Required Training Policy
Training of our Adult Leaders gives us the ability to effectively “Deliver the Promise” of providing the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. We are also proud of our commitment that: “…every youth deserves a trained leader…”
Experience has shown that participation in training programs permits Adult Leaders to be better at what they do, in forming and managing our Scout Units, recruiting new Youth and Adult members, leading Scouts, and running effective Advancement and Outdoor Programs. Training also helps ensure the health and safety of the Youth and Adults in the Scouting program.
Parents expect that their children will be safe when participating in a Scouting program. Adult Leaders expect the same thing as it applies to their participation. The Connecticut Yankee Council has the expectation of having 100% of our Adult Leaders Trained:
After considerable discussion, the Executive Board of the Connecticut Yankee Council adopted a policy requiring that all Registered Leaders be trained in order to remain registered with their respective Units. This was updated in March 2015 by our Executive Board. Leaders who do not meet the training requirements will not be permitted re-register nor remain on their Unit’s charter.
- Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be completed by all Registered Leaders at least once every year. It is true that The Boy Scouts of America requires YPT renewal every two years, The Connecticut Yankee Council requires annual renewal which will ensure that every leader’s training will extend through to the next charter renewal.
- New Leaders who join Scouting must complete YPT prior to their application being processed. YPT must then be completed at least once every year thereafter.
- Every Registered Leader must complete Fast Start Training. This is a one-time requirement for all Registered Leaders. New Leaders who join Scouting must complete Fast Start Training within 45 days of their initial registration.
- Merit Badge Counselors (who serve in no other position) must meet the YPT requirement, but are exempt from meeting the Fast Start Training requirement.
- Registered Leaders who fail to complete both Youth Protection Training and Fast Start Training by December 31, 2015 will not be permitted to reregister for 2016.
Direct Contact Leaders must also complete Phase II Training Requirements, listed below, in addition to the Phase I Training Requirements above. “Direct Contact” Leaders are Leaders directly involved with Youth, and include Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Venture Crew Advisors and Venture Crew Assistant Advisors. For purposes of this program, Merit Badge Counselors are not considered “Direct Contact” leaders.
- Basic Leader Training must be completed by December 31, 2016. New Direct Contact Leaders must complete Basic Leader Training within 120 days of their initial registration as a Direct Contact Leader and again within 90 days of assuming a new Direct Contact Leader position, e.g. moving from Cubmaster to Scoutmaster.
- Basic Leader Training consists of “This is Scouting” Training plus Basic Leader Training. For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, Basic Leader Training also includes Introduction to Outdoor Skills Training. To be clear, completion of "This is Scouting" is a one-time requirement, whereas, Basic Leader Training must be completed whenever a Direct Contact Leader changes positions where there is a different Basic Leader Training requirement.
- Commissioners must complete Commissioner Basic Training.
- Direct Contact Leaders who fail to complete Basic Leader Training by December 31, 2016 will not be permitted to reregister for 2017.
- Both Youth Protection Training and Fast Start Training are available online via My Scouting.
- Each Leader’s official Training Record, maintained electronically in My Scouting, will document all training completed by the Leader. Leaders should contact their own Unit Leader or Unit Committee Chair for any questions regarding Training Records.
- Questions on this Program should be directed to the respective District Training Chairs.
- A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is available on the Council Training Web Site that describes this program more completely.
For over a century, Scouting has been an integral part of our communities, making a positive impact on countless young lives. This innovative program of Required Training will help the Adult Leaders of the Connecticut Yankee Council continue to offer high quality programs to our Youth members and Deliver the Promise. Every Youth deserves a trained leader.