By Ken Cluff
Nov 21, 2014

Training For Varsity Scout Leaders

Deserves Trained LeaderTraining courses traditionally offered in a classroom setting are now available through the e-Learning site over the internet. This allows you to take training courses online at your convenience and bookmark your place in a course thereby allowing you to return at a later date and complete the course. For example these two courses give you a quick program overview but are no longer required to become a trained leader with BSA:

To be fully trained you need to look at  WhatMakesATrainedLeader. When you do, you earn the Trained Leader emblem patch, a new leader must complete Basic Training in the following order:


  • Youth Protection Training : New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection Training must be completed every two years to remain current. You can take the course on the internet at
  • Varsity-Vision(1)Varsity Vision Training is fulfilling the requirements for Varsity leader-specific training. Our goal is for this training to be held regularly in every district at least twice a year.Varsity Scout Coaches and youth leaders (Captain and Program Managers) can go to this overnight experience, one that fulfills Varsity leader-specific training requirements for the adult leaders, but allows for you and your Varsity Scout youth team leadership to learn together.
  • screenshot_04Outdoor Leader Skills Training: In addition, Varsity Scout leaders must complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training when your team is involved in outdoor activities. This training is taken through the Utah National Parks Council “North Star” program. Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program. This course is ideal because it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is an overnight camping experience that gives adult leaders the hands-on practical outdoor skills that they need to lead their Varsity Scouts in the out-of-doors. This North Star training is the final course required for Varsity Coaches (& Assistants), to be considered “Trained.”

After completing Basic Training, adult volunteers can continue developing their skills through the BSA’s supplemental and advanced training options.

  • Huddle: is a monthly roundtable meeting held at the district level. It features break-out discussion sessions, where individuals in the same Scouting role can come together to discuss the real-world of Scouting.
  • Supplemental Training: This training is required for specific activities your team will be participating in. Take the course on the internet at . 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.
    • Physical Wellness
    • Safe Swim Defense
    • Safety Afloat
    • Climb On Safely
    • Trek Safely
    • Weather Hazards
    • Scout Parents Unit Coordinator Fast Start
    • Troop Committee Challenge
  • wood badgeWood Badge: is leadership training for adults in all Scouting positions. While studying five areas (Living the Values, Bringing the Vision to Life, Models for Success, Tools of the Trade, and Leading to Make a Difference) participants earn the coveted ‘Training Beads’ first presented by Baden-Powell himself.
  • University of ScoutingUniversity of Scouting: held on February 21, 2015 6:30 AM – 4 PM , whether you are new to the program or a veteran Scouter, the University of Scouting provides interesting courses in Boy Scouting, Varsity, Venturing and general Scouting studies. Participants will enhance their Scouting and leadership skills to create a better Scouting experience for their youth.
  • Art-15_CCS_BachelorsCommissioner College: provides ongoing training for unit, district, and council commissioners. Courses are grouped into Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate level and cover diverse topics of interest to commissioners.
  • PowderHornBPowder Horn: is for both youth and adults , Powder Horn helps Varsity Teams and Venturing Crews to safely conduct outdoor/high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure and is based upon giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high-adventure activities. The course presenters are expert consultants, from inside and outside of Scouting, in each outdoor high adventure activity.
  • Philmont Patch3Philmont Training Center in New Mexico is offering a courseDelivering Varsity Scouting.” This conference is designed for leaders at all levels who want to discover the latest developments in this program and understand the spirit and dynamics of Varsity Scouting. Unlock the secrets of how to deliver a quality program that is rich with leadership opportunities. Held the JULY 12-18, 2015. There are other sessions through out the summer and fall that vary by week, with feature courses aimed at everyone from Scoutmasters and Committee Members to District and Council leaders.

Author: Ken Cluff | Editor, The Varsity Vision Newsletter



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