BSA Adult Training

This area is designed to help orient new adult leaders into their position as well as explain the continuum of training provided by the Longs Peak Council for volunteer leaders. Generally speaking, training describes the basic workings of the Scouting Program. This orientation is to help eliminate the doubts that new volunteer leaders have about their responsibilities.

You will find an online training center, helpful training resources, information for youth leaders and the continuum of training for adult leaders in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, and Venturing. Trained leaders provide a quality Scouting program which helps keep youth interested and engaged in all that Scouting has to offer. Surveys have shown that units with 100% trained leadership are more likely to have quality programs and retain youth in their units.

For more information, look for the Orientation Courses section on the BSA Adult Training page.

A Scout leader is entitled to wear the trained leader emblem when he or she has completed some basic but important training courses.

A direct contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she  has completed the following training courses and the specific training for the position.

Youth Protection Training. Youth Protection training is required for all leaders who have direct contact with youth. At all times, youth safety is the number one priority. At the same time, adults need to know the rules for keeping themselves safe, too. Comprehensive Youth Protection training teaches all the “dos and don’ts” of working with youth.

Position Specific Training. Leader position specific training is based on the leader’s position. These courses are taught by informed trainers who know how to engage groups and make learning fun. These courses are offered by the district or council as group training, or may be done as small groups or by personal coaching.

Cub Scout Leaders

Cub Scout Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions:

  • Tiger den leaders
  • Cubmasters and assistants
  • Wolf and Bear den leaders and assistants
  • Pack Committee
  • Webelos den leaders and assistants
  • Pack trainers

BASIC ADULT LEADER OUTDOOR ORIENTATION – BALOO – Outdoor training for all Cub Scout Leaders – 2018 Council BALOO Campout

Boy Scout Leaders

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training is for all Scoutmasters and their assistants. Boy Scout leaders also must complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training to be considered fully trained.  Troop Committee Challenge.

INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS – IOLS – Outdoor training for all Boy Scout Leaders

Varsity Scout Leaders

Varsity Scout Coach Leader Specific is for all Varsity Coaches and assistants Coaches. Varsity Coaches and assistant Coaches must also complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training to be considered fully trained.  Team Committee Challenge.

Venturing Crew Leaders

Venturing Crew leaders and assistants must complete Venturing Leader Specific Training, which is a five-session training course. Crew Committee Challenge.

BSA Youth Training Continuum

More information and links to online training can be found on the BSA Youth Training page.

Den Chief training


  • Is an older Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer.
  • Selected by the senior patrol leader and Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, or Venturing Advisor at the request of the Cubmaster.
  • Approved by the Cubmaster and pack committee for recommendation to the den leader.
  • Registered as a youth member of a troop, team, or crew.

Responsibilities: The Cub Scout den chief’s responsibilities are to:

  • Know the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Help Cub Scouts achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings.
  • Set a good example through attitude and uniforming.
  • Be a friend to the boys in the den.
  • Help lead weekly den meetings.
  • Help the den in its part of the monthly pack meeting.
  • Know the importance of the monthly theme and pack meeting plans.
  • Meet regularly with the den leader to review den and pack meeting plans. Meet as needed with adult members of the den, pack, and troop.
  • Receive training from the den leader (and Cubmaster or assistant Cubmaster) and attend Den Chief Training.
  • Encourage Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts when they are eligible.
  • Help the denner and assistant denner to be leaders.

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Introduction to Leadership Skills

There are different information documents on the BSA Youth Training page for Leadership Skills Courses depending on the type of unit.

Introduction to Leadership Skills (ILS) provides an introduction to leadership skills for youth in Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, Sea Scout Ships, and Venturing Crews. The training course is delivered by the youth of the troop, team, ship or crew by older and more experienced youth as soon as a young person has been selected by his or her peers for a leadership position. Youth are introduced to the skills of leadership and the tools that they will use to implement their vision of adventure and leadership in their role as a youth leader in their unit.

National Youth Leadership TrainingThe National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

The National Youth Leadership Training conference is a leadership training course delivered by the local Scout council to help youth further develop their capacity as leader. Learn more about NYLT


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 Scouts 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. Read about it on the BSA Youth Training page.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience is an exciting program that enhances leadership skills and expands upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training. NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service, using the core elements of NYLT to help youth strengthen these skills. The NAYLE course is now available at all four national high-adventure bases. The material presented is basically the same at all four venues but is specific to the unique environment of each site. Read about it on the BSA Youth Training page.

