When Is a Leader Fully Trained?
We get asked daily if leaders are "fully trained", or what training they need to do in order to wear the Trained emblem on their uniforms.
According to Mark Griffin, the Volunteer Development Team Leader for the Boy Scouts of America, "a leader is considered trained for his or her Scouting position and eligible to wear the "Trained" emblem when they have completed the currently prescribed courses for that position. At this time, this includes Youth Protection, This Is Scouting, and the Specifics training for their role. For Scoutmasters, Coaches, and Advisors of outdoor program crews, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is also necessary. These courses are also included in the Unit Journey to Excellence."
He goes on to say that "the BSA desires that leaders take the current training because as BSA program, policies, and practices evolve it is important that leaders stay current to provide the best, safest, and most consistent Scouting program for youth."
If a tenured leader has stayed current on training through participation in Roundtables, Scouting magazine, supplemental training, participation in activities, and has completed youth protection within the last 2 years, he or she may not need to retake basic training classes if the District Training Committee feels that leader has stayed up to date with the current methods and practices of the BSA.
Mark goes on to say "we can never be 'fully trained'. There is always something to be learned, so we urge you to take advantage of training opportunities whenever they are available."
If you have questions about training and if you qualify for the "Trained" emblem, please speak with your District Training Committee or your District Executive.
What Makes A Trained Leader January 2012.pdf