Adult Leader Training
"Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader"
Baden Powell is quoted as having said, "Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader!" That statement was true in Baden Powell's time and is still true today. The Boy Scouts of America believe strongly in training and has begun to mandate that leaders be trained. At Troop 98 all Adult Leaders are required to follow BSA mandatory training requirements. All registered Leaders in the Troop have completed Youth Protection Training in compliance with BSA guidelines.
We also believe that training enhances the quality of the program we offer our Scouts. We encourage all of our Adult Leaders to take advantage of supplemental training offered by The Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council, the Chippewa District or other Districts in and out of Council and on-line, in addition to any training required for their position.
Our Scoutmaster and his experienced Assistant Scoutmasters have all completed training that qualifies them as being "Fully Trained" for their positions according to BSA guidelines. Our newer Assistant Scoutmasters have all completed Youth Protection Training and have begun the process of becoming "Fully Trained" according to BSA guidelines. Our Committee Chairman has also completed training that qualifies him as being "Fully Trained" for his position according to BSA guidelines.
In addition to the training required for his position, our Scoutmaster has taken additional training beneficial to his position and the Troop including having attended Lord Baden Powell University of Scouting and The Three Fires Council Training Academy. One of our Experienced Assistant Scoutmasters is Wood Badge Trained. Our Committee Chairman also holds a position as a Chippewa District Unit Commissioner, for which he attends regular training. That training not only benefits him as a unit Commissioner, but also benefits the Troop.
If you are a parent interested in becoming a Volunteer or a Registered Leader, please contact our Committee Chairman or our Scout Master and watch for our Volunteering page, which is currently in development. If you are a Registered Volunteer or a parent interested in learning more about Adult Leader Training, check out our Frequently Asked Questions on training below or follow the links below to training resources.
What is a Trained Leader?
SCOUTMASTERS/ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTERS: The Boy Scouts of America recognizes a Trained Leader as one who has completed Youth Protection (online), Fast Start Orientation (online), This Is Scouting (online) OR Previously completed New Leader Essentials, SM/ASM Specific Training and Outdoor Leader Skills Training is required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. After completing these courses, registered SMs or ASMs may wear the trained strip on their uniforms.
TROOP COMMITTEE MEMBERS: The Boy Scouts of America recognizes a Trained Leader as one who has completed Youth Protection (online), Fast Start Orientation (online), This Is Scouting (online) and Troop Committee Challenge Training (online). After completing these courses, registered members of the Committee may wear the trained strip on their uniforms.
MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS: The Boy Scouts of America recognizes a Trained Leader as one who has completed Youth Protection (online).
What Training is Mandatory for Adult Leaders?
Effective June 1, 2010 Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers. New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of re-charter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather - required for the Primary Leader for every outing (tour permits will not be approved without this training). Additionally, if a Tour Permit is applied for online, the requesting Adult Leader must have completed this training.
In 2011 all unit leaders (Scoutmasters) must be fully trained in order to continue their registration and for their units to re-charter.
In 2012 all direct contact leaders will need to be fully trained. Direct contact leaders include all the unit leaders plus all Assistant leaders (Assistant Scoutmasters).
If you have taken training in the past, double check the council records to be sure they show all the training you've taken.
I am a Committee Member, does that mean I need to be trained to register?
As of November 1, 2010 Committee chairs and committee members do not need to be trained to be registered. However, your Youth Protection training must be current at the time of registration or re-chartering.