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Training Committee: for names and contact information see the Contact page
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 2018

(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

  • January 7 (classroom) and February 9-11 (outdoor) - Okpik Cold-weather Camping training - see Council website*
  • February 24 FUNDAMENTALS of TRAINING - Scout Office - for older youth and all adult leaders as well as training course instructors
  • March 17 - University of Scouting - Whitney Point High School - see below and  Council website*
  • April 14 - College of Commissioner Science - Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse (Northeast Region Area 3)
  • April 21 to 22 - INTRODUCTION to OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS) - Camp Tuscarora - a required course for all Scoutmasters and Ass't Scoutmasters; all adult leaders involved in either troop or venturing camping are encouraged to take this course - see Council website*
  • April 21 to 22 - BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) - - at least one BALOO-trained adult leader must accompany a Cub Pack or Webelos Den camping trip - see Council website*
  • August 6-11 - NYLT (National Youth Leader Training) - Camp Tuscarora - for troop and crew youth leaders contact Fran Bialy for further information, fjbialy@gmail.com*
  • August 17 to 19 and September 7 to 9, 2018 - Woodbadge - Camp Woodland, Constantia, NY - contact Tim LaChance for further information, timlachance@twcny.rr.com (out-of-council course)
  • October 12-14 - Northeast Region Outdoor Program Seminar at Camp Alpine, NJ (Regional Program)

*= 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. 

Recent Changes to BSA Training

BSA National  HQ has announced the following changes to training:

  • BALOO/OWL - has been combined and broken into two parts.  Both parts must be completed to be considered trained.  
    • Part 1 - On line - available through my.scouting.org
    • Part 2 - in the field
  • Boy Scout Leader Position Specific Training - on line training is 19 modules (don't groan) - available through my.scouting.org
  • Chartered Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position trained will be released later in 2017 (Fast Start is already on line).  
  • Commissioners Basic - on line training is now available through my.scouting.org
  • YPT - as of September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training is required before any adult can register. Note that this was a local requirement for several years, it is now National policy. YPT has been available through my.scouting.org for several years. 

University of Scouting
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Whitney Point High School

The 2018 University of Scouting will take place on Saturday, March 17 at the Whitney Point High School in Whitney Point, NY, I-81 Exit #8. This annual event is arguably the Training Committee's biggest activity of the year, with over 70 different courses offered and taught by experts in their field.


- The University of Scouting is open to all adult leaders, parents, and older youth, as well as Boy Scouts of any age who would like to take our Den Chief training certification course.

- The day is divided into 7x one hour long class sessions (one of which is your lunch period). Participants select which course they want to take for each class session.

- Those involved with any of Scouting's programs -- Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturing -- will all find many courses to choose from.

- A number of the courses will result in some form of certification, such as SM/ASM Position-Specific, Den Leader Position-Specific, CPR, 1st Aid, District Committee Training, Commissioner Training, Hazardous Weather, and Climb-on-Safely, as well as Den Chief Training for Boy Scouts.

- Most of the courses are 'supplemental', offering program helps and aids for Cub Packs, Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews. You'll find a lot of 'outdoor-related' courses, too, including the very popular "Dutch Oven Cooking" a three-period long class where you cook (and eat !) a half-dozen different entrees and desserts prepared over a charcoal fire.

- Cost is just $30 per participant ($15 per instructor or staff) and includes a Smokey Legend Barbeque lunch with a vegetarian option IF you register prior to the March 9, 2018 cutoff.

Please click below to visit the University of Scouting homepage, and, if you would, please forward this link to all of your fellow leaders, parents, and older youth so that they, too, can take advantage of the opportunities offered at the Baden-Powell Council's 2018 University of Scouting !

Download 2018 University of Scouting CATALOG and REGISTRATION FORMS

Train for Emergencies in
Wilderness and Remote Environments
Spring 2018 - date and location to be announced

  • 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:             Spring 2018
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 (tba)
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.

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

    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.

  • Youth Protection Training (YPT) (required for all leaders, not just Cub)

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 before registering as a leaderApplications cannot be accepted without certificates of completion for the YPT course. This has been local policy for some time, but as of September 1, 2017, it became a requirement nationwide. 

  • 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: No. Unit level volunteers are  required to take the version of YPT which is intended for the program in which they are registered - Y01 "generic" for Cub Scout or Boy Scout leaders, Y02 for Venturing or Sea Scouts and Y03 for 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 (the courses are identical, other than terminology). 

Q15: If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in and take the Youth Protection training?
A15: Yes, in fact he/she must do so in order to register. 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

The Baden-Powell Council has established the following stricter Youth Protection Training (YPT) requirement that supersedes the National Policy: In order to renew your registration, your Youth Protection Training 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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