Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. 

See the Occoneechee Council calendar for a list of additional trainings offered around the council.

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Youth Protection Training

ALL REGISTERED LEADERS AND SCOUTERS must complete Youth Protection Training, and renew it every 2 years.

Click here to take the YPT training ONLINE at

Click here for the handy how-to guide for taking this training.

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Position-specific Leader Training

Not sure what training is required for your position? or a position in which you are interested?

Download the current position training requirements.

You can take the position-specific leader training online at

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

This is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout Den or Pack outdoor event, including pack camping overnighters and Webelos den overnighters.
BALOO training is comprised of two components—an online component and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “TRAINED” Cub Scout outdoor leader.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Training

The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors. Specifically, this hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a Scout-led troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors.

NOTE: IOLS is required for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Venturing Advisors to be considered BSA-trained in addition to the position-specific training for that position.

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Wilderness First Aid

Being prepared in Scouting often means being ready to render first aid. As we go farther into the backcountry with our units, some additional training is needed. Wilderness first aid (WFA), the next step up from the basic first aid, focuses on teaching assessment skills and using available resources when professional responders may be hours or even days away. It can have a dramatic effect on the outcome of emergencies, injuries, and illnesses. It can mean the difference between life and death.