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Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader and our founder,
Sir Robert Baden-Powell said: 

“There is no teaching to compare with example.” 

It's true, and as leaders we strive to be an example to our youth to fulfill the Aims of Scouting and it's mission:

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


So What Type of Training Do I Need?

Level 1 - Basic Training - First 1 to 2 Months

Welcome to Scouting!

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. Youth Protection Training is required for all volunteers prior to registration and must be taken every two years.

Before your first meeting Go to My.Scouting.org, create an account and take Youth Protection Training

Within the first two months of joining you should also complete Position Specific Training for your role in Scouting. It is offered periodically in person (see training calendar) for many scouting roles including new Charter Org. Reps and new Commissioners, as well as online at the BSA Learn Center on My.Scouting, which is the same place where you took your youth protection. 

Level 2 - Intermediate Training - 3 to 6 Months After Joining

As you get more involved in Scouting and begin going on outings with your Scouts you'll need to complete some additional trainings.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) for Cub Scout Leaders prepares you to safely conduct campouts and other outings. At least one adult on each outing must have completed the trainings in this phase.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) is the Scoutmaster/ Asst. Scoutmaster basic level of outdoor training. This course trains leaders to take their Troops on successful youth led outdoor activities and camping following the Patrol Method. See the training calendar for upcoming opportunities.

Level 3 - Advanced Training - 6 to 12 Months After Joining (Click link for more)

Once you've grasped the basics of the Scouting program it's time to take your Scouting experience to the next level. Attending an Advanced Training such as Wood Badge, Tali Atsila, or Powder Horn will prepare you to lead your Scouts more effectively and take them on the adventure of a lifetime.  

Level 4 - Supplemental Training - Complete at Any Time (Click link for more)

Scouting is a program with multiple program activities and areas, and each of those requires specially trained volunteers. The Supplemental Trainings will prepare you to volunteer with annual all-day events like University of Scouting, and specialized programs such as Wilderness First Aid, high adventure leadership courses, district training, commissioner training, and more.   


Youth Leadership Training

ISLT Training- Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (and ISLC for Venturing Crews)

Youth Leadership for SBSA and Venturers starts here. This leadership skills course is offered at the Troop or Crew level, and often at University of Scouting for the Crew level. ILST(C) provides the basics of leadership through a comprehensive curriculum of three modules. Contact the Council Training Chair or UofS Chancellor for more details. This is a pre-requisite course for NYLT.

NYLT Training - National Youth Leadership Training

Premier leadership training is not just for adults. Because a Troop is a “Scout Run” organization (and a Venturing Crew is a “Youth Run” organization), the Scouts also need advanced leadership skills.

The Northeast Georgia Council offers NYLT, a six day course intended for Venturers, Senior Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders, and other youth leaders. It is conducted by the Council at one of our Council Properties.

NAYLE – National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience is an exciting program that enhances leadership skills and expands upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training. NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service, using the core elements of NYLT to help youth strengthen these skills. The NAYLE course is now available at all four national high-adventure bases. The material presented is basically the same at all four venues but is specific to the unique environment of each site.

Order of the Arrow Lodge Leadership Conference

MOWOGO Lodge leaders gather annually to train in lodge operation following their annual elections. Speak to your Chapter Chief or Lodge Chief for more details.

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