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Troop 27 Required and Optional Adult Training

Troop 27 Training (printable pdf version) -- (.doc version)

Requirements for Adults to camp with the Troop on non-Family Campouts (Jan. & Aug. are Family Campouts)

  • Boy Scout Leaders Fast Start
  • BSA Youth Protection Training
  • Ethics in Ministry Training
  • New Leader Essentials or This is Scouting

Adult Participants required training for uniform shirt:

  • Boy Scout Leaders Fast Start
  • BSA Youth Protection Training
  • Ethics in Ministry Training
  • New Leader Essentials or This is Scouting

Committee Members required training for “Trained” patch:

  • All the above and,
  • Troop Committee Challenge

Scout Master & Assistance Scout Master’s required training for uniform shirt w/“Trained” patch:

  • All the above (Troop Committee Challenge is optional for ASM) and,
  • Scoutmaster Specific Training
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
  • Leave No Trace Camping
  • Climb on Safely

 Additional optional training for all adults:

  • All the above and,
  • Wood badge
  • Powder Horn
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • CPR
  • Life Guard Training
  • Other supplemental training

Troop 27 Adult Training

Troop 27 encourages at least one (1) adult per family to become actively involved and participate in the development of the scouts in our troop.  A “best effort” attempt to complete required adult “participant” training within 3 months of becoming active in troop activities is expected.  ASM and SM’s are expected to complete all required training within 6 months of position assignments.  To get credit for taking a course, students must provide proof of completed training to the Troop 27 Advancement Chairperson.  Following is description of each course.


Boy Scout Leader Fast Start is designed to give new leaders the quick answers to get started.  It is an online course and will give insight to all participating adults.  You'll learn the aims and purposes of the Boy Scouts of America's core program, and then zero in on the job. You'll cover the seven parts of the troop meeting, the troop committee, outdoor program, and other basic concepts of Scouting, all in one short online experience. It's the best way for someone new to the program to quickly grasp how troop Scouting works and where additional resources can be found.  Those taking it for credit in local council records must provide their official BSA registration number as part of the user profile.

Where:  online at http://scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

When:  anytime

Length:  20 minutes


BSA Youth Protection Training is required for all adults participating in the scout program in any capacity.  It covers the BSA's Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures. It does so by taking you through situations that require choices and produce consequences. Successful completion of this course requires an 80 percent or higher score.

Where:  online at http://scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

When:  anytime

Length:  approximately 45 minutes


Ethics in Ministry Training (“Protecting God’s Children” workshop) is required by the Catholic Diocese of Austin’s Ethics and Integrity in Ministry policies (http://www.austindiocese.org/department_home.php?id=9) for any adults working with youth.  As part of EIM, you must also complete an application so that a criminal record check can be done.  Please use the “eAppsDB” application also found on the Diocese of Austin website (https://www.eappsdb.com/login.asp?orgz_key=4) to register.

Where:  varies, see text

When:  varies, see text

Length:  4 hours


This is Scouting is an online interactive learning experience that is divided into six modules. It picks up where Fast Start left off and introduces participants to the following areas of the Scouting program. 

  • Mission , Vision, and Values
  • Programs for All Ages and Abilities
  • Scouting Is Fun!
  • Scouting in the Community
  • Protecting Our Youth
  • Scouting’s Legacy

This Is Scouting is replaces New Leader Essentials and is also available on DVD (No. 36118). Participants must correctly answer questions at the end of each module, and upon successful completion, they will receive a certificate of completion.

Where:  online at http://scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

When:  anytime

Length:  60 minutes


Troop Committee Challenge is a fun and interactive training serving as a vital tool for new troop committee members as well as for veterans. The mission of the Troop Committee Challenge training is to help each troop committee work as a team to improve the Scouting experience for adult and youth members.  It helps build the commitment of individual members as well as cultivates a better troop committee team.

Where:  online at http://scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

When:  anytime

Length:  30 minutes


Scout Master Specific Training is an all day training covering the “theory and mechanics” of Scouting; things like the patrol method, advancement, the Patrol Leader's Council, the outdoor program, program planning, etc. There's a lot of good stuff in here that will help you understand and participate in troop operations more effectively. There is a pre-requisite module, “New Leader Essentials.”  This training course is indoors, and cost about $25 which includes lunch and your own personal copy of the Scoutmaster's Handbook and the Guide to Safe Scouting.  You can find more info on the next class at your district website (http://www.chisholmtrail-bsacac.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134&Itemid=199).

