Leader Specific Training

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Leader Position Specific Training is designed to provide training specific to each area of the Scouting program. These courses are taught by informed trainers who know how to engage groups and make learning fun. These courses are offered by the Council Training Committee online or in person, or may be done as small groups or by personal coaching. Prior to taking this training, leaders should complete Youth Protection Training.


  • Nationally, 44% of families leave Scouting due to meetings not being organized
  • Nationally, 35% of families leave Scouting due to poor or untrained leaders
  • Don’t let your unit be one of these units
  • Encourage all of your leaders to get trained!

Position “Trained” Requirements

  • All registered leaders need to complete Youth Protection Training

Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and Assistant Cubmasters*

  • Den Leader Training
  • Cubmaster Training
  • Hazardous Weather Training

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters

  • Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Training
  • Hazardous Weather Training
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Pack and Troop Committee Members and Committee Chairs

  • Pack Committee Member or Pack Committee Chair Training*
  • Troop Committee Member or Troop Committee Chair Training

Training Options

  • Online
    • Trainings are available in the BSA Learn Center at scouting.org
    • Den Leader and Cubmaster Trainings
    • Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Training
    • Pack and Troop Committee Member and Committee Chair Trainings
    • Hazardous Weather Training (only available online)


Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of my.scouting.org. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit. These include:

Leader Position-Specific Training
Leader Position-Specific: Den Leader
Leader Position-Specific: Cubmaster
Leader Position-Specific: Pack Trainer
Leader Position-Specific: Pack Committee
Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Advisor
Leader Position-Specific: Venturing Committee
Leader Position-Specific: Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster
Leader Position-Specific: Troop Committee
Leader Position-Specific: Merit Badge Counselor
Leader Position-Specific: District Committee Basic

Expanded Learning
Safe Swim Defense
Safety Afloat
Weather Hazards
Climb On Safely