Required Training Policy
Revised September 2015
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 proud of our commitment that: “…every youth deserves a trained leader…”
Experience has shown that attending training permits Adult Leaders to be better at what they do. Trained adult leader are better at 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, when properly trained, help to assure that this expectation is realized.
After thoughtful discussion, the Executive Board of the Connecticut Yankee Council adopted a policy requiring that all registered adults complete Position Specific Training required by the National Council of the BSA for their registered position in order to remain registered with their respective Units. Leaders who do not meet these training requirements will not be permitted to re-register on their Unit’s charter. Scouters who are registered through their District and/or Council are also required to be trained for the positions for which they are registered.
How do we get there? While this may seem like a monumental task to accomplish, our plan is to take action in several smaller phases.
Phase I (Enacted January 1, 2015)
- Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be completed by all adults upon joining the Boy Scouts of America. Youth Protection Training is valid for two years from the date it is taken. In order for a Scouter to remain registered and be included on their charter (unit, district etc.), their YPT training must be valid for the entire period of that charter. Adults involved in the Venturing program must also take Venturing Youth Protection Training.
- Leaders who are new to Scouting, or those Leaders who are changing the Scouting position, are encouraged (but not required) to complete the Orientation Course (i.e. Fast Start) for their position within 45 days of their registration or their change of position.
- Merit Badge Counselors must meet the YPT requirement and are encouraged to take Merit Badge Counselor training. As part of Phase III of this policy, all Merit Badge Counselors will be required to complete Merit Badge Counselor Training starting in 2017.
- It is also highly recommended (but not required) that all Registered Scouters take "This is Scouting", a one-time course that introduces the leader to the entire BSA Program.
Phase II (2016)
“Direct Contact” Scouters are Scouters directly involved with our Youth, and include but not limited to Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Venture Crew Advisors, Venture Crew Assistant Advisors, Varsity Scout Coaches and Assistant Coaches. Direct Contact Leaders must also complete Phase II Training Requirements, listed below, in addition to the Phase I Training Requirements above. Merit Badge Counselors are deferred until Phase III in 2017.
- Position Specific Training Courses must be completed prior to chartering in 2016. New Direct Contact Leaders including those changing positions, e.g. moving from Cubmaster to Scoutmaster, must complete Position Specific Training Courses within 120 days of their registration or their position change.
- Positions requiring Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS), e.g., Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Scout Coaches and Assistant Coaches, must complete IOLS within 180 days of registration or position change.
- Direct Contact Leaders who fail to comply with Phase II training requirements by their charter year will not be permitted to reregister for the following year.
Phase III (2017 and ongoing thereafter)
All Registered Adults (including those excluded in earlier phases, e.g., Commissioners, Merit Badge Counselors, Committee members, etc.) will be required to have and maintain (keep up to date) training for all positions they hold at Unit, District and Council levels.
- Youth Protection Training, Fast Start Training, This is Scouting, and Cub Scout Position Specific Training Courses are available online via My.Scouting.org (please note the “period” between “My” and “Scouting”)
- Each Scouter’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. District Training Chairs can assist in correcting 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. 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.