Where:  varies, see text

When:  varies, see text

Length:  9 hours


Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills is a hands-on training program to give adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the outdoors.  Imagine having hands-on knowledge about setting up a campsite, pitching a tent, hiking, outdoor cooking – all the skills necessary to see the outdoor program of the Boys Scouts of America come to life.  See the districts’ website for details on where and when this training is offered.  You can find more info on the next class at your district website (http://www.chisholmtrail-bsacac.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134&Itemid=199).

Where:  varies, see text

When:  varies, see text

Length:  Weekend (Fri to Sun)


Safe Swim Defense is a basic safety course to give leaders guidance for activities in and around water activities.  Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card (No. 34243) with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan.

Where:  online at http://scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

When:  anytime

Length:  approximately 30 minutes


Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat Training, have a commitment card with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat.

Where:  online at http://scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

When:  anytime

Length:  approximately 30 minutes


Leave No Trace training is a nationally recognized outdoor skills and ethics education program designed to educate participants in the skills of hiking and camping with minimum impact to the environment.  Consult the Capital Area Council scout office for opportunities for training.

Where:  varies, see text

When:  varies, see text

Length: 2 hours


Climb on Safely is the Boy Scouts of America's recommended procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.  Training is typically by arrangement or through various scouting venues, including by special arrangement with Troop 27 climbing instructors.

Where:  online at http://scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx

When:  varies, see text

Length:  1 hour


Wilderness First Aid is a two (2) day course in emergency first aid basics with special emphasis on providing care in wilderness settings where first responders may be hours or days away.  Students are trained using lecture and practice skills, including realistic real-time simulation of emergency situations.  Instructor situational observation and a final exam are used to determine pass/fail for this course.  Consult the Capital Area Council website for dates for the Spring and Fall sessions.

Where:  Lost Pines Scout Reservation

When:  Spring and Fall, see text

Length:  2 days (Saturday and Sunday)


Supplemental Training Modules

(http://scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/TrainingModules.aspx)

Supplemental training modules are designed to provide orientation beyond the basic training offered in New Leader Essentials and leader-specific training. Each module is a unit of training that can be used as an outline for a group, for personal coaching, or for self-study. Most of the outlines should require about an hour to complete. Consider each unit of study to be an introduction to the subject. Scouters are welcome to download subjects that are of interest for personal or unit use. There are no training credits associated with the completion of these units of study. Additional training units are being developed and will be continually added to this site.

Merit Badge Counselor Instructors Guide

This module will guide new and potential merit badge counselors through their responsibilities in the role and will give them an understanding of the methods of counseling Scouts. It is intended as a short orientation course for new merit badge counselors before they begin working with Scouts.

Board of Review Training

This module will train troop committee members and others in the purposes of the board of review, offering suggestions for the types of questions that can or should be asked.

Geocaching to Promote Scouting

Geocaching is an exciting new sport that uses GPS navigation to find hidden treasures. It provides another tool for the fun-with-a-purpose toolbox and can combine outdoor adventure with advancement, recruiting, retention, and public relations.

The Order of the Arrow and Your Troop

This session discusses the benefits to the individual, troop, district, and council as a result of the Order of the Arrow's influence in your troop.

Orientation for New Boy Scout Parents

This brief orientation is designed to draw new parents into the troop experience and give them the information they need to enjoy the program and help their sons succeed.

Planning and Conducting a Safe Scout Outing

Safe Scouting can happen if you follow the Scout motto—Be Prepared. This unit of supplementary training will describe how to plan for and conduct a safe Scout outing.

Recruiting Quality Training Staff

Recruiting is an ongoing responsibility. This session will provide an overview of the steps involved in recruiting quality district or council training staff and will allow participants to take a step-by-step practice run through the recruiting process.

Scoutmaster Conference Training

This module will teach Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and other troop leaders about the purposes of the Scoutmaster's conference and will offer suggestions for questions that could be asked at these conferences.

Selecting Quality Leaders

This session will provide an overview of the seven steps to recruiting a key adult unit leader and will prepare participants to recruit new leaders for their units' needs.

The Youth Leadership Training Continuum

This supplemental training module is designed for Scout leaders and parents who want to understand the youth leadership training continuum.

PowerPoint Presentations

The following items are available in Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) format:

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Erich Stokes,
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