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New Leader Training is comprised of Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training, and Leader Specific Training.

The New Leader Training helps leaders easily graduate through the courses quickly and with little duplication.

Fast Start Training is the first step for all new volunteer as soon as they register and before he or she meets with any youth member. Fast Start Training is tailored to the leader's position:

Cubmaster/Assistant Tiger Den Leader Webelos Den Leader Wolf/Bear Den Leader
Pack Committee Boy Scout Leader Venturing Leader Unit Commissioner

Training continues through the two parts of Basic Leader Training. The first part of Basic Leader Training is the general New Leader Essentials which highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting. The second part is Leader Specific Training which provides more specialized information about the leade's particular position and an introduction to outdoor leader skills and Wood Badge.

All leaders should also complete Youth Protection Training.


See also

Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth Protection training (YPT) is required for all BSA registered volunteers and must be retaken every two years. Some councils and units may require more frequent (e.g., annual) retaking of YPT). Check with your local council and unit to find out what their policies are.

In addition to YPT, registered adults should complete the following courses online at

  • Before the First Meeting
  • First 30 Days
  • Position Trained

Other training opportunities: RoundtableUniversity of ScoutingThe Trainer's EDGEpow wow

Outdoor Leader Training

In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.

Other outdoor-related links

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