Three Free Scouting Training Events – Youth and Adult Opportunities – Jan 18-19, 2019

Three great Scouting Opportunities . . . and they are all FREE!

Coming up the weekend of January 18th to 19th we have three separate but equally exciting Scouting opportunities for youth and adult alike.  Two Adult Training classes and one youth training class.

We are excited to offer these three opportunities but space is limited so sign up soon….sign up today.

1. The Trainer’s Edge

Friday evening thru Saturday morning (includes meals and overnight)

Friday January 18th 6:00 pm to Saturday January 19th 11:30 am includes meals and lodging – FREE

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What is Trainer’s Edge? Trainer’s Edge is a course designed to introduce Scouting trainers to teaching techniques and skills. After finishing, participants will be able to:
– Understand the principles of how people learn
– Understand instruction methods used by the BSA
– Practice BSA training techniques

Who should attend this opportunity? Any Adult Scouter that may need to train others. This includes Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, District and Council Training Committee members, Wood Badge staff, University of Scouting facilitators and others.

How is this course structured?  This course offering features some our Council’s best trainers and Scouters leading you with both Scouting and professional expertise in training and presentations.  The course is split across two portions of two days to give you the best experience possible.  Friday evening, which includes a taco bar, will get the basics out of the way and then Saturday morning you will finish up (after a hearty breakfast) and be done before noon that day.  You may choose to stay overnight, or you can return home for the night and rejoin us in the morning.  (Hotel rooms will be provided but you will be sharing a room with another same-gendered Scouter also partaking in the course)

Is it really free?   Absolutely, we want you trained and you want to be trained, of course any goodwill donations will graciously be accepted but are not expected. Space is limited to 12 participants so don’t wait and sign up today.

2. Welcome to Scouting

An introduction for girls into Scouts BSA

Saturday January 19th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm includes lunch – FREE

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This FREE event is focused on introducing girls into Scouts BSA and providing them with the insight and skills to jump start their Scouting Adventure (ages 10 to 17 are welcome whether already in Scouting or not – all you need to do is plan on being a member in Scouts BSA)

Presentations and Activities will include much of what they will need for early rank advancements as well as information and resources that will serve them throughout their Scouting tenure. (please note that rank advancement skills will not be signed off at this event – these presentations and activities are meant to prepare girls for their February 2019 and after Scouting adventure)

Topics to be covered include: Scouting Basics, Flag Etiquette and Presentation, First Aid, Knot Tying, Camping Basics and Team Building and Leadership activities.

Lunch is provided and a goodwill donation is always accepted.

Participants should bring a notebook and pen, comfortable (but respectful) clothing, and an appetite for learning and fun.

3. Merit Badge Counselor Training

Saturday January 19  4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
optional dinner add on if desired for a small fee

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The COMPLETE Merit Badge Counselor Training Class will give you everything you needed and wanted to know…. and more… on merit badge counseling. This class will cover the details of Merit Badge Counseling AND be logged in your Scout records as being a certified and trained merit badge counselor.

You will learn about Merit Badge Counseling topics including (but not limited to):

– New rules, practices, procedures, and policies as they apply to Scouts and Scout Leaders (including Merit Badge Counselors) and the merit badge process
– Roles and responsibilities of a Merit Badge Counselor
– The BSA’s Guide to Advancement
including important points regarding merit badges and counselors
– Best Practices
including setting expectations, documentation, parental influences, and more
– Proper and accurate recording
including how to fill out a blue card, counselor responsibilities, Scout responsibilities
– Merit Badge Counseling Do’s and Don’ts
– Merit Badge Questions and Answers Open Session
– and much, much, more


Who should attend this opportunity? Any Adult wishing to serve or currently serving as a merit badge counselor who has not had formal Merit Badge Counselor training.


If you have not taken the NEW Youth Protection Training (required for all adult leaders and merit badge counselors – effective October 1, 2018) we have an opportunity for you.  During the registration process for Merit Badge Counselor Training, you will be asked if you would need Youth Protection Training.  Youth Protection Training will precede the Merit Badge Counselor Training Class by two hours, so those signing up for Youth Protection Training as well will need to plan on attending starting at 2:30 pm.  The Youth Protection Training will take approximately 2 hours (2:30 pm to 4:30 pm).

Merit Badge Counselor Training attendees are eligible for joining our Honor Weekend Scouts for dinner at 7:00 pm. This is a semi formal dinner, if not wearing a Scouting Uniform, we would ask gentlemen to bring a jacket and tie and ladies business casual attire to change into for dinner. There is an additional cost for this, but this 4-course meal is definitely worth it.  You can easily sign up for the dinner option if you would like but is not required – limited seating is available

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