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Leader Training Information

Cub Scout training is open to all registered leaders. There are a few different sessions that you must attend as a new Cub Scout Leader.

Fast Start Training

Fast Start Training is a short self-taken training course, available in VHS Video Tape or Computer CD format (it is also available on-line from the BSA Online Learning Center).  It is intended to give you a quick overview of the Scouting Program and the position you are entering.

New Leader Essentials

This session is an introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding and methods of Scouting. It addresses how these aims and methods are reached using an age appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing. Videos, discussions and hands-on reinforcement are presented during the 90-min training session. All unit-based
volunteers—Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders—take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they
serve. Each leader completes New Leader Essentials training only once.

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

This session gets you up to speed in your new Cub Scout position. This training is focused on teaching the new leader, or leader in a new position, just how easy and fun Cub Scouting can
be! This training is offered in five different formats, each lasting less than 3 hours. The formats are: Tiger Den Leaders, Cub Scout Den Leaders, Webelos Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and
Pack Committee Members. Assistant leaders should take the training for the leader position they are assisting.

Youth Protection Training

This is offered at Roundtable every other month.  It is required for all Unit Leaders regardless of position and must be taken every two years.

Youth Protection Training is also available on-line through the St. Louis Area Council website at:

Leader Outdoor Experience (LOE)

Leader Outdoor Experience (LOE) is a supplemental training course for all leaders involved in the Cub Scout program.  LOE is held four times yearly (two courses are held in the spring and two in the fall).  Each spring and fall a course is held at Beaumont Scout Reservation and the second spring course is held at Pine Ridge Scout Camp and the second fall course is held at Camp Lewallen.  LOE begins on Saturday morning at 8:00 am and ends on Sunday afternoon around 1:30 pm.  Leaders will be provided with 3 meals and a snack (a special “Cracker Barrel” will be held on Saturday evening).  Upon completion of the course leaders will receive a patch and participation card and a lot of take home projects.  

Webelos leaders are required to have this course in order to receive their Webelos leader recognition knot.

  • LOE provides additional help in providing a well rounded program to the youth both indoors and outdoors. 
  • It will teach leaders to take their dens and packs outdoors and not be terrified of the unknown. 
  • The program will help leaders become familiar with techniques to teach youth about fire building, hiking, nature and many more fun activities. 
  • This training may be one of the only times leaders will be away from their dens while camping and learning about the Cub Scout Program. 
  • It will allow leaders to meet and learn from other leaders. The leaders are placed in dens which are comprised of leaders from all districts and packs throughout the council. 
  • Each den will have a den counselor to share ideas and answer questions while guiding you through the program. 

This weekend of training will be very informative and everyone will leave with information to pass along to others and provide you with ideas to build a strong quality program for all ages of Cub Scouts.


Training Matrix

Leader Training Tiger Den Leader Cub Scout Den Leader Webelos Den Leader Cubmaster Pack Committee (1)
New Leader Essentials R R R R R
Tiger Cub Den Leader Training R  
Cub Scout Den Leader Training   R  
Webelos Den Leader Training   R  
Cubmaster Training   R  
Pack Committee Training   R
Leader Outdoor Experience (2) O O R O O
Youth Protection Training R R R R R

R = Required
O = Optional, but Recommended


  1. At a minimum, the Committee Chair must take this training — other Committee Members are also encouraged to take the training.
  2. Leader Outdoor Experience is required to get the Webelos Den Leader Award.
    At least one adult must have this training on each Pack or Den Campout.

The training schedule for Boone Trails District is available on the Boone Trails page of the Greater St. Louis Area Council website: Boone Trails District.