This section provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our
members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program. Many of the courses can be taken online. A login is
required, but anyone
may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as
part of the user profile) to receive credit.
All Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, and Committee Members in the Susquehanna Council are required to
be trained for their positions. A Scout leader is entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has
important training courses.
Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection training 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. At the end of
three instructional units, you will
take a test. This course must be completed to be a registered Adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
This free online course must be completed annually. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.
Philmont Training Center
The Philmont Training Center (PTC) provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional
The Trainer’s EDGE
The Trainer’s EDGE is the required train-the-trainer
course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and
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.
Teaching Leave No Trace
The purpose of this website is to further Leave No Trace skills and awareness of outdoor ethics.
Camp Health Officer Training
This presentation provides a detailed briefing for individuals selected to serve as a camp health officer at a
council or district camping facility.
Safe Swim Defense
All swimming activities in Scouting are required to follow the eight basic principles known collectively as the
Safe Swim Defense plan. A unit that follows the plan can expect a safe, enjoyable aquatic experience.
All boating activities in Scouting are required to follow the nine basic 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 any trip afloat.
“Trek Safely” covers seven key safety points about trekking and is recommended for adult leaders
organizing any type of trek.
“Climb On Safely” covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling and is recommended for
adult leaders organizing any type of climbing outing.
Hazardous Weather training has recently been added to required training for Scoutmasters. The module presents
safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional