Basic Leader Training

Training & Awards for Cub Scout Leaders Cub Scouts 

  Welcome to Scouting! As a new Scout volunteer you are joining our Scouting family, & we want you to understand how the program works. The BSA is committed to your success as a volunteer while serving young people. To help you be successful there are training courses designed for each level of the program you are involved with. 

The training courses needed to be considered trained for your position are listed below. To find a location where & when these courses are available, as well as fliers, registration forms or online registration, please visit the Training Events Page of this website.

What Makes a Trained Leader? - What every registered Adult Leader needs to be considered "Basic Trained for their position"


What Makes a Trained Cub Scout Leader?   Trained Strip

Cub Scout Logo CUB SCOUT LEADERS are considered trained when they have completed:

1. Fast Start Orientation - Fast Start is optional & available at MyScouting.
2. This is Scouting - Suggested but not required - This is Scouting is available at MyScouting.
3. Cub Scout Leader Position Specific Training for their position - In person and now available online under the MyScouting tab of the website. (Chartered Organization Representatives take Chartered Organization Rep Training, to fulfill their 'Position Specific' requirement.)
4. Youth Protection - Available in English or Spanish at MyScouting. This training is designed to allow you to create as safe an environment as possible for the Scouts in our program's activities.

More information on what trainings you need to be considered a "Trained" Cub Scout Leader, can be found on the What Makes a Trained Leader Document. After completing these courses, registered leaders may wear the trained strip on their uniforms.

There are 2 other courses that are offered to fill specific requirements in your pack.

BALOO Training - A minimum of one BALOO trained adult is required in order for a PACK to go camping. A BALOO trained adult must be present on all Pack camping trips.

OLS-W (Outdoor Leader Skills Training for Webelos Leaders) - A minimum of one OLS-W trained adult is required in order for a Webelos Den to go camping (without the rest of the Pack). A OLS-W trained leader must be present on all Webelos Den overnights.

Pack Trainer The Pack Trainer - What is a Pack Trainer?

The goal of the pack trainer is to have 100 percent of the pack leaders trained in their position responsibilities.

Responsibilities: The pack trainer is responsible for

  • Conducting orientation of new families and pack leaders
  • Encouraging pack leaders to attend Cub Scout Leader Basic Training, which includes New Leader Essentials and Cub Scout Leader Specific Training
  • Helping with Unit Leadership Enhancements during pack leaders' meetings
  • Conducting other training as designated by the district and/or council
  • Encouraging pack leaders to attend ongoing training such as Youth Protection training, roundtable, pow wow, BALOO, Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders, and Wood Badge
  • Remaining current with training material and program updates
  • Keeping track of pack training records
  • Encouraging den chiefs to attend Den Chief Training