School night for scouting is next week so that means we are going to have a bunch of new cubs and parents joining us. The new scout year is upon us. And with that we need to get a few things in order. It is now time to get your training done. Most of you have been trained but there are a few who haven’t gotten around to it. Here’s the rub, it is a requirement and that at a minimum you have Youth Protection Training. Starting this fall, new leader registrations will be required to have a certificate printed out and attached to their application.

Here is what you need to do. Go to myscouting.org and sign in using your id number. I have them if you need them. Take the online courses:
* Your Protection Training
* This is Scouting
* Fast Start for the position you are in

I took the Den Leader Fast Start last week and it says at the beginning you will do it in less than an hour. My experience was less than 30 minutes. Same for the other courses, they are quick.

Once you complete online training there is classroom training that you need to attend. The first one that everyone should make plans to attend is Cub Leader Basic Training on October 2 from 8-12:30 at Hunter Street Baptist Church. This course covers Intro to Cub Scouting & How We Have Fun as well as Leader Specific Training. It covers everyone from Den Leaders to Pack Committee members.

Completion of this course and your online training earns you your trained badge and completes the training portion of your Leader Award requirements. It will also help the pack earn awards for having a large percentage of leaders trained.

If you have already completed Intro to Cub Scouting & How We Have Fun and you are in a new position there are some stand alone Leader Specific Training you can attend. These include:

Sept. 4 – Pack Trainer
Oct. 7 – Tiger Den Leader
Nov. 4 – Wolf & Bear Den Leader Training
Dec. 2 – Webelos Den Leader Training
Jan. 6 – Cubmaster & Pack Committee Training
Mar. 3 – Wolf & Bear Den Leader Training
Apr. 7 – Webelos Den Leader Training
May 5 – Cubmaster Training
June 2 – Pack Committee Training

For those of you who love to camp, keep an eye out for Baloo training this fall. We have to have two Baloo trained leaders on every campout. I think we only have three in the Pack so if two missed it we would have to cancel.