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Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

Boy Scout Leader (Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster) Specific Training is divided into four parts. The first three Trained Strip (Centennial Uniform)parts concentrate on troop operation and can be completed in one full day or three evenings. The fourth part, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, which focuses on outdoor skills, last approximately a day and a half depending on the skill level of the new leader. The leader is considered trained upon completion of New Leader Essentials, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.


The Council Training Committee has adopted the following policy regarding SM/ASM Leader Specific Training, including Introduction to Outdoor Skills Training, in a effort to make this important training program available as widely as possible:


  1. The Council Training Committee will ensure that this program is offered by each District at least once each year.
  2. Additionally, the Council Training Committee will coordinate the offering of this program each week of summer camp at Camp Sequassen.
  3. Each District Training Committee is use its best efforts to offer this training to leaders in individual Troops, and maIntroduction to Outdoor Skillsde available during Troop campouts.


For Outdoor Skills Training offered at the individual Troop level, logistics may dictate that the course cannot be completed in a single camping weekend. In fact, it may be more advantageous to offer the program over an extended period of time – over two or more Troop campouts, allowing time at each campout to train, test, or verify existing skills of the Scout leaders while ensuring that the quality of the Troop’s program for its Scouts is maintained.


As noted above, a leader can move through the Outdoor Skills Training at an accelerated pace by demonstrating mastery of a specific skill. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than on attending the course.


To help each leader assess his her own skills levels, a personal evaluation form has been developed. Scoutmasters and Trainers should use this form to determine program and time emphasis necessary to efficiently move each leader through Outdoor Skills Training. The form also relates the skill to specific rank advancement requirements in the Boy Scout Handbook.


A form to document personal completion of each requirement has also been developed. This form is particularly useful when all of the skill requirements cannot be completed during single extended training session. This would occur when the program is presented over multiple Troop campouts. This form is also helpful when multiple Trainers are involved in delivering the program.


Scoutmasters: please contact your District Training Chair for more information and to arrange for the training in your Troop.