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Positions and Training

Here are the official BSA Positions and the Training associated with them.   Resources are listed at the bottom (below).
KEY:  BOLD = required training.   Italics = optional training 

General Program Positions

Scoutmaster --or-- Assistant Scoutmaster

  1. Be registered with the BSA (BSA adult application online, turn into Troop Registrar)
  2. Youth Protection Training (available online[ScoutNET training code: Y01]
  3. Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training (see below for upcoming courses)
  4. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (see below for upcoming courses)

Patrol Advisor

  1. Standard ASM training listed above 
  2. Wood Badge - optional (advanced leader training, half-day orientation + two weekends camping, recommended)

Outdoor Leader

  1. CPR/AED/First Aid
  2. Weather Hazards (online)
  3. Outing Specific
    • Safe Swim Defense (online)
    • Safety Afloat (online)
    • Climb on Safely (online)
    • Trek Safely (online)
  4. Outdoor Ethics
    1. Leave No Trace Awareness (online)
    2. Tread Lightly! Awareness 101 (online)
  5. Trainer’s EDGE (optional)

High Adventure Advisor

  1. Outdoor Leader
  2. High Adventure Training aka "HAT" (classroom + weekend camping)
  3. Wilderness First Aid aka "WFA" (16-hours classroom + hands-on)
  4. BSA Leave No Trace 101

Specialized Outdoor Program Positions

Aquatics Safety Advisor

  1. Outdoor Leader
  2. Aquatics Supervision: Swimming and Water Rescue
  3. Aquatics Supervision: Paddle Craft Safety
  4. Council HAT Canoe
  5. BSA Lifeguard
  6. BSA Aquatics Instructor
  7. ACA Instructor

Climbing / COPE Safety Advisor

  1. Outdoor Leader
  2. BSA Climbing Instructor
  3. BSA C.O.P.E Instructor
  4. BSA Climbing Director

Cycling Safety Advisor

  1. Outdoor Leader
  2. Extensive cycling experience

Outdoor Ethics Advisor

  1. Outdoor Leader
  2. LNT Trainer
  3. Tread Lightly! Trainer

Shooting Sports Safety Advisor

  1. Outdoor Leader
  2. NRA Range Safety Officer
  3. One or more of the following
    • NAA Basic Archery Instructor
    • NRA Rifle Instructor
    • NRA Shotgun Instructor
    • NRA/NMLR Muzzle Loading Rifle Instructor

Winter Safety Advisor

  1. High Adventure Leader
  2. Council HAT Snow Camping and Winter Safety

Additional Positions

Health and Safety Advisor

  1. First Aid MB Counselor
  2. Wilderness First Aid
  3. Red Cross First Aid
  4. EMT, etc.

Life to Eagle Advisor

  1. Eagle Scout
  2. District Eagle Board of Review member
  3. Former Scoutmaster

Order of the Arrow Representative Advisor

  1. OA Brotherhood or Vigil member

STEM Advisor

  1. Architect, Computer Scientist, Engineer, Dentist, Doctor, Scientist, or Veterinary Doctor

Potential Training Resources

Note: This list is purely a "maybe here" list of resources.  It's not kept up to date with schedules, and evolves slowly over time.
For Position Specific roles,  Intro to Outdoor Leadership,  Wood Badge,  
    • Pacific Skyline Council:
    • Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council:
    • Mt Diablo Silverado Council:
    • San Francisco Bay Area Council:

    Additionally:  Besides these councils offering courses, here are other potential training resources:

    CPR/AED/First Aid

    • Red Cross ??!!??

      Outdoor Ethics

      Trainer's E.D.G.E.

      Wilderness First Aid

      High Adventure Training (HAT)

      Snow Camping and Winter Safety, Introduction