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What Makes a Trained Leader

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.

Required Training

Fast Start Training

Fast Start training is the first step for all new leaders and should be taken immediately after they register and before they meet with any youth members. New leaders choose the Fast Start they need to take: Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, Varsity Scout Leader, or Venturing Crew Leader. All Fast Start courses are available on DVD, or they can be completed through the Online Learning Center. (If you are new to Scouting, you will be asked to create an account.)

YPT 125Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is required for all leaders who have direct contact with youth. At all times, youth safety is the number one priority. At the same time, adults need to know the rules for keeping themselves safe, too. Comprehensive Youth Protection training teaches all the do’s and don’ts of working with youth. The training is offered through the Online Learning Center, or it may be taken as part of an district or council training course.

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 with resources for the Cub ScoutBoy Scout, and Venturing programs.

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

To schedule a LIVE Youth Protection training session in your unit please contact the Council Youth Protection Champions Mike Seymour, or Charles McLoughlin,


The BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse.

This starts with an enhanced online Youth Protection training course all volunteers & professionals must complete.
ALL Scout Leaders (even those who took the previous version of Youth Protection training) must log into and complete the updated Youth Protection course by October 1, 2018.
The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical & emotional abuse and child sexual abuse.
Find out how to take the updated Youth Protection Training course HERE


Position Specific Training

Leader position specific training is based on the leader’s position. These courses are taught by informed trainers who know how to engage groups and make learning fun. These courses are offered by the district or council as group training, or may be done as small groups or by personal coaching.

Cub Scout Leaders

Cub Scout Leader Specific training has been developed for the following positions:

  • Tiger Cub Den Leaders
  • Cubmasters and Assistants
  • Wolf and Bear Den Leaders and Assistants
  • Pack Committee
  • Webelos Den Leaders and Assistants
  • Pack Trainers

Boy Scout Leaders

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training is for all Scoutmasters and their assistants. Boy Scout leaders also must complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training to be considered fully trained.

Venturing Crew Leaders

Venturing Crew leaders and assistants must complete Venturing Leader Specific Training, which is a five-session training course.

District Training Chairs

 District  Training Chair  Email Address  Phone Number
 Eagle  Glen Johnson  (501) 786-0239
 Neosho  Suzanne Drywater  (918) 316-0566
 Sac & Fox  Ella Guy  (602) 920-3932
 Sequoyah  Shannon Chatwin  (918) 408-5808
 Twin Arrows  VACANT    


Training Requirements Per Position – HERE

Leaders can attend any training course in any area of the council, you are not required to attend those training courses which are offered in your local district.

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 a multiple position for which they are not currently position specific trained, or change programs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Learning for Life/Exploring).