Adult Leader Basic Training and Beyond

Save time and provide an even better experience for youth members

Scouting is a simple program, but most effective when leaders are knowledgeable. To get up to speed quickly for any Scouting role, training is the key. Courses are available and many can be taken online. Time spent training will end up being a time-saver in planning and leading your group. It also provides a higher level of confidence, making your job easier! The skills, techniques, and insights learned have applications for your home and work life as well.

More than 80% of our volunteers have taken part in a course and 96% say they've found their roles rewarding enough that they'd recommend volunteering for Scouting to others.

Required Training

Because of the importance we place on youth member safety, certain courses are required. These include prevention of child abuse (Youth Protection Training) for all Scouting volunteers, as well as courses for leading specific types of more extreme Scouting activities (climbing, shooting sports, water sports and first aid for wilderness trips).

There are also training requirements for packs, troops, and crews to meet the Gold (and Platinum) standard for Scouting's Journey 2.0 program, our annual quality benchmarking process. Certain percentages of leaders in primary roles will need to complete the training for their position and at least one leader per group must complete Wood Badge, Scouting's advanced leadership development course