Training for Youth & Adult Leaders

What Training Do I need?

All leaders in WLACC must take Youth Protection when they register, and also annually in order to recharter (i.e. YPT should be set to expire the year after what your recharter is for)

Depending on your program, position specific training can be different.

The Council board is implementing is that all “Direct Contact Leads” for the units have the appropriate training for their job.   Direct Contact Leads is defined as:

  • Merit Badge Counselors
  •  Packs
    • Cubmaster
    • Assist Cubmaster
    • Den Leader (all levels)
    • Assist Den Leader (all levels)
  • Troops
    • Scoutmaster
    • Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Venture Crews:
    • Crew Adviser
    • Associate Adviser
  • Ship
    • Skipper
    • Mate
  • Exploring Unit
    • Adviser
    • Associate Adviser

Adult leader training is vital to the success of Scouting programs and insures that a fun, safe and fulfilling experience is provided to each Scout. Some courses may be completed online through All other courses are provided by the council and districts on a regular basis. 

Beyond required training, we encourage adult leaders to take supplemental training such as Wood Badge as well as a variety of our other training courses throughout the year. 

Click here for info on duration of courses and how to take them.  


Training information on the National Council Website

View upcoming training on our calendar

Training Awards

To recognize those who have completed their required training as well as tenure, there are a number of awards available including the “Trained” patch that can be worn on the uniform: Scouter’s Training Awards

Advanced Leader Training

Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader. The leadership skills taught are for volunteers from all Scouting areas including Cub Scouting, ScoutsBSA, Venturing and the district and council. The course is delivered over two weekends or one whole week. The first half of the course utilizes a classroom environment and practical exercised to teach the essentials of leadership. The second half offers classroom and outdoor experiences to help you learn the application of leadership skills. Finally, you will write and complete a “ticket”. The “tickets” consists of five written goals. These goals connect your new leadership knowledge to your role in Scouting. Any adult volunteers who has completed basic training for their registered position can attend.