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Welcome to Boy Scouting!

Congratulations for accepting the challenge to help boys do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues. We are here to help you learn the highly successful methods of Boy Scouting.

What does it take to be “Trained” Leader?

scoutmaster patchScoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters must complete all of the following:

To be a “Trained” member of the Troop Committee you need:

Boy Scout Training Matrix

This is Scouting

“This is Scouting,” is a new required course for all adult volunteers. The hour-long program—available in the BSA’s Online Learning Center—introduces participants to the following six areas of the Scouting program:

  • Mission, vision and values
  • Programs for all ages and abilities
  • Scouting is fun
  • Scouting in the community
  • Protecting our youth
  • Scouting’s legacy

“This is Scouting” is available online at

Boy Scout Leader Fast Start

This is the first step to take for any volunteer new to Boy Scouting. This course should be taken before beginning youth activities. You’ll learn the aims and purposes of the Boy Scouts of America’s core program, and then zero in on the job. You’ll cover the seven parts of the troop meeting, the troop committee, outdoor program, and other basic concepts of Scouting, all in one short online experience. It’s the best way for someone new to the program to quickly grasp how troop Scouting works and where additional resources can be found. Those taking it on-line for credit in local council records must provide their official BSA member ID number as part of their user profile.

Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training is available online at Please go to “Online Training” for details.

You can expect to see a short, action-packed, and informative video for each of the six modules listed above. At the end of each video, you’ll be asked to answer a few basic questions to test your comprehension. Once you’re done, you’ll get a certificate of completion and be on your way to enjoying the Scouting program to its fullest.

Online Trainings

Many required and supplemental training courses are available online at