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Assistant Scoutmaster Training

Assistant Scoutmasters must take four courses:
  1. Youth Protection Training
  2. This is Scouting
  3. Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
  4. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills

The first two are always available online. On occasion they are available as live classes. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training is a class and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills is built around a weekend camping trip. For course availability, see the Training Calendar tab on this site.

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. This course must be completed for registration as a BSA member.

 

This is Scouting

"This Is Scouting" provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training. The module consists of six video sections, each followed by a brief quiz. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.

 

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training is a classroom course that goes into detail about how a Boy Scout troop works. It covers the Patrol Method, the concept of the Boy-led troop and the purpose of the outdoor program. This course meets in two three-hour sessions. These can occur on a single day or over two weeks.

 

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills covers the camping skills and the requirements a scout needs to achieve the rank of First Class. There a few options for taking this course. These depend on your camping knowledge and experience.

You may either participate in a weekend-long session of the course organized by a council, demonstrate your skills during a council sponsored single-day session, or participate in Troop camping trips and have your requirements signed off by the Scoutmaster.

Local councils offer a weekend overnight camping trip. During this version of the course, you will participate in the trip much as scouts do within their patrol. You'll meet ahead of the overnight trip to plan the trip, including menus and duty rosters. During the overnight, you'll go over the required training. Again, much as younger scouts would as they work on advancement. This has the advantage of satisfying all of the requirements in a single weekend.

If you're an experienced camper knowledgeable in the scouting approach to camping, there is a check-off version of the course available This is a one day course in which you simply demonstrate your knowledge. See the Training Calendar page of the Troop web site for offerings from local councils. This has the advantage of satisfying the requirements in a single day.

The troop's Scoutmaster can also sign you off on these requirements. Over the course of up to three or so troop camping trips you can get all of the requirements signed off.  In this option you'd either demonstrate your knowledge or get some training from the Scoutmaster. As such, it's a bit of a combination of the previous two options. This option has the advantage of doing it a bit like the boys do it - over a series of trips - and you get to know the boys and some of the other adults, too.