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Adult Training Courses: Cub Scouts

Adult Training Courses: Cub Scouts

There are a LOT of training courses you can take as a Cub Scout leader. But, there are only a few main courses we consider required if you are going to be a Den Leader, Cubmaster, or Committee Chair; you’ll find them below in the “Required Cub Scout Courses” section. Most of these required courses are available online through BSA’s My.Scouting.org training portal

There are additional courses you may take that will expand your knowledge of how Scouting works or help you learn new Scouting skills. You’ll find those listed below in the “Optional” section.

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Required Cub Scout Courses

As a Cub Scout Leader you owe it to your youth to learn as much as you can about Scouting and how to run your den and pack. For all positions, you must complete Youth Protection Training (good for two years) and the position-specific training for your registered Scouting position.

 

Den Leader-Specific Training (required if you are going to be a Den Leader)

This course provides Den Leaders with the information and tools to conduct a successful den meeting (a “den” is a group of 8-10 Cub Scouts and is assigned a number like “Den 1”; there are multiple dens within a Cub Scout Pack). This training course is required if you are going to be registered as a Den Leader, whether you’re leading a Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Den. When you finish Youth Protection Training and this course, you are considered what we call a “fully trained” Den Leader.

 

  • You may take Den Leader-Specific Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called My.Scouting.org.
  • Often, volunteers in your district (that’s the area of our council to which your unit belongs, usually defined by school district attendance boundaries) will teach an in-person version of Den Leader-Specific Training. Taking the class this way typically takes about 8 hours, but it gives you the chance to ask someone who’s already done the job before how they handled certain situations. You can check our events calendar to see if there is an in-person version of the class being offered soon near you.
  • If you still feel like you’re not sure what Den Leader-Specific Training is, visit this page for a little more information.

 

Cubmaster-Specific Training (required if you are going to be a Cubmaster or Assistant Cubmaster)

This course provides Cubmasters with the information and tools to successfully lead a Cub Scout Pack (a “pack” is a collection of dens of Cub Scouts, usually meeting once a month for large scale activities or camps). This training course is required if you are going to be registered as a Cubmaster or Assistant Cubmaster (A Cubmaster is responsible for planning the pack’s monthly meetings while the Committee Chair is responsible for handling the adult business of the pack). When you finish Youth Protection Training and this course, you are considered what we call a “fully trained” Cubmaster or Assistant Cubmaster.

 

  • You may take Cubmaster-Specific Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called My.Scouting.org.
  • Just like the Den Leader-Specific Training, volunteers in your district will often teach an in-person version of Cubmaster-Specific Training. Again, this version of the class takes longer to complete (about 8 hours), but you’ll have the chance to ask questions of an experienced volunteer who has done the job before and can offer you “tricks of the trade.” You can check our events calendar to see if there is an in-person version of the class being offered soon near you.
  • If you still feel like you want more information about Cubmaster-Specific Training, visit this page.

 

Pack Committee Challenge Training (required if you are going to be a Pack Committee Chair or member)

This course is designed for members of pack committees (the pack committee is a group of adults led by the Committee Chair and Cubmaster who handle the “business” side of running your child’s Cub Scout Pack). This training is required if you are going to be registered as a Pack Committee Chair or pack committee member. When you finish Youth Protection Training and this course, you are considered what we call a “fully-trained” Pack Committee Chair or committee member.

 

  • You may take the Pack Committee Challenge Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called My.Scouting.org.
  • Volunteers in your district will often teach an in-person version of Pack Committee Challenge Training. While this version of the class takes longer to complete (about 8 hours) it gives you the chance to ask an experienced volunteer for additional information and tips on how to do the job. You can check our events calendar to see if there is an in-person version of the class being offered soon near you.
  • If you still feel like you want more information about Pack Committee Challenge Training, visit this page.

 

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation – BALOO (at least one adult needs this for a den or pack to go camping)

This is a one-and-a-half day course providing all the necessary skills and tools for a successful den or pack camping trip. BALOO training consists of an online prerequisite and an overnight hands-on practical. If your den or pack wants to go camping, then at least one adult in your den or pack who’s going on the camp out has to take this course.

 

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Optional Training Courses Cub Scout Leaders May Take

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is BSA’s “next level” training course that puts you in the position of your Scouts, working together as members of a Cub Scout Pack, Scouts BSA Troop, and Venturing Crew.

Powder Horn

Experience the solution at Powder Horn where Scout leaders learn how to plan and safely conduct an intriguing range of outdoor adventures.

University of Scouting

The University of Scouting offers more than 100 classes in 5 different “colleges,” with dozens of new classes each year.

MEGA Training

Meet other Scouting volunteers like yourself while also taking one of those important training courses you need to finish to become a better leader

Climbing Instructor Training

Climbing and Rappelling are among the few Scouting activities which challenge and captivate the imagination of all ages.

C.O.P.E. Facilitator Training

C.O.P.E. is a set of group initiative games and low and high course activities where participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and think of solutions to a variety of activities.

Chaplain Fast Start Training

Our three-part Chaplain training program is focused on providing the best trained and motivated adult leaders, volunteers and youth members.