Common sense tells us that training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!

Much of your standard training can be found on  This site will provide you with a lot of training specific to your individual position.  Once you login, explore the site to see what is available.  The link to the right will aid you in your training needs.

The links below are for specific training programs provided by BSA and the Snake River Council.  These are very useful and worthwhile opportunities to better yourself and the young men of your unit.


Click here for a copy of the class descriptions.

Click here for a copy of the class schedule.

Click on the picture to the right for a copy of the flyer with registration instructions.

Click here to register online.

Youth Protection Training

  • Youth protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America. Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance its efforts to protect youth. BSA has taken the following steps:Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
  • The link to the right will take you to to start your training or to retake the training.

Position Specific Training


  • Hands-on, or on-line, training in how to run meetings and work with youth.Position patches
  • Based on leader’s position Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scouts, Varsity, and Venturing,assistants, committee, and trainers
  • Offered through and by the district or council as group training.

A direct-contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the above-mentioned training courses and  completed required Outdoor Training for Family of Scouting

Record all training’s unit, district, and council by using this form  training attendance report and turn into the council.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

  • An overnight training event that introduces 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 Scout through First Class rank.
  • Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.
  • Offered through your district or the council.


Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

  • A one-day training event that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.
  • Offered through your district or the council.
  • Plan to attend this training opportunity on April 29, 2017 at Camp Murtaugh from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The cost is

    $15.00 per person.  If you have questions, please contact April Wilson at 208.312.3261 or Clarke Farrer at 208.670.1156.


Outdoor Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWLS)

  • Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistantsowls patch
  • Teaches outdoor-related skills and activity badge instruction through demonstration and hands-on practice.
  • Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den.
  • Offered through the council during Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills


Blue Badge is a nationally authorized training developed for ALL District Committee members.  This training is held annually and is the place to learn aboutblue-badge-web-logo your position plus all that is expected of you.  ALL members of the District Committee of all four districts are invited and encouraged to attend.  This includes Unit and District Commissioners as well.

Wood Badge Training wood badge 720

Are you ready for Scouting’s premier adult-leader training course? Are you ready to take your service in Scouting to new heights? Are you prepared to develop leadership skills, improve your ability to manage projects, enhance your communication, and become the best you can be? If so, it is time to sign up for Wood Badge.

Prerequisites for attending this course are:

  1. Be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America
  2. Complete “This is Scouting” training
  3. Complete the basic training courses for your position in Scouting
  4. Complete the outdoor skills training program for your position
  5. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment (successful completion of outdoor essentials required).

Wood Badge 2018 Flyer

Week-long Course: June 18-23, 2018
Camp Bradley

Register now



NYLT and Kodiak Training


What is NYLT?nylt-logo
National Youth Leadership Training is a week-long training course that provides youth leaders with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills while living by the Scout Oath and Law, in an exciting outdoor environment. Scouts who have participated in  NYLT  are prepared to meet the challenges ahead and are better prepared to work with adult leaders.

Why should I attend? Go camping and enjoy exciting outdoor adventures

  • Go camping and enjoy exciting outdoor adventures
  • Learn skills that will help you succeed as a Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader
  • Learn how to be a better leader both in and out of scouting
  • Gain a “toolbox” of leadership skills
  • Have Fun!

NYLT Participant Application 2016

Camp Bradley    June 13-18, 2016

Cost: $195.00 before May  6, 2015; $215 after May 7, 2016

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Kodiak Challenge

Accept the Challenge!Kodiak
Kodiak: the next level of leadership development
Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes your boundaries. It has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills learned in Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE.
It is an adventure with a purpose.
Kodiak Challenge treks will be determined by the participants. However, Kodiak Challenge is not about the trek; it is about leadership skills.  There will be two courses in 2017.  One will be at Palisades Lakes in Bonneville County, June 19-24.  The other one will be at Copper Basin in Custer County, August 7-12.  Cost for either course is $225.00 ($50.00 non-refundable deposit at time of registration is required.)Register now!Kodiak Challenge Registration Form – 2017