Become a (Trained) Leader

Parent volunteers are the lifeblood of our Pack.  Without them, our program ceases to function, and the boys suffer.

Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader, and it is very easy to become a Trained Leader in our Pack.  We try to host a live training each year, but ALL the required training can be taken online - so you can take the training at your own pace.

Even if you're unsure as to whether or not you want to volunteer, training will lend insight into what it takes to be a leader. Remember, too, that each den needs a trained Assistant Den Leader as well - you don't have to take the reigns right away.

Steps to Leadership

  1. Talk to a current leader (Cubmaster, Committee Chair, Den Leader) about your willingness to help
  2. Discuss which role would best fit your talents and comfort level
  3. Complete the Adult Application in the files section below and return it to the Committee Chair (, along with your Youth Protection Training completion certificate (see step four). We need printed copy with original signatures (be sure to sign page 4 Disclosure form too).
  4. Complete Youth Protection Training (YPT) and Leader Specific Training for your position, as well as Child Abuse training for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. See "Leader Training" below.

Leader Training
  1. Youth Protection Training (YPT) is good for all parents (not just leaders), but is an absolute REQUIREMENT for Istrouma Area Council to even process your Adult Application.
    A tutorial on how to take YPT can be found here (same login you used to register your Scout online; if you did not register online, create an account and save your login info somewhere):

    YouTube Video

  2. Follow up YPT with Leader Specific Training to become 100% trained.
    A tutorial on how to do so can be found here:

    YouTube Video

  3. Pack 12 Cub Scouts, as a ministry of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, must comply with the policies and training requirements of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (in addition to those required by Boy Scouts of America)

    NOTE: If you've completed these steps for the school since 2012, you may be exempt from doing this again. Email Ashley Umberger at OLOM school to verify (

    1. Download and complete the EApps application:
    2. Download and sign the Code of Ethics:
    3. Log on to the website:
    4. You may already have an account if you've taken the course to serve at OLOM school or church. If not, create an account. 
    5. Choose 'My courses' tab at the top left and choose "NEW Training: Recognizing Child Abuse"
    6. Click on the green GO button to begin the course. Take the short quiz. Upon completion of the quiz, print the completion certificate and return, along with signed Code of Ethics, to the Pack 12 Committee Chair (
  4. Learn to use Scoutbook so you can log your den's attendance and Adventure/Rank progress, create calendar events, and communicate with den parents.
    The YouTube playlist at the following link offers a series of very helpful tutorial videos. I recommend watching them in order.
    Scoutbook for Den Leaders
  5. Finally, you'll want to obtain a copy of the Den Leader Guide for your rank and begin reading it. It details the ins and outs of running den meetings and outings, and even gives you a step-by-step for running each individual meeting. Parts of the den leader guide can be found at Click on your rank to view the guide.

Parent Action Items
  • Volunteer to help with small defined tasks. 
  • Ask your Den Leader if they need help.
  • Ask the Cubmaster or Committee Chair about the needs of the Pack. 
  • Remain positive and look for ways to improve the program - turn problems into solutions.  We are not perfect and we will never will be perfect. So don't expect perfect, expect honest effort.
  • Follow the advice we give the boys... Do your best.  If that includes getting trained then you need to get trained.
  • Encourage other parents to help.  Work as a team with projects that need attention.

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Pack 12 Cubmaster,
Sep 18, 2017, 12:15 PM