Cub Scout Basic Leader Training Trail

A cornerstone of the Scouting program is training. There are many opportunities available to youth and adults at various levels to further develop your skills. Some of these trainings will be conducted in your unit; others are available for you to work on by yourself. A Scout leader is entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed some basic but important training courses. Click on Training Trail below you wish to follow.

Cub Scout leaders are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:

1. Youth Protection Training online at, and

2. Leader Specific Training for their position:

Cub Scout Leader Training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Cub Scout Leader Training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role.
Den Leader Position-Specific Training course provides Cub Scout den leaders with the basic information they need to conduct successful den meetings. The Cubmaster and Assistant Position-Specific Training course is intended to provide Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters with the basic information they need to conduct successful pack meetings. The purpose of the Pack Committee Challenge - Pack Committee Position-Specific Training is to familiarize pack committee members with the various responsibilities of the individual members of the committee as well as the committee as a whole. The goal is to help each pack committee work as a team to improve the Scouting experience for adult and youth members.
Youth Protection Begins With You graphic Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to keep our youth safe from abuse. Participants learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.

Additional Cub Scout Leader Training Opportunities
Cubcast logo Cubcast - The podcasts are monthly audio presentations that provide information on topics of interest to Cub Scout leaders. 
BALOO logo BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) is a course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course, which is conducted at the council level. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught, along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a pack overnighter.
Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow logo Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is held in November, and is a day of training for Cub Scout leaders and parents to increase knowledge and improve skills. Leaders choose from a wide variety of sessions, and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas!
COPE graphic Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) During this hands-on course, participants work as patrols. Leaders learn the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. This course is recommended for leaders and parents of 5th grade Webelos.
action graphic shooting archery Range Master Training: BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports to be supervised by a BSA certified range master. Shooting sports include Cub Scout archery, BB guns, wrist rockets (slingshots), catapults or rockets needs to take range master training. Range master training covers setting up a range, safety, handling equipment, using a bow stringer, maintaining and storing equipment and instructing Scouts.
Roundtable graphic Roundtable is a monthly program to provide leaders with program ideas; update information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and offer an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders.
Wood Badge logo Wood Badge is a six-day advanced training program which gives participants a great understanding of Scouting aims and methods and highlights personal and unit level leadership development. Topics include team building, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.