Course Descriptions

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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (B.A.L.O.O.)

This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an intro to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.

Climb On Safely Cub Scout logo

Covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling. Recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of climbing outing. The brief video is broken into three sections with questions after each section.

Commissioner’s College

The NORCAL Commissioner’s College exists to improve the Commissioner Service in Northern California. It is our objective to provide education and training that allows our Commissioners to provide the highest level of unit service possible.

Crew Officer Orientation

The self-paced course covers crew officers’ roles and responsibilities, resources crew officers need and use, working with Advisors and older adults, and how to plan your crew’s annual program, along with other planning resources.


An audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Cub Scout leaders and parents.

Den Chief Training

Scouts who want to serve as Den Chiefs in Cub Scout dens, learn practical skills in teaching games and songs, and what resources are available to provide the program to Cub Scouts.

Fast Start

All new leaders should take this immediately after registering and before meeting with any youth. Specific for: Cub Scout Leader, Scouts BSA Leader, Varsity Scout Leader, or Venturing Crew Leader. All courses are available online or on DVD.

High Adventure Training (HAT)

For anyone who intends to take Scout units on outings that are more than a few miles from the trail head. Emphasis is on safety, first aid, and program planning. Cost includes syllabus, snacks and meals, and training badge.

Intro to Leadership Skills for Crews

Teaches crew members with leadership positions their new roles and responsibilities and equips them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Replaces the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Prerequisite for Venturers to take NYLT, NAYLE, and is required for Kodiak Challenge.

Intro to Leadership Skills for Troops

Teaches Scouts with leadership positions their new roles and responsibilities and equips them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Replaces Troop Leadership Training. Prerequisite to take NYLT, NAYLE, and is required for Kodiak Challenge.

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics, and Youth Protection Training, this course is required for all direct contact leaders registered in Scouts BSA troops in order to be considered “trained” for those positions.

It Happened to Me (video)

A BSA video for Cub Scouts and their parents which addresses personal safety issues in a very non-threatening manner. The situations of possible peril are intended to be ambiguous, allowing parents to discuss personal safety rules with their children in order to develop communication about personal safety decisions made by the child—but with help from parents or other trusted adults.

Kodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

Offers participants an unforgettable backcountry wilderness experience that develops leadership and teamwork skills, using the core elements of NYLT to make these skills intuitive.

National Training Conferences

Since 1950 The Philmont Training Center (PTC) in New Mexico has provided a unique environment for training volunteer and professional leaders, and a fun family program for every member of the family.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

An exciting, action-packed program provides youth with leadership skills and experience they can use in their troops and in other situations. Key concepts focus on what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO, and are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

Outdoor Skills for Webelos Leaders

As the how-to in planning and conducting successful Webelos Den overnight campouts and other Webelos outdoor activities, this is a “hands-on” training in camping and outdoor skills for Webelos Dens. This training is encouraged but not required to take Webelos camping.

Philmont Leadership Challenge

Adults learn to internalize and practice their leadership skills in this backcountry conference which hones the skills taught in Wood Badge for the 21st Century in an outdoor experiential learning environment. PLC underscores the values of Scouting and teamwork and promotes the concepts of servant leadership. Open to all programs.

Physical Wellness

Designed for leadership in all program areas and for Scouts BSA and Venturing youth, the course focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit. Learning objectives include: the ability to define physical wellness; identify ways to improve the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit; describe the role self-responsibility plays in wellness; and answer questions about nutrition.

Position-Specific Courses

These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing the course will make a Scouter “trained” for the role(s) covered in the course.

Powder Horn

Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource-management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, crew, or ship.

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An action-packed training for adult Cub Scout Leaders, Pack Committee Members, parents of Cub Scouts and just Cub Scout-related persons. Spend the day learning new ideas and having hands-on experiences that will enable you to deliver and support a fun-filled, exciting program to Cub Scouts.


A forum for leaders and parents to discuss topics of interest, both formally and informally, learn about upcoming district and council events and programs, and meet and exchange ideas with other leaders from the district. Open to all adults involved with the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing programs. Registered unit leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

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All swimming activities in Scouting are required to follow the eight basic principles known collectively as the Safe Swim Defense plan.

Safety Afloat

All boating activities in Scouting are required to follow the nine basic principles of Safety Afloat with an emphasis on accident prevention through proper preparation and skills.

ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start

Each unit is required to have at least one ScoutParents unit coordinator to implement the ScoutParents program. The course will assist the coordinator in understanding the role and gives tips on how to effectively use the ScoutParents program to involve more parents in all of our Scouting programs.

The advanced leadership and management course for adult leaders of the Sea Scouting program.

Seabadge Underway
Comprehensive Sea Scout skills/boating course for adult Sea Scout leaders; the three-day course teaches procedures for operating a vessel safely and teaches the Sea Scout way.

SEAL Sea Scout Advantage Leadership (Sea Scouts only)
A petty officer (youth) leadership training (not seamanship) course. This one week, hard core leadership course is conducted at sea and Scouts who successfully complete the course will be awarded the SEAL Training Award. It covers such topics as preparing, goal setting, organizing, supervising, commanding, communicating, training, motivating, and other skills that will help you in functioning as a leader in your Ship and in life.

The Trainer’s EDGE

While The Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills.

This Is Scouting

A new online training session that replaces New Leader Essentials, picks up when Fast Start leaves off with six modules: The Mission of Scouting; Programs for All ages; Scouting Is Fun; Scouting in the Community; Keeping Our Youth Safe; and Scouting’s Legacy. Taken through the Online Learning Center.

Trek Safely

Covers seven key safety points about trekking and is recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of trek. You will watch a brief two section video and answer questions after each section.

Troop or Crew Committee Challenge

The Committee Challenge is designed for troop or crew committee members and becomes the course (along with Youth Protection Training) committee members need to be considered “trained.”

University of Scouting

As a supplemental training opportunity for all adult Scout leaders, it is the only time during the year where you can find, all in one place, the widest variety of training opportunities in all program areas (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venture Scouts, Varsity Scouts, District, and Council). Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University provides interesting courses in Cubbing, Scouting, what we call “Adventuring” (a combination of Varsity, Venturing, and Sea Scout activities), as well as Electives opportunities.

Weather Hazards

The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs.

Wilderness First Aid

Learn what to do when someone calls for help in the woods and they get YOU.

Wood Badge (18+ years old)

Advanced training in leadership skills. Available to all leaders in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing, as well as council and district Scouters.

Youth Protection Training

Required for all registered Scouters. At all times, youth safety is the number one priority. At the same time, adults need to know the rules for keeping themselves safe. Comprehensive Youth Protection Training teaches all the do’s and don’ts of working with youth and is offered online at, or your district or council.

Youth Protection Training for Venturing

Required for Venturing leaders who have direct contact with youth. This training will help leaders understand and guide youth through possible problems as it relates to abuse. You will also learn about how to provide a safer environment for the crew members and to protect yourself from false accusations. Available online at or on a DVD.