​Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops in order to be considered “trained”.


Climb on Safely designed for unit climbing/rappelling, is the BSA’s recommended procedure for organizing and managing climbing and rappelling activities at all levels of the Scouting program. It offers guidance for climbing and rappelling at national sites and at specifically designed facilities, including climbing towers and fixed and portable walls. (This orientation does not constitute training on how to climb or rappel.)


Safe Swim Defense Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card with them, and agree to use the eight defenses of this plan.


Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat training, have a commitment card with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat.


Paddle Craft Safety BSA Paddle Craft Safety expands Safety Afloat training to include the skills and knowledge needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions on flat water.


Swimming and Water Rescue provides BSA leaders with information and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to swimming emergencies during unit swimming activities. It expands the awareness instruction provided by Safe Swim Defense training.


Trek Safely is the BSA’s recommended procedure for organizing and carrying out outdoor treks that involve Boy Scout, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers. Trek Safely applies to all types of outdoor experiences that involve trekking, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, horseback riding, caving, rafting, kayaking, sailing, ski touring, mountain climbing, and mountain biking. Trek safely training is required for all adults taking a Philmont or Double H Ranch trek.


Leave No Trace (intro) Learn Leave No Trace principles and discover how they can be applied while earning the Leave No Trace Awareness Award for Boy Scouting and Venturing youth and leaders. (This is not a Leave No Trace Instructor course.)

American Red Cross First Aid / CPR with AED provides the essential knowledge to act in life-threatening emergencies, including: How to determine the safe response to an emergency situation; Recognizing and caring for life-threatening emergencies such as respiratory and cardiac problems; Treating injuries, including severe cuts and burns, strains and sprains; Threatening sudden illness, caused by poisonings, bites and stings; Automated External Defibrillation (AED) information. The cost is $65.00 per person, recertification is $35.00 per person 


American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid course is an intensive introductory on caring for accident or sudden illness victims when emergency medical help is not immediately available. Topics include assessing the situation, prioritizing care, and supporting the victim until emergency help is available. Specific care is discussed for severe bleeding, head and spinal injuries, breaks, burns, shock, and illness related to the environment. CPR/AED training is not included in Wilderness First Aid. The cost is $80.00 per person. CPR required before taking class.

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