Adult leaders are expected to set the best example for scouts through uniform, words, and deeds. Those working directly with the youth on the troop level are expected to wear official BSA uniforms based on the description provided in section. Members of the troop committee and boards of review, parents participating on weekend trips or assisting with weekly meetings, and merit badge counselors do not have to follow uniform expectations.
Adult volunteers must register with the BSA. This includes merit badge instructors, troop leaders, and committee members. This does not include parents who drive on troop outings, although they are required to file their insurance information with the troop and be listed on the official BSA Tour Permit.
Adult leaders are expected to complete the official BSA Youth Protection training and Fast Start online (see web address below). Our Orange District training staff offers New Leader Essentials and Scouts BSA Leaders Specific training. Other levels of training, as listed below, are highly recommended but not required. Troop 39 will only be as good as the leaders who supervise the troop.
Youth Protection Training
In 1987, the BSA began to address five ‘‘unacceptable’’ in American society-drug abuse, hunger, child abuse, illiteracy, and youth unemployment. Adult leader training teaches identification and proper reporting procedures.
Adult leaders are trained to recognize signs of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect in the required BSA Youth Protection training.
Youth Protection Training accomplishes the following objectives:
- Informs leaders and parents of BSA’s Youth Protection policies and materials, including videos for each level in Scouting.
- Increases the protection of children by discussing the procedures for prompt reporting of suspected abuse.
- Enables Scouting’s leaders and parents to recognize indicators of abuse.
The goal of youth protection training is to make everyone aware of the BSA guidelines and what is considered acceptable behavior. These training programs educate participants on what constitutes physical, emotional, neglect and sexual forms of abuse, assault, harassment and hazing. On the youth level, it teaches the three “R’s”: Recognize, Resist, and Report. On the parent and Scouter levels, it teaches how to recognize indications of child abuse and how to handle such situations.
Available online at http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx, Leaders will need the membership number listed on their registration card or contact the council office if the card cannot be found.
Fast Start Training
This is the first step in training. It covers the organization of a unit, defines a meeting, and how to run a meeting. It is designed primarily for someone with no previous scouting experience. This training is available online at http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/faststart/.
New Leader Essentials (NLE)
The New Leader Essentials is the foundation for all leader training. This is where the leader is introduced to the basic philosophies and beliefs of the Scouting program. Adults will learn how these basic principles are woven into every level of Scouting.
Scouts BSA Leader Specific Training
After the completion of NLE and Fast Start, this course is the next phase of a new Scoutmaster’s or Assistant’s introduction to the BSA and to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful troop experience.
The BSA Specific Training program is strongly suggested for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Troop Committee members. Troop operation and organization are covered in these sessions. This is the prerequisite for the Outdoor Skills Session.
Other Training Courses recommended but not required
The link to these and other online training courses can be found at http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx.
Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills
The course familiarizes the leader with the skills that a Scout must learn from Tenderfoot through First Class, learn about health and safety procedures, and learn about nature. Upon completion of this course, Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters will be considered fully trained.
Safe Swim Defense
Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card with them and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan. Online training available at http://www.scouting.org/pubs/aquatics/index2.html.
This course was 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. Online training available at http://www.scouting.org/pubs/aquatics/index2.html.
Climb On Safely
Climb On Safely is designed to help adult leaders organize a climbing and rappelling program for their unit, similar to Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. It is not designed to teach leaders how to instruct BSA youth in the skills of climbing and/or rappelling.
Wood Badge provides advanced training in leadership teamwork for adult leaders in all Scouting programs. Its focus is on leadership, not out-of-door skills. This course covers:
Contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement.
The skills Scouters will learn while participating as a member of a successful working team. The Wood Badge experience will help provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission now and in the future. Course content is divided into five areas and includes:
- Living the Values
- Bringing the Vision to Life
- Models for success
- Tools of the Trade
- Leading to Make a Difference
Philmont Training Center
Each summer, the Philmont Training Center offers weeklong courses that cover every aspect of the BSA’s program—from Tiger Cubs and Scoutmasters to Endowment and Scoutreach.
Conferences are led by a faculty of outstanding volunteer and professional Scouters selected by the divisions and committees of the National Council for their expertise in specific conference topics.
The conferences are designed to discuss specific Scouting issues, share information from all over the BSA, and train using “best methods” that will enhance the Scouting program for our youth and adults. Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities.