Council Training Opportunities

Basic Leader Training - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Boy Scout program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is a manditory course for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches seeking to complete their basic training requirements. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders as it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

The course is a day and a half long, but a leader can move at an accelerated pace by demonstrating mastery of a specific skill. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than attending the course.

Like the rest of Basic Leader Training that includes New Leader Essentials and Leader Specific training, delivery of Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the responsibility of the council and district training committees.

Basic Leader Training - New Leader Essentials

Once an adult leader had completed his or her program's Fast Start, it time to move on to Basic Leader Training. This training is comprised of two parts: New Leader Essentials and Leader Specific training.

New Leader Essentials is an introductory session for all leaders that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting. It addressed how these aims and methods are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Videos, discussions, and hands-on reinforcement are presented during the 90-minute training session.

Ideally, all unit-based volunteers - Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders - take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they serve. Each leader completes New Leader Essentials only once.

The benefits of New Leader Essentials are:

   1. Assistance in implementing the full Scouting program with chartered organizations.
   2. A better understanding of the advantages of encouraging youth and adult volunteers to move through the traditional program as their youth mature.
   3. An awareness of the different aspects of the Scouting program, which may result in leaders taking advantage of those programs for a child in a different age group.

The total Basic Leader Training program and its two parts may be delivered over time - training in one or more evenings a week or month - or in a one-day training event that incorporates all programs. Training is suitable for large or small groups and may be presented to leaders of one or more units at a time. Delivery of Basic Leader Training, including New Leader Essentials, is the responsibility of the council and district training committees.