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Training Committee: Tom Sorensen, Mike Homrighaus and Jim Graney
Any questions on training? E-mail training@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 

University of Scouting Resources

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 councils).
For more info on these courses, please email training@tompkinscortlandscouts.org

  • April 8 Sat - College of Commissioner Science - NE Region Area 3 - Herkimer, NY*
  • April 22-23 - Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) - Camp Brule / 5 Rivers Council*
  • May 5-7 - Outdoor Ethics & Leave No Trace - Camp Tuscarora* - see below
  • May 19-21 - Strategic Planning (3rd phase of T3 course)  Camp Gorton*
  • Aug 7-12 - National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - Camp Tuscarora*
  • 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 March timeframe)
  • Chartered 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)
  • Commissioners 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
Camp Tuscarora

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 - adkcatskill@gmail.com
Assistant Course Director Bill Miller - wbm8@cornell.edu

Registration Flyer -- Leave No Trace (LNT) 16 hour trainer course

Baden-Powell 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 jamie.saroka@gmail.com 

For more information, see the Council Website

Northeast 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 Scouts. 

2. Completed a Youth Protection training course. (BSA or Venturing) 

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 programs. 

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.

Download a Flyer and Application Form here (PDF)

Train for Emergencies in
Wilderness and Remote Environments
October 13-15, 2017
Camp Barton

  • 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 & Guidelines
  • 16-hour WRFA course with 8-hour CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED course
  • Minimum age of 14 can attend
  • Required at all BSA High Adventure Bases

Learn 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 or float.

Course Highlights

To prepare 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:

Primary and Secondary Assessments            Wounds and Infections

Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries          Hypothermia & Frostbite

Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue Injuries              Heat-Related Emergencies

Allergies and Anaphylaxis                              Altitude-Related Illnesses

Burns                                                             Evacuations, Gear Improvising and more….

Register Today for Our Next Training Session

Dates:              13,14,15 October 2017
Time:               Fri 6:00 – 10:00 PM, Sat 9:00 AM -- 10:00 PM, Sun 2:00 -- 10:00 PM,
                        Course space is limited to 10 students.  Students must enroll by Fri 6 Oct 2017.
Costs:              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.

For more information or to register, contact Tim Woods at 607-844-3921 or wwwoodsw@earthlink.net.

 Download a flyer (PDF) and a registration form (MSWord)

Venturing Leader Specific Training Released

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 for "What 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

Courses include:

  • Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training for Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Leaders, Cubmaster, and Pack Committee

  • 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

  • Safety Afloat

  • Climb on Safely

  • Trek Safely

  • Weather Hazards

  • Crew Advisor and Associate Advisor

  • Crew Committee 

  • 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.

  • Exploring 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 Committee 

  • Exploring Service Team 

  • Exploring Ride-Along Safety 

Other courses with links at http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx include:

  • Safe Swim Defense

  • Safety Afloat

  • Physical Wellness

  • Climb on Safely

  • Trek Safely

  • Hazardous Weather

  • Unit Commissioner Fast Start

  • Chartered Organization Reprentative Fast Start

  • ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start

  • Staffing the District Committee

  • Generational Diversity

  • Camp Health Officer Training

  • Mentoring Workshop

In-Person 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. 

The Boy 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 registered volunteers.

  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training (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 application.

  • 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 My.Scouting.org 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 My.Scouting.org, Exploring leaders should take course Y03, either through My.Scouting.org or through LearningForLife.org. If you took the wrong one, or if you're registered in both Venturing or Sea Scouts and 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 for Y03). 

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
**Please note** Effective immediately, the Baden-Powell Council has established stricter Youth Protection Training (YPT) 
requirements that supersede the National Policy.  

These requirements 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 life"? 

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!

Two Years: 
Youth Protection Training (YPT) *
Climb On Safely *
Trek Safely *
Safe Swim Defense*
Safety Afloat*
Hazardous Weather*
Camp Visitation
Chainsaw Safety

Three Years: 
BSA Lifeguard
Paddle Craft Safety
Swimming & Water Rescue

Five Years:
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. 


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