Scouts BSA Leader Training

Training is available for all Scout BSA leaders - from Scoutmasters to committee members.

When am I considered Trained?

Being a "trained" Scout BSA leader includes three main requirements: Youth Protection Training, Position-Specific Training and Hazardous Weather Training.

Youth Protection Training

All adults in ANY position in Scouting must complete Youth Protection training. Youth Protection is also highly recommended for any Scout parents or adults who may assist at the patrol or troop level, even if they are not registered. Youth Protection training must be completed every two years in order to remain valid. Training can be done online at, or it can be completed in a group setting. Learn more about Scouting's Youth Protection guidelines and its barriers to abuse at



Position-Specific Training

Each adult leader position in Scouting has its own specialized training to get you on the fast track to leading a Scout troop. These basic training courses can be taken online at My.Scouting.orgPosition-specific training available for Scout leaders includes: 

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster

  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
  • Hazardous Weather Training

Troop Committee Chair and Committee Members

  • Troop Committee Training

What's Next?

Go beyond the basics to learn more about Scouting and how to be an effective Scout leader! Some courses are available online while others are available in-person.

Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.

These courses include:

  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
  • Climb On Safely
  • Trek Safely

Advanced Leader Training Courses

Advanced-level training is available for Scouters who want to get the most out of their Scouting experience for the benefit of the youth they lead. Some possible courses are:

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