What makes a Trained Leader?
Every boy deserves a trained leader, but what does that mean and how do I earn the "Trained" patch?
Regardless to which program, all adult leaders are required to complete Youth Protection Training (YPT) every 2 years. Per Atlanta Area Council requirements, any adult leader who lets their YPT expire only has up to 30 days to renew or they will be dropped from the BSA roster and will be required to reapply, if they want to continue with their unit. To complete this training, log into my.scouting.org and you'll find this training under the "Training" section on "My Dashboard".
Note: Leaders under the Venturing program are required to complete Venturing-specific YPT to complete this requirement.
Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Committee Members, and Pack trainers are only required to complete Position Specific Leader Training to finish their basic leader training. This may either be as live training (any district) or online also in the "Training" section of my.scouting.org.
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are required to complete Position Specific Leader Training (formerly called BSALT) and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (ITOLS) as live training (any district) to be considered fully trained.
Committee members only need to complete Troop Committee Challenge (live or online at my.scouting.org) to complete their requirement.
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are required to complete Position Specific Leader Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (ITOLS) (for crews with outdoor programs) as live training (any district) to be considered fully trained
Upcoming District Training
Am I Required to Complete Training in My District?
Since courses such as YPT, ITOLS, Wood Badge, etc. are all National BSA programs, as a registered leader you may take these courses in any district (or council for that matter) that fits your schedule.
If you do complete your course in district, your training record is updated automatically, so no additional steps for you. However, if you complete any training out of district, bring your training card to your unit to update your records (your COR, Committee Chair, and Cubmaster/Scoutmaster has this access) or email a scan or photo of your training card to me with your BSA ID and unit number to enter.
It is also important to save any training cards you receive in case your BSA ID changes (like if your change councils).
For a list of all training opportunities in the AAC, please go here: Download a summary of upcoming training classes
University of Scouting
University of Scouting (UoS) is the premier training council event of the year. It is designed to help your Pack, Troop, Team, Crew, or Ship bring success back to your unit by taking supplemental and specific training classes. There are also classes for youth leaders and commissioners. We encourage your leadership team to attend UoS together.
This page is maintained by Training Chair, Donna Carr