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

Youth 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 dos and don’ts of working with youth. The training is offered through the Online Learning Center, or it may be taken as part of a 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,

Position-Specific Training

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.


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

 Redbud - Don Atwood 

 Will Rogers - Shannon Chatwin

 Scissortail - Billy McCullah 


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. Both YPT and Position-Specific Training must be completed to remain on the charter and renew membership. 

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 do not currently position specific trained, or change programs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Learning for Life/Exploring).