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Training Course Descriptions

 Key:    = Cub Scouting    = Boy Scouting    = Venturing    = Sea Scouts

A Time to Tell (video) Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Shows several strategies child molesters use to attempt sexual molestation and introduces bullying as a personal safety concern.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation B.A.L.O.O. Cub Scout logo
A one-day training for leaders and parents on the skills needed to plan and run Pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. Required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout.

Commissioner's College Cub Scout logoFleur de lis
The NORCAL Commissioner's College exists to improve the Commissioner Service in Northern California. It is our objective to provide education and training that allows our Commissioners to provide the highest level of unit service possible.

Climb on Safely Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling. Recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of climbing outing. The brief video is broken into three sections with questions after each section.

Crew Officer Orientation Venturing logo
The self-paced course covers crew officers’ roles and responsibilities, resources crew officers need and use, working with Advisors and older adults, and how to plan your crew’s annual program, along with other planning resources.

CubCasts Cub Scout logo
An audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Cub Scout leaders and parents.

Den Chief Training Fleur de lisVenturing logo
Scouts who want to serve as Den Chiefs in Cub Scout dens, learn practical skills in teaching games and songs, and what resources are available to provide the program to Cub Scouts.

Fast Start Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
All new leaders should take this immediately after registering and before meeting with any youth. Specific for: Cub Scout Leader, Scouts BSA Leader, Varsity Scout Leader, or Venturing Crew Leader. All courses are available online or on DVD.

High Adventure Training (HAT) Fleur de lisVenturing logo
For anyone who intends to take Scout units on outings that are more than a few miles from the trail head. Emphasis is on safety, first aid, and program planning. Cost includes syllabus, snacks and meals, and training badge.

Intro to Leadership Skills for Crews Venturing logo
Teaches crew members with leadership positions their new roles and responsibilities and equips them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Replaces the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Prerequisite for Venturers to take NYLT, NAYLE, and is required for Kodiak Challenge.

Intro to Leadership Skills for Troops Fleur de lis
Teaches Scouts with leadership positions their new roles and responsibilities and equips them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Replaces Troop Leadership Training. Prerequisite to take NYLT, NAYLE, and is required for Kodiak Challenge.

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Fleur de lis
Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics, and Youth Protection Training, this course is required for all direct contact leaders registered in Scouts BSA troops in order to be considered "trained" for those positions.

It Happened to Me (video) Cub Scout logo
A BSA video for Cub Scouts and their parents which addresses personal safety issues in a very non-threatening manner. The situations of possible peril are intended to be ambiguous, allowing parents to discuss personal safety rules with their children in order to develop communication about personal safety decisions made by the child—but with help from parents or other trusted adults.

Kodiak Challenge Fleur de lisVenturing logo
Designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant it is an experience that has its roots in the application of the leadership skills learned in the Intro to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is an adventure with a purpose.

Leader Specific, Cub Scout Cub Scout logo
Developed to give new leaders the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. The first part is an introduction to Scouting and the Cub Scout Pack. The second part is a module on how Cub Scouts have fun in the pack and the den. The third part is specific training for Cubmaster, Den Leader, Pack Committee and Pack Trainer.
Leader Specific, by position
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Content is based on the leader’s position and are offered by the district or council as group training, or may be done as small groups or by personal coaching.

Leader Specific or Troop Committee Challenge for Committee Members
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Focuses on the core beliefs, aims, and methods of Scouting, helping each committee member learn and identify his or her role and responsibilities in support of the unit in order to provide a quality troop experience for the Scouts.

National Youth Leadership Training - NYLT Fleur de lisVenturing logo
An exciting, action-packed program provides youth with leadership skills and experience they can use in their troops and in other situations. Key concepts focus on what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO, and are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience - NAYLE  Fleur de lisVenturing logo
Offers participants an unforgettable backcountry wilderness experience that develops leadership and teamwork skills, using the core elements of NYLT to make these skills intuitive.

Outdoor Skills for Webelos Leaders Cub Scout logo
As the how-to in planning and conducting successful Webelos Den overnight campouts and other Webelos outdoor activities, this is a “hands-on” training in camping and outdoor skills for Webelos Dens. This training is encouraged but not required to take Webelos camping.