 Programs and Courses for both Adult and Youth

Powder Horn

Powder Horn is a resource course designed to introduce Scouting’s adults and youth to the exciting program possibilities for their unit. The course supports the mission of strengthening units so they can achieve the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. One common denominator of successful courses is that creativity and variety play a role in the delivery of the curriculum. Each course is somewhat different, and that is a good thing. Some courses have had participants arrive by canoe, horseback, or bike, or even on skis. Creativity is fun, too!

The ultimate goal is for the participants to leave the Powder Horn course with a list of ideas to help their program, along with the contacts and resources needed to implement them. This will lead to a more exciting and robust program, which in turn should lead to increased membership and a higher retention rate in our units. It is important to understand that Powder Horn is not a personal development course or a team-building experience. Its purpose is to educate the youth and adult Scouting leaders about specific high-adventure skills, to connect them to resources to deliver those skills, and to get them excited about delivering those skills in an exciting, challenging way to youth.

Read the Powderhorn Syllabus to learn all about it.

The Fundamentals of Training

This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.


Wood Badge

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. It’s the ultimate leadership training experience designed to meet the leadership needs for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders as well as council and district leaders and Scouting professionals. It will give you tools in areas of leadership, better communication, team building, teacher, project management and problem solving.

Wood Badge has evolved into the core leadership skills training course for the BSA. The new Wood Badge course focuses on strengthening every volunteer’s ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults and is less focused on outdoor skills, which are more effectively addressed in other courses. Learn more on the Wood Badge page.

2018 Fall Paddle Craft Safety Training

Date: Saturday August 18

Time: 9 am-5 pm

Location: Longmont

Dry portion: 9 am-1 pm at meeting location in Longmont TBD

Wet portion: 1:30-5 pm at Union Reservoir, Longmont


$15 to Longs Peak Council (covers the cost of canoes usage in Union Reservoir)

$12 per car entry into Union Reservoir (paid the day of, at the Union Reservoir gate)

Registration: sign-ups close on Tuesday August 14 at noon

Participants: minimum of 6, maximum of 12

Food: please bring your own lunch and snacks. There will be no time to leave and return for lunch.

Instructors: Karen Poehlman and Stuart Cummings


To provide excellent instruction in paddle craft safety

To help unit leaders to meet BSA requirements for taking units on paddle craft outings

To help unit leaders understand the safety concerns of aquatic activities


8:30-9 am Check in Location in Longmont TBD

9 am to1 pm Class instruction, written test and lunch (provide your own)

1 pm-4 pm Wet instruction and testing at Union Reservoir

Requirements for Certification:

(a complete list of all requirements can be found in the Aquatics Supervisor book which can be purchased at the Scout Store, ordered online, or can be found online for FREE)

  1. Be at least 16 years or older
  2. Have a BSA Medical form Parts A and B
  3. Prove certification of Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat trainings (all online)
  4. Pass the written test with 80% or better. Written test material will come from:
  • The class presentation
  • Sections I and III of the BSA Aquatics Supervisor Book (found online)
  • Boy Scout requirements for Non-Swimmer, Beginner and Swimmer certifications
  1. Pass the BSA Swimmer Test

This is a critical part of the course. A swimmer certification must be granted before moving to the canoeing skills portion. If you feel you cannot pass the swim test, this course probably is not for you. The swimmer test is as follows:

“Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.”

We will be looking for the following points:

  • Level off: we will be looking for swimmers who are more horizontal in the water than vertical
  • Strong manner: we will be looking for a rhythmic breathing pattern and a level of confidence to be in the water long enough, and strong enough to be able to complete the rescue portion of the course
  • Without stopping
  • Technique similar to: will not pass the test.

These points are a matter of interpretation, the staff giving the swim test will have many years of experience swimming and teaching swimming, their decision will be final.
We will not be looking for:

  • Speed
  • Competitive swimming techniques or skills

Given the hot summer we’ve had, the water temperature will be in the mid 70s, most swimming pools are about 80 degrees. Most swimmers will not need a wetsuit for this class.

You may contact Doug Garcia ( or 970-556-5186), Council Aquatics Chair to make arrangements for a swim test at a local pool.

  1. Pass the canoe skills test (stroking and navigating)
  1. Do a canoe and swimmer rescues

Doug Garcia

1320 Saint John Place

Fort Collins CO 80525

970-556-5186 (C)