Varsity Leader Training

As a Varsity Scout Leader you owe it to your boys to learn as much as you can about Scouting and how to run your Team.    For all positions, You need to complete Youth protection and the position specific training for your registered Scouting position. Varsity Coaches(VC) and Assistant Varsity Coaches (VA) must also take Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).  

Youth Protection + Varsity Committee Challenge = Varsity Committee Trained Leader.

Youth Protection + Varsity Coach Specific Training + IOLS = Trained Coach (VA)

Often leaders receive notification that they are not trained to their surprize.  Most often, the volunteer was actually not registered in the position they are holding.   Sometimes they have not completely registered in MyScouting.org and their trainings are not being recorded.  Leaders can email rabraun@bsamail.org to get answers to their training status and questions.

Fast Start Orientation Training

Intended to be taken by pack, troop, team, and crew leaders, as well as unit commissioners and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of their new role. Log in to My.Scouting to take this course online 

Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training

“Varsity Vision” is designed to be conducted at the council, district, or chartered organization level. It is the position-specific training for Varsity Scout Coaches and assistant Coaches, but youth team members, team committee members, and other interested Scouters are encouraged to attend. The course consists of a single 12- to 14-hour experience that can be delivered in either an overnight or a single-day format. This course, along with Youth Protection training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, will make a Varsity Scout Coach or assistant Coach “trained.”

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered "trained".

Team Committee Challenge

The Team Committee Challenge is designed for team committees and becomes the course (along with Youth Protection training) team committee members need to be considered “trained.”. This training may be obtained from MyScouting.org,and at other council and district training events..Log in to My.Scouting to take this course online 

STEM Nova Counselor Training

These courses are intended to provide training for STEM Nova counselors. The intructor-led course is designed to be used with the training slide deck at group courses. Download Self Study Guide

STEM Supernova Mentor Training

This course is a self-study training course for STEM Supernova mentors. Download Self Study Guide

Powder Horn

Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your area training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

Generational Diversity

Take this session and have a broader understanding and deeper appreciation of the diverse range of ages and life experiences of the volunteers and professionals in our organization. You will be able to recognize and define the four generational groups of people currently in the BSA.

Kodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant - one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose.

Passport to High Adventure Training Outline

This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.

Safety Afloat

BSA groups shall use Safety Afloat for all boating activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed Safety Afloat training within the previous two years. Cub Scout activities afloat are limited to council or district events that do not include moving water or float trips (expeditions). Safety Afloat standards apply to the use of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, floating tubes, sailboats, motorboats (including waterskiing), and other small craft, but do not apply to transportation on large commercial vessels such as ferries and cruise ships. Parasailing (being towed airborne behind a boat using a parachute), kitesurfing (using a wakeboard towed by a kite), and recreational use of personal watercraft (small sit-on-top motorboats propelled by water jets) are not authorized BSA activities. Safety Afloat training may be obtained from MyScouting.org, at council summer camps, and at other council and district training events.

Safe Swim Defense

BSA groups shall use Safe Swim Defense for all swimming activities. Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean.  Safe Swim Defense training may be obtained from the myscouting.org at council summer camps, and at other council and district training events.

Weather Hazard 

Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather is available for you to do training in your unit, district, and council when an Internet connection is not available. This training is required for at least one leader before taking your unit on a tour, but more importantly, it is knowledge that we all can use to manage risks to our Scouting family in the outdoor classroom.  This training may be obtained from the my.scouting.org at council summer camps, and at other council and district training events.

Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness Training was developed to help prepare attendees for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. It is appropriate for leadership in all program areas and for Boy Scout and Venturing youth. The module focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit. Learning objectives include the ability to define physical wellness; identify ways to improve the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit; describe the role self-responsibility plays in wellness; and answer questions about nutrition. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes. Log in to My.Scouting to take this course online 

Climb On Safely

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

All unit-sponsored/planned climbing activities, regardless of where they are held, fall under Climb On Safely. This applies to a single unit or multiple units that may be participating in a joint unit climbing activity.

There is inherent risk in climbing and rappelling. With proper management, that risk can be minimized. Leaders should be aware that Climb On Safely is an orientation only and does not constitute training on how to climb or rappel. This orientation may be obtained from the my.scouting.org at council summer camps, and at other council and district training events.