Leader Training

Every Boy Deserves a Trained Leader!

Training shows new leaders how to do their jobs and allows for an interchange of ideas with more experienced leaders. Every Scout deserves qualified, trained leaders who will provide the best program possible, the way it is intended. Trained leaders ensure that the goals of Boy Scouting are met. The leadership training program of the Boy Scouts of America provides this information and helps leaders become confident in carrying out their responsibilities.

The journey from Fast Start to Wood Badge is a seamless progression for adults and an unending benefit for BSA youth. Fast Start Orientation and This is Scouting—the first two steps in new-leader training—introduce new leaders to the Boy Scouting program. Leader Specific Training, as the name implies, focuses on specific leader roles and will require several days to complete, depending on an individual's previous outdoor skills experience. Wood Badge has evolved into the premier leadership course of the BSA, strengthening a leader's ability to effectively work with groups of youth and adults.

Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders the following resources for the Cub ScoutBoy Scout, and Venturing programs.

ALL REGISTERED ADULT VOLUNTEERS are required to be currently Youth Protection Trained. Current leaders will not be able to re-register at recharter time without current youth protection certification. This certification is good for two years from date of completion. Additionally, before a new adult volunteer will be able to register with the Samoset Council, they will need to take the Youth Protection Training and submit their certificate with their adult application.