New Leader Instructions

It’s my first day as a Scout Leader, what do I do today to get started?

You’ve just accepted an adult leadership position in Scouting. What do you do now? This is a small list that should get you through the first day and set you on a Journey to Excellence. Thanks for agreeing to help the scouts have a great experience. If you follow these simple steps scouting leadership can be fulfilling, life changing service that will positively impact not only the youth, but you as well.

  1. (TIME: 5 minutes) Register with the Boy Scouts of America. Fill out an adult application. Fill out page 4 and 5 of the application. Please pay special attention to filling out your personal information including social security number. Also please be sure to fill out question # 6 which pertains to the standard BSA background check for adult leaders.
  2. (TIME: 30 minutes) Complete Youth Protection Training. Go to and create a personal account. Don’t worry about your member ID # because you don’t have one yet. Once you’re logged into the site click on E-Learning underneath the Training heading on the left of the page towards the top. Scroll down on that page and click “take course” next to Youth Protection training. Youth Protection training is required for every registered adult leader in the BSA. When you have completed Youth Protection training print out the certificate that it offers you and include that with pages 4 and 5 of the adult application. Turn these documents in to your unit leader.
  3. (TIME: 30 minutes) Complete Fast Start Orientation Training. At under E-Learning take Fast Start Orientation training course that’s specific to your type of unit, i.e. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity or Venturing.
  4. (TIME: 10 minutes) Schedule your Adult Leader Position Specific Training. Get out your calendar and plan when you’ll take Adult Leader Position Specific Training. The schedule is listed on the council websie at Adult Leader Position Specific Training is the final step for Cub Scouters to earn their “trained” patch for their uniform. For Boy Scouts and older boy leaders you should also plan to attend Outdoor Leader training which is also on the calendar twice per year to complete your qualifications for the “trained” patch. Specific information regarding location and time will be available at Roundtables leading up to the training dates.
  5. Plan to attend your monthly “Roundtable” meeting each month. This is an ongoing training meeting for every scout leader. This training event will help you plan out your upcoming month as well as learn and share best practices with other Scout leaders. Roundtable is held the second Thursday of each month except in June, July and August (May's Roundtable is the District Awards Banquet). Roundtable is held at 7 pm at the LDS building located at 3800 East Grand Forest Drive in Boise. (Click here for driving instructions.)

To view items in the calendar, select the "Calendar" tab from the menu at the top of this page or click here: Calendar.

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