Every Scout deserves a trained leader! In Pack 198, we strive to have all our leaders position trained and all our adults BSA Youth Protection trained. Training will help volunteers to do their jobs well and for all Scouts to have a safe, fun, and rewarding program. Below are some resources to help adult volunteers get trained for their specific positions or for others they may want to know more about.
BSA Leader Learn Center
The main resource for BSA training resources can be found at my.scouting.org. Here you will find links to Youth Protection Training as well as all the position-specific training modules. Instructions for accessing these resources can be found below.
Log-in Screen at my.scouting.org
Here, you will log in with your existing my.scouting credentials or create a new my.scouting account to access BSA training modules.
Training Launch Screen at my.scouting.org
Once logged in, you will be directed to this page with direct links to the BSA Youth Protection Training (upper right rectangle) and the BSA Learn Center (lower right rectangle). These links take you to the respective training modules.
Landing Page for my.scouting.org Learn Center
From this screen, you can select the type of training you want to complete and access your learning program and catalog.
The first step should be Youth Protection Training (YPT; left most links) which are offered in both English and Spanish. Next, you will want to complete your position-specific training under the Program button (center).
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection Training (YPT) is a requirement for all registered BSA volunteers, and in Pack 198 it is also a requirement for any adult working with the Scouts in any volunteer position. We would also like all our parents to be YPT trained in order to ensure the safety of all Scouts, their siblings, and friends. The BSA has one of the best YPT modules, and it is available for free! It does not take long to become YPT trained, but it makes a huge impact on our youth.
It is easy to access the YPT modules. This short video shows you how to select and access specific modules required for completing YPT.
Position Specific Training
The BSA offers training modules for most volunteer leader positions. Pack 198 requires that all leaders and pack committee members (with training modules available to them) be position trained to ensure the best possible programming for our Cub Scouts.
This video shows you how to access and select the modules specific to your position. Note that the landing page might look different as the Learn Center has undergone some updates. However, the general method for finding and selecting your position-specific modules remains the same.
Other Training Resources
The national BSA organization and councils nationwide provide many resources for new and continuing volunteers beyond the required Learn Center modules. Below you will find some of these online resources. They are by no means exhaustive, and you can find others through an internet search.
Bighorn District Roundtable
These in-person training opportunities are provided by the Bighorn district and generally meet during the school year on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Harmony Presbyterian (400 Boardwalk Dr., Fort Collins, CO). All pack leaders and committee members are invited to attend. Here you can get ideas and advice from leaders across the Bighorn district.
BSA Training Guide
Learn everything you never knew you needed to know from the BSA Training guide. Here, you will find links to all sorts of training opportunities for your current position or other positions you might be interested in serving in in the future.
Den Leader Resources
The BSA offers planning resources for den leaders. Resources include videos, ideas for den meetings, planning frameworks, and more!
CubCast provides monthly topics for Cub Scout leaders. The CubCast team interviews volunteer leaders from around the country and subject matter experts on topics such as conducting great outdoor experiences to how to handle conflict among Cub Scouts.
Scouting magazine is provided to all registered adult leaders as part of their registration with the BSA. It contains articles not only about Scouting but about youth development and parenting.
Scouting’s website is chock full of information and resources for leaders and parents.
Boy's Life Magazine
Boys’ Life is one of the top youth magazines in the country, and its website is packed with fun and resources for youth, leaders and parents.