Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA

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…”

 Keep Calm and Get Trained

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)


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.



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.




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.


Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leaders