Advanced Leader Training
Leaders that desire a deeper understanding and involvement in the program, and who are otherwise qualified, will find advanced training programs highly rewarding. Completion of these advanced courses provides volunteers with the leadership skills, tools, and motivation to provide a higher quality program for the youth that we serve. These programs serve as the advanced training program for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity and Venturing.
A prerequisite for advanced training is the successful completion of basic training for the participant's current primary registered position in Scouting.
Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course, open to adult leaders in all Scouting Programs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing, including Sea Scouts). As a result of attending Wood Badge, participants will be able to: (a) view Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth; (b) recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement; (c) apply the skills they learn from their participation as a member of a successful working team, and (d) revitalize their commitment by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis. Wood Badge is offered by the Council every year, in the Fall.
Powder Horn is a superb training opportunity designed as an action-packed, hands-on outdoor course, designed to expose Venturing and Boy Scout leaders to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful Venturing Ranger Award or Troop High Adventure program. Powder Horn (a) provides an introduction to the resources necessary to successfully lead their Venturers and older Boy Scouts through a program of high adventure; (b) familiarizes the Advisor with the Ranger program so that he or she can help the Venturer to meet the requirements of the Ranger Award; and (c) helps the Scoutmaster in the design and delivery of a high quality high adventure program. This course is generally based on the Venturing Ranger requirements, giving participants an exposure to outdoor/high adventure activities. Powder Horn is offered every other year (even numbered years) by the Council.
Seabadge is the official advanced training program of Sea Scouting. This 3-day course is designed to provide the program specific management techniques that can improve the quality of the Ships' programming. Seabadge training is designed to: (a) improve the understanding of leadership, management, and motivation among selected experienced Sea Scout adult volunteer leaders; (b) provide management, leadership, and presentation skills and tools to these leaders so that they may use them and share them with others in their day-to-day activities and through leading a Seabadge conference; and (c) use this understanding and these skills and tools to improve and expand both the quality and quantity of the Sea Scout program as a way to reach the Aims of Scouting. Seabadge is offered every year, generally in the Fall, by the Northeast Region of the Boy Scouts.