Leadership Training Information

updated: March 14, 2014

News and Highlights


100% Position Trained Policy

Tidewater Council Executive Board established a policy requiring all Unit Leaders (e.g. - Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coaches, Crew Advisors, Skippers and Post Advisors) and Committee Chairs are trained in their position in 2013 prior to renewing their charter for 2014. 

Commencing with the 2014 unit rechartering cycle for the 2015 charter year, all council units must have their Unit Leader and all Direct Contact Leaders and Assistant Scoutmasters, primary or multiple registration, fully trained under these same basic guidelines.  Direct Contact Leaders are: Tiger Den Leaders, Den Leaders, Webelos Leaders, and Leaders of 11-year old Scouts - LDS; primary or multiple registration.

Click on the links for a copy of the full policy and frequently asked questions (FAQs).  To check the status of your training, go to MyScouting.org and log in, select Training Validation and enter either your user name or BSA ID number. Please make sure you have selected All Training.


To update your training record for missing training, complete the Adult Training Record form along with evidence of training completion - e.g. training pocket certificate, training attendance report.  Contact your District Training Chairman  for additional information.



Welcome to the Tidewater Leadership Training Committee Site!
I would like to welcome you to our Leadership Training Committee Web Site. We at Tidewater try to provide you with a wide assortment of training opportunities in both the required courses and the supplemental courses. Whether you are involved in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, or Venturing Program, we have the training that you need to “Get Train, Then Lead.” We on the Leadership Training Committee have a firm belief that Every Scout deserves a trained leader. Every leader deserves to be trained.”

This may sound idealistic, but we get trained, and remain current in our training, so that we can serve the youth in the Scouting program. Yes, techniques change over time. Scouting goes through continuous improvement. We need to stay current with our training. I am surprised by Scouters who were trained 10 – 20 years ago, who feel that they have no need of further training. This is not a philosophy held by industry, professions, or government. I certainly hope that my doctor stays current on the latest in the medical profession! So while basic training (Position Specific Training, Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills) do not expire, I encourage you to keep current on the latest techniques. Hey! Join the District Leadership Training Team. We could use your help, and you can stay current at the same time.


Youth Protection Training is available at http://myscouting.org.  Create your personal account on this website by following the screen prompts.  If you currently do not have a membership identification number, you can still create your personal account and take any training course on the site.  Please feel free to access and complete ANY other leader training while you are on the site and attach copies of those completion certificates to your registration application also.


When your registration is completed you will receive a membership card listing your membership identification number.  Please go back to your personal account on http://myscouting.org and update your profile with that membership identification number.


For more information on training opportunities, please contact a member of the Council Training Committee.

A cornerstone of the Boy Scout programs is training. There are many opportunities available to youth at various levels to further develop. Some of these trainings will be conducted in your unit; others are available for you to work on by yourself. Here is what training is scheduled in the next couple of months


District Date Course Location
Albemarle 22-Mar-14 BALOO Camden UMC; Camden, NC
Three Rivers 22-Mar-14 Webelos Leader Outdoor Skills Training Camp Moonyah, Chesapeake
Three Rivers 25-Mar-14 Charter Representative Training Oak Grove UMC, Chesapeake
Three Rivers 25-Mar-14 Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Oak Grove UMC, Chesapeake
Council 29-Mar-14 National Youth Leadership Experience Hope Haven
Council 5-Apr-14 Trainer's EDGE  
Three Rivers 12-Apr-14 Cub Scout Leader Specific Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake
Bayside 12-Apr-14 Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Council Service Center
Albemarle 12-Apr-14 Scoutmaster Specific Pasquotank Co. Ruritans Club
Princess Anne 12-Apr-14 Scoutmaster Specific  
Three Rivers 26-April-14 Religious Emblems Programs Workshop Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake
Princess Anne 2-May-14 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills  
Three Rivers 2-May-14 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills NALF Fentress Airfield, Chesapeake
Princess Anne 8-May-14 Scoutmaster Specific (3-Part)  
Council 9-May-14 Wood Badge Pipsico Scout Reservation
Bayside 17-May-14 Cub Scout Leader Specific  
Bayside 17-May-14 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Camp Baker, Chesapeake
Three Rivers 17-May-14 Scoutmaster Specific Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake
Albemarle 30-May-14 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills 4H Treasure Point Camp, Camden
Council 31-May-14 Wilderness & Remote First Aid Council Service Center
Albemarle 31-May-14 Webelos Leader Outdoor Skills Training 4H Treasure Point Camp, Camden
Venturing 7-Jun-14 Venture Leader Specific  
Bayside 14-Jun-14 Den Chief Orientation  
Albemarle 28-Jun-14 Charter Representative Training  



