Leaders are trained so that young people receive a worthwhile experience full of fun and adventure -- and trained leaders have more fun!
Welcome to Scouting! Within the first two months of joining you should complete Basic Training. Basic Training for all Adult Leaders consists of two courses: Youth Protection Training and Position-Specific Training. 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. Click here to learn more about Basic Training.
As you get more involved in Scouting and begin going on outings with your Scouts you'll need to complete additional trainings. These trainings ensure that you are prepared to safely conduct campouts and other forms of outings. At least one adult on each outing must have completed the trainings in this phase. Click here to learn more about Intermediate Training.
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 or Powder Horn will prepare you to lead your Scouts more effectively and take them on the adventure of a lifetime. Click here to learn more about Advanced Training.
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 specialized programs such as Shooting Sports, COPE and Climbing or the Commissioner Corps. Click here to learn more about Supplemental Training.
Leadership Training is not just for adults, all Scouts need training on leadership. In addition, to training and guidance from Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, Troops can conduct Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) and the Atlanta Area Council offers Youth Leader Training Options for Scouts BSA such as NYLT, a six-day course is intended for senior patrol leaders, patrol leaders, and other youth leaders. It is conducted by the council in a camping situation. See NYLT Overview and NYLT Details for more information. Click here for more information on specific training for youth leaders.