Leader Specific Training

Leader Specific Training

Once volunteers have completed "Fast Start Training," giving them an overview of the BSA program, they begin training for a specific Scouting position. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies.

Leader Position Specific Training for Cub Scout leaders is available online through My.Scouting and may be offered additionally in a group setting on request. Leader position specific training is not available on line for Boy Scout, Venturing, Sea Scout and Explorer leaders. These training programs are offered throughout the year at convenient locations hosted by dedicated volunteers who want to help make your Scouting experience enjoyable.

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training gives a leader the knowledge and skills needed for a specific position. Leader Specific Training is available for the following positions in Cub Scouting:

Cub Scout Leader Position Patches
  • Tiger Cub leader
  • Cub Scout den leader and assistant
  • Webelos den leader and assistant
  • Cubmaster and assistant
  • Pack committee members

Basic Leader Training goes into greater detail on youth development and boy behavior, program planning, activities, and the purposes of the program. It is usually presented in one or two group sessions, but can be delivered to small groups or even individuals through personal coaching.

Every Cub Scout leader should complete Basic Leader Training; it prepares leaders to deliver a quality, fun-filled program. Leaders who understand the whys and hows of the program are more effective in their roles. They know how to use available resources to provide an exciting and worthwhile program for boys. Trained leaders have confidence in carrying out their responsibilities and, along with the boys, have more fun.

Tiger Cub den leaders, Cub Scout den leaders, Webelos den leaders, Cubmasters, and Pack Committee members can complete this training on line or in a group setting upon request. These trainings will cover in detail your role in the Pack and what you will be working on with the Scouts in your den. Additionally, the following brochures (pdf)  are designed to provide an at-a-glance orientation for new Cub Scout leaders:


Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

Troop Adult Leader Position Patches

For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, Leader Specific  training is divided into two parts. The first part (Scoutmaster Fundamentals) concentrate on troop operation and can be completed in one full day or three evenings. Thesecond part (IOLS-Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills), which focuses on outdoor skills, lasts approximately a day and a half, depending on the skill level of the new leader.

For Troop Committee members, Leader Specific training includes the Troop Committee Challenge. By following the Troop Committee Training Syllabus, participants can complete the challenge in three hours, after which they are considered trained. This training may also be completed on line.


Venturing Advisor Ship Officer Leader Specific Training

Venturing and Sea Scout Leader PatchesVenturing Leader Specific Training - Developed for Venturing Advisors, Assistant Advisors, and Crew Committee members, this training will detail such things as advancement, youth leadership, and how to run an effective Crew. "Fast Start" and Venturing Leader Specific Training can be completed in one day, after which the leader is considered trained.


Sea Scout Officer Training - Developed for Skippers and other Sea Scouters, Council and District volunteers who support the Sea Scouting program will find this information useful as well. This training helps the Sea Scouter run an effective program. For a Sea Scouter to be considered fully trained in his or her position, this program must be completed in addition to Venturing Leader Specific Training. Visit seascout.org for details.

Enter title of fifth second section

Enter fifth section content