Supplemental Training

Supplemental training modules are designed to provide orientation beyond the basic training offered in This Is Scouting and leader-specific training. Each module is a unit of training that can be used as an outline for a group, for personal coaching, or for self-study. Most of the outlines should require about an hour to complete. Consider each unit of study to be an introduction to the subject. Scouters are welcome to download subjects that are of interest for personal or unit use. There are no training credits associated with the completion of these units of study.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (B.A.L.O.O.)

Recommended for all Cub Scout leaders; required for Packs that go camping off Council-owned property.

Climb on Safely

Climb On Safely covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling and is required training for at least one adult leader on any type of Scouting outing that involves climbing or rappelling. You will watch a brief video broken into three sections and answer questions after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes.

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Outdoor Webelos Leader (O.W.L.) Skills

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.

Philmont Training Center Conferences

Since 1950 The Philmont Training Center (PTC) has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.

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Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness Training was developed to help prepare attendees for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. It is appropriate for leadership in all program areas and for Boy Scout and Venturing youth. The module focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit. Learning objectives include the ability to define physical wellness; identify ways to improve the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit; describe the role self-responsibility plays in wellness; and answer questions about nutrition. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.

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Powder Horn

Powder Horn is an outdoor/high adventure resource management course designed to motivate and prepare adult and youth leaders to provide their unit with safe and correct activities.  Any registered leader is welcome to participate.

Pow Wow

Pow Wow is a day of Supplemental Scouting training held each fall. It is an opportunity to gather ideas, learn and network with other adult Leaders in Scouting. Pow Wow is for all registered Scouting adults (Packs, Troops and Crews), Youth (Troops and Crews only) as well as parents that are interested or thinking about becoming registered Scout leaders. There are a variety of classes to take at Pow Wow.


Roundtable is a monthly forum for Scout leaders which provides information, inspiration, and program ideas realted to the monthly themes. 

Safe Swim Defense

All swimming activities in Scouting are required to follow the eight basic principles known collectively as the Safe Swim Defense plan. A unit that follows the plan can expect a safe, enjoyable aquatic experience. Safe Swim Defense is required for BSA tour plans.

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Safety Afloat

All boating activities in Scouting are required to follow the nine basic principles of Safety Afloat. With an emphasis on accident prevention through proper preparation and skills, a unit that follows Safety Afloat can expect a safe, enjoyable activity. Safety Afloat is required for BSA tour plans for any trip afloat.

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The Trainer's EDGE

The Trainer's EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to "train the trainer" on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops.

For more information about NYLT, visit www.wdboyce.org/NYLT.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is advanced training in leadership skills for all adults in BSA programs.  This advanced training is presented in two parts.  Leaders who successfully complete both parts of the training are recognized with the Wood Badge beads, woggle slide, and neckerchief.  To be eligible for an invitation to participate in Wood Badge training, leaders must first complete the Basic Leader Trainings.  It is the goal fo the BSA that every leader attend Wood Badge within two years of registering as an adult leader.

Visit www.wdboyce.org/woodbadge for more information on the upcoming course.

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