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Common sense tells us training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more.

To take online training courses, including Youth Protection Training, please visit MyScouting.

The Every Youth Deserves Trained Leaders campaign is a recognition program, recognizing units that are 75%, 60% and 45% trained.  Training is extremely important to ensure we are delivering an exceptional program to our Scouts.

See how your unit is doing by clicking here

Training Requirements

Adult leaders in units are considered trained, and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem, once they have completed Youth Protection Training and the training courses outlined below, or have completed Youth Protection Training and a previous basic training course when it was current.

See the 2016-2017 Trainings Calendar

Flow Chart of Training for Adult Leaders.

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training is REQUIRED for all Adult Leaders. This training needs to be re-taken every two years. Venturing & Sea Scouting Leaders must take a specialized Youth Protection Training course called Venturing Youth Protection Training.

Cub Scouting
Leader-Specific (by position)

Boy Scouting
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader-Specific
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (Not required for committee positions)
Troop Committee Challenge (Required for committee positions only)

Varsity Scouting
Varsity Coach Leader-Specific
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills**
Team Committee Challenge (Required for committee positions only)

Venturing & Sea Scouting***
Venturing Leader Specific (Advisors)
Crew Committee Challenge (Required for committee positions only)
All adults in Ships: Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic


All Exploring specific training can be found at

Need Help?

Contact: Scouting University – or

Having Trouble Finding A Training That’s Convenient For You In Knox Trail Council?

Try our neighboring councils and see if there’s a more convenient option.

Mohegan Council

Nashua Valley Council

Old Colony Council 

Spirit of Adventure Council