Adult Training


Youth Protection & Fast Start (YP & FS)

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 Youth Protection Training and Fast Start training.  All adults participating actively should have at least these, and they are offered in the troop frequently or online at

New Leader Essentials (NLE)

The next step is a class called "New Leader Essentials" which builds on the concepts introduced in Fast Start.

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training (BSLST)

Adults involved with the outdoor program will want to take the Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster training usually offered at least twice a year by the District.  This training covers the basics of how Scout troops operate, 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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:45

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