A Scout leader is entitled to wear the trained leader emblem when he or she has completed some basic but important training courses.


A direct contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the following training courses and the specific training for the position.


  • Youth Protection

  • Position-Specific Training Requirements
    Leader position-specific training is based on the leader's position. These courses are available online for individualized training and can be held as in-person courses taught by informed trainers who know how to engage groups and make learning fun. In-person courses are offered by the district or council as group training or may be done as small groups or by personal coaching.


Check our Council Calendar to see training sessions offered, or contact the Council office for assistance.

  • Cub Scout Fishing Adult Leader Training

    • Includes activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, pool games, and instructional swim all at the ZBASE Camp.

  • Cub Scout Leader Outdoor Experience

  • Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

  • Leave No Trace/Outdoor Ethics

  • New Leader Resources

  • Shooting Sports

  • Special Needs Awareness Training for Youth and Adults

  • Challenge Course & Climbing

  • Map & Compass

  • First Aid

  • Philmont Training Center

  • University of Scouting

  • Wood Badge

  • Certified Angling Instructor

Wood Badge

​Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals.

Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters are welcome and belong here.

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Click for current Indian Nations course info.

District Training Chairs

Training Chair
Don Atwood
Will Rogers
Shannon Chatwin
Billy McCullah

Indian Nations Council Training Resolution


It shall be the policy of the Indian Nations Council that all registered adults in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts/ Varsity Scouts, Venturing, Learning for Life/ Exploring renew their Youth Protection Training (YPT) during the annual re-charter process (October – December for calendar year re-charters) and be Position Specific Trained for their registered position. Beginning with the 2019 re-charter process, both YPT and Position-Specific Training must be completed to remain on the charter and renew membership. To implement this policy, it will be carried out in (3) three phases beginning in 2017:

  • Phase 1 (2017) – To process a re-charter units will be required to have their Top Leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Venturing Crew Advisor, Explorer Post Advisor) trained for the position and hold a current Youth Protection Trained certificate. All other registered adults must hold a current Youth Protection Trained certificate to re-charter each year.

  • Phase 2 (2018) – To process a re-charter units will be required to have their Top Leader trained and hold a current YPT certificate and have all Direct Contact Leaders (Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Assistant Scoutmasters, Assistant Team Coaches, Assistant Crew Advisors, and Assistant Post Advisors) trained. They must also hold a current Youth Protection Trained certificate.

  • Phase 3 (2019) – To process a re-charter units will be required to have ALL registered leaders (Top Leader, Direct Contact Leaders, Committee Members, and Chartered Organization Representative) trained in their respective position. Additionally, they must hold a current Youth Protection Trained certificate. The Position Specific Training applies to all Merit Badge Counselors, NOVA and SuperNOVA Counselors/Mentors, District Committee Members, Council Committee Members, and Board Members.

All Youth Protection Training must be updated annually to be current. To Re-charter, annual YPT renewal must occur during the re-charter period (October to December) for units with calendar year-end re-charters. Adults registering during the first nine months of the year are required to take Youth Protection upon registration but will need to retake YPT training to re-charter. A person will be considered “trained” when they have completed Youth Protection Training and Position Specific Training for the position in which they are registering or re-chartering. They do not have to complete their position training again unless they change positions within their unit, register/re-charter in multiple positions for which they are not currently position-specific trained, or change programs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Learning for Life/Exploring).