Leader Specific Training

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Leader Specific Training is taken after a new leader has completed Fast Start Training and This Is Scouting (was New Leader Essentials).

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

Taken Immediately

Prior to submitting Application
<--- Basic Leader Training --->
"Leader Specific Training"
Online, or
Online, or
Online, or
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.

Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the BSA's values-based program, he or she can begin training for a specific Scouting position through Leader Specific training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies. Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:



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 Training courses can be completed online at my.Scouting Tools by selecting Home, then My Dashboard.

Outdoor Leader Training

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

Other outdoor-related links

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