kodiak Challenge Treks are centered around a challenging 5-day or two-3 day weekend trek. Kodiak teaches leadership skills in a fun way that is internalized by the participants. Kodiak is not taught indoors or in a classroom; it is done completely outdoors using nature’s examples of leadership.

Scheduled courses:
Powder Horn

Powder Horn

Powder Horn is a high-adventure resource-management course designed to educate adult and youth involved in the Venturing program about the Ranger Award. This course will give all participants an opportunity to experience the Ranger Award program themselves, and become knowledgeable about how to safely conduct outdoor activities of a fun and challenging nature.

    Scheduled courses:
  • Feb 18-20, 2018 @ Northeast Illinois Council [register here]
First-Aid & CPR

First-Aid & CPR

American Red Cross or American Heart Association, or an equivalent. Your course must include an in-person practical component.

Contact the PTAC VOA to information how how your VOA can help present this course at your next crew meeting.

Scheduled courses:
  • TBA
Wilderness First Aid [WFA]

Wilderness First Aid [WFA]

Wilderness First Aid courses are designed to meet the needs of those who go into areas that are beyond the reach of urban EMS. This course has a certification process. It is approximately 16 hours of training for situations when help is delayed. It will be required for those units taking a trek to the Philmont Scout Reservation and is recommended for backcountry camping, hiking, canoeing, or other high adventure.

Leave No Trace [LNT]

Leave No Trace [LNT]

The Boy Scouts of America is committed to Leave No Trace, which is a nationally recognized outdoor skills and ethics awareness program. Its seven principles are guidelines to follow at all times. BSA Councils throughout the country use the course to introduce Leave No Trace to their members.

    Scheduled courses:
  • TBA
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills [IOLS]

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills [IOLS]

This hands-on program gives adults the practical outdoor skills they need to support their crews in the out-of-doors. Imagine having hands-on knowledge setting up a campsite, pitching a tent, hiking, outdoor cooking - all the skills necessary to see the outdoor program of the Boy Scouts of America come to life for your crew.

    Scheduled courses:
  • TBA

Supplemental Training

Hazardous Weather Training

Hazardous Weather Training

Severe weather hazards, such as tornadoes, lightning, hail, flash flooding, and downbursts, can be dangerous. Each requires a basic understanding of what to do so that you can protect yourself and your Scouts. The scale of weather conditions can seem daunting—ranging from high heat with no humidity to torrential downpours with possible flooding.

This course is only available online by visiting my.scouting.org.

Safe Swim Defense

Safe Swim Defense

BSA groups shall use Safe Swim Defense for all swimming activities. All adults (18 and older) supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean.

This course is only available online by visiting my.scouting.org.

Safety Afloat

Safety Afloat

Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat Training, have a commitment card with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat.

This course is only available online by visiting my.scouting.org.

Trek Safely

Trek Safely

Trek Safely is designed to help Scouting groups be fully prepared for a backcountry trek. It will help each youth and adult member recognize situations that could develop where the group will have to adjust its schedule or route, or even make camp for the night due to weather or an injured or ill crew member. Crews who address possible scenarios in advance are less likely to be surprised on the trail. Contingency planning is critical to the success of every trip.

This course is only available online by visiting my.scouting.org.

Climb On Safely

Climb On Safely

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

All unit-sponsored/planned climbing activities, regardless of where they are held, fall under Climb On Safely. This applies to a single unit or multiple units that may be participating in a joint unit climbing activity.

This course is only available online by visiting my.scouting.org.

Drive Safely

Drive Safely

Accidents are quite rare in Scouting. But when one does occur, it probably didn’t happen while camping. It likely didn’t involve backpacking, canoeing or climbing, either.

The majority of Scouting accidents happen on the way to or from Scouting activities. They happen on the road. As a Scouting adult who is responsible for driving Scouts various activities, you should do all you can to be a safe driver. This online course helps you understand the dangers and provides strategies to "Drive Safely."

This course is only available online by visiting my.scouting.org.