Training for Leaders & Akelas





… And, every Leader deserves training so s/he can successfully deliver the scouting program! Leaders, and in fact anyone, can take BSA training classes. You just need visit to get started. (For more info about how to register for that site, go to THIS page.)

  • Cub Scout Leaders are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, This is Scouting, and Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their position.
  • Pack Committee Members are considered trained when they have completed Youth Protection, This is Scouting, and Committee Specific Training.

Training of adults to successfully deliver the Boy Scout program has evolved into a well-presented, thorough, curriculum of courses to be completed in sequence. IMPORTANT! – once you’ve completed any new training (or re-certified in any training you’ve taken before), you need to forward a copy of your Certificate of Completion (or the little card thingee) to either the Cubmaster or Pack Trainer so we can update our Pack & BSA records. Here are the courses you need to fulfill your commitment of an adult leader.

The first step for any new adult volunteer in our Pack, no matter what the position may be. The Fast Start training is short and should be taken as soon as possible after you have accepted a leadership position. The Fast Start program has been designed to provide an immediate comfort level for new leaders and enables them to say, ‘I can do this!’, but it should be soon followed by more comprehensive training. This should be taken every time you take on a new leadership position. In fact, since these are so short, why not take them all!

YPT ensures boys involved in scouting are kept safe. At least one adult on every Scout outing must be Youth Protection Trained. Before being involved with boys, EVERY adult should complete Youth Protection  online and all registered adult volunteers must complete it and fully understand the Youth Protection Policies of the BSA before submitting registration paperwork with the Pack. We also recommend this training for every adult associated with the Pack. This training MUST be re-taken every TWO years.

  • Parent Guides on youth protection are printed in the front of Cub Scout handbooks. These should be reviewed when working on your Scout’s Bobcat Rank.
  • Pacifica District also offers in-person Youth Protection classes during Cub Scout Basic Leader Training twice a year (June/Nov), and University of Scouting (Dec).
For additional information on Youth Protection Training, visit the Official BSA Youth Protection page.

The next step in training for adult leaders who have completed Fast Start Training. This is Scouting is an introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting. It addresses how these aims and methods are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Videos, discussions, and hands-on reinforcement are presented during the 90-minute training session. Ideally, all unit-based volunteers-Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders-take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they serve. You only need to complete the This is Scouting training once.

Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the scouting program, training for a specific Scouting position continues through Leader Specific training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies. You should take the appropriate training each time you switch leadership positions. Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions and their assistants:

  • Tiger Cub den leaders
  • Cub Scout den leaders
  • Webelos den leaders
  • Cubmasters
  • Pack Committee Members

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program. Training in outdoor skills is required before taking scouts on outings.

  • BALOO – Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout leaders is a one-day training event that introduces participants to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout, and it is required that at least one adult per pack BALOO trained on every camping outing. BALOO training is offered by individual districts.
  • OWL – Outdoor Webelos Leader Training is for all Webelos leaders. This training course covers the skills & resources needed to teach the outdoor activity badges and helps to provide good & safe outdoor experiences. Completion of this training is required before a Webelos den can go on a campout. This is district-scheduled training.

There are many more opportunities for volunteers to improve their skills and understanding of the Boy Scout program. Some are required before holding certain types of events.

  • Wood Badge: Advanced training in leadership and team development, bringing together all programs – Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. By pooling their ideas, sharing meaningful experiences, and learning from highly qualified instructors, participants will return to their home units with new skills and resources, greater confidence, and deeper dedication to deliver the values of Scouting. This training includes approximately six days of instruction that are often held as two 3-day weekend sessions, followed by working on the goals the participant sets for him or herself. Each council organizes and schedules sessions as needed. More information re: Woodbadge is available at District RoundTable.
  • Monthly District RoundTable: A leaders’ meeting held in each district where leaders find information about upcoming district and council events and learn ways to improve the program. Most Roundtables will cover material based on participants’ interest. Leaders & Adults can learn a new skill or get advice on how to solve a problem. Participation at Roundtables is required for some Leader square knot awards.
  • Hazardous Weather: (Valid for two (2) years) planning and decision making regarding weather for a safe outing. There must be one adult on every outing that has completed this training. This training must be re-taken every TWO years. This training can be taken online at
  • Safe Swim Defense: (Valid for two (2) years) introduction to BSA water safety policies. Training takes about 20-30 minutes and participants receive a completion card good for 2 years. Swimming events require Safe Swim Defense trained leaders. Can be taken online at
  • Safety Afloat: (Valid for two (2) years) introduction to BSA boating policies. Training takes about 20-30 minutes. Water craft events required Safety Afloat trained leaders. This training can be taken online at
  • Climb On Safely: This training lasts about 45 minutes and provides all the information you need to meet the minimum requirements for a climbing activity. This does not consist of any training or certifications in climbing, but provides the essential components of a safe outing.
















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