Leadership and Development Training

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

Thank you for serving the boys in your troop.  As a troop leader you will play a vital role in guiding tomorrow’s leaders.  The Orange County Council is committed to providing our Boy Scouts with trained adult leaders.  All registered Scout leaders are required to complete Boy Scout Leader Basic Training for their position.  The required training courses vary depending upon your position as outlined below.

Scoutmasters &
Assistant Scoutmasters

Scoutmaster Basic Training
Scoutmaster Basic Training consists of five training courses.  Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters must complete all four courses to be considered trained.  The courses need not be completed in order.  The four courses required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are
1.  Fast Start Training
Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training offers a quick position description with basic tips to manage until basic training is available. This training is available online, or via CD-ROM. For a fast start training CD visit your closest council service center.  To take the online version of Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training click here.
2.  Youth Protection Training:
This training increases awareness in youth protection issues, reviews all of the BSA youth protection policies and is required for all registered Scout leaders.  Youth Protection training is available online or in person. Time to complete the online course varies but can usually be completed in 45 minutes or less. To complete Youth Protection Training Online - click here. 
Note:  In order to complete Youth Protection training online you will need to enter your council number and your member ID number.  The council phone number is 714-546-4990.  Your member ID number can be found on your membership card or you can obtain your number by calling the Council Service Center at 714-546-4990.
3. This is Scouting:
This Is Scouting is a new online training session that replaces New Leader Essentials. It picks up where Fast Start leaves off with six modules of training: The Mission of Scouting, Programs for All ages, Scouting Is Fun, Scouting in the Community, Keeping Our Youth Safe, and Scouting’s Legacy. The training takes about an hour to complete.  To complete This is Scouting online click here.
4. Position-Specific Training
These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing the course will make a Scouter “trained” for the role(s) covered in the course. Syllabi for courses not found here may be obtained from your local council or at www.ScoutStuff.org  E-learning versions of some courses may be found below in the E-learning section.

  • Hands-on training in how to run meetings and work with youth
  • Based on leader’s position
  • Cub Scout leaders, assistants, pack committee, and pack trainers
  • Boy Scout leaders and assistants
  • Varsity Coaches and assistants
  • Venturing crew leaders and assistants
  • Offered by the district or council as group training, small group training, or personal coaching
5. Outdoor Leader Skills:
This is an overnight training course focused on improving leaders’ outdoor skills, as well as being fun and helpful in building morale.  During Outdoor Leader Skills Scout Leaders will review all of the outdoor skills that the BSA expects have been mastered by a First Class Scout.  For Scoutmasters new to outdoor adventures, this will be a terrific opportunity to develop sufficient skills to help your Scouts in the outdoor program.  Those experienced in various aspects of camping, hiking, and other outdoor skills can use this training to refine their knowledge, to learn how to teach their skills to Scouts, and to share what they know with other course participants.