What Makes a Trained Leader
A Scout leader is entitled to wear the trained leader emblem when he or she has completed some basic but important training courses. Download the Boy Scouts of America adult leader training plan here.
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.
Fast Start Training (Optional). Fast Start training is the first step for all new leaders and should be taken immediately after they register and before they meet with any youth members. New leaders choose the Fast Start they need to take: Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, Varsity Scout Leader, or Venturing Crew Leader. All Fast Start courses are available on DVD, or they can be completed through the Online Learning Center. (If you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account.)
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 do’s and don’ts of working with youth. The training is offered through the Online Learning Center, or it may be taken as part of an district or council training course.
This is Scouting (Optional). This Is Scouting is a new online training session that replaces New Leader Essentials. It picks up when Fast Start leaves off with six modules of training: The Mission of Scouting, Programs for All ages, Scouting Is Fun, Scouting in the Community, Keeping Our Youth Safe, and Scouting’s Legacy. The training takes about an hour to complete and can be found on Online Learning Center. (If you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account.)
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 Cub den leaders
- Cubmasters and assistants
- Wolf and Bear den leaders and assistants
- Pack Committee
- Webelos den leaders and assistants
- Pack trainers
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.
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.
Venturing Crew Leaders
Venturing Crew leaders and assistants must complete Venturing Leader Specific Training, which is a five-session training course.
Leaders can attend any training course in any area of the council, you are not required to attend those training courses which are offered in your local district. Course Listing: Get a Council wide list of all schedule training classes.
| District || Communities Served || Dates |
| Arapahoe || Serving Sheridan, Littleton, Englewood, Roxborough, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills and Highlands Ranch || Training Dates |
| Centennial || Serving Aurora, Green Valley Ranch, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers, Deer Trail, Center, Foxfield and unincorporated Arapahoe County || Training Dates |
| Frontier || Serving Denver County || Training Dates |
| Gateway || Serving North Jefferson, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Broomfield Counties || Training Dates |
| Pioneer Trails || Serving Elbert, Elizabeth, Kiowa, Franktown, Castle Rock, Sedalia, Louviers, Larkspur and Parker || Training Dates |
| Timberline || Serving Jefferson, Park and parts of Clear Creek Counties || Training Dates |
| Valley || Serving Adams County || Training Dates |
Philmont Training Center
The Philmont Training Center offers training courses for volunteers and professionals. Follow this link to the course listing and registration procedures for these special courses.
Wood Badge for the 21st Century
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.