Become a Trained Leader
Parents are the lifeblood of our troop. Without them, our program would be limited and our Scouts would be missing out on the fun.
It is very easy to become a Trained Leader in our troop. ALL the required training can be taken online - so you can take the training at your own pace.
Steps to Leadership
Talk to a current leader (Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Assistant Scoutmasters) about your willingness to help
Discuss which role would best fit your talents and comfort level
Complete Council Specific Training
Participate in Parent Action Items
Council Specific Training (45 Minutes)
Fill out a Adult Leader Application. A copy can be obtained from anyone on the Troop Leadership team.
Go to my.scouting.org and create an account.
Complete the Youth Protection Training course at my.scouting.org...
BSA has continued to develop and enhance its efforts to protect youth that evolve along with the ever changing awareness of dangers and challenges facing youth. This program focuses on local selection of adult volunteers, education and training, and clear policies such that no "one on one" activities and immediate reporting of any concerns is accounted for.
Print the Youth Protection Training Certificate (available upon completion of the course)
Submit the certificate and the application to the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair
While the main focus of the Boy Scout program is youth leadership, adult leadership is necessary to provide guidance and direction to ensure the program adheres to the aims and ideals of Scouting. In addition, adult leaders are responsible for ensuring that all Troop activities follow BSA safety and youth protection guidelines. Thus, while Scouts run the troop, the Scoutmaster is the only adult who can change Troop plans or rules. Men and women 18 years of age and older are invited to participate as Troop leaders. There are a number of ‘official’ as well as ‘unofficial’ leadership opportunities available within the Troop.
Parent Action Items
Volunteer to help with small defined tasks.
Ask your Assistant Scoutmaster if they need help.
Ask the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair about the needs of the Troop.
Remain positive and look for ways to improve the program - turn problems into solutions.
Follow the advice we give the scouts... Do A Good Turn Daily!
Encourage other parents to help. Work as a team with projects that need attention.
I'm a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster - what's required to be "100% trained"?
Youth Protection Training – The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. Every adult must be current in Youth Protection Training (sometimes called “YPT” for short). You may take Youth Protection Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called My.Scouting.org. The training must be renewed every two years. If you still feel like you’re not sure what Youth Protection Training is, visit this page for a little more information.
Hazardous Weather Training – This training discusses how to manage risks from the weather to our Scouting family. You may take Hazardous Weather Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called My.Scouting.org. The training must be renewed every two years.
Scoutmaster-Specific Training – This course provides Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Scouts BSA Troops (although, when done right, your youth will lead the troop and you’ll supervise and mentor). You may take Scoutmaster-Specific Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called My.Scouting.org.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – This course is a hands-on outdoor course with an overnight component that provides adult Scouts BSA leaders with the practical skills they need to lead Scouts while camping. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain Scouts BSA’s First Class rank. You must have at least one adult with this training on every troop camp out. There is not an online version of this course. It requires an overnight stay (you are learning how to camp, after all).