In ear­ly April, BSA announced the com­ple­tion of online train­ing for unit lead­ers. This doesn’t mean group train­ing is going away. How­ev­er, adding this ser­vice gives you access at any time to get trained. Scout­ing U explained it like this:

Con­tent [is now avail­able] for all pro­grams …around-the-clock on the BSA Learn Cen­ter by log­ging in to Learn­ers who pre­fer to com­plete their cours­es in a face-to-face class­room envi­ron­ment can find course dates by con­tact­ing their local dis­trict and/or coun­cil.

Log­ging in was a bit tougher than I had expect­ed:

  1. Log onto
  2. Click on “BSA Learn Cen­ter” (look to your right under the Youth Pro­tec­tion Shield, then click on the BSA Learn Cen­ter in red).
  3. Pick your pro­gram under Pro­gram Spe­cif­ic Train­ing (Ven­tur­ing, Boy Scout­ing or Cub Scout­ing).
  4. Select a train­ing pro­gram for your posi­tion (see below).

eLearning-for-Boy-Scout-leaders-2Once you are in, you will build your own train­ing cat­a­log. Mod­ules range from five to 15 min­utes in length, and they are designed to be com­plet­ed at your own pace—all at once or one at a time, but always when you need them.

The mod­ules are grouped into three learn­ing plans:

  • Com­plete before the first meet­ing
  • Com­plete with­in the first 30 days in your vol­un­teer role
  • Com­plete to become “posi­tion trained”

Each mod­ule records what you’ve done and where you are, so you can return to review any sec­tion at any time.

For most posi­tions, there are three hours or less of total train­ing. Best of all, you can take what you need when you want to take it in the con­ve­nience of your home. If you are not sure what your cat­a­log should include, just click here for Posi­tion Trained Require­ments for all Scout­ing­Pro­grams.Your Learning Plan Catalog

Cours­es include:

  • All Ven­tur­ing, Boy Scout and Cub Scout train­ing (except Intro to Out­door Leader Skills), includ­ing Leader-spe­cif­ic Train­ing and ori­en­ta­tion cours­es.
  • For Com­mit­tees, this new train­ing replaces the old Com­mit­tee Chal­lenge
  • There is a new mod­ule for Mer­it Badge Coun­selor training/
  • All of these train­ings, when com­plete, will update the indi­vid­u­als train­ing record auto­mat­i­cal­ly if you log in with your mem­ber num­ber the first time to set up your account (get your mem­ber num­ber from your unit’s inter­net advance­ment coor­di­na­tor).

In their announce­ment, Scout­ing U said they were “pleased to bring learn­ing clos­er to home with the launch of Boy Scout eLearn­ing con­tent.”

Work­ing close­ly with a team of Boy Scout pro­gram experts and expe­ri­enced vol­un­teers, spe­cif­ic con­tent was devel­oped to pro­vide a high-qual­i­ty learn­ing expe­ri­ence while cre­at­ing an addi­tion­al train­ing option for lead­ers and vol­un­teers who need to com­plete their posi­tion-spe­cif­ic train­ing require­ments for the Boy Scout pro­gram.

Nine­teen mod­ules, each rang­ing from 4–12 min­utes in length, were designed to be viewed over a peri­od of time, and can be com­plet­ed on any time of day, from any loca­tion. These mod­ules are a valu­able resource for lead­ers to refer to when need­ed.

For unit and assis­tant unit lead­ers, com­ple­tion of the required eLearn­ing mod­ules for your role — in addi­tion to the com­ple­tion of the Intro­duc­tion to Out­door Leader Skills (IOLS) face-to-face course — will trig­ger you as posi­tion-trained in the BSA Learn Cen­ter.

These online mod­ules replace the Troop Com­mit­tee Chal­lenge for posi­tion-trained require­ments for Com­mit­tee Chairs and Com­mit­tee Mem­bers. If you are already posi­tion trained, it will not affect your trained sta­tus.

Last fall, as Scout­ing U launched the new BSA Learn Cen­ter, they said it was designed “to pro­vide new and robust meth­ods of deliv­er­ing learn­ing to lead­ers” and it is “self-paced, allow­ing the vol­un­teer to com­plete the train­ing as quick­ly as they would like.”

They also sug­gest­ed:

Keep up to date on new con­tent by select­ing the “What’s New” tab in the BSA Learn­Cen­ter. New con­tent will be added reg­u­lar­ly to sup­port our vol­un­teers.”

Darryl Alder
Darryl is a full time professional Scouter for Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives. But his pride in Scouting is his service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative and Commissioner.

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