I expect you've heard the talk of mandatory training for scout leaders coming along. I suppose that's probably really the only way to make it happen - make it required. I'm happy that all but 1 of the Assistant Scoutmasters in our troop have their Trained patch. That's 1 out of 16, and he's just got one more session to complete.
That's just the basic training required to wear the Trained patch. There's a lot of other Coaching that I'd recommend all adult leaders take to improve the safety and success of their unit activities. It shouldn't be taken because it's required for a patch or to do a tour permit - it should be because you want to be as prepared as possible for anything that may happen.
Here's 10 to consider:
- WRFA - Wilderness and Remote First Aid provides leaders exposure to handling emergencies while out scouting. Whether it's a weekend campout or 10-day Philmont trek, this training is vital knowledge. At least two adults on every outing should have this training.
- CPR - Heart problems can occur in adults at any time, whether hiking or at a troop meeting. All adults and youth over 14 should know how to do CPR and be exposed to AED usage.
- Youth Protection (online) - It's mandatory for all BSA volunteers and 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. Every adult that interacts with youth should take it every two years. Required for 'Trained' patch and Scout Leader's Training award.
- Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills - Introduction to the tenderfoot, 2nd class, and 1st class scouting skills so adults can help scouts complete their requirements. It doesn't make sense for someone to sign off on a first aid or knot tying requirement if he doesn't know the skill well himself. All adults that teach or sign off should take it. Required for 'Trained' patch and Scout Leader's Training award.
- Scoutmaster Specific - Three sections to introduce scoutmasters and assistants to the workings of a Boy Scout troop. Good exposure for all parents, and required for 'Trained' patch and Scout Leader's Training award.
- Safe Swim Defense (online) - Learn the safety guidelines for all water activities in the BSA. All swimming activities in Scouting are required to follow the eight principles known collectively as the Safe Swim Defense plan. A unit that follows the plan can expect a safe, enjoyable aquatic experience. Safe Swim Defense is required for BSA tour permits.
- Safety Afloat (online) - Learn the safety guidelines for boating activities in the BSA. All boating activities in Scouting are required to follow the nine principles of Safety Afloat. With an emphasis on accident prevention through proper preparation and skills, a unit that follows Safety Afloat can expect a safe, enjoyable activity. Safety Afloat is required for BSA tour permits for any trip afloat. /li>
- Trek Safely (online) - Learn how to safely plan and lead a high adventure trek using the BSA guidelines. Covers seven key safety points about trekking and is recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of trek. You will watch a brief video broken into two sections and answer questions after each section.
- Climb On Safely (online) - Learn the BSA climbing guidelines. Covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling and is recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of climbing outing. You will watch a brief video broken into three sections and answer questions after each section.
- Weather Hazards (online) - Learn to plan for bad weather and make good decisions when you are out in it. Must be completed prior to requesting a tour permit from the BSA. The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs.
There are also a bunch of Supplemental Training Modules
at scouting.org that cover specific topics.
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