Boy Scouts of America, Greater Colorado Council

Scouts BSA Leader Training

What makes a trained Scouts BSA Leader? Four training modules (five for Scoutmasters and Assistants), available online through . Group training in the districts or councils is also available. 

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all Scouting leaders who have direct contact with youth. It is recommended for parents of all youth as well. YPT teaches appropriate behavior when working with youth. YPT is available online at, as well as through district/council trainings.

Start Training Now

Leaders may immediately begin training online after registering as a leader and before meeting youth members

Position Specific Training

Hands-on training is available to teach leaders how to run meetings and work with youth. Training is available for leaders, assistants, and committee members at, as well as by the district or council.

A direct-contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the trained leader emblem once they have completed the required training courses. There are always more training opportunities available! 

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Training teaches Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters basic outdoor leader skills and is offered by the district or council as hands-on training.

A direct-contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the above-mentioned training courses.

Supplemental Adult Training for Scouts BSA Leaders

Wood Badge

Wood Badge offers advanced training in leadership skills and is available to all leaders in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing, as well as council and district Scouters. Training is offered through the council.

Powder Horn

Powder Horn is a high-adventure resource training provided by the council. It is designed to expose older Scouts and adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high-adventure unit-level program

The Trainer’s EDGE

Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staff. It supplements the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development and is offered through the council.