Wood Badge 2014

You can expect fun and fellowship at a Wood Badge course, but much more awaits you. No umbrella-topped drinks served poolside, no quality time with your Kindle, and no seaweed body wrap. Is Wood Badge a stress-free vacation? No. But for a vacation that tests your limits, give meaning to your time spent in Scouting and makes your job as a leader easier, just say yes to Scouting’s pre-eminent training course for adults.
Your deluxe 6-day all inclusive Wood Badge experience comes with decades of Scouting, knowledge, a skilled and helpful staff and a guided tour through the entire Scouting program. And the cost is less than a single night at a fancy 5-Star hotel.

The Tidewater Council course will be offered on two weekends.  The first session will be held May 9-11 and the second June 7 - 9.  These courses start early on the first day and will end after lunch on the third day.  You can contact the Course Director, Dave Berger with any and all questions. To register for this awesome experience complete this form and submit with a $100 deposit to request registration in the 2014 Wood Badge course at Pipsico. The remainder of the fee is due by April 1, 2014. Space is limited to the first 48 fully paid registrants.


National Youth Leadership Training      EARLY BIRD EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 8, 2014

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Summer Session 2014 will be held at Hope Haven, Virginia Beach. The course is open to members of Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, Sea Scout Ships, Varsity Teams and Explorer Posts.

NYLT Spring Session 2014 will be delivered in a 2-weekend program.
March 28-30, 2014 (Weekend #1) & April 4-6, 2014 (Weekend #2)

Click here for NYLT Application

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth with the leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Every unit should have at least one representative attending NYLT Spring Session 2014. NYLT is the highest level of training a Scout can take at the council level. In order to attend NYLT, youth must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills prior to the course convene date. Graduates of NYLT are then eligible to attend the ultimate in national BSA youth training at Philmont called National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE).

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, KNOW, and DO. The content is delivered in a team-oriented, outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. The key elements are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills truly come alive the last training day as the team goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

The new NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

Podcast Topics

Cubcast – The Importance of Adult Recognition

Doesn’t it feel good when someone acknowledges or notices something you’ve done? It’s ok! Admit it! It does feel good to get that “pat on the back.” So when that parent sets up the chairs or that volunteer builds a set for the pack skits, go ahead – express that gratitude! How do you go about doing that, you ask? Just click any of the buttons below as Sara Seaborne, a 40-year volunteer with Hoosier Trails Council in Bloomington, Indiana, shares her expertise, not only in some fun ways to show your appreciation, but also why it’s so important to do so.

 Scoutcast – New Program Features

It’s true! Troop Program Features will soon become simply Program Features! Why? Because these 48 new modules can be used not only by troops, but also by Varsity teams and Venturing crews! You want to be prepared with how to use them, right? We called Program Features Task Force Chairman Jim Virgin, from Portland, Oregon, to share all the new and exciting activities Program Features has to offer!

Wilderness and Remote First Aid

It's essential that you have some basic principles of wilderness first aid and know how to apply them, even under stress. Even knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency situation. You can treat minor injuries and keep serious casualties stable until further help is available. Although there are innumerable injuries and ailments that could affect you, as long as you learn the basic principles of first aid, you can apply them to almost any situation

Who should attend: All High Adventure Bases requires that at least one person (preferably two) in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness First Aid or the equivalent and CPR from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or the equivalent.It is also recommended for any unit that is conducting backcountry hiking or camping trips.  This course is open to all Scouts over the age of 14 and adult Scouters.


The next course is scheduled for May 31 and June 1. Please register early as space is limited.  A list will be maintained to prioritize and schedule a second course if needed.


The eventual goal of the training team is to have every leader trained.  Here is how we are doing towards that goal.  Highlighted in green are those positions already at 100% trained.  Those highlighted in purple are the positions less than 50% trained; in gold are those over 75% leaders trained.

