Online Learning Center
The BSA Online Learning Center provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is a one-day training event that introduces leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.
Basic Leader Training
Basic Leader Training is designed to give position-related information to all adult leaders in Cub Scouting. Building on the foundation established in Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training goes into greater detail.
Unit Leadership Enhancements
Unit Leadership Enhancements are short training discussions intended to better equip pack leaders to conduct a quality Cub Scout program. These do not replace, but complement, the more formal Basic Leader Training, Cub Scout leader roundtable, and Cub Scout leader pow wow or University of Scouting offered in the district or council.
Fast Start Training
Proper training lays the groundwork for success in their leadership roles. This training will help new leaders understand what is expected and establish effective meeting patterns so that the boys and their families can enjoy a quality program from the start.
National Cub Scouting Conferences
Cub Scout leader training conferences are held at the Philmont Training Center near Cimarron, New Mexico, and at the Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys. Councils recommend individuals, who receive invitations to attend these conferences.
Pow Wow - University of Scouting
The pow wow is an annual get-together of Cub Scout leaders from an entire council or district. A pow wow is a training conference that takes place in a festive atmosphere.
Cub Scout leader roundtables are held monthly on a district basis. Den and pack leaders join for fun and fellowship while learning new tricks, stunts, games, crafts, ceremonies, songs, and skits related to the Cub Scout theme and Webelos activity badges for the following month.
Trainer Development Conference
The trainer development conference is part of a continuous process of updating trainers with the latest training methods, principles, and technologies. This conference is mainly for Scouters who will be delivering training to adult leaders as well as to the young people in Scouting.
What Makes a Trained Leader
A direct contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the following training courses and the specific training for the position.
Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders
Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants, the Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders course teaches outdoor-related skills through demonstration and hands-on practice. Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den. In addition to covering basic camping skills, this training features planning campouts and finding resources.
Wood Badge is advanced training in leadership skills for all adults in BSA programs. Not only Cub Scouters, but also leaders in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and commissioner service are invited to participate in Wood Badge.
Youth Protection Training
The Boy Scouts of America has developed Youth Protection training to prepare its leaders to help children who have been, or are being, abused. Materials are for use in pack and den meetings to show Cub Scouts and their parents what they should do to prevent abuse from happening to them.