Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Training
As a Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster, you will be considered “trained” once you complete Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training, This is Scouting, Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion of any course, please email a copy to the Troop 31 Admin. Dept. at Admin@Troop31bsa.org or hand a copy to a member of the Administration Dept.
Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training
This is the first training step for all new leaders and should be taken immediately after they register and before they meet with any youth members in the troop. Following this training, you will understand the basics of the Boy Scout program and will have the necessary tools to oversee your first troop meeting. This training course is offered online at www.MyScouting.org or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.
This Is Scouting
This Is Scouting is an online interactive learning experience that is divided into six modules. It picks up where Fast Start left off and introduces participants to the following areas of the Scouting program:
* Mission, Vision, and Values
* Programs for All Ages and Abilities
* Scouting Is Fun!
* Scouting in the Community
* Protecting Our Youth
* Scouting’s Legacy
This Is Scouting replaces New Leader Essentials, and can be found at the www.MyScouting.org website. It takes about an hour to complete, and it is also available on DVD (No. 36118). Participants must correctly answer questions at the end of each module, and upon successful completion, they will receive a certificate of completion.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training is designed to help the new Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster quickly learn what is required for their new leadership position! This training is divided into three parts:
Part I: The Role of the Scoutmaster in a Boy-Led Troop
Part II: The Outdoor Program and the Advancement Program
Part III: Program Planning and Troop Administration
This Training is offered thru Council; please check either the Council Website Calendar or the Troop 31 Calendar for course dates. If you attend Massawepie, they also offer the course if there is enough interest from other Scoutmasters.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is a hands-on program that gives adult leaders the practical skills to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. The skills taught in IOLS will introduce adult Boy Scout leaders with instruction and practice for teaching the outdoor skills associated with Tenderfoot through First Class ranks. This course is offered either as a single weekend course, or two single-day sessions. This course is held outdoors to help reinforce the “outdoor” experience that you will bring back to your boys and troop. This Training is offered through Council. Please check either the Council Website Calendar or the Troop 31 Calendar for course dates.
Troop Committee Challenge
This training is required for every troop committee member to complete basic training. This online course focuses on the core beliefs, aims, and methods of Scouting. Specifically, it helps each committee member learn and identify his or her role and responsibilities in support of the adult leaders in the unit to provide a quality troop experience for the Scouts. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes. This training course is offered online at www.MyScouting.org.
Safe Swim Defense All swimming activities in Scouting are required to follow the eight basic principles known collectively as the "Safe Swim Defense" plan. A unit that follows the plan can expect a safe, enjoyable aquatic experience. Safe Swim Defense is required for BSA tour permits. This training course is offered online at: www.MyScouting.org.
Safety Afloat All boating activities in Scouting are required to follow the nine basic principles of "Safety Afloat". With an emphasis on accident prevention through proper preparation and skills, a unit that follows Safety Afloat can expect a safe, enjoyable activity. Safety Afloat is required for BSA tour permits for any trip afloat. This training course is offered online at: www.MyScouting.org.
Trek Safely “Trek Safely” covers seven key safety points about trekking and is recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of trek. You will watch a brief video broken into two sections and answer questions after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes. This training course is offered online at: www.MyScouting.org.
Climb On Safely “Climb On Safely” covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling and is recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of climbing outing. You will watch a brief video broken into three sections and answer questions after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes. This training course is offered online at: www.MyScouting.org.
Hazardous Weather "Hazardous Weather" training must be completed prior to requesting a tour permit from the BSA. The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs. You will answer questions about the topics after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes. This training course is offered online at: www.MyScouting.org.
BSA NATIONAL GUIDELINE FOR YOUTH PROTECTION STATEMENT FROM BSA NATIONAL WEBSITE:
Effective June 1, 2010
The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units.
The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child molester, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child molester by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and what discipline techniques he or she would use.
Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position (including: Committee, Leaders, and Merit Badge Counselors).
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered. All training is required to be completed by December 31, 2010.
How and Where to take Youth Protection Training
You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.
To take Youth Protection training, go to www.MyScouting.org and create an account.
From the www.MyScouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Please follow these directions Youth Protection.
Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with your volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council and email a copy to the Troop 31 Admin. Dept. at Admin@Troop31bsa.org.
When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into www.MyScouting.org, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records, and any other training, in www.MyScouting.org to your BSA membership.