Leader Training

Scouts deserve trained leaders

For adults interested in helping to provide a great Cub Scouting program and fun experiences for our boys at camp, a number of training opportunities are available.

Basic training - get started

These online courses are required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.

Youth Protection Training (YPT)
Every adult volunteer must first complete Youth Protection Training.  It's a very important, but easy to complete online course.  Get started at myscouting.org

Fast Start Orientation and This is Scouting Training
Intended to be taken by pack and den leaders immediately following the acceptance of their new role. Get started at myscouting.org

To learn more about what makes a good Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Committee Member, etc. these online courses are easy and very helpful. Get started at myscouting.org

Intermediate - next steps

Leader-Specifc Training
Find out what makes a successful den and pack. Take the leader specific online course that's right for you. Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Committee Member, and more are available. They're easy and very helpful. Take the next steps at myscouting.org

Specialized training - Outdoor skills

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter. Learn more at NSC's training page

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL)
This course is designed to help Webelos leaders enhance the outdoor program for the Webelos Scouts in their den by teaching some basic outdoor skills as well as skills needed to complete many of the Webelos activity badges. This course can be taught as a stand-alone experience but is often presented in conjunction with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS). Learn more at NSC's training page

BSA Archery Range Master
Learn to teach archery basics. Operate a safe archery range for a Cub Scout or Boy Scout archery program according to BSA standards. Archery training must be renewed every two years, and this person must present a current Training Course Certificate to the camp Ranger. Learn more at NSC's training page


BSA BB Gun Range Master
Is in charge of the firing line at any time it is in operation. BB gun training must be renewed every two years, and this person must present a current Training Course Certificate to the camp Ranger. Learn more at NSC's training page

Advanced training

In-depth leadership training courses and specialized training required for specific Scouting activities.

Red Cross CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid (WRFA)
This training is required for 2 members of each Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base, and Summit crew, and highly recommended for unit backcountry camping (Boy Scouts). Successful participation results in 2-year Red Cross certification.  Learn more at NSC's training page

Wood Badge
Scouting's premier advanced leadership training course.

Roundtable

Meet monthly with your fellow Scout leaders and find out what is happening in our Many Waters District. Roundtable provides all leaders with an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouters.

The purpose of roundtable is to help units succeed by providing useful program ideas, information on policy, and current information on council and district events and training opportunities.

Roundtable provides leaders with skills, techniques, district and council information, usable program ideas, and the know-how to make pack and troop operation successful.

Find monthly Roundtable meeting times and locations on our Pack Calendar.

University of Scouting

Two Saturdays each year, the University of Scouting is a fun-filled, hands-on opportunity to network with other Scouters, and is truly a learning adventure. This one-day supplemental training event is designed for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Sea Scout Leaders, and Venturing and Sea Scout youth leaders regardless of experience.

Past courses have included Den Meeting planning tips, Outdoor Cooking, Knots and Lashing, Building a Super Pack, and more.

Northern Star Council's University of Scouting page has all the details.