Philmont Leadership Challenge Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Adults learn to internalize and practice their leadership skills in this backcountry conference which hones the skills taught in Wood Badge for the 21st Century in an outdoor experiential learning environment. PLC underscores the values of Scouting and teamwork and promotes the concepts of servant leadership. Open to all programs.

Philmont Training Center Conferences
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Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico has a full range of training courses. See them at

Physical Wellness Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Designed for leadership in all program areas and for Scouts BSA and Venturing youth, the course focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit. Learning objectives include: the ability to define physical wellness; identify ways to improve the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit; describe the role self-responsibility plays in wellness; and answer questions about nutrition.

Powder Horn Fleur de lisVenturing logo
Developed to provide challenging and fun outdoor programs for older youth, this course teaches adult leaders of Venturing, Scouts BSA, and Varsity programs the skills, equipment, facilities, and certifications needed to conduct specific high-adventure programs.

Pow Wows Cub Scout logo
An action-packed training for adult Cub Scout Leaders, Pack Committee Members, parents of Cub Scouts and just Cub Scout-related persons. Spend the day learning new ideas and having hands-on experiences that will enable you to deliver and support a fun-filled, exciting program to Cub Scouts.

Roundtables Fleur de lis
A forum for leaders and parents to discuss topics of interest, both formally and informally, learn about upcoming district and council events and programs, and meet and exchange ideas with other leaders from the district. Open to all adults involved with the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing programs. Registered unit leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

Safe Swim Defense Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
All swimming activities in Scouting are required to follow the eight basic principles known collectively as the Safe Swim Defense plan.

Safety Afloat Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
All boating activities in Scouting are required to follow the nine basic principles of Safety Afloat with an emphasis on accident prevention through proper preparation and skills.

ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Each unit is required to have at least one ScoutParents unit coordinator to implement the ScoutParents program. The course will assist the coordinator in understanding the role and gives tips on how to effectively use the ScoutParents program to involve more parents in all of our Scouting programs.
The advanced leadership and management course for adult leaders of the Sea Scouting program.

Seabadge Underway
Comprehensive Sea Scout skills/boating course for adult Sea Scout leaders; the three-day course teaches procedures for operating a vessel safely and teaches the Sea Scout way.

SEAL Sea Scout Advantage Leadership (Sea Scouts only)
A petty officer (youth) leadership training (not seamanship) course. This one week, hard core leadership course is conducted at sea and Scouts who successfully complete the course will be awarded the SEAL Training Award. It covers such topics as preparing, goal setting, organizing, supervising, commanding, communicating, training, motivating, and other skills that will help you in functioning as a leader in your Ship and in life.

The Trainer’s EDGE Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Replacing the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is meant to supplement Wood Badge and NYLT training with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

This Is Scouting Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
A new online training session that replaces New Leader Essentials, picks up when Fast Start leaves off with six modules: The Mission of Scouting; Programs for All ages; Scouting Is Fun; Scouting in the Community; Keeping Our Youth Safe; and Scouting’s Legacy. Taken through the Online Learning Center.

Trek Safely Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Covers seven key safety points about trekking and is recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of trek. You will watch a brief two section video and answer questions after each section.

University of Scouting Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
As a supplemental training opportunity for all adult Scout leaders, it is the only time during the year where you can find, all in one place, the widest variety of training opportunities in all program areas (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venture Scouts, Varsity Scouts, District, and Council). Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University provides interesting courses in Cubbing, Scouting, what we call “Adventuring” (a combination of Varsity, Venturing, and Sea Scout activities), as well as Electives opportunities.

Weather Hazards Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs.

Wilderness First Aid Fleur de lisVenturing logo
Learn what to do when someone calls for help in the woods and they get YOU.

Wood Badge (18+ years old) Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Advanced training in leadership skills. Available to all leaders in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing, as well as council and district Scouters.

Youth Protection  Cub Scout logoFleur de lisVenturing logo
Required for all registered Scouters. At all times, youth safety is the number one priority. At the same time, adults need to know the rules for keeping themselves safe. Comprehensive Youth Protection Training teaches all the do’s and don’ts of working with youth and is offered online at my.scouting.orgExternal Link, or your district or council.

Youth Protection Training
for Venturing
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Required for Venturing leaders who have direct contact with youth. This training will help leaders understand and guide youth through possible problems as it relates to abuse. You will also learn about how to provide a safer environment for the crew members and to protect yourself from false accusations. Available online or on a DVD.
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