It's For All Scouting Volunteers!

As a movement whose leadership is overwhelmingly volunteer, the Boy Scouts of America recognizes the importance of acknowledging the invaluable services that men and women render to youth. Of the hundreds of awards that the BSA presents each year to those on the local council, regional, and national levels, the Silver Buffalo , Silver Antelope , Silver Beaver , and Silver World awards are the most prestigious. Although the criteria are different for each of these awards, there is one common thread: The recognitions are granted by one's own peers in Scouting for distinguished service to youth. Other BSA awards, by comparison, are granted only to those who have completed a prescribed course of study or have participated in special training sessions.


Training, Service, and Longevity awards.

The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles.

For Cub Scouts

                        Den Leader Training Award

                        Cub Scouting Training Award

                        Cubmaster Key


For Boy Scouts

                        Boy Scouting Training Award

                        Scoutmaster Key


For Venturing

                        Venturing Training Award

                        Advisor Key


For Commissioners

                        Roundtable Staff Training Award

                        Roundtable Commissioners Key/Arrowhead Honor Award

The Boy Scouts of America and the Council strongly believes that every youth deserves a trained leader. Parents expect to have their boys led by quality-trained leaders, and upon recruitment, we promise to train new leaders in their positions. To achieve this objective, the Boy Scouts of America have designed interactive training sessions. Basic leader specific training is required, along with youth protection and many other courses to allow leaders to be most effective. There are numerous other training opportunities offered during the calendar year, ranging from outdoor leadership to swim defense and weather hazard safety.

More information at: BSA Training

The National BSA has provided Online training for scouting and has now made several training opportunities available in one location. You will need to register before your first use.

E-Learning Online Training at My Scouting

If doesn’t show one or more courses completed AND a leader can produce a trained certificate, please submit with charter OR email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or fax certificate to (570) 387-4074

The following training courses are available at the E-Learning site:

  • Youth Protection
  • Safety Afloat
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Cub Scout Fast Start
  • Boy Scout Fast Start
  • "This is Scouting" Training -Basic Leader Essentials
  • Venturing Fast Start
  • Troop Committee Challenge
  • Staffing The District Committee
  • Unit Commissioner Fast Start
  • Scout Parents Unit Coordinator
  • Troop Committee Challenge
  • Hazardous Weather
  • Venturing Youth Protection
  • General Diversity - Login Not Required
  • Den Chief Fast Start Training - Login Not Required

For Unit Leaders:

To check your leaders’ training status, go to: My Scouting

Log on to your account

Click on “training validation” on left side of screen

Click “All Training

Click on pull-down menu by Username to specify search by Member ID

Use your charter to find membership number for each leader

Required courses are:

  • This Is Scouting
  • Fast Start for position
  • Youth Protection (within 2 years)
  • Specific Training for position.
  • (Boy Scout Leaders only: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills)

Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank in the Scouting program. Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to advance and earn these ranks, from joining until leaving the program, should be designed to help the young person have an exciting and meaningful experience.

Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, and they must be the basis of the advancement program. A fundamental principle of advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing is the growth a young person achieves as a result of his/her participation in unit program.

It is the responsibility of the Council Advancement Committee to oversee the advancement program within the council area.

Advancement Principles

Council and district advancement committees implement procedures that help achieve the following advancement principles.

Personal growth is the prime consideration in the advancement program. Scouting skills—what a young person knows how to do—are important, but they are not the most important aspect of advancement. Scouting's concern is the total growth of youth. This growth may be measured by how youth live the Scouting ideals, and how they do their part in their daily lives.

Learning by doing. A Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturer may read about fire building or good citizenship. He/she may hear it discussed, and watch others in action, but he/she has not learned first aid until he/she has done it.

Each youth progresses at his or her own rate. Advancement is not a competition among individual young people, but is an expression of their interest and participation in the program. Youth must be encouraged to advance steadily and set their own goals with guidance from their parents, guardians, or leaders.

A badge is recognition of what a young person is able to do, not merely a reward for what he or she has done. The badge is proof of certain abilities, and is not just a reward for the completion of a task.

Advancement encourages Scouting ideals. Scouting teaches a young person how to care for himself/herself and help others. Advancement should reflect the desire to live the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturing Oath in his/her daily life.


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