Training for Adults

Troop 2860 Adult Training Guide

 

Contents

 

1.      Introduction

2.      Youth Protection Training

3.      Training requirements for:

a.       Parents and other adults

b.      Registered leaders:  Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Members and Merit Badge Counselors.

c.       Requirements for certain types of activities.

4.      Training opportunities

a.       On-line training:  MyScouting.org

b.      Classroom

5.      Training Procedures

6.      Frequently asked questions

7.      References

 

 Introduction

 

This guide is a summary of only the most common training issues and concerns for new parents, parents who wish to volunteer, and those who aspire to become Assistant Scout Masters (aka ASM’s).    This summary is not intended to be a complete or comprehensive guide to Boy Scout Adult training.  There are many training opportunities and requirements that are not discussed here.

 

This guide was written for the adults involved with Boy Scout Troop 2860.    It does not cover Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts or scouting options.

 

This guide is intended to supplement and support, rather than supersede, the policies of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA.)  In all cases, if there is a conflict between the published BSA policy and information found in this document, the BSA policy will prevail.

 

 

Hoge McClaugherty

Troop 2860, Adult Training Coordinator

hoge.janet@yahoo.com

 

 

Youth Protection Training

 

Of all the on-line and instructor-led training opportunities for adults, the "biggie" is the Youth Protection (YP) training.  This is an on-line course available through MyScouting.org.  The Youth Protection certification must be renewed every 2 years. This is a requirement for all adults who will interact with or have close contact with the boys. 

 

 Boy Scouts Youth Protection is a key element of scouting.  The program consists of policies, procedures and training designed to keep the scouts safe.  Additional information concerning Youth Protection can be found at:

 

http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss01.aspx

 

Additional explanations can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

 

 

Training Requirements

 

All Parents and other adults who interact with the scouts

ID

Training Course

Description

Frequency

Y01

Youth Protection Training

Available: On-line and DVD

Required: ALL adults who interact with the scouts. Additional explanations can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Every 2 yrs.

 

Registered Leaders

ID

Training Course

Description

Frequency

Assistant Scout Master

Committee Member

Merit Badge Counselor

Y01

Youth Protection Training

Available: On-line and DVD

Explains BSA Youth Protection Policies and Procedures

Every 2 yrs.

Required

Required

Required

SFS

Fast Start

Available: On-line

 

Overview of Scouting for each level

 

Once

Required

Required

 

WA01

This Is Scouting

 Available on-line

More in depth overview of Scouting.

Once

Required

Required

 

S11

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

 

Available: Instructor led. Check the council web site for course offerings

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. This is usually a 2-day, overnight course.
 

Once

Required

 

 

S24

Scoutmaster & Asst. Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training

 

Available: Instructor led. Check the council web site for course offerings

Often called Indoor Training.  This is a one-day course.

Once

Required

 

 

S10

Troop Committee Challenge

 

Available: On-Line

Troop Committee Leader Training

 

Once

 

Required

 

 

 

Requirements for certain specific activities

 

These requirements were taken from the requirements in the on-line Tour Permit application and the Guide to Safe Scouting.

 

·         All tours

o   Youth Protection:  (Y01)

o   Basic First Aid is recommended

·         Outdoor Activities

o   Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather  (WS81)

·         Swimming or Boating

o   Safe Swim Defense (SSD) and/or Safety Afloat (SA) are to be followed.

o   CPR/AED At least one person must be current meet to Safety Afloat guidelines.

·         Climbing and rappelling

o   Climb On Safely  (76) must be followed

·         Wilderness or Backcountry Tours

o   Wilderness First Aid  

o   It is also recommended to carry the Wilderness Use Policy and follow the principles of Leave No Trace.

·         Shooting Sports

o   Certified NRA Range Safety Officer must directly supervise all live fire on the range,

o   Instruction must be given by certified instructor. See the Guide to Safe Scouting for details.

o   The range safety officer and the instructor must be separate individuals.

·         Other Activities

o   Other activities such as caving, scuba, and COPE activities may impose other requirements.

