Training Calendar

Updated 07/29/2017   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:
    • Varsity Coach Specific (in person, valid for life)
    • Youth Protection (online, valid for 2 years)
    • Introduction to Outdoor Skills (IOLS) (in person, overnight, valid for life)
  • Venturing Advisor and assistants:
    • Venturing Advisor Specific (in person, valid for life; new in 2016 modules available in your e-learning section of my.scouting profile)
    • Youth Protection (online, valid for 2 years)
    • Venturing Youth Protection (online, valid for 2 years)
    • 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.

2017 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.  

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

 

ARCHIVED:  2016 Scouting Training Opportunities

January 2016

  • 7th:  District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • 7th: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: Troop guide & Instructor Roles.  Breakout:  Charter Renewal
  • Jan.22:  16-Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 6pm-10pm Friday + 8am-7pm Saturday.  $100/person.  Click HERE for class details and registration.  For ages 14+.  Offered through Front Range CPR, LLC.
  • Jan. 23:  NRA Basic Instructor Training at Council HQ.  8am-4pm.  $60.  Click HERE for add’l details and to register.

February 2016

  • Feb. 4: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Feb. 4: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: Leadership within the Community.  Breakout: Charter Renewal
  • NEW Feb. 4: Youth Protection, in-person, 6:30-6:55pm, HR Stake Center
  • Feb. 6:  College of Commissioner Science.  Variety of training offered throughout the day between 7:30am-5pm.  Course listing, times and registration are available HERE.  Commissioners  can work toward bachelors, masters, and doctorate “degrees” in commissioner “science” by attending these courses and furthering their knowledge of scouting matters.
  • NEW  Feb.19: 16-Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 6pm-10pm Friday + 8am-7pm Saturday.  $100/person.  Click HERE for class details and registration.  For ages 14+.  Offered through Front Range CPR, LLC.
  • Feb. 25: BSA training offered by the Highlands Ranch Stake, all training is from 6:30-9:00, except COR training begins at 7pm.  NO FEE FOR THIS TRAINING.  No pre-registration required. Specific courses include:
    • Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership
    • Scoutmaster and Ass’t Scoutmaseter Leader Specific
    • Varsity Coach and Ass’t Varsity Coach Leader Specific
    • Venture Crew Advisor and Ass’t Advisor Leader Specific
    • Chartered Organization Representative
    • Varsity Committee Challenge
    • Venture Crew Committee Challenge
    • Merit Badge Counselor

March 2016

  • March 3: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • March 3: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: Integrating STEM.  Breakout: MB Counselor Training.  LDS Breakout:  Preparing scouts for their eagle and other boards of review and conducting scoutmaster conferences.
  • NEW  Mar. 5:  8am-1pm, NRA Home Firearm Safety (Student) Course. $15 first family member, $5 each additional family member.  Teaches basics of firearms–cleaning, storage, safety, most non-shooting requirements for Rifle and Shotgun merit badges. Click HERE to register.
  • NEW  Mar.4:   16-Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 6pm-10pm Friday + 8am-7pm Saturday.  $100/person.  Click HERE for class details and registration.  For ages 14+.  Offered through Front Range CPR, LLC.
  • NEW  Mar. 5:  Scoutmaster Leader Specific. 9am-1pm, $10, location TBA.  Click HERE for registration.
  • NEW  Mar.11:   16-Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 6pm-10pm Friday + 8am-7pm Saturday.  $100/person.  Click HERE for class details and registration.  For ages 14+.  Offered through Front Range CPR, LLC.
  • NEW  Mar.12: training opportunities in Commerce City.  Click HERE for a complete calendar (council calendar for March 2016). Includes Scoutmaster/Varsity/Venture Leader Specific.  Team Committee Challenge.  Crew Committee Challenge.
  • Mar. 18-19:  NRA Rifle Instructor.  Begins 6pm on the 18th, ends at 5pm on the 19th.  Located at Peaceful Valley.  $115.  Click HERE for additional details and to register.  This training certifies you to conduct range qualification for the Rifle merit badge.
  • NEW Mar. 18-19:  ITOLS, $25, location TBD.  click HERE for details.

April 2016

  • April 7: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • April 7: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: How to Utilize Junior Ass’t Scoutmaster.  Breakout: TBD
  • NEW  Apr. 8:  16-Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 6pm-10pm Friday + 8am-7pm Saturday.  $100/person.  Click HERE for class details and registration.  For ages 14+.  Offered through Front Range CPR, LLC.
  • Apr. 8-9:  ITOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) hosted by LDS units.  Specifics TBD.  COURSE POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 2016
  • Apr. 9:  NRA Shotgun Instructor Course.  8am-7pm.  $115.  Located at Peaceful Valley.  Click HERE for additional details and to register.  This training certifies you to conduct range qualification for the Shotgun merit badge.
  • Apr. 15-17 and April 29-May 1:  Wood Badge.  Scouting’s premier leadership training for adults.  All who serve in young men organizations, including bishoprics, are invited and encouraged to attend.  Begins 7am on the 15th, ends 5pm on the 17th.  $275 (likely covered by the stake).  Both weekends are part of this single session (attend both weekends).  Located at Peaceful Valley.  Click HERE for additional details and to register.
  • NEW  Apr.15-16:  16-Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 6pm-10pm Friday + 8am-7pm Saturday.  $100/person.  Click HERE for class details and registration.  For ages 14+.  Offered through Front Range CPR, LLC.
  • NEW  Apr. 16:  Commissioner Basic Training (ComBaT), Council headquarter,  8am-12pm, click HERE for details and to register.
  •  Apr. 16: ADC training, 1-4pm, Council headquarters, click HERE for details and to register.

