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Upcoming Training Events

The Mohegan Council routinely offers training sessions and programs. Please refer to the sections below for more information, and the National Training site for more information on available training modules.


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EVERY SCOUT DESERVES A TRAINED LEADER

Trained leaders are critical to the success of Scouting. Every young person involved in the Scouting program needs and deserves a leader who understands the aims of the program and knows how to deliver it with enthusiasm and fun. Trained leaders are more effective at delivering the promise of Scouting because they understand their role, responsibilities, and the resources available to them.

WHAT MAKES A TRAINED LEADER?

Adult unit leaders are considered trained, and eligible to wear the official “Trained” emblem, once they have completed the basic training requirements for their program. Supplemental and advanced training for adults and youth training opportunities are also available.

E-LEARNING

Many training courses are available online at my.Scouting.org. Anyone may create a my.Scouting user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member number as part of their user profile to receive credit.


Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources it’s programs.

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application.

Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time of registration, unit leaders must obtain copies of the completion certificates from the leaders who register online before approving their application. Read more about Youth Protection Training.


Program Leadership Training

  • Den Leader Specific Training
    • This course 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. Offered online and in-person.
  • Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training
    • This course is intended to provide Cubmasters with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout pack. Cubmasters and assistants who complete this training and Youth Protection training are considered “trained” for both positions.
  • Pack Committee Challenge
    • The Pack Committee Challenge is designed for pack committees and is the course (along with Youth Protection training) pack committee members need to be considered “trained.” Offered online and in-person.
  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
    • This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience.Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.
  • Cub Cast 
    • The podcasts are monthly audio presentations that provide information on topics of interest to Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders. Click here to listen.
  • Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
    • The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered "trained" for those positions. Offered online and in person.
  • Troop Committee Challenge
    • The Troop Committee Challenge is designed for troop committee members and becomes the course (along with Youth Protection training) troop committee members need to be considered “trained.”
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
    • Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered "trained".
  • Kodiak Challenge
    • The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant - one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose
  • Passport to High Adventure
    • This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.
  • Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training
    • The course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. Offered online and in person.
  • Crew Committee Challenge
    • The Crew Committee Challenge is designed for crew committee members and becomes the course (along with the Venturing version of Youth Protection training) crew committee members need to be considered “trained.”
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
    • Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered "trained".
  • Kodiak Challenge
    • The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant - one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose
  • Passport to High Adventure
    • This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.
  • Chartered Organization Representative Specific Training
    • COR training can be taken via my.Scouting. A guidebook for CORs can be found here.
  • Merit Badge Counselor Training
    • The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Adult Leader Training

Woodbadge

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals.

Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong.

You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons' and daughters' units — stronger.
  • What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.
Woodbadge is offered routinely in our area. Check the Woodbadge website for courses offered in the Northeast.
This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA's training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.
The Trainer’s EDGE is the second part of the train-the-trainer continuum. As trainers develop their skills, Trainer’s EDGE provides an additional opportunity for trainers to enhance their abilities. Trainer’s EDGE also supplements the training development sessions offered during faculty development for advanced leadership training courses and provides increased familiarity with the EDGE model that is used throughout the training. Trainer’s EDGE is mandatory for NYLT and Wood Badge staff members.
  • STEM Nova Counselor Training
    • These courses are intended to provide training for STEM Nova counselors. This is an instructor led course.
  • STEM Supernova Mentor Training
    • This course is a self-study training course for STEM Supernova mentors.
Optional training programs available on my.Scouting and in certain in-person sessions that may be required for certain volunteers for certain applications include the following.
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climb On Safely
  • Trek Safely

Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide boy scout and venture youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. This course is co-ed. The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.
The Den Chief is a key means of building relationships between the Pack and Troop. The Den Chief regularly reminds Scouts about Boy Scouts in a positive way as he leads activities and shares his enthusiasm for Scouting with Cub Scouts. His presence adds another important asset. He can tell them about Boy Scouting, with its outdoor activities, trips, summer camp, and opportunities for advancement. When it’s time for them to move up to a Webelos Scout den or a Boy Scout troop, his example and encouragement can help them decide to make that transition.