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Supplemental Training

Supplemental training modules are designed to provide orientation beyond the basic training and position-specific training. Each module is a unit of training that can be used as an outline for a group, for personal coaching, or for self-study. Many of the outlines typically require about an hour to complete, although some programs are more extensive. Consider each unit of study to be an introduction to the subject. Scouters are welcome to download subjects that are of interest for personal or unit use. Additional training units are being developed and will be continually added.


A superb source of Supplemental Training is found at District Roundtables, held monthly in each District. Contact your District Commissioner for more information, and a schedule of topics being covered.


Many courses are offered online or in a classroom setting. Check out the Council Training Course catalog.


Outdoor Programs


Guide to Safe Scouting

The Guide to Guide to Safe ScoutingSafe Scouting prepares adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through 100-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.




ALL volunteers participating in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting.


Planning and Conducting a Safe Scout Outing

Safe Scouting can happen if you follow the Scout motto—Be Prepared. This unit of supplemental training describes how to plan and conduct a safe Scout outing


Troop Program Features

These three volumes in PDF format are a complete guide to troop program planning. Each volume features 12 months of program helps.


Troop Program Resources

Companion material for the Scoutmaster Handbook contains resources, forms, and ideas for providing a dynamic program for Scouts. Topics include Scoutmaster’s Minute, Games, Ceremonies, Interfaith Worship Service, Glossary of Scouting Terms, Pearls of Wisdom—Quotes From Baden-Powell, Founders of the BSA, Forms, and Clip Art. Also, Troop Leader Resources are here.


Scouting Adventures for Older Boys

Older Scouts (those who are at least 13 years old or have completed the seventh grade) seek challenge and variety. How does Scouting capture their interest? Through diverse high-adventure and outdoor opportunities. Scouting not only provides adventure but also emphasizes values through ideals that reinforce God, country, and personal growth.


Climb on SafelyClimb on Safely

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America's recommended procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower. More information here. Training outline available here.


Trek Safely

Trek Safely is the Boy Scouts of America's recommended procedure for organizing BSA treks. Information here.


Leave No Trace

This program teaches you about Preserving the Beauty and Maintaining Our Access to the Land. Participants will identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals. Advanced skills, but simple ones, will be learned to ensure a minimum-impact (Leave No Trace) experience on all outdoor experiences.


Passport to High Adventure

This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.



Campmaster Training

The campmaster corps is a group of selected, trained, and registered Scouters who serve at council weekend camps whenever troops, teams, Webelos dens, or posts are using any part of the camp property. The training prerequisite is determined by the council. It is important that the person have outdoor experience and people skills.


Camp Health Officer

This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a Camp Health Officer at a council or district camping facility.


Chain Saw Safety

Council properties rely on chain saws to help clear trails, remove deadfalls, clear timber, and stockpile wood for campfires and heating buildings. This training outline provides local councils with the resources to train chain saw operators on council property.


Unit Administration


Board of Review Training

This module will train troop committee members and others in the purposes of the board of review, offering suggestions for the types of questions that can or should be asked. Overview here. Training information here.


Scoutmaster Conference Training

This module will teach Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and other troop leaders about the purposes of the Scoutmaster's conference and will offer suggestions for questions that could be asked at these conferences.



Mentoring is an opportunity to help a person grow through discovery. This session will address various mentoring models and ways to be a mentor to Scouts and Scouters. Click here for a Facilitator's Guide to Mentoring Venturing Crews.


Chartered Organization RepresentativeChartered Organization Representative

The chartered organization representative holds a key position in Scouting. While there is honor attached to this position, it is not an "honorary" one. The primary function is to ensure that the chartered organization's Scouting program succeeds. Click here to download the COR Guidebook here.


Selecting Quality Leaders

This session will provide an overview of the seven steps to recruiting a key adult unit leader and will prepare participants to recruit new leaders for their units' needs.


Merit Badge Counselor Instructors Guide

This module will guide new and potential merit badge counselors through their responsibilities in the role and will give them an understanding of the methods of counseling Scouts. It is intended as a short orientation course for new merit badge counselors before they begin working with Scouts. Information here and here. Click here for an Instructors Guide.


Orientation for New Scout Parents

This brief orientation is designed to draw new parents into the troop experience and give them the information they need to enjoy the program and help their sons succeed.


Bullying: Prevention & Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders & Parents

The values of Scouting make it clear that bullying cannot be tolerated. Scouting leaders have a unique opportunity to teach respect and acceptance of others.


Supporting Scouts With AD/HD

The aims and methods of the Scouting program make it an outstanding opportunity for those with AD/HD characteristics to develop and enhance the skills that can lead to success in school, in relationships with other, and in life.

Serving Scouts with Disabilities

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities is that every boy wants to participate fully and be respected like every other member of the troop. While there are, by necessity, troops exclusively composed of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that Scouting usually succeeds best when every boy is part of a patrol in a regular troop.


Chaplain and Chaplain Aid

Learn the responsibilities for these two troop positions.


Conducting an Interfaith Service

Scouts and unit leaders can learn to conduct an interfaith service (formerly a Scouts' Own) that is inclusive for all participants. Click here for local examples and resources.


Other Training Programs


National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience - NAYLE

NAYLE will provide Scouts with a Philmont-based wilderness encounter that motivates them to follow a life of helping others succeed based on the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.


Youth Leader Training Conference

Offered by the Council twice each year to any registered Scout currently serving as troop senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, or has the potential to be a SPL. The Scout must be at least First Class Rank, age 13, and must be recommended by his Scoutmaster.

Trainer's EDGE

This full-day course is designed to teach the basics of being a high quality trainer. This is the second course in the "Train the Trainer" Series. Required training program for prospective staff members of Wood Badge and YLT. Course is normally offered once a year, in March, by the Council Training Committee. Course material available from BSA.


A half-day course Fundamentals of Training - is occasionally offered as the first in the "Train the Trainer" Series.


Advanced Leader Training

Learn more about Wood Badge, Powder Horn, Seabadge.