Three Harbors Council, BSA
330 South 84th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53214-1468
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Scouts BSA Leader Training

Training is available for Scouts BSA leaders - from Scoutmasters to committee members.


When am I Considered Trained?

Being a "trained" Scouts BSA leader includes two main requirements: Youth Protection and position-specific training.

Youth Protection Training

All adults in ANY position in Scouting must complete Youth Protection training. Youth Protection is also highly recommended for any Scout parents or adults who may assist at the patrol or troop level, even if they are not registered. Youth Protection training must be completed every two years in order to remain valid. Training can be done online at, or it can be completed in a group setting. Learn more about Scouting's Youth Protection guidelines and its barriers to abuse at

Position-Specific Training

Each adult leader position in Scouting has its own specialized training to get you on the fast track to leading a Scout troop. These basic training courses can be taken online at Position-specific training available for Scout leaders includes: 
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster
    • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
    • Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
  • Troop Committee Chair and Committee Members
    • Troop Committee Challenge


    What's Next?

    Go beyond the basics to learn more about Scouting and how to be an effective Scout leader! Some courses are available online while others are available in-person.


    Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of 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.
    These include:
    • Safe Swim Defense
    • Safety Afloat
    • Weather Hazards
    • Climb On Safely
    • Trek Safely
    Get more information about creating an e-learning account.

    Advanced Leader Training Courses

    Advanced-level training is available for Scouters who want to get the most out of their Scouting experience for the benefit of the youth they lead.
    Learn more about the advanced training courses available to Scout leaders, such as:
    • Wood Badge
    • Lord Baden-Powell University of Scouting
    • STEM Nova Counselor and Supernova Mentor training
    • Powder Horn
    • Kodiak Challenge

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