May 2016

  • May 5: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • May 5: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership.  Breakout: Eagle’s Nest (scouts)
  • May 6-7:  ITOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) hosted by Arapahoe District.  Starts 5pm on the 6th, ends 4:30pm on the 7th.  $25 FEE.
  • NEW  May 6:  Archery Instructor Training.  6pm Friday through 5pm Saturday May 7 at Peaceful Valley. This training certifies you to conduct range qualification for the Archery merit badge.  Click HERE for registration and additional details.
  • NEW  May 13-14:  16-Hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 6pm-10pm Friday + 8am-7pm Saturday.  $100/person.  Click HERE for class details and registration.  For ages 14+.  Offered through Front Range CPR, LLC.
  • May 14:  Hope Methodist Church, 5101 S. Dayton, Englewood 80111.  Most training will cost $10 per course.

June 2016

  • June 2: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • June 2: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: Historic Trails.  Breakout: TBD

August 2016

  • Aug. 4: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Aug. 4: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: TBD.  Breakout: TBD
  • Aug. 13: Commissioner Basic Training
  • Aug.19/20: Stake Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Training at Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures in Larkspur.  This is a one-time (good for life) training for all scout leaders.  Mark the date and watch for registration info soon.
  • Aug. 25: Stake BSA Training (Leader Specific), 6:30 at the Stake Center
  • Aug. 25-27 & Sep. 8-10: Woodbadge Training at camp Tahosa.
  • Aug. 27: BSA training offered by the Highlands Ranch Stake, 6:30-9:00.  NO FEE FOR THIS TRAINING.  Specific courses to be announced later but will likely include:
    • Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership
    • Scoutmaster Leader Specific
    • Varsity Coach Leader Specific
    • Venture Crew Leader Specific
    • Chartered Organization Representative
    • Others TBD

September 2016

  • Sep. 1: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Sep. 1: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: TBD.  Breakout: TBD
  • Sep. 8-10: Woodbadge Training at camp Tahosa.

October 2016

  • Oct. 6: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Oct. 6: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: TBD.  Breakout: TBD
  • Oct. 29: University of Scouting – 7:30 – 4:00 (various sessions) at Stake Center / Foothills Canyon Buildings.

November 2016

  • Nov. 3: District Commissioner meeting, 6:15pm, stake center RS room, for all unit commissioners.
  • Nov. 3: Roundtable, 7:00pm, stake center cultural hall.  Topic: TBD.  Breakout: TBD

