What is? Who is it for? Do I need it? How long is it good for?
Fast Start training is the initial training for adult leaders in the traditional Scouting programs and consists of video-taped programs and written guides. Tapes are the primary training tool available for leaders in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Venturing provides a written guide entitled New Crew Start-Up Orientation and a supplemental video tape. Each program can be checked out from the Council Service Center (504-889-0388).
Basic Leader Training for adult leaders consists of two primary components with a third for Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters. New Leader Essentials for all leaders and Leader Specific training based on position constitute the core of Basic Leader Training. In addition, Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters are required to take the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills course. Basic leadership training for youth Boy Scouts and Venturers takes place in the Troop or Crew. Once an adult leader had completed his or her program's Fast Start and New Leader Essentials training, it's time to move on to Leader Specific training.
New Leader Essentials is a 90 minute introductory session for all leaders that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting. It addressed how these aims and methods are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Videos, discussions, and hands-on reinforcement are presented during the 90-minute training session.
Ideally, all unit-based volunteers - Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders - take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they serve. Each leader completes New Leader Essentials only once.
The benefits of New Leader Essentials are:
Assistance in implementing the full Scouting program with chartered organizations.
A better understanding of the advantages of encouraging youth and adult vulunteers to move through the traditional program as their youth mature.
An awareness of the different aspects of the Scouting ptogram, which may result in leaders taking advantage of those programs for a child in a different age group.
Cub Scout Leader Specific Training - Tiger Cub den leaders, Cub Scout den leaders, Webelos den leaders, Cubmasters, and pack committee members can complete this training in one day or two or three evenings. The leader is considered trained upon completion of New Leader Essentials and the Leader Specific training for his or her position.
(Approxamate session time Tiger Cub den leaders 2 hours, 35 minutes; Cub Scout den leaders 2 hours, 40 minutes; Webelos den leaders 2 hours, 55 minutes; Cubmasters and assistants 2 hours, 40 minutes; Pack committee members 2 hours, 40 minutes)
Boy Scout Leader Specific Training - For Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Coaches, this training is divided into four parts. The first three parts concentrate on troop operation and can be completed in one full day or three evenings. The forth part, which focuses on outdoor skills, lasts approximately a day and a half, depending on the skill level of the new leader. The new Boy Scout leader is considered trained upon completion of New Leader Essentials, Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific training, and the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills course.
For troop committee members, Leader Specific training includes the Troop Committee Challenge. By following the Troop Committee Syllabus, participants can complete the challenge in three hours, after which they are considered trained.
(Approximate session time Scoutmasters and assistants 3 sessions, 2.5 hours each; Troop committee members 3 hours)
Venturing Leader Specific Training - Developed for Venturing Advisors, associate Advisors, and crew committee members, this training incorporates Venturing's adult leader training. New Leader Essentials and Venturing Leader Specific training can be completed in one day, after which the leader is considered to be trained.
(Approxamate session time Venturing crew Advisors 5 hours; Venturing crew committee members
Supplemental Training includes a variety of training experiences designed to give additional information on specific areas within the Scouting Program. Roundtable, BALOO, High Adventure, and Youth Protection training are but a few of the supplemental training opportunities offered by Southeast Louisiana Council. Additionally, both youth and adult supplemental training courses are also offered through the National Council at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico and at the Florida Sea Base as well as regionally conducted Powder Horn for adult Venturing leaders.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is a full day course designed for all new Cub Scout leaders and parents of Cub Scouts. This training is designed to provide the initial and basic information adults need to successfully take a pack overnight camping. As such, it is designed to focus on the requirements for boys of Cub Scout age. BALOO training gives each trainee information on equipment, health and safety, first aid, campfires, locating campsites, outdoor cooking, and much more.
Outdoor Webelos Leadership (OWL) focuses on teaching the new Webelos Leader how to prepare, plan and run a quality outdoor event for Webelos aged Scouts. Conducted in an outdoor environment, the course can be either an all day event or may include an overnight campout. Outdoor Webelos Leadership builds on information taught in BALOO and gives more detained information on equipment, health and safety, first aid, campfires, locating campsites, outdoor cooking, and much more. Completion of Webelos Leader Outdoor training is a requirement for Cub Scout leaders to earn the Webelos Den Leader Award. Webelos Leader Outdoor training usually takes place annually.
Outdoor Leadership Skills (OLS)is a manditory course for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches seeking to complete their basic training requirements. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders as it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.
The course is a day and a half long, but a leader can move at an accelerated pace by demonstrating mastery of a specific skill. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than attending the course. Like the rest of Basic Leader Training that includes New Leader Essentials and Leader Specific training, delivery of Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the responsibility of the council and district training committees.
