Training is an essential tool to help you as a volunteer in providing the best quality program possible.  We encourage you to take advantage of all the different training opportunities through the Shenandoah Area Council and on-line through our National Council.

An Overview of Online Trainings:

  1. Fast Start  is the first step for new leaders in Scouting.  This is your introduction to your new job in Scouting. 

  2. This is Scouting training is for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing adult leaders.  As well as, Committee Members and Chartered Organization Representatives.  Attend this session only one time even if you switch positions.  This is Scouting is an introductory course that shares the basics of how Scouting works.  It should be preceded by viewing the Fast Start training first. 

  3. Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for ALL adult leaders, regardless of position.  New leaders are REQUIRED to take this before they even submit the application for their registration.  The certificate of completion for this training can be printed at the end of the training session.  This session covers the types of abuse, two deep leadership and reporting requirements. 

Online Training!

For questions or concerns regarding MyScouting accounts, send an email to the National Service Desk at:  All issues will be addressed as soon as possible in order to get users online and fully trained!

All training courses for Cub Scout Leaders is now available online at:

The courses have been updated to support the new Cub Scout Delivery Method.  Now, den leaders and assistants, Cubmasters and assistants, pack trainers, and pack committee chairs and members can now learn the how-to's for successfully conducting an engaging den and pack program and can become confident in the role each plays.

Online training is also available by clicking the link:  When entering, click on the E-Learning link under the Training header located on the left-side menu.  Then click on the Cub Scouts tab and voila all leader training is at your convenience.

If you do not have a MyScouting account, there are simple instructions on the landing page that will help you create one.

Updated June 30, 2014

Recognizing the importance of a quality program, and the desire of reducing risk management and improving retention, we recommend that in order for a unit to recharter all unit leaders must be trained for the position they serve by January 2015.  During the first year this will include top-level unit leaders (cubmasters, scoutmasters and crew advisors).  In the second year, we will require that all direct youth contact positions be trained by October 2015.

What Makes a Trained Leader?

In order for a leader to be considered fully-trained for their position they are required to have taken the following courses:


  • Youth Protection Training (online through MyScouting's website)
  • This is Scouting (online through MyScouting's website)
  • Cubmaster Fast Start (online through MyScouting's website)
  • Cubmaster & Assistant Position Specific Training


  • Youth Protection Training  (online through MyScouting's website)
  • This is Scouting  (online through MyScouting's website)
  • Boy Scout Leader Fast Start  (online through MyScouting's website)
  • Scoutmaster & Assistant Specific Training
  • IOLS - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills


  • Venturing Youth Protection Training  (online through MyScouting's website)
  • This is Scouting  (online through MyScouting's website)
  • Venturing Fast Start  (online through MyScouting's website)
  • Venturing Leader Specific Training

Notification Timetable

Immediately - Council sends first-class mailing to all registered leaders and chartered organizations

July 2014 - Unit Commissioner has phone call with untrained leader

September 2014 - Unit Commissioner advises unit-level Committee Chair and/or Chartered Organization Representative

January 2015 - Untrained top-level unit leader is removed from unit leader position

October 2015 - Untrained direct youth contact leader is removed from charter

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