The information presented here is intended for use by Monmouth Council Trainers. Our job is not just running training courses, it is training leaders.
MCBSA Course Director’s Guide
If you’re a new course director, or even an experienced hand at running Monmouth Council training courses, the Course Director’s User Guide will provide you with a wealth of valuable information to help make your job as a trainer easier and more productive. It also provides guidance on proper reporting procedures.Please download the document below.
These courses are required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. 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.
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.
Venturing Youth Protection Training
This course is required for all adult Venturing leaders. This training will help leaders understand and guide youth through possible problems as it relates to abuse. You will also learn about the issues you may face as a leader to help provide a safer environment for the crew members and to protect yourself from false accusations. This training is available online or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.
Youth Protection Pledge Cards
Take the pledge to keep our Scouts safe by following the BSA’s Youth Protection policies. Half the pledge is signed and given to the council; the other half stays with you in pocket card format as a reminder. The links below, in English and Spanish versions, will print four-up on a sheet.
What Makes a Trained Leader ?
Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role? This sheet explains the training requirements for all unit-level leaders.
Orientation courses are designed to help Scouters learn more about their Scouting role and about other leadership positions in the program.
This Is Scouting
This Is Scouting provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training. The module consists of six video sections, each followed by a brief quiz. Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes.
Fast Start Orientation
Intended to be taken by pack, troop, team, and crew leaders, as well as unit commissioners and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of their new role.
Please note: This course does not replace the mandatory training requirements for your position.
- Cub Scout Leader Fast Start
- Boy Scout Leader Fast Start
- Venturing Advisor Fast Start
- Sea Scout Leader Fast Start
- Unit Commissioner Fast Start
These courses are intended to be used to provide an orientation for Scouts, Scouters, and parents about Scouting and the STEM program and the STEM opportunities in Scouting. The instructor-led course is designed to be used with the STEM Orientation slide deck at roundtables and other training events.
- STEM Orientation Self-Study slide deck
- STEM Orientation Instructor’s guide
- STEM Orientation slide deck
Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses
These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing the course will make a Scouter “trained” for the role(s) covered in the course. Syllabi for courses not found here may be obtained from your local council or at www.ScoutStuff.org . E-learning versions of some courses may be found below in the E-learning section.
Cubmaster Position-Specific Training
The links below is to the instructor guide that is to be used by trainers in presenting the stand-alone Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster position-specific course. This course is intended to provide Cubmasters with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout pack. Cubmasters and assistants who complete this training and Youth Protection training are considered “trained” for both positions.
The following is the Instructor materials for the Course:
- CPST Attendance
- CPST – Fiscal Policies and Procedures
- CPST – Pack Meeting Tips
- CPST – Cubmaster’s Key Progress Award
- CPST – Scouters Training Award
- CPST – Course Assessment
Den Leader Position-Specific Training
The Den Leader Position-Specific Training course provides Cub Scout den leaders with the basic information they need to conduct successful den meetings. The course is intended to be conducted in a small group setting of about six to eight participants, similar to a den meeting.
The links below are to the resources that are to be used by qualified trainers in presenting the stand-alone den leader position-specific courses.
- Den Leader Position-Specific Training Syllabus (Updated 2015)
- Individual Cub Scout Record
- Den Advancement Report
- Family Talent Sheet
- Cub Scout Uniform Inspection Sheets
- Webelos Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet
- Scout Leader Uniform Inspection Sheets
- Characteristics of Cub Scouts
- “Scouting’s Camping Program – Ever-Increasing Challenge Out-of-Doors”
- Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
- Den Leader Training Award Progress Record
- Den Annual Adventure Plan
Pack Committee Position-Specific Training
The Pack Committee Challenge is designed for pack committees and is the course (along with Youth Protection training) pack committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to conduct the course for pack committee members.
Pack Trainer Position-Specific Training
Pack Trainer is a position which you will find filled on some, but not all, Pack Committees. The main responsibility of the Pack Trainer is to ensure that the adults involved in the Pack are trained for their positions and are aware of supplemental training opportunities. A Pack Trainer needs to complete the Pack Committee Challenge, the Fundamentals of Training (D70) and Youth Protection Training to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to conduct the course for pack trainers.
Comprehensive 1-Evening Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training
Powerpoint presentation charts for the 5 sessions of the course:
- Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 1 – Intro rev 151109
- Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 2 – CM-CA rev 151109
- Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 3 – DL-DA rev 151109
- Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 4 – CC-CM rev 151123
- Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 5 – Conclusion rev 151109
The following are the presenter resources for the course:
- Agenda – Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST – Template
- Presentation Guidelines – Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST – 151123
- Notes – Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 1 – Intro rev 151109
- Notes – Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 2 – CM-CA rev 151109
- Notes – Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 3 – DL-DA rev 151109
- Notes – Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 4 – CC-CM rev 151123
- Notes – Comprehensive 1-Evening CSLPST 5 – Conclusion rev 151109
Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
The syllabus below is used by trainers presenting the standalone Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training course. The course is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters and Assistants Scoutmasters who complete this training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), and Youth Protection training are considered “trained.”
