Training Committee: Tom Sorensen, Mike Homrighaus and Jim Graney
Any questions on training? E-mail training@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
Presentations and handouts from the Baden-Powell
Council's University of Scouting over the years are now available on
an on-line resource
page. Check it out!
Upcoming Training Opportunities in 2016-17
(Additional courses and opportunities will be
available from the Baden-Powell Council and from neighboring
For more info on these courses, please email email@example.com
April 8 Sat - College of Commissioner Science - NE Region Area 3 -
April 22-23 - Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) - Camp
Brule / 5 Rivers Council*
- May 5-7 - Outdoor Ethics & Leave No Trace - Camp Tuscarora* -
- May 19-21 - Strategic Planning (3rd phase of T3 course) Camp
- Aug 7-12 - National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - Camp
August 18-20 - Camp Barton & September 8-10,
2017 at Tuscarora - Woodbadge - see below*
October 6-8 - Northeast Region Seabadge Conference (SB-37-NY-2017)
- see below*
October 13-15 - Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course - see below*
*= Course given by Baden-Powell Council - unless a link is
provided, contact the Council or check the Council
website for more information n these courses.
Upcoming Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following
changes to training, which will be released this year:
- BALOO/OWL -
being combined and broken into two parts. Both parts must be
completed to be considered trained. RELEASE target is end of 2nd
Quarter (end June timeframe)
- Part 1
- On line
- Part 2
- in the field
- Boy Scout
Leader Position Specific Training - on line training is going to be 19
modules (don't groan). RELEASE target is end of 1st Quarter (end
Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position
trained (Fast Start is already on line). RELEASE target is end
of 2nd Quarter (end June timeframe)
Basic - on line training. RELEASE target is end of 2nd Quarter
(end June timeframe)
Attn: all adult leaders / older youth
LNT / Outdoor Ethics course, May 5-7, 2017
An LNT / Outdoor Ethics course will be conducted the weekend of May
5-7, 2017 at Camp Tuscarora's Nature Lodge / Training Center.
This course is an excellent opportunity for those who want to learn
more about the Leave No Trace principles and how to effectively share
information about Leave No Trace with others. All participants will
practice presenting a Leave No Trace topic and leading activities as part
of the course.
This official BSA 16 hour course is for all adult and youth members
ages 14 and older, including:
- Scouts age 14 and older serving as a Troop Leave No Trace Trainer
position of responsibility
- Venturers working on their Outdoor Bronze or Ranger Awards
- Cub leaders who are Pack Trainers or who plan outdoor activities
- Scout leaders teaching Scouts outdoor skills and activities, from
first-year to older scouts
- Merit badge counselors for Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Geocaching,
Fishing, and others
- Venturing leaders who support Venturers on outdoor trip planning
- District & Council Training staff who instruct the BALOO, OWL, IOLS,
and NYLT courses
- Summer camp staff for Outdoor Skills, Ecology/Conservation, Climbing,
and First-Year Camper
Questions? Please contact the staff:
Course Director Steve Campbell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Course Director Bill Miller - email@example.com
Flyer -- Leave No Trace (LNT) 16 hour trainer course
Council Woodbadge Course
August 18-20, 2017 Camp Barton
September 8-10, 2017 at Tuscarora Scout Reservation
Wood Badge N3-368-17
The Baden-Powell Council will be hosting a Wood Badge Course in 2017!
Wood Badge is Scouting's premier adult leader training course.
Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a
way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and
foremost, learning by doing. The members of the course are formed into
patrols and these into a troop. The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors
for a week, camping, cooking their own meals, and practicing Scout skills.
Thus it was that Baden-Powell developed a practical course built around
the operation of a troop and it's patrols. Yet this is only the most
well-known of three parts in the entire Wood Badge experience. The
practical course--the week in the out-of-doors--was originally scheduled
to follow a "theoretical" part 1, which consisted of answering a
series of questions about the aims and methods of the Scouting program.
Part 3 then followed the practical course and required a 6-month
application period while the Scouter practiced in his home Scouting
situation what he had learned in parts 1 and 2. In actual practice, once
Wood Badge became available in the United States, the theoretical
questions and the application were carried out simultaneously after the
practical course was taken.
