A cornerstone of the Boy Scout programs is training, both for youth and adults. There are many opportunities available for training at various levels. Some trainings may be conducted in the unit; others may be done independently. Below is a list of some offered training.

For New Volunteers and/or Registered Leaders

It is mandatory to first take Youth Protection Training. Youth Protection Training is a national training course required for all leaders who have direct contact with youth, and is recommended for parents of all youth. Scouts can take youth protection as well and there is one specific for them.  Youth Protection teaches the do's and don'ts of working with youth. All national training courses, such as this, are accessible at the BSA Online Learning Center

If you are new to Scouting, please watch Fast Start Training, followed by This is Scouting.

If you are a new, or returning, Cub Leader, click here for an overview.


Basic Adult Leader Training

Is available online at the BSA Online Learning Center. Click here.

Program Specific Training

The BSA Online Learning Center also has training for program specific activities such as: Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Climb on Safely, and Trek Safely.

Local Training Courses

Leaders who attend local training courses find this is the best way to develop necessary skills to be an effective Scout Leader.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (Baloo)

This national training, is a one-day event, presented by the Council, that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

IOLS is offered by the district or Council as hands on training for Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Coaches that teaches basic outdoor leader skills for Boy Scouts.

Wood Badge

Participants will learn techniques to make them better leaders, and also how to lead groups to achieve objectives. The 21st century Wood Badge incorporates the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience in addition to drawing upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country. Skills developed from Wood Badge training will help a volunteer leader do a better job in any BSA program or at any level of involvement. 

University of Scouting

Join your fellow Scout leaders for a day with top Scouters, hands-on training, face-to-face time with Chickasaw Professionals, Scouting program experts, surprises, fun learning and talking with your fellow Scouters.


Youth Training

There are many ways for youth to receive training, among other opportunities. Click here for more on the national website.

Youth training begins at the Boy Scout level, with Den Chief Training.

 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. After this course, NAYLE is recommended (see below).

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), taught at Philmont. This training equips youth leaders to be better Troop Leaders, NYLT staff members and/or superior camp staff. It will help guide a Scouts’ journey in leadership service to others, able to develop all members of whichever team they lead. It provides life skills for now and the future.