There are 4 major focuses of Adult training:
We organize trainings and/or advise of Training opportunities to support the focus areas above.
A majority of the training can be taken on-line, although some training requires you to attend in person. Instructions for the on-line training are in the next section below.
The following is a quick summary of training required to be a Committee Member or ASM. A more detailed description is provided later in a following section and a listing of requirements for all BSA positions is shown at the end of this document.
Committee members need to have current training in YPT and take 3 on-line trainings – Before 1st Meeting, First 30 days, and Positioned Trained. ASMs need to have current training in YPT and take 3 on-line trainings – Before 1st Meeting, First 30 days, and Positioned Trained. Note that Weather Hazards is part of the Positioned Trained session but may need to be taken independently for ASMs who completed ASM training a few years back. In addition ASMs need to take an outdoor classroom training of IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) that includes one night of overnight camping. The three on-line sessions for Committee Member and ASMs have significant overlap but include a few different modules. Each on-line session is about an hour in duration.
Contact information – Troop 599 Training Advisor - Walt Bozeman at firstname.lastname@example.org and 713-870-2065.
Training Information for YPT and On-Line Training in General
All adults driving or attending any outing MUST have a current Youth Protection Training (YPT) certificate; meaning a certificate dated within the last two (2) years. YPT, along with several other courses, can be taken on line. YPT is required for all adults registering as a BSA leader or attending summer camp or high adventures and must be renewed every two years. Also, all Scouts who attend high adventures must take Youth Protection Training. The Troop shows YPT videos at Troop meetings, also, including “A Time to Tell”.
Every youth deserves trained adults at campouts, as leaders, and as volunteers. The BSA provides interesting, on-line training that is easy and free. These on-line courses help Troop 599 obtain a goal of having every adult trained in youth protection, understand the aims and methods of scouting and how a boy lead troop operates.
To get started, access My.Scouting.org < https://my.scouting.org/ and create a user name and password. While you will be asked for a BSA ID No., you can proceed without one. If you are a registered Committee Member or Assistant Scoutmaster, your BSA ID No. is shown on your membership card. If you have misplaced your card, contact Walter Brookhart or Walt Bozeman who can provide your ID number. Enter your BSA ID number, if you have one, to link your training to Sam Houston Area Council so that your training will show on the council record in your profile at re-charter.
Next click on “BSA Learning Center” on the right side of your screen. You may have to enter your log-in again. The next screen shows 5 areas, you need to click on the YPT section(s) on the left. The other 3 areas take you to training for Committee Members, ASMs, and other special training and will be discussed below. Once on the YPT page scroll down and click on Youth Protection Training - Mandatory v2. When you complete a training course, you will have the opportunity to print the certificate to a PDF file. Please email all certificates to our Records Coordinator, Dan Ochs, email@example.com , for Troop records. If you are registering as a Committee Member or Assistant Scoutmaster, please also email certificates for any required courses (see below) to Walter Brookhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final note on On-Line Training - if you have issues there is a BSA help at Member Care at MyScouting@scouting.org or by calling 972-580-2489.
Printing your Certificate for Troop Records
Sometimes printing the completion certificate can be more challenging than completing the course. If you don’t see the prompt for the certificate after completing the course then return to the home page for https://my.scouting.org/dashboard-legacy and click on the Menu tab in the upper left hand corner. When the menu expands, then click on My Dashboard. Your YPT status should appear with an icon to print your certificate. For other courses (that are discussed in the following sections) click on Completions on the right on the line below MY TRAINING to view and print your certificate.
Another certificate printing option is the following – In the BSA Learning Center you can view a list of Learning Plans and click on the check mark in the upper right corner of each course to view and print your certificate.
A final note that for Troop 599 records we only need the final completion of the high level course (e.g. – Scoutmaster Trained and not all the individual modules)
Training Details for Committee Members
In addition to YPT a registered Committee Members takes the 3 on-line classes below:
To access this training on-line, log on to My.Scouting.org as above in the YPT section, after the “BSA Learning Center” you might have to re-enter your ID and password, and then look for the middle screen labeled “Program-Program Specific Training” and then click on “Scouts BSA”. You will find the box for Committee Members then. NOTE: It is important that you click the tab titled Scouts BSA before selecting your training for your position.All required training for your position in Troop 599 is accessed from this tab. The other tabs have classes with similar/same titles but contain different content intended for the Cub Scout, Venture, Sea Scouts and Explorer programs. After you complete the training, please email all certificates to our Records Coordinator, Dan Ochs, email@example.com , for recording in our Troop records system.
Training Details for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters
In addition to YPT a registered Scoutmaster or ASM takes the 3 on-line class below:
To access this training on-line, log on to the My.Scouting.org as above in the YPT section, after the “BSA Learning Center” you might have to re-enter your ID and password, and then look for the middle screen labeled “Program-Program Specific Training” and then click on “Scouts BSA”. You will find the box for Committee Members then. NOTE: It is important that you click the tab titled Scouts BSA before selecting your training for your position. After you complete the training, please email all certificates to our Records Coordinator, Dan Ochs, firstname.lastname@example.org , for recording in our Troop records system.
Note that there are still offerings for Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (S24) that is the classroom/in person equivalent of the on-line trainings above. Please contact the Training Advisor on this option.
Scoutmasters also take this class which is not on-line:
The troop needs adults to take additional training to support special campouts including E-Rock (climbing instructors and COS-Climb on Safely), King Ranch (NRA gun safety), and water outings (canoe training and Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat). Several of these trainings need to be taken every two years to be in-force.
Some of these trainings are on-line in the same BSA website discussed above. After accessing the My.Scouting.org then click on “BSA Learning Center”, you might have to re-enter your ID and password, and then look for Expanded Learning, then Program Safety (far right side), then look down the screen for Program Safety again (in a little box that lights up dull yellow), click on it and then the menu for SA, SSD, COS, and other training is revealed. In addition Hazard Weather Training, Trek Safely, and Drive Safely are in this section.
BSA climbing instruction, NRA gun safety, and canoe training require in-person attendance. More information is available by contacting the Troop Training Advisor.
Every January Troop 599 holds a Climb on Safely Training/ Enchanted Rock Training and Site Assignments meeting. You can take COS at this class or on-line.
Additional canoe training could become available when the new Camp Strake opens. Information on this training will be updated in the future. Please contact the Troop Training Coordinator/Advisor on which training is appropriate for the Troop outing.
The troop has additional adult and youth training to complement our overall program and for Summer High Adventures. These include CPR, YPT-Youth Protection Training (Time to Tell), EDGE, Wood Badge, Wilderness First Aid, and etc. Also, the Sam Houston Council offers the University of Scouting program in the spring and fall and offers some required trainings and numerous other complementary trainings.
Training for youth is advertised in the Scout Newsletter and e-mail blasts. These include a CPR class which the Troop sponsors yearly. Also, YPT, Youth Protection Training, is required for all Scouts attending summer high adventures. The Troop shows YPT videos at Troop meetings, also, including “A Time to Tell”.
There is special training for adult leaders and Scouts to further their rank advancement (EDGE) and prepare them for summer high adventures (Wilderness First Aid). Woodbadge is an excellent course for adult Troop Leaders to further their BSA knowledge and skills. Various links to these trainings are available at the Sam Houston Area Council (https://www.shac.org/training-schedule and other websites.