Volunteer & Leader Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Every youth member of Scouting deserves a trained leader. The important Scouting position you hold will be easier & more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver a quality scouting program every Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing desires. The Northeast Iowa Council is very committed to helping ease this process. While there are many training courses available online, we also provide many training opportunities throughout the year. We very much encourage all adults involved in Scouting to take advantage of these resources.

The online E-Learning Resource Website makes completing some of the required trainings very convenient. Simply create a username & password and all your completed training records will be kept in the BSA database!

Why should you get trained for your unit position? There are many reasons, of course!

  • The Scouts deserve a trained, knowledgeable leader.
  • The Scouting parents expect the person leading their child to be trained, prepared, and knowledgeable.
  • The impact you will have on youth is HUGE! You are a role model & a leader; please take advantage of the training available to you.
  • You can also benefit from the trainings. It never hurts to learn something new, and you will become a better, more confident leader because of it.
  • We want you to make friends and have fun too! We try to make our training sessions a bit fun and introduce you to other volunteers in Scouting.

What makes a “Trained” volunteer?

ALL unit leaders, committee members, and any other adult who will be in direct contact with a youth member of the Boy Scouts of America are required to take Youth Protection Training. Youth Protection Training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse.  You will learn the BSA’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. This training course is offered many times throughout the year and it is also offered online.  If you do take it online, please print out your certificate. This training course MUST be renewed every two years. Estimated time to complete is 40 minutes.

Please click on the drop down items below to view the required training sessions for your leadership position.

  1. Youth Protection Training: Youth Protection Training is required of all unit leaders, committee members, and any other adult who will be in direct contact with a youth member of the Boy Scouts of America. This certification MUST be completed to volunteer with the BSA and must be renewed every two years.  It can be taken online. Estimated time to complete is 40 minutes.
  2. Cub Scout Leader Specific Training: Den Leader Position-Specific Training is intended to provide Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos training, along with Youth Protection training, are considered trained for their position.  This is an hour long course offered at fall Roundtables and can also be taken online at any time. Estimated time to complete is 2 hours.
  3. Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO): BALOO is an energetic training that will cover everything a Cub Scout leader needs to know to plan a fun pack overnighter. At least one adult must be certified in this in order to take your pack camping. This course is offered in both the fall and spring at either Camp Burton or Camp Klaus, and is a full day of training.
  4. Outdoor Leader Skills for WEBELOS Leaders (OWL): helps WEBELOS Den Leaders enhance their outdoor program by teaching outdoor skills and also skills needed to complete many of the WEBELOS activity badges. The NEIC hosts this training in both the fall and spring at Camp Klaus in conjunction with Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) training. This course is taken over a weekend and requires an overnight stay.
  1. Youth Protection Training: Youth Protection Training is required of all unit leaders, committee members, and any other adult who will be in direct contact with a youth member of the Boy Scouts of America. This certification MUST be completed to volunteer with the BSA and must be renewed every two years.  It can be taken online. Estimated time to complete is 40 minutes.
  2. Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training: a district level training course typically held indoors and offered in November, April, and for the entire Council at summer camp. The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.
  3. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS): IOLS is an overnight training primarily for Boy Scout leaders. The course emphasizes safety, procedures and the best methods for outdoor enjoyment with boys ages 11 to 16.  The NEIC hosts this training in both the fall and spring at Camp Klaus in conjunction with OWL listed above. This course is taken over a weekend and requires an overnight stay.
  1. Venturing Youth Protection Training: because venturing is a co-ed program, it has its own youth protection training course. It is required to be a Venturing leader even if your certification for Youth Protection is current. It can be taken online. Estimated time to complete is 40 minutes.
  2. Venture Leader Specific Training: This course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. This is a district level training course typically held in the winter as needed. Contact your unit commissioner for details on this training.
  3. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS): Crew Advisors who advise an outdoor focused program are also required to take this course. IOLS is an overnight training primarily for Boy Scout leaders. The course emphasizes safety, procedures and the best methods for outdoor enjoyment with boys ages 11 to 16.  The NEIC hosts this training in both the fall and spring at Camp Klaus; the course is taken over a weekend and requires an overnight stay.
  1. Youth Protection Training: Youth Protection Training is required of all unit leaders, committee members, and any other adult who will be in direct contact with a youth member of the Boy Scouts of America. This certification MUST be completed to volunteer with the BSA and must be renewed every two years.  It can be taken online. Estimated time to complete is 40 minutes.
  2. Committee Challenge: The Committee Challenge is designed for unit committee members.  This is an hour long course offered by a district leader or commissioner. This course can also be taken online.
  3. Charter Representative Training: This course is required of the charter representative only, not the entire unit committee.  It is offered at November, December, April, and May Roundtables. Please contact your unit commissioner for details.
You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training.

How to take Youth Protection Training:

  • Go to My.Scouting.org and create an account.
  • You will receive an email notification with your account information (including a member ID/reference number).
  • From the My.Scouting.org portal, click Home then My Dashboard from the menu list.
    • The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training
  • Upon completion, you may print a training certificate to submit with a volunteer application.
  • Your training will automatically be updated in our system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card that includes your member ID number.

For more information on Youth Protection Training, please visit: www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.

There are many other training courses a volunteer or leader can take to further supplement their training, or to focus on a specific skill. Please click on the links below to learn more about these courses. We very much encourage learning and trying new things at Scouts! Whatever it is you wish to know, from a historical background on Scouting, to geocaching, to how to conduct a Pinewood Derby Race; we have the resources for you. Learn more about these supplemental courses.

Safety is also a top priority.  We have many courses specifically on Safety & Health. Learn more about courses on Weather Hazards, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Climb On Safely, Trek Safely, CPR & First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid.

If you’re looking to to develop leadership skills and experience you can use in Scouting positions as well as other situations demanding leadership, consider taking a Wood Badge course.

And remember to check out the most recent updates on trainings at The Training Times.