Adult Leader Training

Adult Leader Training

Adult Leader training comes in two flavors: 

  • General Training
    • Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required to register as an Adult Leader! Your YPT certificate is good for 2 years from the date of course completion. It may be taken online or face-to-face. 
      • Online YPT is found HERE.
      • Face-to-Face (F2F) YPT is required in Texas for Adult Leaders who attend (even for one day) long-term BSA camps (e.g., Day Camp, Summer Camp, or Winter Camp); your online YPT is not valid at a long-term camp. 
        • F2F YPT is taught in Five Trails Districts at strategic times such as just prior to Day Camp/Summer Camp and just prior to Winter Camp. See the Five Trails District Calendar for F2F YPT offering schedules (and the Home page of this website, too). 
      • Venturing YPT training is required for all Adult Leaders affiliated with Venturing Crews; it contains additional training on protection for co-ed programs. It is available online at the link above.  
    • This is Scouting is available at the online link above. 
    • Wood Badge for the 21st Century
      • This advanced training course is taught in two places in Circle Ten Council:
        - At Circle Ten Camps (taught over two FULL 3-day weekends) 
        - At Philmont Training Center in New Mexico (taught over a Sunday-to-Saturday week in August) 
  • Program-specific Training
    • Cub Scout Adult Leader Training
      • Position-specific training is taught at strategic times by Five Trails District 
        Cubmaster-specific/Assistant Cubmaster-specific training
        Den Leader-specific training for Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos/Arrow of Light leaders
        Committee Chair/Committee Member training is available online at the link above.
        Chartered Organization Representative training is available online at the link above. 
      • BALOO is training for Cub leaders to enable them to take their Pack or Den on an overnight family campout.
        It is taught at strategic times by Five Trails District, usually at Camp Wisdom, but it may also be taught by other Districts. 
    • Boy Scout Adult Leader Training
      • Position-specific training is available online at the link above; training is available for Scoutmasters/Assistant Scoutmasters/Committee Chairs/Chartered Organization Representatives/etc. 
      • SALT (Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Adult Leader Training) prepares an Adult Leader to lead Boy Scouts on their trail to becoming a First Class Scout. It is a pre-requisiste for IOLS (see below); attendees form Patrols that will camp together in IOLS.  
      • IOLS (Intensive Outdoor Leadership Skills) is camping-based training which prepares an Adult Leader to lead Boy Scouts who will be need advanced skills in order to complete their trail to First Class. It is taught at strategic times by Five Trails District, but is also taught in other Districts. Camping is done with the Patrol that you formed previously in IOLS; it uses the same Patrol Method that you should use in your Troop. 
      • Merit Badge (MB) Counselor training is available online at the link above. 
    • Venturing Adult Leader Training is available ... NEED SOME WORDING HERE!!

Options for training include both online and face-to-face opportunities. 

  • Online training
    • Most online training is found HERE
  • Face-to-face opportunities are often run by ....
    • Units (Crews/Packs/Troops)
    • Districts (e.g., Five Trails District, but other Districts offer these courses, too)
    • Council 
    • National (e.g., Wood Badge, National Camping School, National Aquatics School, etc.)  

Note: This article is still under development. Thank you for your patience.