Starting in January 2012, adults will need to have completed four training modules in order to be registered with the troop. All of these are available online at www.myscouting.org
1) Boy Scout Fast Start Training
2) Boy Scout Youth Protection Training
3) This Is Scouting
4) Troop Committee Challenge
Completion of these will qualify you to hold most troop adult positions, except for Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or Chartered Organization Representative, which require additional job-specific training. If you need help with the website, feel free to contact me.
If you are under 21, the only adult position that you can hold is Assistant Scoutmaster. This requires two additional courses— Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster (SM) training and Outdoor Leader Skills (OLS). These courses must be completed in a live training setting. Opportunities to take these courses will be available at both Naish and Bartle this summer.
There has been some confusion regarding whether 17-year-old scouts can participate in SM and OLS training at camp because they are considered “adult” training courses. The council has waffled on this, but have clarified their policy: scouts who will have their 18th birthday by January 31st, 2012 are welcome to attend SM and OLS at camp. That will make you eligible to recharter with the troop as an adult next January. If you have not already completed these courses, are attending summer camp, are under 21, and will be 18 by January 31st, 2012, please plan to attend these training sessions at camp.
Those who turn 18 after January 31st will have training opportunities throughout 2012 and at summer camp next year.
Adults 21 and over are also encouraged to take SM and OLS training at summer camp. A number of us have completed our training there. I will also periodically provide updates on training opportunities throughout the year via the monthly troop newsletter.
Yours in Scouting,