December 5, 2013

Welcome to the First Edition of the Training Newsletter!

This is the first issue of the monthly Cradle of Liberty Council Training Newsletter, Trained Today. Each issue will feature upcoming training events of interest to Scout leaders in our council. For more information, please contact your local district training chair or Dick Clark, Council Training Chair.

Cub Scout Leaders

Den-Leader Specific Training:



Boy Scout Leaders

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training:

This is the all-day, "indoor" part of the required training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills:

This is the weekend camping part of the required training for Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters, as well as Venture crew leaders.

Venturing Leaders

Venturing Leader Specific Training:

This is required for all Venturing crew leaders.


All Adult Leaders

Cold Weather Seminar:

This training is required for packs and troops that will be attending the Valley Forge Pilgrimage and Encampment, but is also strongly recommended for any units that hike or camp in the winter.

Wood Badge:

Experience Scouting's premier training course for ALL adult leaders!

  • Sep. 12-14 & Oct. 18-20 @ Musser Scout Reservation
  • Please note you must attend all sessions (both weekends) to complete the course.
  • $30 discount off the full price of the Wood Badge 2014 course if registered and paid in full before January 31, 2014. That’s the 2013 price!

Youth Leaders

Den Chief Training:

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
(Start planning now to attend this great course!)


Baden-Powell Training Day

*The Baden-Powell Training Day on December 7 at the Supplee Presbyterian Church in Maple Glen will feature a number of important training sessions:

  • Training the Chartered Organization Representative
  • Leader Specific for Cub Scout leaders
  • Managing Risk in Scouting
  • Chemical Fuels
  • Youth Protection
  • Scoutmaster Specific*
  • Leave No Trace Awareness
  • Hazardous/Cold Weather
  • Den Chief Training

*NOTE: SM Specific is an all-day class and will end before 4:30 PM.

For more information, please contact Mike Matusheski.

Training Tip of the Month: What Makes a Trained Boy Scout Leader?

The BSA has established the following training requirements for leaders in Boy Scout troops:

  1. Youth Protection: This is required for all registered leaders, including committee members and any other adults who have direct contact with youth. It can be taken online and is good for two years.
  2. Committee members (MC)  must take the Troop Committee Challenge, also online.
  3. Scoutmasters (SM) and assistant Scoutmasters (SA) must complete the SM/SA "indoor" training (three sessions, typically done as an all-day session or on three evenings) and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (weekend camping).

Beginning in December 2013, the Cradle of Liberty Council will not recharter any units with untrained leaders. Untrained assistant Scoutmasters may choose to switch their registration to committee member.


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