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 This site is designed to give you, the adult leader (Scouter), information about volunteer-run training opportunities in the Blue Grass Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  There are many training resources available through the Internet.  However, the best training is that offered in person, in group sessions, or one-on-one.  That's why we're here to help.  The information can help prepare you for success as an adult Scout leader.

Frequenty Asked Questions

How Long are Trainings good for?

You are considered Trained for as long as you stay in your registered position,  if you change positions you must take training for that new position.  Only the Youth Protection Training must be retaken every two years.

What Makes a Trained Leader?

  • Cub Scout leaders are considered trained when they have completed the following courses:  This is Scouting and the Cub Scout Leader Position Specific training.  
  • Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed the follwing courses: This is Scouting, Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster Position Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
  • Troop committee members are considered trained when they have completed the following courses:  This is Scouting and the Troop Committee Challenge as their Leader Specific training.
  • Varsity Scout leaders and assistants are considered trained when they have completed the following courses: This is Scouting, Varsity Scout Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
  • Venturing crew Advisors, assistant Advisors, and crew committee members are considered trained when they have completed the following courses: This is Scouting and Venturing Leader Position Specific Training.

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What Training Programs Are Available?

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How Long Will Training Sessions Last?

How much time do you need to invest to become a trained BSA Leader?

The table below summarizes the approximate time involved in completing the courses needed for Orientation Training, Basic Training, and some of the Supplemental Courses that are offered. Fast Start, Youth Protection, Safe Swim Defense, and Safety Afloat are all offered in a convenient online format.

Where do I find the resources?

Try the "Links & Forms" button on the top of this page. You'll be able to find resources such as money earning applications, tour permits, budget worksheets, the Guide to Safe Scouting and more.

For a list of all the positions and trainings needed for each one click here.

Orientation Training

Estimated Time Needed

Cub Scout Fast Start (all Cub Scout leaders)

20 minutes (online)

Boy Scout Fast Start (all Boy Scout leaders)

20 minutes (online)



Basic Training

Estimated Time Needed

This is Scouting (all leaders)

45 minutes (online)

Tiger Cub Den Leader Specific

1 hour 30 min.

Cub Scout Den Leader Specific

1 hour 30 min.

Webelos Den Leader Specific

1 hour 30 min.

Webelos Leader Outdoor Training

1 session of 3 hours, plus one day outdoors

Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Specific

1 hour 30 min.

Pack Committee Member Specific

1 hour 30 min.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific

3 sessions, 2 hours each

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

1 1/2 days outdoors

Troop Committee Challenge

3 hours

Chartered Organization Representative Specific

3 hours

Venturing Crew Advisor Specific

5 hours

Venturing Crew Committee Specific

5 hours



Supplemental Training

Estimated Time Needed

Youth Protection Training (all leaders)

45 minutes (online certificate)

Safe Swim Defense

20 minutes (online certificate)

Safety Afloat

25 minutes (online certificate)

 Leave No Trace Training16 hours - one weekend

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

one day (outdoors)

The time you invest in BSA training will be paid back many times over as you lead your Scouts in a successful, rewarding program. Please make this investment. your Scouts are depending on it!

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The Blue Grass Council receives support from the Cumberland Trails United Way, United Way of Franklin County, United Way of South Central Kentucky, and United Way of South Eastern Kentucky.

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