100% of the Pack Committee, Cubmaster, and Den Leaders should be trained within their first 30 days. Training
includes New Leader Essentials and Leader Specific training for the current position. If you change positions you
need to retake Leader Specific Training for your new position.
Cub Scout Fast Start training is the first step in your training (available online) for the Pack Committee,
Cubmaster, and Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders. It introduces you to the Scouting terminology and
tells you what your job is all about.
NEW LEADER ESSENTIALS
New Leader Essentials is an introductory course that shares the basics of how Scouting works, where you fit into
the program, and available resources.
Leader Specific Training is provides job specific in depth training for all Cub Scout leaders and their assistants.
Youth Protection Training is for every adult leader or parent who has direct contact with children. It is designed to
help prevent child abuse in all of its forms—whether verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or neglect.
Council sponsors training courses at Philmont in Cimarron, NM and Seabase in the Florida Keys. At Philmont,
participants can take their entire family with you. Philmont staff will watch your children and guide them on
mountain hikes while you attend training. On your day off before returning home, you can hike the mountains with
your family. Costs: person being trained $420, spouse $300, children 6-20 $240, children 3-5 $250, children 1-2
$55. $320 for the mountain trek for children over 14. Apply to Council to nominate you to go.
Wood Badge is the highest level training for adult leaders. It is the adult leader equivalent of the Boy Scout Eagle
rank. There are 2 parts. First, attend a leadership training course. Second, apply your skills to ―earn your ticket‖.
Often Packs pay for the training.
The course provides leadership training in the context of the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs. The
leadership portion of the course is comparable to Frankin Covey’s ―The Four Roles of Leadership‖ or Ken
Blanchard’s ―Building High Performance Teams‖ courses. The Scouting portion of the course presents an
overview of the Scouting program and group exercises to apply the leadership skills at two 3-day campouts at
Camp Ohdakota in August and September.
WOOD BADGE TICKET
When you complete the course, you have 18 months to apply your skills within the Scouting program to ―earn
your ticket.‖ Often Packs hold a ceremony when a leader completes his/her ticket. You choose your level of effort;
12 days is an estimate.
TRAIN THE TRAINER
The Training Chair receives an overview of the training programs, learns his/her job responsibilities, loads all the
NLE and LS training materials on his/her laptop, and practices presenting to District and Council trainers. The
Training Chair can then present NLE and LS to adult leaders as well as the orientation for new Scout families.
BASIC ADULT LEADER OUTDOOR ORIENTATION (BALOO)
BALOO is a one-day training event that introduces leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct
pack outdoor activities, particularly Pack camping. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of
planning a Pack campout. That leader must attend the campout. Participants learn the focus of the Cub Scout
level of the BSA outdoor program, gain the skills needed to plan and carry out a successful Cub Scout-level
overnight activity, and learn more about the resources available from the BSA for carrying out this activity.
OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (OLS) FOR WEBELOS LEADERS
OLS is overnight campout training designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants. OLS
teaches outdoor-related skills through demonstration and hands-on practice. Webelos den leaders should attend
this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den. In addition to
covering basic camping skills, this training features planning campouts and finding resources. This training is
required for Webelos leaders to receive their knot. In our District, BALOO and OLS are taught together to
minimize the classroom time.
RALLY, POPCORN SALES, AND RECHARTER TRAINING
Round Table (see below) has a breakout session each year to prepare for these activities.
The North Star District Round Table meets on the 2 Monday of each month. It has breakout sessions for Cub
Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing. At Cub Scout breakout sessions, Pack Committee members, Cubmasters,
and Den Leaders from northern Lake County plan District activities and exchange ideas.
COUNCIL TRAINING DAY (a.k.a Pow wow, a.k.a. Rendezvous)
Each November Council hosts a training day for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing. Pack Committee
members, Cubmasters, and Den Leaders can chose their 8 hour track of courses and exchange ideas with their
counterparts in other Council Packs.
BADEN POWELL UNIVERSITY
Each March, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing adult leaders from neighboring Councils gather for a Friday –
Sunday training and get-together at Wonder Lake, WI. Participants earn credits towards their Bachelors, Masters,
and Doctorate degrees. Experienced participants train new students. The facilities are great, the activities are fun,
course content is excellent, the food is good, and the teachers and participants are amazing.