Boy Scout Leader Training
To be fully trained as a Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster, an adult leader must complete the following training;
- Youth Protection Training (YPT):
- Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (S24) (SMLST), which is taught as a classroom oriented program.
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (S11) (IOLS) a weekend, hands on training session.
Youth Protection Training
This training is available online at my.scouting.org. You should have taken this class when you registered as an adult leader. It is required with your paperwork. Youth Protection Training is good for two years and then must be retaken.
Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
Formerly called SMLST, this training is required for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. It is a half day course and is taught in a classroom setting. This training is usually presented during Vulcan District Camporee each February as well as other times.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
At iOLS training, you will be immersed in the role of a typical “new scout” and will be placed in a patrol of other leaders. While in this patrol, you will experience the catalyst of scouting, which is “the patrol method”. This session involves a great deal of learning in the field rather than in a class room setting. Emphasis will be on learning practical Scouting skills that will prepare you to lead an outdoor scouting experience for your troop. You will constantly be working hands on, with the outdoor skills needed to pass off a scout from Tenderfoot to first Class. This weekend has always proven to be fun, exciting, and very important in discovering what the “Scouting Spirit” is all about.
Remember LBP’s admonishment that “every boy deserves a “Trained Leader”.