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Important Online Cub Training Update

Training for the new Cub Scout program is now available at  Note the dot between “my” and “Scouting”.  It’s a completely different website from with tons of great resources for volunteers.

Here are a few good things about this new Cub Leader training:

  • Completely geared for the new Cub Scout program.
  • Broken into mini modules so you don’t have to take it all at once.
  • One den leader training for ALL THREE CUB PROGRAMS.
  • Better content!

The folks at Scouting U have worked hard to design trainings that meet your needs and help you to Be Prepared to run a great program for your boys.  As of October 16, they have all but 3 of the modules available to take, and have stated that the remaining ones should be online by Friday, October 23rd.


If you already have a login for, you don’t need to create a new account.  PLEASE USE THAT LOGIN FOR THE NEW SITE.  If you create a new account at, it will assign a new BSA Member I.D. to the new account complicating the process of tracking the trainings you have taken.  If you need help accessing your account, please contact the BSA Member Care number 972-580- 2489.

To simplify the process of certifying training, we have made a training certificate for you to fill out and turn in with new adult leader applications and at recharter.  Those forms can be found here:

-Den Leader Training
-Pack Committee Chair Training
- Cubmaster Training

2015/2016 Adult Leader Training Dates

November 21 2015 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation  (BALOO) Rivers
December 12 2015 Cub Scout Leader Specific Cardinal
December 12 2015 Venturing Leader Specific Crater/Arro/HT
January 6-7 2016 Trainer’s Edge Council
February 6 2016 Boy Scout Leader Specific (Indoor) Cardinal
March TBD 2016 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation  (BALOO) Cardinal
March 19 2016 Boy Scout Leader Specific (Indoor) Crater
April 1-3 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Cardinal
April TBD 2016 Boy Scout Leader Specific (Indoor) Capitol
April 16-17 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Crater
April 16-17 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Crater
May TBD 2016 Cub Scout Leader Specific Rivers
May 13-15 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Capitol/Arro/HT
May 4/30-5/1 2016 Venturing Leader Specific Cardinal/Battlefield
June TBD 2016 Trainer’s Edge Council
August TBD 2016 Boy Scout Leader Specific (Indoor) Rivers
August TBD 2016 Cub Scout Leader Specific Capitol
September TBD 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Rivers
September 17 2016 Boy Scout Leader Specific (Indoor) Arro/HT
September 17 2016 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation  (BALOO) Arro/HT
October 8 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Arro/HT
October 8 2016 Outdoor Webelos Leader Training (OWL) Arro/HT
October 17 2016 Cub Scout Leader Specific Crater
October 22 2016 Boy Scout Leader Specific (Indoor) Battlefield
November 10 2016 Venturing Leader Specific Crater/Arro/HT
November 11-13 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Battlefield
November 11-13 2016 Outdoor Webelos Leader Training (OWL) Battlefield
November 12 2016 Cub Scout Leader Specific Battlefield
December 10 2016 Cub Scout Leader Specific Cardinal

Required Training for Direct Contact Leaders

Direct contact leaders must be trained for their position. Direct contact leaders are Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Venture Crew Advisers and assistant Crew Advisers. Confused? Check out this guide to “What Makes a Trained Leader”.  To assist you in the process of meeting training requirements for rechartering, these documents have been added Adult Training Record and Youth and Adult Application Checklist.

Direct contact leaders must have:
  • Youth Protection Training
  • Position Specific Training (including Introduction to Outdoor Skills for Boy Scout direct contact leaders)

Youth Protection Training and Cub Scout Leader Position Specific Training can be done online at or  at one of our many in-person trainings  offered throughout the Council.

trainingbasicldrVolunteers who have not completed this training may be registered as committee members until they are finished.  Eighteen to twenty year olds can be registered as “College Scouter Reserve (92)” if they are unable to complete the training because they are away from home.

All instructor led courses provided by the Heart of Virginia Council are national BSA training courses presented by district volunteer instructors.  You may take this training in any district.   For a description of district boundaries click here.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the pinnacle of training for leaders and volunteers in all Scouting programs – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing and Varsity.  Participants that complete the Wood Badge course and their “ticket”, are awarded the Wood Badge honor and become members of a worldwide association of committed and dedicated Scouters.  The Wood Badge experience enables Scouters to become better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement.  The Wood Badge course combines both classroom training and practical outdoors experiences, followed by the completion of one’s Wood Badge ticket, known as the project phase.  By “working the ticket” participants put their newly gained experience into practice to fulfill their individual goals and their personal vision in Scouting.  Come and be part of the Wood Badge experience!

Wood Badge is a leadership training course for Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing leaders who have been through the basic courses.  This “peak experience” training event will begin in March, but now is the time to register before it fills up.   Slots are still available!  Learn more at this link:

For more information and to register for the Heart of Virginia Council’s 2016 Wood Badge Course, click here.

Please visit for the latest information on the 2016 Wood Badge course.


If You Train Leaders or Youth, You Are Out On The Edge Keep Ahead of the Curve With The Trainer’s EDGE

The Trainer’s EDGE helps develop the skills of a trainer. It focuses on improving the participant’s training skills. The Trainer’s Edge is the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge, Commissioners’ College and NYLT staffs. The Course is highly beneficial for all trainers. Take advantage of this great opportunity to impact the quality of the programs our youth receive through well-trained leaders!

Other Online Training

There are many training opportunities available online at  These can be completed in the comfort of your own home, and you don’t have to have your BSA membership ID# number to get started!

  • Youth Protection Training (Venturing leaders must take Veturing Specific Youth Protection Training)
  • Safety Afloat
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Climb On Safely
  • Trek Safely
  • Weather Hazards

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