Updated Safety Afloat Training

ScoutingU Releases Updated Safety Afloat Training

In collaboration with the BSA National Aquatics Subcommittee, ScoutingU has released an updated version of “Safety Afloat” online training that is also mobile compatible. Since the inception of Scouting, learning to swim and engaging in aquatics activities such as boating and paddle sports have been core to the program. Safe Afloat training is required for any BSA unit who will participate in boating activities. This online training ensures that adult leaders are prepared to facilitate safe use of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, floating tubes, sailboats, motorboats (including waterskiing), and other small craft. To access the updated training, log onto my.Scouting.org and search the catalog in the BSA Learn Center for “Safety Afloat.” For additional information regarding BSA aquatics programs, please refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting and the BSA’s Aquatics Supervision Guide.



Does Safety Afloat training have to be renewed?
Yes, adults supervising boating activities must have completed Safety Afloat training within the previous two years.

Do I need to take the new version of Safety Afloat training if my current training is not expired?
No, you can complete the updated version of Safety Afloat when your current certification expires.

Is Safety Afloat training available to take in person?
No, Safety Afloat is only available online. It is also mobile compatible.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC)

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) Has Been Updated! 

The Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews Course (ILSC) has been created to help Venturers learn and practice the attitudes and skills that good leaders demonstrate. The course is a series of lessons divided into three modules: Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading Crews. The syllabus contains six and a half hours of instruction, but a course’s length may vary depending on facilitators’ choice of games, the content chosen for more extensive discussion, and the needs of the crew. 
Completion of ILSC is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses, such as National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) and Kodiak. 
The 2021 Revision of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) instructor-led course includes the following major changes: 
• This version of ILSC was reviewed by the NYLT task force to ensure that it was compatible with the new NYLT syllabus. 
• Course format revised to make it easier to read online or as a downloaded document. 
• EDGE is now referred to as Scouting EDGE to align with NYLT during the Team Development session. 
• Leadership tied to the Venturing motto “Lead the Adventure.” 
• Venturing terminology updated. 
• Vision session revised to align with NYLT “Start with Why” (reference to mission statement eliminated). 
• Distinction between delegating and tasking added to the session on delegating. 
• Session on calendaring (time management) added. 
• Session on keeping the crew on task added. 
• New games/activities with options added (a few activities were “retired”). 
• Feedback from Venturers included as sidebars. 
The updated material can be found at https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/.  
Questions? Email Kathy.Craig@scouting.org.  

Online Training for Distinguished Conservation Service Award

New Online Training for Distinguished Conservation Service Award

In response to the needs of Scouts working toward the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award, Scouting U and the Outdoor Programs Team have released a new training program for BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Advisors and Council Conservation Committee members. This training will only be available online.

These new training programs are available by logging onto https://my.scouting.org and launching the BSA Learn Center.

When the Learn Center opens, you can search the catalog and select the DCSA Advisor/Committee Training Learning Plan.

The eight courses in the Learning Plan are arranged in order of completion (top to bottom) to allow the participant to complete the 2-hour training program in segments, making it easier to complete.

Completion of this training will award training code H114 – BSA DCSA Adviser/Committee Member, which is required to be an advisor or committee member that guides Scouts to a higher level of service, while also guiding them to a higher level of success in the completion of their projects.

Youth Protection Training Modules Update

Youth Protection Training Will Be Updated on June 1




• This does not change the frequency that an individual must take Youth Protection training. It continues to be two years and the renewal continues to be based on the date you took YPT.
• There are no large changes to the content, rather small adjustments.


Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

We have heard your feedback and are now releasing updates to the mandatory online Youth Protection Training to include items such as:
• New mobile friendly design.
• Updates to the certification test to make questions less ambiguous.

We will communicate when this new release is available – the target date is June 1st, 2021.

It is recommended that anyone who has started the online training prior to this date complete the training as the new versions will cause the loss of any progress in a module.

Cub Scout Adult Leader Training

The Cub Scout English E-Learning and Facilitated  Adult Training have been updated to match current Cub Scout Program changes and updates to include using Scoutbook – especially in relation to conducting a Cub Scout Den Meeting using the Den Leader Experience. 
The new modules are available in the BSA Learn Center, and the following modules have been updated:
-Conducting a Cub Scout Den Meeting Annual Program Planning
-Cub Scout Uniforms
-Conducting a Cub Scout Pack Meeting Resources
-Involving Adults in Cub Scouting
-Conducting a Cub Scout Pack Committee Meeting
-The new English Facilitated materials can be downloaded from the scouting.org/training/adult page or by clicking here.
We encourage even those already position trained to accomplish the new modules so they are current with the latest program changes.
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Youth Protection Training on DVD

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The Midnight Sun Council has DVD videos to check out for Youth Protection Training.

Please call the BSA office and we will be glad to reserve a DVD for you and your unit.

Remember that the Unit can HOST a Youth Protection Training on any night and many members can view the DVD Youth Protection Video as a group.

Send the BSA a list of those BSA volunteers and adults who have taken the course and we will credit your account.

Youth Protection Training Reminder

Youth Protection Training Will Be Updated on June 1

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Remember, every volunteer in the Midnight Sun Council must complete the BSA’s Youth Protection annually.

We appreciate your service to Scouting and want you to stay involved! Please help protect our Scouts by completing this training at the link below.


If you are currently registered with the Midnight Sun Council, please contact Tammy to get your Member number before creating an account on my.scouting.org.

Once completed, print the certificate and forward to the office.



Cub Scout Preview Adventure Protect Yourself

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The BSA takes youth protection seriously. In addition to requiring adults to complete Youth Protection Training, we also educate our youth on how to protect themselves. In partnership with the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation the BSA offers the Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure to our Cub Scouts. This adventure may be completed in lieu of the cyber chip.

For more information on the adventure, head to the Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure page. This adventure is available online only.

After you complete the adventure, please take a few minutes to complete the attached survey.

The BSA would really like to hear from you.

Den Chief Training


Den Chief Training




The new online Den Chief Training is now available for Scouts who are registered in troops, crews and ships.

The new online course identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks and describes the den chief’s relationship with supporting den leaders and how it relates to the den chief’s activities with the den.

At the end of the online training module, den chiefs can print their certificate of completion signifying they are trained for their position and fulfilling a requirement toward their Den Chief Service Award.

The training is available at https://www.scouting.org/youth/den-chief-training/.


National Youth Leadership Training-NYLT

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National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

NYLT incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today’s Scouts.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must be, what he must know, and what he must do.  The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on how to.  The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

The content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment.  Inter connecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided using memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

We would like to see a youth from every troop attend.  This will help strengthen your troop leadership which in turn will help your troop grow.  With strong youth leaders, the adult roles become much easier.

The fee for this valuable training is $200.00.  There is a nonrefundable deposit of $25 due upon sign up at the Earl and Pat Cook Council Service Center.

Please check back for more NYLT information!!!