Note: This course is available online through my.scouting.org as well as an in-person offering.
This course is for both Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
- Attendance Form (SPST)
- Participant Advancement Checklist (SPST)
- Aims of Scouting
- Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
- Troop Meeting Plans
- Scoutmaster Conferences
- Troop Resources Survey
- Troop Annual Plan
Course Reference Material
- Troop Leader Guidebook, Vol 1
- Troop Committee Guidebook
- Guide to Safe Scouting
- Guide to Advancement
- Emergency Contact Card
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”.
- IOLS Course Syllabus
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Manual
- IOLS Certification Trainer Orientation PDF PPT
- IOLS – Personal Record
Troop Committee Position-Specific Training
The syllabus below is used by trainers presenting the standalone Troop Committee Position-Specific Training course. The course is intended to provide troop committee members with the information and tools they need to support successful Boy Scout troops. Troop Committee Members and Troop Committee Chairpersons who complete this training and Youth Protection training are considered “trained.”
Note: This course is only available online through my.scouting.org.
Venturing Crew Adviser Position-Specific Training
Below is the instructor’s guide for the Venturing Crew Adviser and Assistant Crew Adviser training. The course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience.
- Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews
- Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships
- Crew Officer Orientation
Venturing Crew Committee Position-Specific Training
The Crew Committee Challenge is designed for crew committee members and becomes the course (along with the Venturing version of Youth Protection training) crew committee members need to be considered “trained.” The instructor’s guide below is for trainers to conduct the course for crew committee members.
Chartered Organization Representative Training
The training outline and resources for training chartered organization representatives can be found at the link below.
Merit Badge Counselor Training
These below resources are intended for both those individuals who need Merit Badge Counselor Training as well as the instructors who will be teaching the course.
The following materials are the slide-presentation that all participants are asked to review before the course offering to familiarize themselves with the program.
Note: The Merit Badge Counselor Training has been moved to my.scouting.org
STEM Nova Counselor Training
These courses are intended to provide training for STEM Nova counselors. The intructor-led course is designed to be used with the training slide deck at group courses.
- Counselor Training slide deck
- Counselor Training Instructors Guide
- Counselor Self-Study slide deck
- Counselor Self-Study Guide
STEM Supernova Mentor Training
This course is a self-study training course for STEM Supernova mentors.
Outdoor Skills Training Courses
These courses are designed to help Scouters with skills related to the BSA’s outdoor program. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) is listed as part of the required Adult training for Boy Scout leaders above.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter. The course syllabus is available from your local council or through Scoutstuff.org .
BB & Archery Certification
Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL)
This course is designed to help Webelos leaders enhance the outdoor program for the Webelos Scouts in their den by teaching some basic outdoor skills as well as skills needed to complete many of the Webelos activity badges. This course can be taught as a stand-alone experience but is often presented in conjunction with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).
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.
The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose Instructor Syllabus
Passport to High Adventure Training Outline
This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.
Supplemental Training Courses
These courses are designed to help Scouts or Scouters with a particular skill or to enhance their Scouting role.
Patrol Leader Skills
Den Chief Training
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Boy Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is a prerequisite for Boy Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required to participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek.
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews
The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Venturers and is a replacement for the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required for Kodiak.
These courses are designed to help Scouters learn or improve their presentation skills.
The Fundamentals of Training
This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.
The Trainer’s EDGE
While the Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills.
MCBSA Course Director’s Guide
If you’re a new course director, or even an experienced hand at running Monmouth Council training courses, the Course Director’s User Guide will provide you with a wealth of valuable information to help make your job as a trainer easier and more productive. It also provides guidance on proper reporting procedures.Please download the document below and use it.
These courses that did not fit into one of the above categories.
Roundtable Planning Guides
Providing knowledge, program ideas, skills, and fun resources is the purpose behind the Roundtable Planning Guides for Boy Scouts, Cub Scout and Venturing Crew leaders. Using this guide along with local resources, roundtable commissioners can enable and motivate unit leaders to deliver an outstanding program to their Scout troops. The guide is designed to allow program topics to be used in the order best suited for your district.
Cubcast and Scoutcast
The podcasts are monthly audio presentations that provide information on topics of interest to Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders.
Take this session and have a broader understanding and deeper appreciation of the diverse range of ages and life experiences of the volunteers and professionals in our organization. You will be able to recognize and define the four generational groups of people currently in the BSA.
Camp Health Officer Training
This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a camp health officer at a council or district camping facility.
Some courses are available in the e-Learning section of myscouting.org. 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.