Adult Leader Training

Troop 883 greatly appreciates the many adults who so freely give of their time to create a robust Scouting program at SJCC.

Recognizing that a terrific Troop program starts with trained leaders, the Troop fully commits to ensuring all adult leaders, at a minimum, meet the BSA and chartered organization’s training requirements.  In addition, we fully support additional training opportunities that might help to deliver an exceptional Scouting experience for our Scouts.

In order to remain chartered with the Troop, new leaders are required to become “Trained” (complete all required training for the position) by these timeframes:

  • Turn in with Adult Application
    • BSA Youth Protection (recertification required every year)
    • Archdiocese of Baltimore Shield the Vulnerable program
  • Within two (2) months of joining
    • This is Scouting (on-line)
    • Boy Scouting Fast Start (on-line)
    • Committee Chair/Members
      • Troop Committee Challenge (on-line)
  • Within eight (8) months of joining
    • Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmasters
      • Scoutmaster Specific Training (classroom)
      • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (camping weekend)

Basic Training Requirements

In order be considered “Trained,” all leaders must become (and remain at all times) compliant with these training requirements:

  • BSA Youth Protection (recertification required every year)
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore Shield the Vulnerable program
  • This is Scouting (on-line)
  • Boy Scouting Fast Start (on-line)

Position-Specific Training Requirements

In addition to the basic training requirements, the following position-specific training is required:

If you are the Chartered Organization Representative, you need this training:

  • Training the Chartered Organization Representative (classroom)

If you are the Committee Chair or a member of the Troop Committee, you need this training:

  • Troop Committee Challenge (on-line)

If you are the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster, you need this training:

  • Scoutmaster Specific Training (classroom)
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (camping trip)
  • Ideally, all Assistant Scoutmasters should endeavor to complete Wood Badge training within the first 1-2 years of their involvement with the Troop.

Other Training Options

  • Leave No Trace – 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 (classroom)
  • Chainsaw Safety – required for adults to use a chain saw (Scouts cannot use chain saws (classroom)
  • Climb on Safely – Good information to have for climbing safety (on-line)
  • Physical Wellness – encouraging leaders to lead a healthier lifestyle and to encourage healthy behavior for Scouts and their families
  • Safe Swim Defense – required for any trips involving swimming (on-line)
  • Safety Afloat – required for any trip involving canoeing, kayaking, or boating (on-line)
  • Trek Safely – hiking safety course (on-line)
  • University of Scouting – The University is an intensive training program to help develop Scouter excellence in the Baltimore Area Council. All registered Scouters are encouraged to attend so that they may better understand the critical role and function of their position in the Scouting program. (classroom – Spring of each Year)
  • Weather Hazards – a good course to have to stay safe outdoors (on-line)

Adopted by the Troop Committee on April 25, 2016