Training Committee: for names and contact information
see the Contact page
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 2018
(Additional courses and opportunities will be
available from the Baden-Powell Council and from neighboring
For more info on these courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
January 7 (classroom) and February 9-11 (outdoor) - Okpik Cold-weather
Camping training - see Council
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
- 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
- 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
- August 6-11 - NYLT (National Youth Leader Training) - Camp
Tuscarora - for troop and crew youth leaders contact Fran Bialy for
further information, email@example.com*
- August 17 to 19 and September 7 to 9, 2018 - Woodbadge - Camp
Woodland, Constantia, NY - contact Tim LaChance for further
- October 12-14 - Northeast
Region Outdoor Program Seminar at Camp Alpine, NJ (Regional
*= 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.
- Boy Scout
Leader Position Specific Training - on line training is 19
modules (don't groan) - available through my.scouting.org
Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position
trained will be released later in 2017 (Fast Start is already on line).
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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:
• Primary and Secondary
• Wounds and Infections
• Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal
Hypothermia & Frostbite
• Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue
• Heat-Related Emergencies
• Allergies and
• Altitude-Related Illnesses
• Evacuations, Gear Improvising and more….
Today for Our Next Training Session
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
Training before registering as a leader. Applications
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
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: No. Unit level volunteers are required to take the version of YPT which
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
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.