Training Calendar

Updated 01/02/2018   NEW items in red. 

“Every Scout deserves a trained leader”

On this page you will find:

  • listing of minimum, required training
  • an overview of BSA training
  • a calendar of all training offered during the year with registration links where available.

Admittedly, BSA training requirements can feel complicated and confusing.  Some training is required based on your scouting position.  Other training is required depending on the activity your unit is participating in.  Additional training is not ‘required’ but helpful and should still be taken.


Minimum Required Training

To be considered “Trained” in your scouting position you must complete the following 3 courses.  This is the minimum training you should expect to receive!  Once completed you can and should wear the “Trained” patch beneath your position patch on your sleeve.

  • Scoutmaster and Assistants:
    • Scoutmaster Specific (in person, valid for life)
    • Youth Protection (online, valid for 2 years)
    • Introduction to Outdoor Skills (IOLS) (in person, overnight, valid for life)
  • Varsity Coach and Assistants:
    • Youth Protection (online, valid for 2 years)
    • Recommended:  Introduction to Outdoor Skills (IOLS) (in person, overnight, valid for life)
  • Venturing Advisor and assistants:
    • Youth Protection (online, valid for 2 years)
    • Recommended:  Introduction to Outdoor Skills (IOLS) (in person, overnight, valid for life)

BSA Training Overview

  • One-page summary of training required by BSA position (related to the Troop, Team, Crew, Committees, and Chartered Org Rep) and supplemental training required for various activities (including camping, boating, swimming, backpacking, hiking, rafting, climbing, flying, etc.)
  • A brief overview of what training is offered by BSA can be found by clicking HERE.
  • Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all BSA registered adults, including merit badge counselors, and takes about 25 min to complete.  It can be taken through your individual my.scouting.org account.  It must be renewed every 2 years.  The council will drop leaders whose training lapses forcing that leader to re-apply and possibly causing the unit’s charter to be in danger of being dropped.  Avoid administrative nightmares–please don’t let your YPT lapse!
  • Leader Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) training are required once and are only available “in-person”.  These courses are offered twice per year by the Highlands Ranch stake, and other times during the year through the Arapahoe District  and other districts in the Denver Area Council.
  • Depending on the activity, supplemental safety training courses are required.  Each course can be completed online through your account at my.scouting.org and is valid for 2 years .  To receive a Tour and Activity Permit from the Denver Area Council (required by church policy), at least one person on the outing must have current training in the following:
    • Hazardous Weather:  (all outings)
    • Safe Swim Defense:  (when swimming)
    • Safety Afloat:  (when boating)
    • Climb On Safely: 20-25 min course (when climbing indoors or out; teaches safety not skills)
    • Trek Safely: 10 min course (when backpacking, camping, biking, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, canoeing, skiing, snowshoeing, caving, etc.)
  • Any units planning to use rifles or shotguns must have an individual who is NRA certified on site during the activity.
  • CPR Training (as offered by the Red Cross or other certified organizations) is usually recommended but may be required for some types of outings.
  • Also, other districts in the area offer training if the dates below do not work–look through the Council website for a more complete listing.
  • Specialized training in Aquatics and Shooting Sports are also available:
    • Overview of BSA Aquatics Training.
    • Those interested in general firearm training (NRA certification, Rifle, etc.), can click HERE for an overview of requirements.   See calendar below for Rifle and Shotgun NRA Certification Training dates.  Any time your unit participates in a shooting activity an NRA certified range officer must be in attendance to supervise the activity.
  • Ongoing understanding of scouting and its aims and methods is beneficial, and some of that can be received by attending monthly Roundtable (1st Thursday of the month, stake center, 7pm) and other opportunities facilitated by the stake young men presidency.

2018 Scouting Training Schedule

Links to registration will be provided as they are made available. 

Additional courses will be listed as they are publicized. 

A complete list of all training opportunities offered within the Council can be accessed HERE.  Courses listed below are geographically close to Highlands Ranch but there are other options in other parts of the city.  

April 2018

  • 20th/21st:  Stake IOLS BSA training, overnight. Required for all scout leaders!!  Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures, 12163 S Perry Park Rd., Larkspur, CO 80118, USA
  • Registration Required:  send email to hrstakeiols@gmail.com

Archived 2017 Training Events

January 2017

  • Jan. 12:  District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Jan. 12: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.
  • Jan. 14: Commissioner Basic Training
  • Jan. 21: BSA training in Arvada, all training starts at 8 am and most go until noon.  $10 fee for each of these training sessions.  Specific courses include:
    • Crew Committee Challenge and Venturing Leader Specific Training
    • Troop Committee Challenge
    • Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position Specific Training
    • Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader Position Specific Training
    • Pack Committee Challenge
    • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Position Specific
    • Chartered Organization Representative

February 2017

  • Feb. 2: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Feb. 2: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.
  • Feb. 4:  College of Commissioner Science.  Variety of training offered throughout the day.  Commissioners  can work toward bachelors, masters, and doctorate “degrees” in commissioner “science” by attending these courses and furthering their knowledge of scouting matters.
  • Feb. 23: Stake BSA Leader Specific Training Night, 6:30-9pm, stake center

March 2017

  • March 2: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • March 2: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.

April 2017

  • April 6: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • April 6: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.
  • April 7-8:   Stake IOLS BSA training, overnight. Scoutmasters, 11year old scout leaders, Varsity Coaches and Venture Crew Advisers and their assistants MUST have this training by February 2018.  This is a one-time (good for life) training for all scout leaders.  Location is Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures, 12163 S Perry Park Rd., Larkspur, CO 80118.  Begins 5:30 pm Friday and ends 4:30 pm Saturaday.  Scoutmasters, 11year old scout leaders, Varsity Coaches and Venture Crew Advisers and their assistants MUST have this training by February 2018.
  • April 15: Commissioner Basic Training

May 2017

  • May 4: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • May 4: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.

June 2017

  • June 1: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • June 1: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.

August 2017

  • Aug. 3: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Aug. 3: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.
  • Aug. 12: Commissioner Basic Training
  • Aug. 31: Stake BSA Leader Specific Training Night, 6:30-9pm, stake center

September 2017

  • Sep. 7: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Sep. 7: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.
  • Sep 17: Stake Aaronic Priesthood and New Activity Program Training, 7:00 at the Stake Center.

October 2017

  • Oct. 5: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Oct. 5: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.
  • Oct. 28: Commissioner Basic Training

November 2017

  • Nov. 2: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Nov. 2: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.

December 2017

  • Dec. 7: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Dec. 7: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: TBD.  Breakout: TBD

 

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