postheadericon Training

Training for Youth and Adults

postheadericon Youth Training in Our Troop

Youth leaders (that is, boys who are the leaders in the Troop) are elected by the Troop every six months.  There are two training events that the Troop holds specifically for the new youth leaders, and there are many additional training events held at the District, Council, and National levels for Scouts.

In the Fall, we hold an evening leadership training for the entire Troop, so the entire Troop gets to see an overview of how the boy leaders function in the Troop.  This not only helps the leaders understand their jobs, it helps the rest of the Troop understand better how things are done, and enables them to support their youth leaders better.

In the Spring, we hold a special weekend campout just for the incoming and outgoing youth leaders.  This is an in-depth training event, put on by the adult leaders and the Leadership Corps, in which the youth are given extensive training not only in general leadership principles, but also in specific techniques that relate to leading in life.  This is also a very fun event, in which the boys get to do some fun things that are not available any other time of year.

There are also many leadership opportunities at the District, Council, and National levels for those who complete the in-depth Troop leadership training.  We announce those as they become known to us.  Some are general leadership training, and some are for specific areas, such as being a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Wilderness First Aid, BSA Lifeguard, advanced trek planning, and so on.

 

 

postheadericon Required Training for Adult Leaders

There are BSA training requirements to be a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop, and other requirements to be a Committee Member.

All registered adults in Troop 470, and all adults who go on overnight Troop 470 activities (even if they are not registered adult leaders) must take BSA Youth Protection Training at least every two years.  This is available online from the BSA's Online Learning Center.  You can complete the training in about a half hour.  Print out the certificate and bring it to a Troop or Committee meeting.  There are no exceptions to this requirement.

All registered adult leaders who serve as Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster must have all of the following training:

  1. This is Scouting (available free at the Online Learning Center.)  Take one time only.
  2. Youth Protection Training (available free at the Online Learning Center.)  Take every two years.
  3. Boy Scout Adult Leader Basic Training.  (available free at the Online Learning Center.)  Take one time only.
  4. Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader-specific training.  Take one time only.  This is a multi-hour course taught several times per year on the District.
  5. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).  Take one time only.  This is a weekend campout, and must be done after SM/ASM leader specific training is completed.
  6. Safety Afloat (available free at the Online Learning Center.)  Take every two years.
  7. Safe Swim Defense (available free at the Online Learning Center.)  Take every two years.
  8. Weather Hazards training (available free at the Online Learning Center.)  Take every two years.