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New Leader Training is comprised of Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training, and Leader Specific Training.

New Leader Training helps leaders easily graduate through the courses quickly and with little duplication. New Leaders will participate in the same New Leader Essentials and Youth Protection Training but have Fast Start Training and Leader Specific Training specific to their position:

Cubmaster/Assist. Tiger Den Leader Webelos Den Leader Wolf/Bear Den Leader
Pack Committee Boy Scout Leader Venturing Leader Unit Commissioner

The New Leader Training package provides the district training committee with tools to achieve 100 percent trained unit volunteers. It begins with the existing Fast Start Training, continues through New Leader Essentials, and is followed by Leader Specific Training for each adult's role in the unit.

Here is a brief overview of the components of the training continuum.

  • 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.
  • Basic Leader Training has two parts:

These training courses include leader specific training for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders; an introduction to outdoor leader skills and Wood Badge.

All leaders need to also complete Youth Protection Training.


See also

Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth Protection training (YPT) is required for all BSA registered volunteers and must be retaken every two years. Some councils and units may require more frequent (e.g., annual) retaking of YPT). Check with your local council and unit to find out what their policies are.

In addition to YPT, registered adults should complete the following courses online at

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

Other training opportunities: RoundtableUniversity of ScoutingThe Trainer's EDGEpow wow

Outdoor Leader Training

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

Other outdoor-related links

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