 

 

Training Opportunities

 

Online Training – MyScouting.org

The first stop should be MyScouting.org  (https://myscouting.scouting.org).  MyScouting is an on-line portal to individual training. You do not have to be a registered scout or scouter to use MyScouting.org 

 

New to scouting?   You can register with MyScouting.org and create a User ID and password.  If you later become a registered leader with member ID, you can tie your records under you old user ID to your new member ID,

 

On-line Training   Much of the needed training is available on-line through MyScouting.org . Courses include:

·         Youth Protection (Y01)

·         Fast Start: Boy Scouts (SFS)

·         Troop Committee Challenge (S10)

·         Trek Safely (S76)  

·         Climb on Safely (74)

·         This is Scouting  (A10)

·         Safety Afloat (SA)

·         Safe Swim Defense (SSD

·         Weather Hazards (S81)

Classroom Training

Some training cannot be taken on-line.  Training may be available from several sources:

 

·         District Level The Districts in the Heart if Virginia Council will offer various training opportunities in the course of a year. You do not need to restrict yourself to training opportunities offered by our local Arrohattoc district.

 

To locate classroom training, go the Heart of Virginia Council's web site (http://hovc.org) and click on trainings.

 

The Council website does have some (cleverly hidden?) training info.  On the right side of the council page, under Quick Links, click on "Council Calendar."  This brings up the council's monthly calendar.  It takes bit of effort to sort through the clutter on the calendars, but each month there are usually several relevant training opportunities. If you click on the specific training opportunity, it should give you details including contact information.

 

·         Troop Level Troop 2860 will sometimes provide training for adults. Examples include CPR/AED and First Aid training.

 

·         Council and other scout events. Often adults will have opportunities for training during events like summer camp and jamborees.

 

·         Non-Scout training.  The Boy Scouts recognize some training and certification taken outside of the scouting program.   Examples include CPR, First Aid and NRA gun safety.

  

Training Procedures

 

It is necessary for the troop to maintain current and accurate records of each adult’s training.  This information is needed for annual re-charter, tour permits, and trip planning.

 

Therefore, after completing any BSA training, the troop’s adult training coordinator (Hoge McClaugherty, hoge.janet@yahoo.com)  must be informed.   If you have a Member ID, the troop’s adult training coordinator can confirm your training status by using MyScouting.org.  If you don’t have a member ID, it is necessary to give the training coordinator a copy of any training certificates.

 

Some of the training need be taken only once. Other training must be renewed at intervals. Examples are shown below.

 

ID

Training Course

Frequency

Y01

Youth Protection Training

 

Every 2 yrs.

SFS

Fast Start

Once

WA01

This Is Scouting

Once

S11

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Once

S24

Scoutmaster and Assistant Specific

Once

S10

Committee Challenge

Once

N06

CPR

1 year

SA

Safety Afloat

2 Years

SSD

Safe Swim Defense

2 years

S63

Wilderness Survival

3 years

S74

Climb-on Safely

2 years

S76

Trek Safely

2 years

S81

Hazardous Weather

2 years

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Youth Protection… Youth Protection….  What is Youth Protection and why all the fuss?

A full description of the BSA Youth Protection program is beyond the scope of this summary.  However, the following quote from www.scouting,org provides brief introduction.

 

“Youth protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America. Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance its efforts to protect youth, regularly consulting with experts from law enforcement, child safety, psychology, and other disciplines to ensure its efforts consistently evolve along with the ever-changing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth. The BSA takes a multi-layered approach to youth protection: (1) local selection of adult volunteers with the support of the national organization, (2) education and training, and (3) clear policies such as no "one on one" activities, and immediate reporting of any concerns."

 

If I do not want to be an Assistant Scoutmaster or a Committee Member; do I need to bother with Youth Protection Training (YPT)?

Well, it depends.  All official scout activities require the presence of trained adult leaders.  This training includes YPT training.  However, it is not necessary for all adults at every activity to have current YPT training.

