There are many opportunities to get trained in the scouting program. You can take these training courses over time as you scout progresses. A summery of the important courses is below:
Youth Protection – online 1 hour
Register as Adult Leader
Fast Start – online 1 hour
This Is Scouting – online 1 hour
Position Specific Training
Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training – 8 hour class
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – 1˝ day class
Troop Committee Challenge – 3 hour class or online
Weather Hazards – online 45 minutes
Safe Swim Defense – online 20 minutes
Safety Afloat – online 20 minutes
Climb on Safely
CPR – 4 hour class
High Adventure Training (HAT)
Core – 2 day class
Basic Backpacking Awareness – 1 evening and 1 weekend class
Climbing Instructor Awareness – 1 evening and 1 weekend class
Cycling Awareness – 1 evening and 1 weekend class
Okpik - Cold Weather Camping Awareness – 1 evening and 1 weekend class
Paddle Sports Awareness – 1 evening and 1 weekend class
Wilderness First Aid – 2 day class
Wood Badge – two 3-day weekend course
Once you have completed a course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the course and the completion date so we can maintain our Troop records.
If you have any questions about training or when classes are scheduled, please see the Adult Training Chair or any uniformed adult leader.
Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our youth members and participants. The Youth Protection training course is one part of a comprehensive youth protection training program that formally began in 1988. It is designed to help prevent child abuse in all of its forms, whether verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect. This course is offered online and takes about an hour. (See http://olc.scouting.org/)
Fast Start training is the first step for any new volunteer and is to be delivered immediately after a new leader registers and before he or she meets with any youth member. This training program introduces new leaders to the fundamentals of the Boy Scout program including:
- The Troop Meeting - how to run a troop meeting: covers planning, parts of the meeting, the patrol method, and resources.
- The Outdoor Program - goes into planning, organization, ideals, and BSA policy for outdoor activities. It also touches on long-term and high-adventure activities.
- The Troop Organization - This program starts with the charter concept—the chartered organization, the district, and the council, and their relationship to the troop. Each leadership and committee position is described.
(Online at: http://olc.scouting.org/)
This Is Scouting is an online interactive learning experience that is divided into six modules. It picks up where Fast Start left off and introduces participants to the following areas of the Scouting program:
- Mission, Vision, and Values
- Programs for All Ages and Abilities
- Scouting Is Fun!
- Scouting in the Community
- Protecting Our Youth
- Scouting’s Legacy
This course is offered online at:
and takes about an hour.
For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, training is divided into two courses: Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
This training concentrates on troop operation including: The Role of the Scoutmaster; Troop Organization; Troop Meetings; Working with Boy Leaders; The Patrol Method; The Patrol Leaders' Council; The Outdoor Program; The Advancement Program; Program Planning; Membership; Paperwork; and Finances. This course is highly recommended for any adult who wants to become an active participant with the Troop. This course can be completed in one full day or three evenings.
Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills needed. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is a day and a half long.
These courses are offered through the Scout Council – refer to the Training section of http://bsa-mdsc.org/smokesignals.php for scheduled classes.
The Troop Committee Challenge course covers: the organization of Scouting; the role of the Troop Committee; the roles and responsibilities by position; and delivering the Scouting Promise. The course is about three hours in length. This course is offered through the Scout Council – refer to the Training section at http://bsa-mdsc.org/smokesignals.php for scheduled classes or take it online at http://olc.scouting.org/info/tcc.html.
Based on your involvement and activities that interest you, there are a number of advanced courses that you can take over time. Again, don’t panic by the number of training classes offered, you can participate in them over a number of years as your boy takes on new scouting challenges and you want to become involved with him. Courses available include:
These courses are designed to allow adults to lead safe and successful outings. Current guidelines are available online in the Guide to Safe Scouting. Weather Hazards, Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat courses are available online at http://olc.scouting.org/
Troop 36 participates in High Adventure Outings on a regular basis – these are outings that are designed for older boys that involves adventure challenges or wilderness experience (afoot or afloat) and that may include high altitude, extreme weather conditions, cold water, exposure, fatigue and/or remote conditions where readily available medical care cannot be assured. In order to insure safety for these types of outings, Leaders for these trips must have the appropriate level of training. The HAT courses offered by the council provide this training and consist of the following:
This course provides the foundation for all other HAT courses. It is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed the Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training and the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. It covers the common skills and techniques required for any High Adventure Activity and provides the awareness level training needed to plan and lead a successful, safe and enjoyable High Adventure trek. Course topics include: Planning & Leadership, Basic Equipment and First Aid, Wilderness Navigation, Food, Wilderness Safety, and Leave No Trace. HAT Core is the prerequisite for all other HAT courses.
HAT Basic Backpacking Awareness (BBA)
This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading backpacking treks. Course topics include: Backpack Trek Planning, Gear, Food for the Backpacker, Wilderness Safety, Wilderness Emergencies, Backcountry Living, and Where to Trek. BBA is an excellent program that provides adults and youth with a wealth of knowledge, experiences, and contacts. It should be considered essential for adults planning or participating in back country activities and is of greatest benefit after 4-5 outings with boys, including one backpacking hike with an overnight.
HAT Wilderness First Aid
This course provides training and practice scenarios that simulate common wilderness accidents. This two-day course will prepare you to provide quality patient care in the wilderness emergency situations.
HAT Cycling Awareness
This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading a successful cycling outing. Course topics include: Tour Planning, Personal Equipment & Gear, Team Equipment, Food & Nutrition, Navigation, Safety While Riding, Injury First Aid, Life on the Road/Trail, Where To Tour and includes an outdoor practical/outing.
HAT Okpik - Cold Weather Camping Awareness
This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading cold weather outings. Course topics include: Planning & Leadership, Equipment, Cold Weather First Aid, Wilderness Safety, Backcountry Living and Where to Trek as they relate to Cold Weather Awareness.
HAT Paddle Sports Awareness
This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading a successful paddling outing. Course topics include: Planning & Leadership, Types of Paddling, Equipment, Safety, Orienting the Paddler, Paddling Strokes & Techniques, Maneuvers and River Reading and Running as they relate to Paddle Sports Awareness.
HAT Climbing Instructor Awareness
A certificate of training as a BSA Climbing Instructor good for 2 years and a letter that authorizes you to be a Climb on Safely Instructor good for 1 year will be issued to adults upon successful completion of the course.
See http://www.bsa-mdsc.org/hat.php for HAT course schedules and details on signing up. HAT courses may also be taken through other BSA Councils - check out: San Francisco Council HAT Courses or Santa Clara Council Courses. (Note that HAT courses offered by other councils may combine the HAT Core & BBA classes into one longer course.)
Wood Badge has evolved into the core leadership skills training course for the BSA. The Wood Badge course focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults. A key area of the process is team development and learning to recognize the stages through which developing teams must pass. Participants learn to apply appropriate leadership strategies that enable teams to reach their highest levels of performance. This is a two 3-day weekend course and completion of a set of “ticket items” over the next 18 months. See http://www.bsa-mdsc.org/woodbadge.php for more details on Wood Badge.
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