Fast Start Training

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Fast Start Training is taken before This Is Scouting and then Basic Leader Training.
Fast Start Training is available online: BSA Online Learning Center.

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Overview

Fast Start Training is the first step for any new volunteer and is to be delivered immediately after a new leader registers and before he or she meets with any youth member. Fast Start training provides immediate help for the new leader by providing information and examples for planning and conducting the first meeting. This self-study training is available online (click Home in the upper left corner, select Dashboard, then "Training Center" in the top middle), on VHS and DVD, and CD-ROM.

When new leaders are selected in Scouting, it is essential that they receive immediate information that will help them get started. Proper training lays the groundwork for success in their leadership roles. This training will help new leaders understand what is expected and establish effective meeting patterns so that the boys and their families can enjoy a quality program from the start.

As the first step in the training continuum, Fast Start Training is meant to provide all the information and resources for new leaders to conduct their first meeting, along with guidance for the meetings that follow. All new leaders receive the Fast Start materials as soon as they are recruited and are encouraged to participate in Basic Leader Training and roundtables.

Self-study, rather than group training, is the preferred method for Fast Start Training. This gives the new leader the opportunity to learn at his or her own pace.

Resources

Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every two years at my.scouting.org, where they can also complete the following courses:

  • Before the First Meeting
  • First 30 Days
  • Position Trained

Outdoor Leader Training

In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.

Other outdoor-related links

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