But Wood Badge is more than just mechanical course work. Wood Badge is
the embodiment of Scouting spirit. Like many intense training experiences,
it has always relied on a busy schedule forcing the participants to work
together, to organize and to develop an enthusiasm and team spirit to
accomplish the tasks and challenges placed before them. Carried out in
context of Scouting ideals and service to young people, the course brings
out a deep dedication and spirit of brotherhood and fellowship in most
participants. Certainly were it not for the common goal of the movement
and its program for young people, it would be hard to get grown men and
women to endure the 16-hour days required by a program that runs from
early morning to late at night.
The course is designed to be a highlight --"a mountaintop
experience" -- for the course participants. Careful planning and
strict attention to detail provides a physical/logistic support and
program second to none. Add to this a thoroughly prepared and enthusiastic
staff and it is little wonder that most Scouters return from Wood Badge
inspired and prepared to do an even better job of providing Scouting to
boys. In addition to a fine course, all the traditions and heritage of
Scouting are stressed and used to inspire those attending. Wood Badge in
one form or another is used throughout the Scouting world. Tens of
thousands of Scouters proudly wear the Gilwell neckerchief, woggle, and
beads of Wood Badge-trained leaders. Because it was begun by Baden-Powell
in England in 1919, it is clearly backed by the finest thought and
tradition of the founder and thus carries with it great prestige. Wood
Badge is then, a great force for world brotherhood, for though it uses the
local traditions in each country, it emphasizes the international aspects
of the movement and the heritage of Baden-Powell and Gilwell Park.
Course dates are August 18-20, 2017 at Camp Barton & September
8-10, 2017 at Tuscarora Scout Reservation
Course Director will be Jamie Saroka firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, see the Council
Region Seabadge Conference (SB-37-NY-2017)
October 6-8, 2017
Camp Gorton-Finger Lakes Sea Base
4241 County Rd. 25, Dundee, NY 14837
Seabadge is an advanced training experience for Sea Scout
adult leaders, Committee Members and other members in Scouting at the
Unit, District, Council, Area or Flotilla and Regional or National levels
that support the Sea Scout program.
The purposes of the Seabadge experience are:
1. Improve the understanding of leadership, management,
and motivational skills among Sea Scout adult leaders.
2. Provide management, leadership, and presentation skills
and tools to leaders so that they may use and share them with others in
day-to-day Sea Scout activities.
3. Use the skills and tools acquired at Seabadge to
improve the quality of the Sea Scout program.
4. Encourage the development of lifelong contacts and
sharing of resources by and between course participants and staff.
Qualifications for Participation:
1. Currently registered in any adult position directly
supporting Sea Scouts or other Scouting program areas with interest to Sea
2. Completed a Youth Protection training course. (BSA or
3. Completed Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training
4. Minimum age to take the course for Sea Scouts is 19,
all others 18
5. Willing to apply the skills and knowledge obtained
through Seabadge to strengthen Sea Scout membership and unit
6. Should be physically fit to work, sleep, and perform in
a fully operational shipboard environment.
Seabadge is a participatory experience. There will be
intensive individual involvement by participants and Seabadge faculty in
seminars, workshops, role-playing, and discussion. The program includes
sessions on Sea Scouting aims and methods, ideals and traditions,
instructional techniques, managing the program, communications,
activities, ship’s Committee operations, leadership, team building and
motivation, goal setting, planning, and recruiting youth and adults upon
completion of the course each participant will receive a course
certificate. To earn the Seabadge Trident Pin, participants must attend
all sessions of the Seabadge weekend conference, and to successfully
complete a “Rutter” (ticket), which is approved in advanced by your
Seabadge Conference Rutter Coordinator. This Rutter requirement must be
completed no later than 18 months after attending the conference.
Successful graduates will be presented a course completion letter and
Seabadge Trident Pin.
Flyer and Application Form here (PDF)
Train for Emergencies in
Wilderness and Remote Environments
October 13-15, 2017
- Ideal for group leaders in a wilderness environment an hour or more
from EMS response
- Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum
- 16-hour WRFA course with 8-hour CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED
- Minimum age of 14 can attend
- Required at all BSA High Adventure Bases
Skills That Could Save a Life
Ideal for Scouts, outdoor leaders or employees in remote environments
an hour or more from EMS response, our new 16-hour Wilderness and Remote
First Aid course and 8-hour CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED
course give you the emergency skills you need when on a back country trek
participants to give critical care for potentially life-threatening
emergencies in a delayed-help situation, the BSA/Red Cross Wilderness and
Remote First Aid course covers the following:
and Secondary Assessments •
Wounds and Infections
(Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries
Joint and Soft Tissue Injuries
Gear Improvising and more….
