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Welcome to Scouting! You’re joining a force of volunteers a million strong who are striving to change the world and their communities by having a powerfully positive impact on the young people. We have been where you are, and we understand just how intimidating the job can be. The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards. Scouting prepares youth for responsible citizenship along with the values of faith and family. They can count on the principles learned in Scouting for the rest of their lives. All this is accomplished through volunteers, just like you!
So you are a new adult to scouting, what do you do first? How do I get trained? Where do I go for help? This page is designed to give you the basics and provide answers to some of the questions you might have (or at least a link to the page that has the answer).
Step 1. STAY INFORMED = Sign up for the Council eNewsletter & Facebook Page
Scouting always has a lot going on from Pack and Troop events to District Training and adventures, to Council Summer camps, and more! It's important to keep yourself informed as to not miss any of the fun and excitement that Scouting has to offer!
To help provide Scouting, our Council is divided into 4 districts or geographic regions. To see what district you are in, click on the District tab at the top.
CLICK HERE to sign up for the Council eNewsletters and other Council e-blasts!
CLICK HERE for our Council Facebook Page.
Step 2. GET TRAINED
You've volunteered your time - so why not make your Scouting job easier? Training gives you the knowledge you need to help your unit run as smoothly, safely, and effectively as possible. Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. The important Scouting position you hold will be easier and more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver a quality Scouting program every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturer desires. Every Scout deserves a trained leader.
Training #1 - Youth Protection
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.
This training is required for all registered adult leaders and is considered a "joining requirement". This course is taken online through the MyScouting Tools in My.Scouting (if you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account).
CLICK HERE for my.scouting.org to create your account and complete youth protection training. This can be completed from a mobile device.
Training #2 - Leader Specific
To be considered a fully "trained" leader in the BSA, you must take the course specific to your position (example: if you're a Tiger Den Leader, take Tiger Den Leader Specific Training. If you're an Assistant Scoutmaster, take Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training.)
Cub Scouts can complete these courses online via my.scouting.org, but it is highly recommended that all new adults attend a classroom course offered by one of our districts.
District Indoor Leader Trainings (Leader Specific)
District Outdoor Leader Training (BALOO & IOLS - Needed to go camping)
Spring Course April TBD
Fall Course September TBD
*More information on Leader Training, Date, Times, Locations, and Registration Information found on the Calendar Page and District Pages
Step 3 - PROGRAM AWARENESS = Attend Roundtable
Roundtable is exactly what it implies – it is an opportunity for Scouters to receive quality resources, knowledge, and skills and work as a group to have an opportunity for an equal exchange of ideas. Roundtables focus on program highlights for upcoming months and are held in all districts. The objectives of roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas; information on policy and events; and training opportunities. It is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Scout leaders. Roundtable will inspire, motivate, and enable you to provide a stronger program for your Scouts.
Check the District Pages to find your location.