Training Opportunities

Blue Ridge Mountains
Council Training


There are a number of different training opportunities currently available for new and experienced leaders. This training will provide you with the skills and tools necessary to be a productive and effective leader on an individual, troop and council level.
To become a "trained" leader you must attend at least three levels of training. These are Fast Start, New Leader Essentials and Leader Specific Training. Once you are a "Trained" leader you have the essentials to provide strong leadership for the youth. For more information on how to become a "Trained" leader, view the "Levels of Training" section.
The Boy Scouts of America and the Blue Ridge Mountains Council also offer other training opportunities for you, such as supplemental and advanced training. Supplemental training courses, such as those offered at University of Scouting or the Philmont Training Center, provide in-depth skills training on a variety of topics. Advanced training includes Wood Badge, the highest-level adult leadership course offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

What Makes a Trained Leader

A direct contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the following training courses and the specific training for the position.

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Fast Start Training

Fast Start training is the first step for all new leaders and should be taken immediately after they register and before they meet with any youth members. New leaders choose the Fast Start they need to take: Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, Varsity Scout Leader, or Venturing Crew Leader. All Fast Start courses are available on DVD, or they can be completed through the Online Learning Center. (If you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account.)

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is required for all leaders who have direct contact with youth. At all times, youth safety is the number one priority. At the same time, adults need to know the rules for keeping themselves safe, too. Comprehensive Youth Protection training teaches all the do’s and don’ts of working with youth. The training is offered through the Online Learning Center, or it may be taken as part of an district or council training course.

This is Scouting

This Is Scouting is a new online training session that replaces New Leader Essentials. It picks up when Fast Start leaves off with six modules of training: The Mission of Scouting, Programs for All ages, Scouting Is Fun, Scouting in the Community, Keeping Our Youth Safe, and Scouting’s Legacy. The training takes about an hour to complete and can be found on Online Learning Center. (If you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account.)

Position Specific Training

Leader position specific training is based on the leader’s position. These courses are taught by informed trainers who know how to engage groups and make learning fun. These courses are offered by the district or council as group training, or may be done as small groups or by personal coaching.

Cub Scout Leaders

Cub Scout Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions:

  • Tiger Cub den leaders
  • Cubmasters and assistants
  • Wolf and Bear Den leaders and assistants
  • Pack Committee
  • Webelos den leaders and assistants
  • Pack trainers

Boy Scout Leaders

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training is for all Scoutmasters and their assistants. Boy Scout leaders also must complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training to be considered fully trained.

Varsity Scout Leaders

Varsity Scout Coach Leader Specific is for all Varsity Coaches and assistants Coaches. Varsity Coaches and assistant Coaches must also complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training to be considered fully trained.

Venturing Crew Leaders

Venturing crew leaders and assistants must complete Venturing Leader Specific Training, a five-session training course, to be considered fully trained. Venturing crew leaders whose crews have an outdoor program must also complete Introduction to Outdoor Skills training to be considered fully trained.

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Basic Training                                                           

  Advanced Training

Supplemental Training                                              

Youth Training 

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