“Every Scout deserves a trained leader” – Lord Robert Baden Powell of Gilwell, founder of the Scouting movement.
The basic level of training is the third level of training after the joining level (youth protection) and orientation (Fast Start, “Before your first meeting” and “Within 30 Days”) training. At the same time you are working on basic training you may also want to complete one or more health and safety training courses to support unit activities. After basic training is completed the next step is usually to work on the Training Award for your position.
Basic Leader Training Requirement
To wear the Basic Leader “Trained” badge for their current Scouting position adult leaders must completed the position-specific training and keep Youth Protection training current. What training is required to be a basic “trained” leader varies by position and is defined in the following documents:
- What makes a trained leader? flyer (chartered organization representative and unit leaders)
- Trained Leader Requirements table (expanded table with more positions listed)
Individual Scouters can see what they need to complete to be considered basic leader trained on the my.Scouting™ web site at https://my.scouting.org/ . Login and select “Home > My Dashboard > My Training > Requirements”. You can also take available eLearning training via this site. Some health and safety training is available at “Home > My Dashboard > My Training > Training Center”.
All leaders are encouraged to take part in leader position-specific training before they meet with youth to prepare them for the opportunities and responsibilities relating to their leadership positions. Leader position-specific training is also an opportunity for new leaders to get answers to questions they may have about their roles and about the BSA in general. Training is available for every position at the unit, district, and council level.
– Guide to Leader Training (511-028, 2012, p. 10)
How to complete “basic” training?
Taking instructor-led training, if it is available, is the recommended method for completing “basic” training.
Available classes information:
IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) Sun, Oct 10 & 11, 2015
OWL (Outdoor Webelos Leader Training) Sun, Nov 1, 2015
Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training; Sat, Oct 31, 2015
Troop Committee Challenge: Sat, Oct 31, 2015
Den Chief Training: Sat, Oct 31, 2015
Cub Scout Position-Specific Training: Sat, Nov 7, 2015
BALOO Training Sat, Nov 7, 2015
Intro Outdoor Leader Skills: Fri-Sat, Oct 23-24, 2015
Outdoor Webelos Leader Training: Sat, Oct 24, 2015
Outdoor Leader Skills Training Sat, Nov 7 - Sun, Nov 8, 2015
During Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 BSA® is making (or planning to make) new on-line training available for Cub Scout, Venturing, and Boy Scout adult leaders.
“Position trained” is not “fully trained”
Being “basic” trained does not mean a Scouter is “fully trained” We often fall into the trap of calling a Scouter “fully trained” when he or she completes “basic” training. It leads some to think that they have done all of the training they can do.
Of course, no person is ever “fully trained.” Even the most tenured Scouter can learn something by attending or instructing a course. … Do not fall into the trap of using the term “fully trained!”
- BSA The Training Times, Spring 2015, p.1
Additional information about BSA® training courses for adults is available on the council web site and at: http://www.scouting.org/training/adult.aspx