ARCHIVED:  2015 Scouting Training Opportunities 

  • Jan.17:  Commissioner Basic Training (ComBaT), 8-11am
    • one-time, required training for all unit commissioners and ass’t district commissioners.  Offered once per year.
  • Jan.31:   College of Commissioner Science, 7:30am-5:15pm
    • supplemental training courses of various types to assist unit commissioners and ass’t district commissioners broaden their areas of expertise and knowledge.
  • Feb.5:   Venture/Priest Quorum Advisors, Stake YM Training, 7:30pm, stake center family history room
    • for all adult advisors serving in the priest quorum and venture crew; training and discussion offered by stake YM presidency
  • Feb.12:   Stake new young men leader orientation, 7pm, stake center relief society room.  Any recently called member serving in the young men organization (presidency, assistants, scouting, etc.), bishopric counselors, unit commissioners and scout committee chairs are encouraged to attend.  Also, if you’ve been in your calling for awhile and never attended this course, please join us.
  • Feb. 26:  Stake-provided, BSA Training night, stake center:
    • Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership (6:30-8pm)
    • 11-yr old, Scoutmaster, Asst Scoutmaster Leader Specific (6:30-9pm)
    • Varsity Team Coach, Asst Team Coach Leader Specific (6:30-9pm)
    • Venture Crew Leader, Associate Venture Crew Leader Specific (6:30-9pm)
    • Charter Organization Rep (bishopric counselor, 7-8:30pm)
    • Team Committee Challenge (6:30-8pm)
    • Crew Committee Challenge(6:30-8:30pm)
    • Cub Leaders  (6:30-9pm)
  • Mar.5:  Roundtable @ FC building
    • 7:30pm:  discussion/training with all scout committee chairs and unit commissioners.  Hosted by stake young men presidency.
    • 7:30pm: merit badge counselor training
  • Mar. 21:  District provided training (link to Mar.’15 calendar)
    • Scoutmaster & Ass’t Scoutmaster Leader Specific
    • Varsity Coach Leader Specific
    • Venturing Leader Specific
    • Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership
  • Mar. 21: Commissioner Basic Training (ComBaT), 8-11am, Children’s Hospital Aurora (details & registration TBA)
    • one-time, required training for all unit commissioners and ass’t district commissioners.
  • Apr. 10/11:  Stake-provided ITOLS BSA training, overnight, Polson’s barn in Sedalia (hotlink to map).  Advanced registration is required by emailing:  HRStakeITOLS@gmail.com and include your name, stake, ward, unit # (troop, team, crew), BSA member # and scouting position (i.e. scoutmaster, etc.).  Registrations must be received by Fri April 3, 2015. Walk-ins are not allowed.  There is no cost for this event.  You will receive a packet of information via email after you’ve registered.
  • May1-3 and May 15-17:  Wood badge training at Tahosa.  Both weekends are part of this wood badge session.  Click HERE for detailed information and to register.  April 30 is last day to register.  $275 fee will be reimbursed by the stake, just contact a member of the stake YM presidency.
  • May 2:  District provided training (link to May ’15 calendar)
    • Scoutmaster & Ass’t Scoutmaster Leader Specific
    • Varsity Coach Leader Specific
    • Venturing Leader Specific
    • Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership
  • May 7:  Stake new young men leader orientation, 7pm, Foothills Canyon bldg relief society room.  Any recently called member serving in the young men organization (presidency, assistants, scouting, etc.), bishopric counselors, unit commissioners and scout committee chairs are encouraged to attend.  Also, if you’ve been in your calling for awhile and never attended this course, please join us.
  • May 30: Commissioner Basic Training (ComBaT) at Council headquarters.  Details TBA.
  • Aug. 1: Rock Climbing Instructor course:  Aug. 1st and 2nd (Sunday conflict to work through).  click HERE for registration & add’l details.
  • Aug. 6: Merit Badge Counselor Training at 7:15 in the stake center.  Training begins after the roundtable announcements which begins at 7pm.
  • Aug. 6:  Roundtable breakout topic is “increasing volunteerism” in your units.  The discussion will begin after roundtable announcements, probably about 7:15 in the stake center gym.
  • Aug. 9:  Stake new young men leader orientation, 7pm, stake center relief society room.  Any recently called member serving in the young men organization (presidency, assistants, scouting, etc.), bishopric counselors, unit commissioners and scout committee chairs are encouraged to attend.  Also, if you’ve been in your calling for awhile and never attended this course, please join us.
  • Aug.14/15:  Varsity Vision: for Varsity Scouts and Leaders; training will begin at 5pm on the 14th and will last overnight and wrap up by at 2pm the 15th.
  • Aug.15:  Commissioner Basic Training (ComBaT for unit commissioners), register HERE.
  • Aug. 27:   Stake BSA Training night,  Stake Center, times as shown.  No registration or fees, just show up at the stake center at the appropriate time.
    • Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership: 6:30-8:00pm
    • Scoutmaster, Ass’t Scoutmaster Specific: 6:30-9:00pm
    • Varsity Team Coach, Asst Team Coach: 6:30-9:00pm
    • Venture Crew Leader, Associate Crew Leader:  6:30-9:00pm
    • Charter Organization Rep (Bishopric Counselor): 7:00-8:30pm
    • Team Committee Challenge: 6:30-8:00pm
    • Crew Committee Challenge: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Aug. 27-29 and Sep 10-12:  Wood badge training at Tahosa.  Both weekends are part of this wood badge session.  Click HERE for detailed information and to register.  August 26 is last day to register.  $275 fee will be reimbursed by the stake, just contact a member of the stake YM presidency.
  • Sep. 3:  District Roundtable night at Stake Center
    • Commissioner meeting 6:15pm Relief Society Room
    • Roundtable 7:00pm Gym, followed by breakout
  • Oct. 1:  District Roundtable night at Stake Center
    • Commissioner meeting 6:15pm Relief Society Room
    • Roundtable 7:00pm Gym, followed by breakout
  • Oct.24:  University of Scouting at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood.  Courses are offered throughout the day, some are an hour, some are longer.  Large variety of options including many practical courses such as knot tying or dutch oven cooking.  Also core training courses like ComBaT for commissioners and Scouting Safety Begins With Leadership will be offered.
  • Nov. 5:  District Roundtable night at Stake Center
    • Commissioner meeting 6:15pm Relief Society Room
    • Roundtable 7:00pm Gym, followed by breakout
  • Dec. 3:  District Roundtable night at Stake Center
    • Commissioner meeting 6:15pm Relief Society Room
    • Roundtable 7:00pm Gym, followed by breakout

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