Boy Scout Leaders Can Now Get Trained Anywhere At Any Time

It’s midnight, you’re in pajamas and you’re sitting on the couch scrolling Facebook on your tablet.

Sounds like the perfect time to get trained.

With the launch of Scouting U’s eLearning content for Boy Scout leaders, Scouters now can get trained on their own schedule — anywhere, any time.

The courses are conveniently organized by role — Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, Varsity coach, assistant Varsity coach, leader of 11-year-old Scouts, troop/team committee chairman, troop/team committee member and merit badge counselor — meaning you’ll know exactly which training courses you need to be “Trained.”

Modules range from five to 15 minutes in length. They’re designed to be completed at your own pace — all at once or one at a time.

The modules are grouped into three learning plans:

  • Complete before the first meeting
  • Complete within the first 30 days in your volunteer role
  • Complete to become “position trained”

The modules stay put once you’re done, so you can return to review any section at any time.

Ready to get started? Log in to and click on “BSA Learn Center.”

Read on for more details.

What training must I complete to be ‘Trained’?

Want to wear that Trained patch? This chart gives you an overview of the eLearning modules you should complete.

Unit leaders and assistant unit leaders, you’ll need to complete:

  • The required eLearning modules for your role
  • The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) face-to-face course

Committee chairmen/chairwomen and committee members, you’ll need to complete:

  • The required eLearning modules for your role

Merit badge counselors, you’ll need to complete:

  • The required eLearning modules for your role

What about Youth Protection training?

That’s the one training that every leader in every program must complete. Good news: it’s now mobile-device compatible.

Log in to to get Youth Protection trained today.

How were these eLearning courses created?

A team of Boy Scout program experts and experienced volunteers wanted to provide a high-quality learning experience while creating an additional training option for leaders and volunteers who need to complete their position-specific training requirements for the Boy Scout program.

What if I don’t want to take the training online?

Learners who prefer to complete their courses in a face-to-face classroom environment can find course dates by contacting their local district or council.

Reposted from Bryan on Scouting blog, March 30, 2017 

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