Cub Scout Leader Basic Training
As a Cub Scout leader, and a mentor for the youth in our community, you will find Scouting to be a fun and exciting program for you and your Scouts. The training program of the Boy Scouts of America will provide you with all the basic tools needed to be successful in your leadership position, along with continual opportunities to refine your skills, as you become comfortable in delivering a quality Cub Scouting program.
1. Youth Protection training
Cub Scout leaders are considered trained and eligible to wear the official emblem once they have completed:
Youth Protection Training (YPT) is mandatory for any person looking to become a registered leader in Scouting or for any volunteer who participates in an outing lasting longer than 72 hours. For new leaders, YPT training must be completed before registering. YPT must be retaken every two years to maintain registration.
In February, 2018, the BSA rolled out an updated youth protection training for staff, leaders, and volunteers. The new YPT contains three mandatory modules - overview and policies, sexual abuse and bullying. Additional modules will be rolled out during 2018 to provide leaders information on recognizing and preventing other types of child abuse. With the roll out of the new YPT policy, all currently registered leaders must complete the new training by October 1, 2018 in order to re-register. Don't wait to renew you training!
Click here for important information on the updated YPT training.
YPT is designed to keep our youth safe from abuse. Participants learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection training online. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.
Leader Specific training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Den leaders are provided with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete Leader Specific and Youth Protection training are considered trained for Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webolos Den Leader positions. Leader Specific training can be taken online or in classroom setting.
Online Leader Specific training
Upcoming Classroom training
Hazardous Weather Training - Effective 4/30/2018, Hazardous Weather Training is required to be considered trained as a direct contact leader.
Weather conditions are an important factor in preparing for any outdoor scouting activity. Planning and preparing for the weather can make the difference on a scout's impression of an outdoor experience. The BSA's Hazardous Weather Training is designed to help you and your unit plan and prepare for hazardous weather.
Participating in supplemental and advanced training is an a great way to keep basic leadership skills fine tuned, and provides an opportunity to gather new ideas from other experienced Cub Scout leaders.