2020 Position Specific Training Courses


Training Descriptions

Youth Protection

Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster Leadership Training (SALT or BLSLT)

This single day training presents the skills and methods Scoutmaster can use to organize a Scouts BSA Troop and support its youth leaders in developing and delivering an effective, exciting Scouting program. The course covers the following sessions:

BLST is a single 6-7 hour course on a Saturday, typically over by 3pm.

This BSLST training is also available on-line at my.scouting.org and is available 24/7/365.  The training series consists of 4 training sections with 3-5 training modules per section.  

This is one of the courses required by Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to complete to be considered “Trained” for their position.

Venturing Leader Specific Training (VLST)
For new crew Chartered Organization Personnel, Crew Advisors, Associate Advisors, Crew Committee Members, Commissioners, and other adults involved with venturing. This five-part training, all-day course is designed to introduce adult Venturing Crew leaders to the basic information needed to successfully operate a Crew. The five parts are:

Den Chief Training
Boy Scouts who are First Class and above, who desire to become leaders through service as Cub Scout or Webelos Scout Den Chiefs. A Den Chief should be two to four years older than those he will be leading. This half-day training course is designed to prepare Scouts to serve as effective Den Chiefs. Elements of the this training include:


Cub Leader Position-Specific Training (CLPS)
CLPS training is for Cub Scout Leaders. Participants will need to choose only one of the courses.  There is a separate course for Cub Den Leaders (Lions, Tigers, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Den Leaders. There is a separate training is provided for Pack Committee Chair, Pack Trainer and Cubmaster roles.  Both courses provide the necessary instruction and guidance required to effectively organize and run successful Den meetings or Pack meetings.

This course is required for the Den Leader or the (Cubmaster / Pack Committee Chair / Pack Committee Member) to be considered trained for their current position.

This course is offered as on-line training or in a classroom environment

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)
A weekend camping experience which teaches you how to teach the outdoor skills necessary for a Scout to attain the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. IOLS consists of a one weekend outing, normally held in the fall.   The full weekend outing is required to complete the course.

This is one of the courses that Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters need to complete to be considered “Trained” for their position.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
This course provides instruction and guidance for Scoutcraft and camping skills for Cub and Webelos Leaders. A person that is BALOO trained is required to be in attendance for a Pack to conduct an overnight camping activity.

Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) Training

This course provides instruction to the person seeking to become a BSA Merit Badge Counselor (MBC).  The course covers the roles and responsibilities of the MBC.  The course provides BSA guidance on how to instruct youth and what can and cannot be done during the mentoring stage of the merit badge instruction.

This course is now available on-line at my.scouting.org.

This course is required for a new Merit Badge Counselor to be registered for this position.


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