Supplemental Training Information from BSA National

There are many supplemental training courses provided by both the National BSA and Glacier’s Edge Council volunteers. These courses extend the skill and knowledge base of our leaders and provides additional program resources.

District Roundtables

Scout leaders in your community come together monthly to exchange ideas, information, and enjoy fellowship with other Scouters. These meetings, called Roundtables, are fun, practical, inspiring, and full of skills and program ideas.

What you might find at Roundtables:

  • Information on special programming, like Camporees
  • Some trainings like Youth Protection and Safe Swim Defense
  • Help from your Commissioners and District Executive
  • New ideas to make your units have more fun!


See the GEC District Map to identify which district your unit is located in, and of course, you are welcome to attend any of the district roundtables:

University of Scouting

Formerly known as the All Scouter Pow Wow, University of Scouting is a council sponsored event designed to be a day of learning and fun. This event includes topics of interest for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Exploring and Venturing leaders.

Climb On Safely

This course details BSA’s recommended procedure for organizing BSA climbing/ rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.
Climb On Safely is available online at www.myscouting.org.

Climb On Safely is offered during Summer Camp- Ed Bryant Scout Reservation, Mauston.

Hazardous Weather

Effective January 1, 2009, Hazardous Weather training is mandatory for at least one adult on each tour permit. The course includes training, testing, and additional resources on weather conditions that may be encountered during BSA activities, including lightning, flash floods, tornadoes, hot and cold weather, hail, and hurricanes. Participants who complete the course earn a Weather Smart Certificate of Completion. The course content is appropriate for Boy Scouts and Venturers as well as adult leaders.

Hazardous Weather Training is available online at www.myscouting.org.

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat

Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan (supervision, fitness, safe area, lifeguards, lookouts, ability grouping, buddy system, and discipline).

Safety Afloat promotes boating and boating safety and sets standards for safe unit activity afloat. Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat Training and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat. Please note that review of either or both of these courses online is considered helpful but does not meet all the BSA qualifications for conducting water-related programs. For more, and before conducting any waterfront or boating activities, contact your local council.

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training is available online at www.myscouting.org.

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat is offered at Summer Camp- Ed Bryant Scout Reservation, Mauston.

Trainer Development Conference

The Trainer Development Conference will help you in all aspects of training, including skill instructions to our youth.  Seasoned trainers should also consider taking this course because the course provides the latest training methods, principles, and technologies. Leaders, trainers, and counselors of all levels should attend and anyone who wants to learn to communicate ideas better! The training is typically offered in the spring to train NYLT staffers and other trainers.

Trek Safely

Trek Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s recommended procedure for organizing and carrying out outdoor treks that involve Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers. Trek Safely applies to all types of outdoor experiences that involve trekking, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, horseback riding, caving, rafting, kayaking, sailing, ski touring, mountain climbing, and mountain biking. Trek Safely is designed to help youth and adult leaders plan and carry out a safe trekking experience for the members of their unit. Similar to Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, and Climb On Safely, it is not designed to teach the skills of trekking. Units that choose to engage in activities requiring specialized outdoor skills should seek qualified instructors to help members learn and acquire these skills prior to the outing.

Trek Safely Training is available online at www.myscouting.org.

Wilderness First Aid

The new American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Basics program is an outdoor oriented first aid training program expanding on the skills presented in the “First Aid Basics” class. It includes all of the material from “When Help is Delayed” along with additional skills from the Emergency Response program. This is a 16-hour first aid course for backcountry situations when EMS is not readily available. The course meets the current requirements for Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier and other BSA high adventure programs. The “Wilderness First Aid Basics” program is designed especially for Venturing Crews, Venture Patrols and our older Scouts as well as Scouters supporting an advanced outdoor “high adventure” program. The recommended minimum age is fourteen, with the permission of the Unit leader. Current CPR and First Aid training is highly recommended.