Position/ Program Type % Trained
Council Totals Albemarle Three Rivers Princess Anne Bayside Venturing Exploring
Tiger Cub Den Leader - T 46.3 50 62.5 54.5 10 N/A
Asst. Den Leader - CS 58 25 82.4 50 9.1 N/A
Den Leader - CS 73.6 66.7 88.5 62.9 60.9 N/A
Assistant Webelos Leader - W 84.8 N/A 94.4 81.8 50 N/A
Webelos Leader - W 83.7 62.5 97.4 72.7 76.5 N/A
Assistant Cubmaster - C 76 50 100 62.5 66.7 N/A
Committee Chairman - C 94.9 87.5 100 93.8 92.3 N/A
Cubmaster - C 94.9 87.5 100 93.8 92.3 N/A
Chartered Organization Rep. - C 47.5 0 77.3 25 53.8 N/A
Committee Member - C 49.2 47.4 61.3 50 23.7 N/A
Pack Trainer - C 62.5 100 75 50 0 N/A
Leader of 11-Year-Old Scouts - S 50 0 100 0 N/A N/A
Committee Chairman - S 100 100 100 100 100 N/A
Chartered Organization Rep. - S 54.9 30 73.3 35.3 57.1 N/A
Committee Member - S 66.6 44.6 83 65 46.5 N/A
Assistant Scoutmaster - S 64.5 47.4 82.4 52.6 46.5 N/A
Scoutmaster - S 97.2 100 100 100 85.7 N/A
Committee Chairman - V 100 100 N/A 100 N/A N/A
Chartered Organization Rep. - V 0 0 N/A 0 N/A N/A
Committee Member - V 60 100 N/A 33.3 N/A N/A
Assistant Varsity Coach - V 0 N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A
Varsity Scout Coach - V 100 100 N/A 100 N/A N/A
Committee Chairman - P 100 N/A N/A 100 100 100
Chartered Organization Rep. - P 50 N/A N/A 0 100 50
Committee Member - P 67.8 N/A N/A 85.7 0 68
Venturing Crew Assoc. Advisor - P 55.3 N/A N/A 100 100 48.5
Venturing Crew Advisor - P 92.9 N/A N/A 100 0 100
Committee Chairman - R 100 N/A N/A N/A N/A 100
Chartered Organization Rep. - R 50 N/A N/A N/A N/A 50
Committee Member - R 30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mate - R 50 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Skipper - R 100 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Explorer Post Advisor - E 50 N/A N/A N/A N/A 50
Post Committee Chairman - E 50 N/A N/A N/A N/A 50
Post Committee Member - E 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A 0


What does it take be considered "TRAINED"

Regardless of position all registered leaders need to take the appropriate Youth Protection course for their program.  There is a different Youth Protection for Venturing and Exploring then for Cub and Boy Scouts.  The full What Does It Take form can be viewed here; below is the same information without the codes. This download will explain the codes.

Cub Scouts

Leader-Specific (by position)

    All courses are available on-line at www.MyScouting.org

    They can also be taken as a facilitated course; check the council calendar for dates.


Boy Scouts

Leader-Specific (by position)

   Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific is a facilitated course

   Troop Committee Challenge is available on-line at www.MyScouting.org

Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills is required for SM and SA


Varsity Scouting

Leader-Specific (by position)

   Varsity Coach/Assistant Coach Specific is a facilitated course

Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills is required for VC and VA



Venturing Leader Specific is a facilitated course and is for all positions


Sea Scouting

Sea Scout Leader Specific is a facilitated course and is for all positions

Training Awards for Adult Leaders in Units
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress record forms with the 2012 requirements for these awards can be found at the links below

Training Recertification

Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up to date with current information and methods means some of the BSA's training courses need to be retaken every couple of years.

 We all know about Youth Protection training, but there are some others—including some that have recently been added to the list. Courses that can be taken on-line are bolded.

Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid.  Courses in bold can be taken on-line at www.MyScouting.org.

 ·        Youth Protection—Tidewater Council requires Youth Protection must be valid through charter year for every adult

·         National Camping School—good for five camping seasons

·         Safe Swim Defense—every two years

·         Paddle Craft Safety—every three years

·         Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue—every three years

·         BSA Lifeguard—every three years

·         Visitation training—every two years

·         Climbing Lead Instructor—every two years

·         Climbing Instructor—every two years

·         COPE/Climbing Inspector—every two years

·         Safety Afloat—every two years

·         Saw Safety—every two years

·         Trainer’s EDGE—every three years

·         Hazardous Weather—every two years

·         Physical Wellness—every two years

·         Climb On Safely—every two years

·         Trek Safely—every two years



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Serving the youth of Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina
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