This training provides some of the traditional trainings as well as supplemental hour long courses to help fill in the gaps. Topics fall under one of the five colleges including: General Scouting, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Commissioner College. This is hosted by the Southeast Louisiana Council one day a year, generally in November, and it is open to all registered adult leaders, Venturing youth members, and scouts wanting to be trained a den chiefs.
Youth Protection TrainingBecause of the great concern the Boy Scouts of America has for the problem of child abuse in our society, the Youth Protection Program has been developed to help safeguard both youth and adult members. Southeast Louisiana Council maintains an active Youth Protection Training Program designed to give parents and their children basic information that will increase their awareness and sense of power to assist in their own self-protection.
Youth Protection Training is conducted during all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing Basic training courses. Furthermore, the Commissioner Service can provide individual units this training upon request. In addition, training tapes for youth members are available for check-out at the Council Service Center.
As part of the National Quality Unit Award requirements, one registered adult in the unit must be assigned responsibility for unit Youth Protection Training. In addition, this training is required by the National Council for adult leaders attending National Council events and camps.
Trainer Development Conference (TDC)is designed to acquaint adult leaders with the basic elements of training Scout leaders and the key skills required to do so. It provides both the theory and practical information needed to staff Scouting's numerous training courses. This course is applicable for all programs from Cub Scouts through Venturing, and for both youth and adult training. The TDC is a must for all of those interested in becoming trainers on the council training team.
The Trainer Development Conference is a one day course offered by the Southeast Louisiana Council Training team once a year, usually in August. While attendance is by invitation, those wishing to attend may inquire at the Council Service Center.
District Committee Workshop is an annual course designed to provide new district committee members with the training they need to effectively carry out the responsibilities of running the district. This course is considered "basic training" for all District Committee members.
>As a "basic training" course, completing the District Committee Workshop qualifies you as a Trained Leader, and makes you eligible to wear the Trained patch for your position.
Chartered Organization Representative Training- The Chartered Organization Representative is a key link between the chartered organization, the unit, and the council. In order to assist individuals in this role understand their responsibilities, Southeast Louisiana Council conducts Chartered Organization Representative Training on an annual basis. This training is presented by the council professional staff.
The half-day course covers the requirements for successfully fulfilling the Chartered Organization Representative position. Attendees learn their functions within the chartered organization and as voting members of the council. For questions about Chartered Organization Representative Training contact your District Executive.
Commissioner Supplemental Trainingis an ongoing process designed to continue as long as an individual is registered. Once a Unit Commissioner has completed the The Unit Commissioner - Helping Units Succeed video and Commissioner Basic Training he/she has just begun.
The Arrowhead Honor is the next level of Commissioner training. Worn only by Commissioners and Roundtable Staff members, it is a symbol of competence. Successful completion is the result of performance and the ability to put training into practice.
The Commissioner's Key is an important training award for completing Commissioner Basic Training, the Arrowhead Honor projects, and three years registered Commissioner service within a five year period. Roundtable Commissioners must also complete Fast Start and basic training for Cub Scout or Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioners.
Continuing Education is on ongoing process which takes place at the District Commissioner staff meeting. At these meetings the District Commissioner presents a new training topic each month.
The annual council Commissioner's Conference is a major training event at the council level. In Southeast Louisiana Council courses from the College of Commissioner Science and topical training issues are presented.
While Southeast Louisiana Council does not conduct a College of Commissioner Science, we promote and encourage attendance at colleges held by neighboring councils.
Philmont Training Center
(PTC) is nestled in the foothils of the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Northwest New Mexico near near Cimarron. Rich in history and natural beauty, this area offers exciting, educational experiences for the entire family. PTC has served as the National Training Center for the Boy Scouts of America since 1950. A variety of week long conferences will be conducted for unit, district, and council volunteers and professionals. Each conference features the latest tools, audiovisuals, and techniques led by a faculty of experienced Scouters. The conference schedule permits ample time for family activities, day hiking, and recreation. Invitations to these conferences are initiated through your council service center. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
Families arrive on Sunday and depart the following Saturday. Meals are served in dining halls. Housing is in large, two-person platform wall tents, equipped with electricity, located near showers, restrooms, medical facilities, and recreation areas.
Advanced Training Wood Badge as the core leadership training course for adult leaders from all programs within the BSA. For the youth in Boy Scouts, Southeast Louisiana Council conducts council level Junior Leadership Training, Buckskin. The national council also supports annual Nature of Leadership treks for Venturing youth members. Wood Badge Course for 2006