Training

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Every Scout deserves a well-trained leader!  For a Cub Scout Leader to be considered fully trained, a:


Tiger Cub Leader must complete:

  • Youth Protection Training (on-line or live) Required
  • Den Leader Position/ADL-Specific Training (on-line or live) Required
  • This is Scouting (on-line, e-course) Recommended

Cub Scout Leader (Wolf/Bear rank) must complete:
  • Youth Protection Training (on-line or live) Required
  • Den Leader Position/ADL-Specific Training (on-line or live) Required
  • This is Scouting (on-line, e-course) Recommended

Webelos Scout Leader must complete:
  • Youth Protection Training (on-line or live) Required
  • Den Leader Position/ADL-Specific Training (on-line or live) Required
  • This is Scouting (on-line, e-course) Recommended
  • OWL - Outdoor Webelos Leader (live, hands-on outdoor) Recommended

Committee Chair / Pack Committee members must complete:
  • Youth Protection Training (on-line or live) Required
  • Pack Committee-Specific Training (on-line or live) Required
  • This is Scouting (on-line, e-course) Recommended
  • Pack Trainers required to attend Fundamentals of Training

Cubmaster / Assistant Cubmaster must complete:
  • Youth Protection Training (on-line or live) Required
  • Cubmaster/ACM-Specific Training (on-line or live) Required
  • This is Scouting (on-line, e-course) Recommended


Some training is ever evolving and thus the course material is continually updated and therefore must be renewed because the authorization expires in two years. See the training timelines below:

Youth Protection – good for 2 years 
(on-line or live)

Leader Specific – never expires but it is needed for each position you hold
BALOO – never expires
OWL/IOLS – never expires
Safe Swim Defense – good for 2 years
Safety Afloat – good for 2 years
Weather Hazards - good for 2 years


Other training available to Scouters …

Monthly Roundtable Meetings:

This is a monthly get-together of all Leaders, Assistants, Committee Members, and involved parents who want to help their Unit Committee get the best resources, activities and up to date information on upcoming events in the District and Council. Join a network of seasoned Scouters that have a wide resource of experience for the “new” leader. Round Table is offered monthly on the 1st Thursday of each month.

University of Scouting:

University of Scouting is a multitude of specialty sessions to help you gain new skills and abilities to become the very best Scout Leader possible. Experienced Scout Leaders from across the Council make up the staff. They are all volunteers, just like you, and they want to help you. There are courses for all types of Scout Leaders – Cub Scout College, Boy Scout College, and College of General Studies. This training is offered annually at various locations.

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation):

Leaders and parents interested in helping their Pack with planning and execution of Pack camping trips should attend this training. This training is offered through the Mustang District. (Required for Packs to hold Pack Family Camping Events – Council requires that at least ONE BALOO-trained leader at each Pack Family Campout, but our PACK requires TWO)

OWL/IOLS (Outdoor Webelos Leader Training – Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills):

This two-day, overnight training course is for anyone who will be working with Webelos Scouts. Also covered is first aid, fire building, ropes and knots, tent selection, cooking and much more! This training is offered through the Mustang District. This can be either a two-day, overnight campout event or a one-day, all-day, non-campout experience. Mustang District usually holds one of each every year. A new syllabus is out the Fall of 2017 and this will likely be combined with BALOO.

Safe Swim Defense:

Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan. This training is offered online.

Safety Afloat:

Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat Training, have a commitment card with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat. This training is offered online.

Weather Hazards:
Good for two years.
Wood Badge:

Wood Badge combines a leadership development program with the opportunity to sharpen personal outdoor/camping skills, open to all Scout Leaders who meet minimum requirements. The leadership skills one learns in Wood Badge are not only applicable to Scouting, but also to the growth of the individual and the roles in life they fill, professionally and at home. To the Scout Leader, Wood Badge often makes the difference between offering a mere form of entertainment — or providing a program which will have a profound influence on the lives of boys and girls. This training is offered through the Longhorn Council.

Click HERE to see Mustang District Training Calendar