Today for Our Next Training Session
13,14,15 October 2017
Fri 6:00 – 10:00 PM, Sat 9:00 AM -- 10:00 PM, Sun 2:00 -- 10:00
Course space is limited to 10 students.
Students must enroll by Fri 6 Oct 2017.
Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course $60, CPRFPR/AED Course $30
Two work books, water-resistant field reference booklet, pocket mask and
2-year certifications included.
more information or to register, contact Tim
607-844-3921 or email@example.com.
Download a flyer
(PDF) and a
registration form (MSWord)
Venturing Leader Specific
From BSA National: 03/02/2016
Connecting volunteers to the learning content they need when they need
it is the purpose of the new BSA LearnCenter. New Venturing content has
been added to the learn center consisting of 14 e-learning modules. It
provides training on key topics such as selecting youth officers, building
a crew budget and annual program planning, making it possible for
Venturing leaders to complete position specific training online.
Position specific training is delivered in three parts, or learning
plans. Each learning plan is designed for the specific position and is
recommended to be taken before the first meeting, within the first 30
days, and within 90 days. The training program is self-paced, allowing
volunteers to complete their training at their own pace.
Training is found on My.Scouting.Org
under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Position Specific
Training image on the right side of the home page.
Are all of your unit's leaders trained?
Download a page from National giving the requirements
Makes a Trained Leader?" in PDF format.
Specific course modules required for training Cub, Venturing, Sea Scouting
and Exploring leaders can be downloaded
here in PDF format.
Online Training: You need to log into My.Scouting.org
to take online courses. You don't need to be a registered Scouter to set
up a MyScouting.org account, but it is a very good idea to associate your
account with your member ID number as soon as you receive your membership
card. That way, any training you take online will automatically be
credited to your BSA records. When entering my.scouting.org,
you'll find training
under Home, My Dashboard, My Training. Courses are in the "Training
Center", listed by program.
Cub Scouts: Links to all training courses for Cub Scout Leaders are now
available online at: http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx
Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training for Tiger,
Wolf, Bear and Webelos Leaders, Cubmaster, and Pack
Youth Protection Training (YPT) (required for all leaders,
not just Cub)
The courses have been updated to support the new Cub Scout
Delivery Method rolled out in 2010. Now, den leaders and
assistants, Cubmasters and assistants, pack trainers, and pack committee
chairs and members can now learn the how-to’s for successfully
conducting an engaging den and pack program and can become confident in
the role each plays.
Note: The Cub Scout Leader position-specific
training system includes many different modules. Different leadership
positions require different combinations of modules to be considered
"Trained". Be sure that you have downloaded
a list of positions and modules here and reviewed them to make sure
that your leaders are, in fact, trained!
Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venturing: Some Boy Scout and
Venturing leader training is linked to http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx,
and the courses can be taken from my.scouting.org,
you'll find training
under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Learn Center image on the right side of the home page.
Youth Protection Training (YPT) (in addition to
general YPT, there is a Venturing Version - be sure to take this
version if you're registered in a Crew)
Boy Scouting and Venturing Fast Start
Troop Committee Challenge
Safe Swim Defense
This is Scouting
Climb on Safely
Crew Advisor and Associate Advisor
Sea Scout Adult Basic Training
Venturing Board of Review
Exploring: Training for Explorer leaders is now
available through My.Scouting.org,
and also through the
Learning For Life website.
Youth Protection Training (Code Y03) is separate from Venturing
YPT (Code Y02) - although the content is similar, if not identical.
Exploring leaders must keep their Y03 certification current, even if
they are also registered at a Venture Crew and are current in
Y02. Exploring YPT is listed with regular YPT on the
"Other" section of the Training Center under My Training.
Exploring Advisor and Associate Advisor
Exploring Service Team
Exploring Ride-Along Safety
Other courses with links at http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx
Safe Swim Defense
Climb on Safely
Unit Commissioner Fast Start
Chartered Organization Reprentative Fast Start
ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start
Staffing the District Committee
Camp Health Officer Training
If your pack or troop has a large number of people who need
training, don't wait for a scheduled session - the Training Committee is
also bringing the training to you! Contact them at training@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
and schedule a training session for your pack leaders. Packs should
have a Pack Trainer if at all possible, so as to be able to present leader
training to new leaders as needed. Also, anyone who has been through a
given training module can train others, so last years' Bear leaders can
train this year's leaders, and so on.
Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Training Policies
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.
To increase awareness of this societal problem and to
create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in
Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America has implemented the following Youth Protection policies:
Youth Protection Training is required for all
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection
(National Policy says within 30 days of registration, but B-P
Council requires YPT to be taken before registration).
For current leaders, Youth Protection Training must
be taken every two years. Note: B-P Council local policy
says YPT must be current throughout the year for which the volunteer
is being registered.
If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training record is not current at
the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered and the
unit charter will be held up - make sure that all leaders are trained,
and will remain so throughout the year, before handing in a recharter
To ensure these policies are fully implemented,
please take the following steps:
If your YPT will expire within
the year for which you are registering, by local rule, please log on to
and take the training. There is usually an icon for YPT on the
right side of the home page, or click Home then My Dashboard, My Training.
My Training has a tab to take Youth Protection training, and YPT
can also be found in each of the program-specific lists under the
Training Center tab..
If you are already registered, and your
My.Scouting.org account is properly linked to your membership
number, your training will
automatically be updated in the system and associated with the
member ID/reference number issued when you created the account. If you do not know your member ID number, contact
your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council
can also assist you.
A person does not have to be a registered
volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training.
To take the training, log in to My.Scouting
and create an account. Upon completion, you may print a training certificate to
submit with a volunteer application. Once you have your membership
card with your new member number, log back in My.Scouting.org and input your member ID
in your profile so the
training will be linked with your records.
If you have taken Youth Protection Training within
the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to
My.Scouting.org to ensure your records are up to
date. If your records are not up to date, e-mail training@TCScouts.org
with information about when you took the training and from whom,
and we will enter the information into your records (don't forget
to include your unit number, so we can find you!). Or, you can contact
the Baden-Powell Council and have them verify that your Youth Protection Training
records are accurate.
Venturing, Sea Scouting and Exploring volunteers: When you
take or renew your YPT, be sure you take the right version so that you'll
receive proper credit on the BSA computer system! Venturing or Sea
Scouting leaders should take Venturing YPT (course Y02) through
leaders should take course
Y03, either through
or through LearningForLife.org. If
you took the wrong one, or if you're registered in both Venturing or Sea
Exploring, call the Baden-Powell Council and they can give you proper
credit (Y02 and Y03 are identical).
Questions and Answers
The following are answers to some of the questions the BSA has received
about the YPT policy. To read more, visit www.scouting.org/youthprotection.
Q1: What is your policy?
A1: All registered adult volunteers—no matter what their position
entails—must complete Youth Protection training.
Q2: Why is Youth Protection Training Required?
A2: Youth safety is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America,
therefore, it is important to implement this training at all levels of the
organization. The BSA is always reevaluating and reassessing its policies
to ensure the safest youth program and the best training are offered. The
BSA’s Youth Protection training has been in existence long enough for it
to be understood and accepted as a mandated training for all registered
BSA adult volunteers.
Q3: When does Youth Protection Training have to be taken?
A3: All registered leaders should take or renew their Youth Protection
training so that it is current. No individual leader will be able to register
without being up-to-date on his or her Youth Protection training.
Q4: Is there a grace period to get all registered adults trained?
A4: If a leader’s Youth Protection training is not current, the
volunteer must take or renew this training immediately. Every effort
should be taken so that all adults involved in Scouting have a current
certificate of completion of the youth protection training.
Q5: Does “all volunteers” mean all volunteers — even board
members and council presidents?
A5: Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection
trained. This is important to the Boy Scouts of America as a youth
organization and reinforces the BSA’s commitment to the well-being of
all youth members and volunteers.
Q6: I am sure I know all there is to know about youth protection. Can I
“test out” by only taking the Youth Protection online quiz?
A6: No. Youth protection requires sustained vigilance and a commitment to
helping protect youth. You must complete the entire online training in
order for your Youth Protection certificate to be valid. This ensures you
receive the latest information on BSA Youth Protection.
Q7: Does the executive officer (institutional head) of a unit need to
take Youth Protection training?
