Why go to training? To make your job as a leader easier and so you can do a better job for the Scouts. In my opinion the time invested in training pays you back 2 to 5 times in efficiency. In other words if you get trained you will spend a lot less time planning and running your meetings. In addition they will be meetings that are more productive and enjoyable for the boys.
Scouts are encouraged by adult leaders who earn awards and training certificates. It shows that the program is important enough to the adults that we are working hard and getting recognized for it. Make sure the recipients are recognized or presented the awards at a Pack Meeting or Troop Court of Honor.
Who can get training? Any registered Leader or Committee member. The online training can be taken by anyone but you will not receive credit for it without an Official BSA registration number. Leaders and committee members who have lost or misplaced there membership card can get the number from the Great Trails Council office.
What training is there?
Youth Protection - A must for every registered adult, suggested for every parent. The BSA youth protection course is one of the best if not the best in nation.
Fast Start Training - A must for every leader
Leader specific training - Almost every position has specific training available
BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation - The Pack must have at least two BALOO trained leaders for any outdoor activity including the pack family camp out.
OWL - Outdoor Webelos Leader - Must have at least one leader trained for Webelos to hike or camp
University of Scouting - There is a huge amount of courses available during this one day a year event. Everything from skits and cheers to crafts to running pinewood derby or rain gutter regattas to scout recognition to cooking ...
District round table - Leaders from the area get together and discuss what works and what doesn't
Wood Badge - Advanced leader training. If you want to understand the Scouting program and be a better project leader/project organizer inside or outside of scouting take this course. You will not be sorry. There are many large corporations that use the Wood Badge course to train their project teams. If you have any questions ask John Hoopingarner.
When does training happen? All Council and District training courses are on the Council calendar which is available at the scout store. The Sharon Scout calendar is online and has the applicable council calendar events included. Click here to go to the online training web site.
Youth Protection - Online or at the November Chippewa District (our district) round table meeting
Leader specific training - A couple times a year, see council calendar
BALOO - A couple times a year, see council calendar
OWL - A couple times a year, see council calendar
University of Scouting - This is usually the first or second Saturday in February, see council calendar
District Round Table - Once a month, see council calendar
Wood Badge - Several courses are offered every year locally. Participants must attend two three day weekend training sessions. You stay on site. (Usually one weekend in August and one in September), see the council calendar. In addition to the two weekends there are five projects that must be completed within 18 months.
What are those little patches with the square knots on them? The are called insignia awards and they are available for many things but for us the ones that typically apply to Pack and Troop leaders and Committee members are:
Tiger Den Leader
Webelos Den Leader
Den Leader Trainer
Look over the requirements. By doing the training for your position, attending committee meetings and either going to 4 Round Table meetings or Scouting University you have most of the requirements taken care of. If you have done all the work in the past you can still apply, there is not expiration date.
You can find a complete description including application forms that can be printed out on your printer here - Square Knots
Note: If a Cub Scout den leader would like to maximize the number of knots they can earn this would be the order: Tiger Leader (Tiger Year), Den Leader ( Wolf year ), Cub Scouter (Bear and Webelos I years) and Webelos Den Leader (Webelos II year).
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