Training for Youth & Adult Leaders

WLACC Training Calendar

What Training Do I need?

Youth Protection
All leaders in WLACC must take Youth Protection training 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)

California Assembly Bill 506
California Assembly Bill 506 (AB 506) was passed by the State of California requiring volunteers and staff of Youth Service Organizations to complete training in child abuse and neglect reporting, and undergo Live Scan background checks.

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

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

Merit Badge Counselors

⚜ Cubmaster
⚜ Assist Cubmaster
⚜ Den Leader (all levels)
⚜ Assist Den Leader (all levels)

⚜ Scoutmaster
⚜ Assistant Scoutmaster

Venture Crews
⚜ Crew Adviser
⚜ Associate Adviser

⚜ Skipper
⚜ Mate

Exploring Units
⚜ 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. 

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, Scouts BSA, 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. Register for 2024 Wood Badge here