This website offers an extensive look at the various trainings offered in Scouting. Select the category that best meets your needs. The information provided will allow you to customize your training to suit your position in Scouting and further any interests you may have to learn about cooking, climbing, leadership, or whatever hobby you enjoy. You can also link to the online training section and complete many of the training courses offered in Scouting.  If you have trouble with logging onto the online training, or need any type of technical help, i.e. password reset, etc., contact the National Office Help Line at 972-580-2489 as the training site is run by the Boy Scouts of America National Office. 

All training courses for Cub Scout Leaders is now available online at:  The courses have been updated to support the new Cub Scout Delivery Method rolled out earlier this year.  Now, Den Leaders and Assistants, Cubmasters and Assistants, Pack Trainers, and Pack Committee Chairs and Members can now learn the how-to's for successfully conducting an engaging Den and Pack Program and can become confident in the role each plays.  More information about this new online training can be viewed by clicking here.

Upcoming Training Opportunities   

Listed below in this section are the upcoming trainings happening throughout the Ventura County Council.  All leaders are invited to attend any training, regardless of what district or unit you are in. Some advanced training may have prerequisites (Wood Badge), but most are open to any level of volunteer new or experienced. All trainings are listed below. Any informational flyers will be linked to the training information being offered here (indicated in blue). 


2015 Training Schedule

Click on Training Date for Registration Flyer






Pre-Requisite Courses


Youth Protection *available online (see link above and side bar tab). If you do not have access to the online training, please contact your District Executive.


This is Scouting *Available online only

Leader-Specific Courses

Cub Scout Specific *also available online (see link above and side bar tab).

Cubmaster, Asst Cubmaster, Den Leaders, Asst Den Leaders,  Webelos Leader, Asst Webelos Leader

                                        Channel Islands District

October 10, 2015



Boy Scout Specific


Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches (Indoor portion) Channel Islands District October 10, 2015 Camarillo

Training the Charter Organization Representative 

  Ventura County Council TBD Camarillo 

Troop Committee Challenge *also available online (see link at top of this page)  *To arrange on individual course for your Boy Scout Troop Committee, contact your District Training Chair (see contact info below). 

Varsity Specific *Contact the Council Varsity Team Representative in each LDS Stake. 

Scoutmaster Specific Training - including Varsity Coaches (Indoor portion) Channel Islands District  October 10, 2015 Camarillo

Venturing Specific 



Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills 

  Channel Islands District November 6-7, 2015 Camarillo

Supplemental Training Courses 

 Merit Badge Counselor Training

  Ventura County Council TBD  TBD  
 STEM Awareness Training  
   Ventura County Council  TBD TBD  

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders 

  Channel Islands District November 7, 2015 Camarillo


Ventura County Council



Trainer’s EDGE 



                                    Ventura County Council




National Youth Leader Training 

  Ventura County Council  TBD TBD

Wood Badge 



Ventura County Council is hosting Wood Badge in 2015.  

Information Flyer/Registration Form

September 17-19, 2015

October 15-17, 2015

(Thursday thru Saturday)

Attendance is required all six days.

Rancho Allegre

Camp Three Falls


Wood Badge has been cancelled.

Pow Wow & Den Chief Training 

  Ventura County Council TBD  Camarillo

Leave No Trace – Trainers Course 

   Ventura County Council November 6-8, 2015  Camp Three Falls

High Adventure Training 

See the High Adventure Training website for training information, VCCBSA Climbing Committee, Climbing Instructor Class, and calendar:

 Range Master Training for Cub Scout Day Camp: Date TBD in 2016

 For more information on Cub Scout Day Camp, click here.


* Some courses can be provided upon request with a guarantee of at least six participants by contacting your District Training Chair.



A leader in Scouting is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the training courses for their position. The current courses for leaders in Scouting units are:


Youth Protection Training

Child abuse is a serious problem in our society, and unfortunately, it can occur anywhere, even in Scouting. Youth safety is of paramount importance to Scouting. For that reason, the BSA continues to create barriers to abuse beyond what have previously existed in Scouting.