A7: We believe everyone should take youth protection training, however,
the executive officer is not a registered leader so, he or she is not
required to complete Youth Protection training, although it is strongly
recommended. If the executive officer is a registered member of the BSA,
then he or she must complete Youth Protection training.
Q8: I am a Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent. Do I need to take
Youth Protection training?
A8: All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training.
The Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent designations are not
registered adult positions; therefore, mandatory Youth Protection training
is not required. However, under the initiative “Youth Protection Begins
with You,” it is strongly recommended, however, that all adults involved
in Scouting take Youth Protection training.
Q9: I am an Explorer post Advisor. Does this new policy apply to me?
A9: Yes. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection
training - for Exploring be sure you take the correct version of YPT.
"Generic" YPT (course code Y01) does not count. You need to take
YPT course Y03 (either through My.Scouting.org
or through LearningForLife.org.
(If you've already taken Venturing YPT course Y02, that's the same course
- call the council and have them give you credit on the computer system
Q10: Do leaders need to wait until they have final clearance on the
background check to meet with youth?
A10: No. As long as their application is fully completed, submitted to the
council service center, and approved, they will be able to interact with
other registered & trained adult leaders and youth members while the
criminal background check (CBC) is still pending.
Q11: Do merit badge counselors need to take Youth Protection training?
A11: Yes. A merit badge counselor is a registered volunteer position.
Q12: Can units that have some adult leaders who have not completed
Youth Protection training be rechartered?
A12: In order for a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required
positions filled with Youth Protection–trained adults. Adults who do not
have current Youth Protection training will
not be reregistered. By local B-P Council Policy, adults whose YPT
will expire during the registered year will not be re-registered. YPT
must be current throughout the year.
Q13: Can a council or district organize Youth Protection group training
for its adults?
A13: Yes. It is encouraged that adults take the training via the online
module, but the instructor-led model is still acceptable as long as the
most current version of the Youth Protection DVD is used and the
end-of-course quiz is proctored by the trainer at the end of the training
session. Reminder: It is critical that training completion certificates be
issued after successful completion and that a formal training record
roster be submitted to the council registrar so proper credit can be
recorded in the profiles of each participant.
Q14: Will both the regular and Venturing leader versions of Youth
Protection training meet the requirement?
A14: When the policy was first implemented, the answer to this was
"yes". Afterward, National announced that after June 2011,
unit level volunteers would be required to take the version of YPT which was intended
for the program in which they are registered - Y01 "generic",
Y02 Venturing or Sea Scouts and Y03 Exploring. District level volunteers
(including Commissioners) can take either version, but "generic"
Y01 would usually be the course of choice. Commissioners who work with
Venturing, Sea Scout or Exploring units should also take Y02/Y03.
Q15: If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in
and take the Youth Protection training?
A15: See the instructions above.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of
the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe,
see the information available in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting
handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.
Baden-Powell Council Local Policy for Youth Protection Training
note** Effective immediately, the Baden-Powell Council has established stricter Youth Protection Training (YPT)
requirements that supersede the National Policy.
are the following:
NEW volunteers must submit the Youth Protection Training
certificate of completion with their adult application in order to
register. (The National BSA policy allows 30 days after
submitting the application.)
Your certificate must
remain current through your entire registration period...for this
reason, you are encouraged to take YPT every year to ensure that
it will not lapse during your registration period! (National
requirements just require current YPT at time of registration)
Has your training passed its "shelf
The National Training Committee has issued a reminder that
some BSA training has a "shelf life", and must be renewed on a
regular schedule. If you have any of these certifications, check when you
last took them!
Youth Protection Training (YPT) *
Climb On Safely *
Trek Safely *
Safe Swim Defense*
Paddle Craft Safety
Swimming & Water Rescue
National Camp School (five camping seasons).
* = This course is available online through the national
Web site my.scouting.org.
you'll find training
under Home, My Dashboard, My Training. Courses are in the "Training
Center", listed by program - some of the courses noted here are in
the "Other" section, so if you don't find the course under your
program, check there, too. Make sure you've set
up your My.Scouting account with your membership number, so that your training will be credited to your
records on the Council's computers!
Have you applied for recognition
of your accomplishments?
The BSA has many "square knot" recognition
awards for taking training and putting it into practice. See the Recognition
section of the Advancement page for details.