Fast Start Training

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

The Building Blocks of New Leader Training
 
  Trained Patch jpg
After completion a leader is Trained
  Leader Specific Training
Completed as soon as possible (within 3 months)
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Required for Troop, Team, & some Crew* leaders
  Fast Start
Training

Taken Immediately
Youth
protection
training

Prior to submitting Application
<--- Basic Leader Training --->
"Leader Specific Training"
Online, or
Classroom
Online, or
Classroom
Online, or
Classroom
Classroom &
outdoors only
*Some councils require Crews with Outdoor emphasis to take IOLS, other councils require all Crew leaders to take IOLS, the flyer on scouting.org[1] does not include IOLS for Venture leaders.

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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, 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.

Fast Start Training Online

Cubmaster

Tiger Cub Den Leaders

Webelos Den Leaders

Wolf/Bear Cub Scout Den Leaders

Pack Committee

Boy Scouting (all positions)

Venturing (all positions)

ScoutParent Unit Coordinator

Unit Commissioner

Resources

Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every two years.

New Leader Training for new Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders includes:

  • Fast Start Training – online training you can take right now.
  • Leader Specific Training – provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs.

BSA Online Learning Center – provides a variety of materials courses.

Outdoor Leader Training

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

Other outdoor-related links

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