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Additional Training Opportunities

The most important training you can complete as an adult leader is the basic training for your registered leadership position. But once you've done that, there are many other training opportunities that can teach you new skills and improve skills you already have. See the list below for a listing of council-level supplemental training courses offered throughout the year.

Advancement Training
The Council Advancement Committee offers training in Cub Scout Advancement, Boy Scout Advancement, as well as a Life to Eagle Seminar. Please see the Council Advancement page for a list of trainings and dates.

BALOO for Cub Scout Leaders
BALOO, or Basic Adult Outdoor Orientation teaches and demonstrates the skills necessary to carry out a successful first time Cub Scout-level camping activity. In order to take a Cub Scout Pack family camping at least one (more is better) adult must be BALOO trained. No other outdoor training course will be accepted for the local tour permit. It is a requirement of the BSA Local Tour Plan.

Climbing and Rappelling Instructor Training
Climb on Safely requires that a qualified rock climbing instructor who is at least 21 years of age supervise all BSA climbing/rappelling activities. This is the course will qualify you to be that qualified rock climbing instructor for your unit.

CPR/AED/First Aid
Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.

Participants also learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults as well as infants and children under the age of 12. Additionally, participants learn how to use automatic external defibrillators

Course completion will result in issuance of an Adult & Child CPR/AED Certification Card and a First Aid Certification Card valid for two (2) years.

CPR/First Aid Training, January 24, 2015

CPR/First Aid Training, February 14, 2015

CPR/First Aid Training, March 14, 2015

CPR/First Aid Training, May 2, 2015

CPR/First Aid Training, June 6, 2015

Leave No Trace Trainer Course
The LNT Trainer Course is a vital component of the Leave No Trace program. Participants receive further education in Leave No Trace skills and ethics in a two-day condensed format as well as skills and techniques for disseminating those low impact skills to others. Upon completion, participants will be registered with as a recognized trainer and will be outfitted with training materials and resources.

Lord Baden-Powell University
The purpose of Lord Baden-Powell University of Scouting (LBPU) is to provide introductory, supplemental, and advanced training for ALL functions related to commissioner service, membership, finance, and program for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Varsity, and Sea Scouting. Much of the specialization provided only at LBPU is the strength found in our offering this innovative curriculum. LBPU is there to augment the training programs existing within the local councils. Check the LBPU web site for complete information.

Okpik - Cold Weather Camping Training
Okpik has two aims. One is to train the individual to be able to enjoy the outdoors and a camping experience in cold weather (and let's face it, its not always warm and dry when Scouters camp). The second aim is to train the trainer. We want to train Scout leaders and experienced Scouts in the unique skills of cold weather camping so that they can take the knowledge and skills they have learned on the course and bring them back to their units. We want to see all Scout units extend their camping season to all 12 months of the year. Check the Okpik web page for complete information.

Outdoor Skills for Webelos Leaders
This course is designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants. It teaches outdoor-related skills and activity badge instruction through demonstration and hands-on practice. Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den. It is offered the council training committee.

Shooting Sports
Archery Basic Instructor Training
The Basic Certification course will teach you to be a safe and effective instructor. The course introduces how to teach archery. It focuses on safety, range set-up, basic equipment setup and repair and teaching the basic steps of shooting. Each student will receive a packet with the basic book, all required paperwork and a 3-year certification.

Cub Scout Archery and BB Gun Training
This training is required for leaders to run Council or District Shooting events for Cub Scout aged Youth.

NRA Pistol Instructor Course
This course certifies you as a NRA instructor, assistant instructor, or apprentice instructor, depending on age.

NRA Shotgun Instructor Course
This course certifies you as a NRA instructor, assistant instructor, or apprentice instructor, depending on age.

Summer Camp Shooting Sports Sports Staff Training
This training is required for Archery and BB Gun staff and Program Directors for Cub Scout Day Camp and Resident Camp as well as Shooting Sports staff and Program Directors for Camp Napowan.

The Trainer's Edge
The purpose of the Trainer's EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to "train the trainer" on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

Wilderness First Aid
We are offering the American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course. It has been developed in conjunction with the BSA and is based on the 2010 BSA Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines. This is THE course for those who work, live, or play in remote areas - away from the usual EMS service. Philmont requires that at least one person (preferably two) in each crew is certified in Wilderness and Remote First Aid. Please plan ahead!

Course pre-requisites: You MUST hold a current certification in Adult CPR/AED on the date of the course. Participants must also be a minimum of 14 years of age. These are Red Cross requirements - no exceptions. No re-certifications are possible with this course. Certification is valid for 2 years.

Wilderness and Remote First Aid 2/28-3/1/2015

Wilderness and Remote First Aid 3/21-3/22/2015

Wood Badge
Wood Badge draws on over a century of leadership training experience within the Scouting movement, and is the premier leadership training course within the BSA Training Continuum. It focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with groups of youth and adults. It truly is cutting edge training for the 21st century. Incorporating leadership concepts that are used in corporate America, the course teaches participants the basics of listening, communicating, valuing people, team development, situational leadership, problem solving, and managing conflict. Once the skill is learned, each member is given the opportunity to use the skill as a member of a successful working team. At the conclusion of the course, each participant develops a set of personal goals related to his or her Scouting role. Working toward these goals allows each participant to practice and demonstrate new skills. The course is for all Scouters - Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, as well as all District and Council leaders . . .all Scouting volunteers are welcome. For complete information, please visit more info or register.

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