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Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

If you had a magic wand, would you use it to make the Scouting program better and more fun for youth so they stayed in Scouting longer, so it had a larger impact on their lives? What if the same magic wand made leadership roles easier, more rewarding, and led to better retention among adult leaders? Would using that magic wand be a top priority?

Well, such a magic wand does exist—in the form of the learning programs for leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.

Common sense tells us that training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!

Youth Protection Training

The safety of children in our programs is the most important priority. Mandatory course required every 2 years.

Online Training Center

All position specific basic training courses and program safety courses can be taken online at my.scouting.org at your convenience.

Supplemental & Advanced Training

Once you have completed your basics check out our supplemental and advanced trainings to refine your Scouting.

Training Requirements by Program

Cub Scouts

Here is what you need to know to run a great program for your Cub Scouts and be trained in your position. 

Youth Protection Training – Renewed every 2 years.

Online Cub Scout Leader Specific OR take one of our live classes taught by local volunteers like you

Hazardous Weather – Renewed every 2 years.

Optional Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO). One BALOO trained adult leader is required on all Pack or Den overnights.

 Here is what you need to know to run a great program for your Cub Scouts and be trained in your position. 

Youth Protection Training – Renewed every 2 years

Online Cub Scout Leader Specific OR take one of our live classes taught by local volunteers like you

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Scouts BSA

Here is what you need to know to guide your Scouts in running a great Troop and be trained in your position.

Youth Protection Training – Renew every 2 years.

Online Scouts BSA Leader Specific OR take one of our live classes taught by local volunteers like you

Hazardous Weather – Renew every 2 years.

Outdoor Leader Skills (in-person only)

Here is what you need to know to guide your Scouts in running a great Troop and be trained in your position.

Youth Protection Training – Renew every 2 years.

Online Scouts BSA Leader Specific OR take one of our live classes taught by local volunteers like you

Youth need training too!

Make sure to hold an Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) for your incoming patrol leaders.

Den Chief Training Online

National Youth Leadership Training

There are no upcoming events at this time.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Venturing Leader

So you are a new Venturing Leader? Here is what you need to know to guide your Scouts in running a great Troop.

Youth Protection Training

Online Crew Leader Specific OR take one of our live classes taught by local volunteers like you

Outdoor Trainings

National Youth Leadership Training

There are no upcoming events at this time.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Supplemental & Advanced Training

BearPaw is our Council’s outdoor winter camping experience for Scouts BSA troops and Venturing crews.  It was the featured [front page] article in the January 2014 issue of Boy’s Life magazine as a premier national BSA event. The outdoor camping experience allows participants to put into practice what they learned during troop meetings, which is camping in the snow or a very cold environment within a very safe environment accompanied by a couple hundred fellow Scouters. 

There are no upcoming events at this time.

An interactive course to teach basic first aid and CPR with AED. Designed for Scoutmasters, ASM’s and scouters. Minimum is 14 years of age. For Boy Scouts with rank of First Class, first aid merit badge, and scoutmaster approval. For Venturers active in a crew.

A course booklet will be provided first day of class upon request. After successful completion of this course you will be mailed an ASHI CPR with AED and First Aid card good for two years from the date of course.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Learn the proper Leave No Trace methods for taking Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing units camping.  As more people use parks and recreation facilities, LEAVE NO TRACE guidelines become even more important for outdoor visitors.  Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations.  Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (front country) as much as it does in the wilderness (back country).

This course will be a fun and engaging way to learn the 7 LNT principles and offer opportunities for you to take these exciting methods back to your unit and start teaching LNT right away.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

The Merit Badge Counselor is a key player in the Scouts BSA advancement program.

To qualify as a Merit Badge Counselor, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation or avocation
  • Be able to work with Scout age youth
  • Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America (as a Merit badge Counselor)

The requirements for adults interested in supporting Scouting BSA as a Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) are as follows:

  • Attend a MBC training course at one of the offered sessions at University of Scouting, or BSA’s online training.
  • Bring to MBC training event or provide to Council:
    1. A  Completed Adult Application (use Position code 42)
    2. Copy of a Current YPT certificate. Complete Youth Protection Training (YPT) here.
    3. Completed Merit Badge Counselor Information worksheet indicating which Merit Badges you’re interested in.
    4. Merit Badge Counselor training date written on all documents.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

This course provides the basics of Archery and BB Gun instruction, range operations, and shooting skills so you can run an effective Archery or BB Gun program for Cub Scouts and Webelos. Graduates of this course will be qualified as Archery, BB Gun, Sling Shot Range Masters and may run a Range at a Cub Camp or other Council event if accompanied by at least one additional adult age 21 or over.

This course is intended for adults wishing to be a range master at a council or district event or cub camp.  Shooting sports are not an approved activity at the den or pack level.

Jan 03

Rangemaster Training (tentative)

January 3, 2021 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm

Earning the “Trained” patch shows that you are trained for your scouting position, but many of you devote your time to get additional training. Some required. For example, if you want to take your pack on an outdoor outing you need BALOO or taking a troop or crew on white water rafting, you need Safety afloat. We’ve developed the SVMBC training patch program so that you can display your commitment to training and to help us promote the many course that the SVMBC training teams puts on as well as additional online courses.

The training patch consists of a 3-inch round patch that can be purchased for $ 3. For each course you complete, you will receive a rocker at no charge that goes around the training patch. If you’ve completed a course in the past, you can can now order rockers at $1 each. For those of you interested in picking up a patch or to get past course rockers, they will be available online, mail order, at the San Jose Front Desk during normal business, selecting training events, and at major council events like University of Scouting and Scout-O-Rama.

Click here for mail order form

Training Skills for New & Experienced Trainers

You Will Learn How To

  • Train adults and youth
  • Reduce stress and headaches
  • Increase your self confidence
  • Make sure students are learning
  • How to improve training
  • Use presentation skills that get results
  • Become more successful in your career
  • Build your ability to motivate and persuade
  • What’s important about communications
  • How to get that EDGE in what you teach

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Ever wanted to learn more about a specific Scouting topic or skill? Each year, the council conducts a supplement adult training event called the University of Scouting (UoS) with a wide range of options and over 70 classes to choose from! We are offering all kinds of classes from dutch oven baking to engineer projects to how to conduct a board of review. Check out the Course list and find the right class(es) to take your Scouting to the next level. Come for the whole day or pick just the courses you are interested in.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Visit University of Scouting Page

This course is to prepare you for the expected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine. If you enjoy taking short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

The objective of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. Five days (two weekends) in duration, the course is a multi-faceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest of team-development theory. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteer and along the way will have a great deal of fun.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your area training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

Aug 08

Powder Horn 2021

August 8, 2021August 13, 2021

No New Trainings At This Time

 

Other Training Opportunities

Training is available in neighboring councils. Please submit any training records from other councils to training@svmbc.org.

Pacific Skyline Council in San Mateo and North Santa Clara Counties:   http://www.pacsky.org/Training

San Francisco Bay Area Council, service center in Pleasanton:  http://www.sfbac.org/training

Mount-Diablo Silverado Council, service center in Pleasant Hill:  https://www.mdscbsa.org/

Alameda Council, located on the island of Alameda:  http://www.bsa-alameda.org/

Piedmont Council, which is the City of Piedmont:  http://www.piedmontbsa.org/

Philmont Training Center

If you have any questions or would like to contact the Training Committee please email training@svmbc.org

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