OK, what about some examples?

Generally, YPT is not required to attend troop meetings, Committee Meetings and similar routine events.

Troop 2860 may require all adults to have YPT for certain activities like summer camp and overnight camping trips. 

 YPT may not be required for an individual to participate in other activities such as helping with Eagle Projects and driving scouts to an activity.  In these situations, a registered adult (ASM or CM) must be present.  In the example of driving scouts to an activity, a registered (trained) adult must be in the car with the untrained adult.

The best advice?  Take the Youth Protection course!   In addition to protecting the scouts, understanding and following the Youth Protection policies and procedures can help protect you, the troop and the scouting program. When you have completed the training, all of these distinctions discussed above become moot. This training is available on-line and takes about 20 minutes.  

I would like to fully participate in the life of the troop as a registered leader.  What do I do first?

First, get the required training for the desired position.  An adult application cannot be accepted unless all of the required training has been completed.

I want to be an Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM), but my schedule will make it difficult for me to take any of the instructor led courses that are shown on the Council’s calendar.

Start by becoming a Committee Member.  All of the training requirements to register as a Committee member can be completed on-line.  You can take the instructor led courses at a later time as your schedule permits.

When all of the training requirements for becoming an ASM have been met, a new adult leader application will be required.

What training do I need if I want to attend and help with an outing?

Except for possibly needing Youth Protection Training, any adult can attend help and help with an outing.  This assumes that all BSA requirements for leadership, training and safety for the outing are met by other leaders.

What special training do I need plan, organize and lead an outing?

This is same situation as noted above.   Except for possibly needing Youth Protection Training, any adult can step forward and organize and lead an outing.   As long as all BSA requirements for leadership, training and safety for the outing are met by other leaders, the outing leader does not need to be a registered leader or meet other training requirements.

Note:  The tour permit requires that the official leader of an outing must be a registered leader.   

What are the requirements to be a Merit Badge Counselor?

All merit badge counselors must have submitted a Merit Badge Counselor Information Form and be registered with the BSA, and Youth Protection Training is required.

An individual can be approved to be a counselor for any number of badges.   However, in order to be approved, all badges must be included on a Merit Badge Counselor Information Form.

Only an approved Merit Badge Counselor can sign the “Blue Cards” that are need to certify that individual scouts have completed the requirements of the particular badge.

What if I just want to help with a Merit Badge?

All you need is knowledge in the subject and an interest in working with the scouts. If you are working with the scouts, a registered adult leader with current Youth Protection Training must be present.

As a helper, you will not be able to sign the Blue Cards.

What do I need if I want to organize an unscheduled event like a bike ride or hike?

In order to run an activity under the troop 2860 umbrella, the troop committee must approve the activity.  In addition, most activities involving any travel require a “Tour Permit” to be submitted to and approved by the council prior to the event. 

As organizer, the training requirements are the same as discussed above under “What special training do I need to run an outing?”

All BSA requirements for leadership, training and safety for the particular outing must be met.  No special training is needed to help.

OK, what if I want to take my son and some of his scout friends on a hike and I don’t want to or don’t have time to jump through the hoops?

Take them and enjoy the day.  However, it must be made clear to everyone that this is not an official troop or BSA event. No BSA insurance or other benefits will be available.

Are the questions on this list really frequently asked?

Well, maybe not.  I never counted, but they had to go somewhere.

 

References

General information concerning adult training

www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx.

Youth Protection

www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss01.aspx

www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/BSAYouthProtection/BSA_Communications/Commitment_to_Youth_Protection.aspx

 

Wilderness Use Policy

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/20-121.pdf.

Leave No Trace

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/TeachingLeaveNoTrace.aspx

 

Merit Badge Counselor Information

www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/TrainingModules/MeritBadgeCounselorInstructorsGuide.aspx

www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors/MBCounselorGuide.aspx

www.scouting.org/scoutsource/sitecore/content/Scouting/Training/Adult/Supplemental/MeritBadgeCounselorInstructorsGuide.aspx

 

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