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Training for Boy Scout Leaders   Click here for Training Calendar  Click here for Training Summary

  • Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training.

  • Troop committee members are considered trained when they have completed the Troop Committee Challenge as their Leader Specific training.

Youth Protection Training  
Our highest priority is the safety and well being of our youth members and participants. To help protect our young people, we offer youth protection training in a classroom or online.  It is designed to help prevent child abuse in all of its forms—whether verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or neglect.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach Specific Training
A one-day training session for Scoutmasters and their Assistants. This training covers advancement, patrol method, outdoor program and program planning.

Troop Committee Challenge    Troop Committee Challenge online
For all Troop Committee Members and the Chairperson. At this three-hour training the committee learns who has responsibility for various tasks and how to work together within the group.  Call your District Training Chairman to arrange training for your committee, or visit the link available from the online learning center.

Outdoor Leader Skills Course    Dates
Outdoor Leader Skills Course will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. The course is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders because it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

Recommended Additional Training for Boy Scout Leaders

This Is Scouting   
This training is for all leaders, as well as Chartered Organization Representatives.  You only need to complete this session one time even if you change positions.  This Is Scouting is an introductory course that shares the basics of how Scouting works.  It is available online and offered periodically in live classroom or roundtable sessions.

Safe Swim Defense             Safe Swim Defense online
Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card (No. 34243) with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan.

Safety Afloat             Safety Afloat online
Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat Training, No. 34159C, have a commitment card, No. 34242A, with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat.

Climb on Safely              Climb on Safely online
Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America's recommended procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

OKPIK- Training for cold weather activities
OKPIK (ook’pick) provides state-of the-art training, which instills leader confidence (both youth and adult) when taking groups into a cold weather environment and supports a year-around camping program.  The course consists of three classroom periods and an outdoor practical session. 

Planning for Hazardous weather      Planning for Hazardous Weather  online
In continuing support of Safe Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America has created training to help you be prepared. It is one of the key items required on the tour permit application

 Wood Badge  more....
Wood Badge is the pre-eminent leadership training course of the Boy Scouts of America. This course is designed for any leader (Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturer) who has completed their respective basic training course and wants to further advance their leadership skills. Wood Badge is a two-weekend course of practical instruction and is completed when the participant finishes a “ticket” (a plan to put their training into action.) Wood Badge is an excellent training course and will truly enhance the skills of any leader who completes it.

Powder Horn
Powder Horn is a high-adventure resource management training course designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scout adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high-adventure unit-level program.

Leave No Trace “Trainer” (for both youth and adults)

Participants receive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics in a 16 hour, two-day format. This special Trainer Course assists the participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and techniques for disseminating these environment friendly skills. Check the Council’s Training Calendar for scheduled dates and additional information at


Wilderness First Aid (for both youth and adults)

If you are planning a trek to Philmont, Boundary Waters or other High Adventure bases, you are required to have a Wilderness First Aid certified adult with you.  This certification must be within two years of your trek.  The course is 16 hours. Check the Council’s Training Calendar for scheduled dates and additional information at

Northeast Illinois Council, Boy Scouts of America
2745 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, IL 60035   
Phone: (847) 433-1813 •
Fax: (847) 433-2036
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