The Trainer Development Conference has been replaced with the new Trainer's EDGE. The Trainer's EDGE uses contemporary training techniques and emphasizes the importance of experiential learning, or "learning by doing." Most of the sessions not only demonstrate good training methods, but also give participants a chance to interact and actually practice what they have learned.
The Trainer’s EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.
This is part of a continuous process of updating trainers with the latest training methods, principles, and technologies. This conference is mainly for Scouters who will be delivering training to adult leaders as well as to the young people in Scouting.
All trainers, including pack trainers, should participate in a trainer development conference. The council usually offers the conference as a one-day event. Your district training chair can provide details on the date and location of the next conference.
- Precourse Preparation
Staff Selection. The Trainer’s EDGE course should be delivered by a staff of experienced trainers. Staff size will vary according to the number of participants, but an excessive number of trainers is not required or encouraged. At least one staff member should be assigned to each patrol. Diversity among staff members is strongly recommended. Staff should be correctly uniformed to set the example. Combining youth and adult staff is encouraged and highly desirable.
Patrol Size. Patrols should be limited to no more than six members to ensure that participant practice sessions stay within the time allotted for the course. Participant Presentations. In Module 4, each participant will make a presentation to the patrol on a Scouting topic of their choice. The topic they select should be broad enough to allow the presenter to apply the learning from the morning sessions.
They should have been told to bring any material or equipment they need for their presentation with them to the Trainers EDGE course. At the beginning of the session, have them stow their materials away until they get to use them. Because the intent of the activity is to have participants incorporate the morning’s learning into their presentations, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to use their presentation as they prepared it.
- What does EDGE mean?
- Explain how it is done - Tell them
- Demonstrate the steps - Show them
- Guide learners as they practice - Watch them do it
- Enable them to succeed on their own - Use memory aids, practice it, they teach it
- See: The Trainer's EDGE for details
Online or classroom Leader Training
Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every two years.
- Fast Start Training – online training you can take right now.
- Leader Specific Training – provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs.
BSA Online Learning Center – provides a variety of materials courses.
- Other: This Is Scouting (formerly New Leader Essentials) – Roundtable – University of Scouting – Trainer’s EDGE (formerly Trainer Development Conference)
Outdoor Leader Training
In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.
- Cub Scout Pack: BALOO – To have a Pack camp-out, at least one unit leader must be BALOO trained.
- Webelos Den Leaders: Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL) – To have a Webelos Den camp-out.
- Scoutmaster & Assistants and Varsity Scout Coach & Assistants: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – To have a camp-out.
- Wood Badge – Advanced Leadership skills for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, district and council Scouters.
- Seabadge Underway – Advanced Leadership skills for unit, district and council Sea Scouters.
Other outdoor-related links
- The Trainer's EDGE 74 Page Manual
- BSA Training Courses
- Training Continuum An overview of training for Boy Scout leaders that covers the journey from Fast Start to Wood Badge.
- Supplemental Training