Training

TRAINING

The Laurel Highlands Council is committed to providing a quality Scouting program for our youth throught adult leader training.  

The Council executive board approved the following resolution for Mandated Training

In order for any Scouting unit (pack, troop, team, crew) to recharter at the end of 2015, all top leaders must be trained.  Top leaders are:  Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach and Venturing Advisor.

To be considered as a trained leader, they must be current in Youth Protection Training and take the following training:

Cubmaster – Cubmaster Specific Training

Scoutmaster –Scoutmaster Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Varsity Coach – Varsity Coach Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Venturing Advisor – Venturing Advisor Specific and Outdoor Leader Skills training if they have an outdoor program

Charters will not be processed if the top leader has not attended the required training.

In order for any Scouting unit (pack, troop, team, crew) to recharter at the end of 2016, all direct contact leaders must be trained.  Direct contact leaders are:  Assistant Cubmasters, all den leaders, Assistant Scoutmasters, Assistant Varsity Coaches, and Assistant Venturing Advisors.

To be considered as a trained leader, they must be current in Youth Protection Training and take the following training:

Assistant Cubmasters -- Assistant Cubmaster Specific Training

Den Leaders – Den Leader Specific Training

Assistant Scoutmasters – Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Assistant Varsity Coach – Varsity Coach Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Assistant Venturing Advisor – Venturing Advisor Specific and Outdoor Leader Skills training if they have an outdoor program 

Charters will not be processed if the direct contact leaders have not attended the required training.

There are many other trainings available online at My Scouting.org  A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.


When Does my Training Certification Expire?

A very common question I hear from leaders that I had to take to my expert: Gaylene Stowe, Council Training Chair. National BSA now requires that all leaders, regardless of their registered position, take Youth Protection training and update it every two years. In addition to Youth Protection, many other training courses are available on line, but the certification period seems to be difficult to find. Here is a list of most training courses and their certification period.

Renewal periods for training courses

Two (2) years from last certification

  • Youth Protection
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
  • Chain Saw Safety
  • Climb on Safely
  • Trek Safely
  • Hazardous Weather Training

Three (3) years from last certification

  • Trainers EDGE
  • Paddle Craft Safety
  • Swimming and Water Rescue

Five (5) years from last certification

  • National Camp School

There are several Outdoor Leader Training courses that are required for a unit (Pack/Troop/Crew/Team) to complete to safely camp with youth. Offering these training courses requires a lot of man power and time, Laurel Highlands Council offers these training coursesseveral times a year.  Introduction to Outdoor Skills, Webelos Outdoor Leader Training and BALOO training do not expire, it is a good idea to take these again if it has been several years. The syllabus changes, as well as, the sharing of ideas between leaders will allow you to enhance the program for the youth. It is also a fun time to camp with adults and meet other leaders in the Council.

Please contact the Council Service Center if you have questions about when your training certifications expire. The Council Service Centercan also help you with your registration ID number for the on-line training courses. Your registration ID number can also be found on your membership ID card.


 

To assist leaders in completeing the training required below are links to the council training calendar and Scouting.org when you can find links to complete many of the required training.

Click here to visit the council training calendar to see the current training dates.

Visit Scouting.org to learn about the training courses available online and other trainings courses.