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


Youth Protection Training is Mandatory for all registered volunteers.

New leaders are required to complete Youth Protection training within 30 days of registering. To take the training online, go to and establish an account using the member number you receive when you register for BSA membership. If you take the training online before you obtain a member number, be sure to return to MyScouting and enter your number for training record credit. Your BSA local council also provides training on a regular basis if you cannot take it online. For more information, refer to the back of the BSA adult membership application, No. 524-501.

Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer does not meet the BSA’s Youth Protection training requirement at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.

We encourage all adults, including all parents, to take the BSA’s Youth Protection training.

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent’s Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to


Position Specific Training

Leader position specific training is based on the leader’s position. Courses are offered by the unit, district, or council as group training, by personal coaching, or in some cases self-study.


Cub Scout Leaders

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


  • Cubmasters and assistants
  • Pack committee
  • Tiger Cub den leaders
  • Wolf and Bear den leaders and assistants
  • Webelos den leaders and assistants
  • Pack trainers

While Cub Scout leader training is available online through e-learning at, instructor led, face-to-face courses are the preferred method of instruction because of the opportunity to interact with other leaders, get questions answered, and have fun!


Boy Scout Leaders

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

Troop committee members are considered trained when they complete the Troop Committee Challenge. This course can be taken as an instructor led course, or via e-learning at .   


Varsity Scout Leaders

Varsity Scout Coach Leader Specific is for all Varsity Coaches, assistant Coaches, and committee members. Varsity Coaches and assistants must also complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills to be considered trained.


Venturing Crew Leaders

Venturing Crew Advisors and assistant Advisors must complete Venturing Leader Specific Training to be considered trained. Venturing crew Advisors whose crews have an outdoor program must also complete Introduction to Outdoor Skills to be considered trained.

Crew committee members do not need to complete the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills; however, they need to complete the same Venturing Leader Specific Training that is completed by the Advisor and assistant Advisors to be considered trained.


Great Training, but not Required to be Considered Trained

Fast Start Training

Fast Start training is offered for all new leaders who are not able to immediately attend the leader specific training for their position, and need to get up to speed right away. 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 can be completed via e-learning at .


This Is Scouting

This Is Scouting is a course designed to help Scouting leaders gain a better understanding of how Scouting works. It includes six modules of training, which cover the Mission of Scouting, Programs for All Ages, Scouting Is Fun, Scouting in the Community, Keeping Our Youth Safe, and Scouting’s Legacy. This training is available on DVD or can be completed via e-learning at .





















































































































Wood Badge for the 21 st Century is the core leadership skills training course for the BSA. It focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults. It is for all adult levels of Scouting, Cub Scouts through Venturers.

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in the home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO ).   This is a hands-on learning experience that focuses on the techniques needed to plan and conduct a successful pack overnighter.  An adult member of the pack attending the overnighter must have completed this training before the pack can hold an  overnight campout. 

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders . This training provides activity badge skills and essential outdoor skills for Webelos leaders to pass on to their Webelos Scouts, as well as knowledge on planning, conducting, and leading Webelos den overnight campouts.  Webelos leaders should attend this training before conducting any Webelos den overnight campouts. 

Leave No Trace: Preserving the Beauty and Maintaining Our Access to the Land Learn to identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals, and learn advanced skills, but simple ones, that will help ensure a minimum-impact (Leave No Trace) experience on all outdoor experiences.

The Trainer’s EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is Cub Scout leader training extravaganza and idea exchange. Participants can choose from lots and lots of topics helpful for planning Cub Scout events.

Kodiak is a youth leadership courses offered in an exciting and challenging atmosphere using whatever high-adventure resources you have available. Kodiak teaches leadership skills in a fun way that is internalized by the Venturers who take the course.