We believe that every Scout deserves a trained leader. We want to make sure that you understand how Scouting works and that you’re properly equipped to deliver a fun and fulfilling program to our youth. The Boy Scouts of America provides a wealth of training opportunities at every level of Scouting. Whether you’re a first-time Cub leader or a high adventure veteran, there’s a training course for you. Continual learning is a key to the success of our programs.


Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.

WOOD BADGE: Course 12-527-23

Wood Badge is the premiere adult leadership development course offered by the BSA. The ultimate purpose of Wood Badge is to help adult leaders deliver the highest quality Scouting program to young people to help them achieve their fullest potential.

Wood Badge is open to registered volunteers and professionals in Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, and Venturing. It focuses not on Scouting skills, but on leadership skills, taught in Scouting settings, that are transferable to every aspect of your life.

There are two weekends: the first weekend is September 8-10, 2023 (Friday – Sunday) and the second weekend is October 7-8, 2022 (Saturday – Sunday).

Attendance is required on all days.

For more information and to register, follow the link below.

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Learn more about Wood Badge by reading this special edition of the Gilwell Gazette, the official newsletter for the Wood Badge course.

Gilwell Gazette


This course is intended to provide Cubmasters with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout pack. Cubmasters and assistants who complete this training and Youth Protection training are considered “trained” for both positions.


This course is intended to provide Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos training, along with Youth Protection training, are considered trained for their position.


The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for those positions. There is no change to the My.Scouting Tools code (S24) for the course.  The Outdoor course must be taken in during a course held by a district or council.  The Outdoor course is required to be considered fully trained.


This course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for youth to learn and practice the leadership skills that will help them succeed in Scouting and in life!



Scouts who have completed their unit’s introduction to leadership course, have been practicing these skills, and are ready for the next level of training should attend NYLT once they meet all Eligibility Requirements.



  • Complete their home Unit’s Introduction to Leadership Skills course*
  • Receive approval from your Scoutmaster or Unit leader
  • All participants must be 13 years old.
  • Earn First Class rank, if registered in a Troop
  • Have current BSA Health Form (Parts A, B, and C)
  • Be comfortable camping and cooking outdoors
  • Commit to attending the entire six-day course

* Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), Crews (ILSC), and Ships (ILSS) should be offered through a Scout’s home unit. Ask your Unit Leader how you can participate in this course.

The NYLT course is limited to a total of 112 participants. Because we always have more applicants than we can take, we will only be able to accept the first 112 applicants who are fully paid for the course. After that, fully paid applicants will be placed on a wait-list in the order that their full payment is received. Although we almost always have a few openings come up for various reasons, we cannot predict how many people from the waitlist will be provided the opportunity to attend the course.

Registration for non-Laurel Highlands Council units will open on March 1, 2023.

Be sure to download the required forms BSA Annual Health and Medical Record and Supplemental Medical Form and bring with you to the course. These forms are available on the registration page.

Coures Dates:   June 11–16, 2023

Registration will open November 15, 2023   Register at

Fee Structure: Register by March 15, 2023 – $250. Register between March 16 and April 30 2023- $260. Register after April 27, 2023 – $270.00

A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee is required at time of registration.

Participant Info


Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role? This sheet explains the training requirements for all unit-level leaders.

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