The Boy Scouts of America provides a wide variety of training for adults involved in Scouting. The minimal set of training can be accomplished in only a couple of hours – this is generally Youth Protection Training (YPT). Troop 3 and the EEUMC, our chartering organization, require all parents to be YPT trained.
The BSA as well as our Council requires that all leaders be trained for their positions. With the exception of one course (for Scoutmasters) these can all be taken online at http://my.scouting.org
Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills for Troops (IOLST)
Adults involved with the program side will need to take the Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster training usually offered at least twice a year by the District. This training covers the basics of how the Patrol method operates, as well as covering the basic set of outdoor skills involved in Scouting. It is a fun course, with a chance to get to know other Scouters in the area. You’ll enjoy being involved with troop outings much more after taking this class, because you’ll understand why things are done the way they are. You don’t have to be registered as an Assistant Scoutmaster to take this course – troop committee members can take it too!
Wood Badge (WB)
After you’ve gone through the basic and advanced training, you can also take the crown jewel of BSA training, Wood Badge. Considered the ultimate Scout leader training, this focuses on leadership and team development, and is relevant not only to Scouting but to most careers.