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The Boy Scouts of America has provided numerous training opportunities for leaders at all levels to be trained.  These training sessions will help give new leaders tools they need to perform the responsibilities of their positions.  Listed below are training courses available to Cub Scout leaders.

Youth Protection

Youth Protection Emblem

This is the first training that any new Scout leader in any position should take.  A leader is not supposed to have contact with the boys in a Scouting capacity until he or she has taken this course.  This course is required to earn the Trained patch.

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse.  You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse.  You can take this course online.  It will require creating an account on which is free to create.  This course must be renewed every two years.

Fast Start

Fast Start training provides immediate help for the new leader by providing information and examples for planning and conducting the first meeting.  This course should be taken immediately after accepting the role of a Cub Scout leader.

Den leader courses are intended to provide Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings.  Cubmaster courses are to provide Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters with information and tools for running successful pack meetings.  Pack Committee members are given tools to help in running a quaility pack.

This course is also required to earn the Trained Patch.

Leader Specific

BSA Basic Leader Training Emblem

This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role.  Because each position has different responsibilities and roles within the pack, the information presented varies.  Included will be information on how to give leadership to a den or pack respectively.

This is the final course required to earn the Trained patch.


Roundtable is a monthly training session held by each district in order to continually train all Scouting leaders.  The times, dates, and locations are determined by the individual districts.  Program updates and ideas for how to run your program are presented.  Attendance at Roundtable is considered a vital, not optional, part of being a Scout leader.

Cub Scout leaders can receive ongoing training and information specific to Cub Scouting and to their positions.  Leaders can also have a chance to converse and learn from the experiences of others.  The main Cub Scout leader meeting will provide information relevant to all Cub Scout leaders.  Breakout sessions will provide information specific to a leader’s position.


Either of these courses need only be taken once but can be taken multiple times if desired.


Called Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, this one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities.  BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level.  BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience.

Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.


Called Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders, this course is designed to help Webelos leaders enhance the outdoor program for the Webelos Scouts in their den by teaching some basic outdoor skills as well as skills needed to complete many of the Webelos activity badges.

Training Knots

The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles.  These awards are easy to earn if you perform the functions of your particular position.

Den Leaders

Official BSA Den Leader Training Award

All Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders may earn the Den Leader Training AwardThere are requirements tailored to the specifics of running each particular den.  This award requires a minimum of one year to earn.

CubmastersBSA's Scouter's Key Award

Cubmasters may earn the Cubmaster’s Key.  This award requires a minimum of three years to earn.

Pack Committee

All pack members, including Pack Official BSA Scouter's Training AwardCommittee members and chairs and Pack Trainers, can earn the Scouter’s Training Award for Cub Scouting.  This award requires a minimum of two years to earn.

Wood Badge

Official BSA Wood Badge Logo

Wood Badge is the BSA’s ultimate leadership training experience.  It takes place in a camping setting over six days.  Participants of a Wood Badge course take part in a mini version of each of the BSA’s programs for boys, including Cub Scouting.

The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our units, districts, and local councils.  The Wood Badge ticket represents the participant’s commitment to complete a set of personal goals relating to that individual’s Scouting position.

Upon successful completion of the ticket, the participant is entitled to receive the Wood Badge recognition.  This consists of a parchment certificate, the Wood Badge beads (two wooden beads on a leather thong), a tan neckerchief with a swatch of MacLaren tartan, and a leather woggle or neckerchief slide.

The Wood Badge recognition not only identifies a Scouter who has completed advanced training, but also reminds the wearer of an ongoing commitment to continued service to Scouting.

Philmont Training Center

BSA's Philmont Training Center Logo

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) in New Mexico is the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America.  Since 1950, PTC has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.  Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.

Each conference features the latest tools and techniques, audiovisuals, discussions, idea sharing, and activities led by a faculty of experienced Scouters.  All registered Scouters, including Cub Scout leaders, are invited to attend training center courses; council approval is no longer required.