The Youth Training Program
In addition to teaching outdoor skills, Boy Scouting has a strong commitment to youth leadership training. It begins in Cub Scouting, when boys get to serve as a denner (leader's aide), but really develops in the Boy Scouting and Venturing programs, when youth increasingly will plan and run their own activities.
If you have questions about these courses and there's no link to further information, check first with your troop or your District Training Chairman. District web sites may also have more information about individual courses.
A one-week, council-level training offered to senior Scouts in each troop. This boy-led leader training concentrates on leadership skills.
If you are 12 years old or older and a 1st Class rank or higher you can take Jr College classes at the University of Scouting.
Den Chief Training
A one-day course that teaches Scouts how to help out with a Cub Scout den, pack or day camp. A great leadership position for Scouts, plus a wonderful recruitment tool for troops. Offered at University of Scouting and by some districts. Can be taken at the University of Scouting.
A one-day training on cold-weather camping sponsored by the Order of the Arrow. Taught by older Scouts. Younger boys will learn the essentials of staying warm and dry while camping in snow and cold weather. Offered the first Saturday in December.
Merit Badge Fairs
A part-day gathering involving introductions to assorted merit badges for boys. Offered by several districts. See your district page for more information.
National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience -NAYLE. This national training center in New Mexico offers week-long courses in the summer for boys who will be moving into senior positions on the NYLT staff.
Venturing Leader Specific Training
The standard training for adults is often useful to crew members who wish to understand the overall organization of Venturing, the advancement program, and the leadership system.