scouts bsa Troop 11 | Houston, texas

How to Become an Adult Leader

Many of the courses below use the system. To access it, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. If you do not have one already, you will need to create a username and password. Take careful note – you will want to be able to recall these login details again every year.
  3. Once you have logged in, click on “Home” at the top-left menu, then “My Dashboard” Finally, click on “Training Center.”
  4. If you are asked for details about our unit. Troop 11 is part of the Twin Bayou District, which is part of the Sam Houston Area Council. Sean O’Connor is the Scoutmaster.

Adult Joining Courses

The joining courses are the programs that we ask all registered leaders to take in order to be involved in Troop activities beyond the annual family campout.

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, be able to recognize signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. This course is required of all registered leaders every two years. It is also useful for all adults so that they know why we take the precautions that we do.

  • Online 
    On (see above), click on the “Boy/Varsity Scout” tab. Then, on the row for Youth Protection Training click “Take Course”
    At the conclusion of the course, be sure to print the certificate (or save a PDF of it) in case there is a problem with your account. Without this proof, you would need to re-take the course if there is a problem.
  • In person
    The in-person program has more information and is more impactful than the on-line course. Importantly, it also satisfies the State of Texas’ requirement for in-person training to participate in longer-duration events like summer camp. Troop 11 will offer this course at the Troop meeting on May 11, 2015 at T-11. It is also offered many other times throughout the year by the District and the Council, including at the University of Scouting (see below). Click here for the council’s calendar of upcoming offerings.

On-line orientation courses

These are short online courses designed to introduce new adults to Boy Scouting.

  • This is Scouting
    On (see above), click on the “General” tab. Then, on the row for “This is Scouting” click “Take Course”
  • Fast Start: Boy Scouting
    On (see above), click on the “Boy/Varsity Scout” tab. Then, on the row for “Fast Start: Boy Scouting” click “Take Course”

Adult Leadership Courses

These first two courses are required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout troops and Varsity Scout teams in order to be considered “trained”  

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training

This is a required course for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, but is open to anyone. The program teaches practical ways to instill the eight methods of Scouting into troop programs. It is an in-person classroom course usually offered four times per year by the District (calendar here) as well as most summer camps and takes less than a day. The methods covered are:

  1. The Ideals
  2. The Patrol Method
  3. The Outdoors
  4. Advancement
  5. Association With Adults
  6. Personal Growth
  7. Leadership Development
  8. The Uniform

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

Working in patrols at an overnight campout, this hands-on course provides adult leaders with the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the outdoors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. The program is offered in the District two times per year (calendar here).

Committee Member Specific Training

Troop Committee Challenge is a course required of Committee Chairs and Committee Members to earn their “Trained” status. This training serves as a vital tool for new troop committee members as well as for veterans and focuses on the core beliefs, aims, and methods of Scouting. Specifically, it helps each committee member learn and identify his or her role and responsibilities in support of the adult leaders in the unit to provide a quality troop experience for the Scouts.  Take the course on (see above), click on the “Boy/Varsity Scout” tab. Then, on the row for Troop Committee Challenge click “Take Course”

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the premier adult leader training program in Scouting. The program highlights personal and unit level leadership development with courses in team building, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution and many other useful skills. These skills can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships, crews and teams to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs. Wood Badge is a fun, challenging and inspirational Scouting experience for all leaders who wish to improve their leadership skills. I’ve found the skills learned at Wood Badge are not only useful in Scouting, but in all other aspects of my life. 

Wood Badge is an in-person program put on by the Council three to five times per year in the Council. For 2015, the course is divided into two, three-day weekends (calendar and detailed information here)

Leadership Challenges

Adults learn to internalize and practice their leadership skills in this action packed backcountry conference offered only once or twice at each location. The course hones the skills taught in Wood Badge in an outdoor experiential learning environment. PLC underscores the values of Scouting, teamwork, and promotes the concepts of servant leadership. The course is open to Scouters in all programs.

Offered at Philmont (calendar and detailed information here)
Offered at Summit Bechtel (calendar and detailed information here)

Supplemental Adult Courses

On-line courses

These are typically short and specific (e.g., Weather Hazards, Safe Swim Defense).  BSA requires that at least one adult at every outing have at least some of these courses, with the particulars dependent on the activities planned.  If a training is required, and the Troop doesn’t have an adult at that outing with the required training, then the activity doesn’t take place.

Take these course on (see above), click on the “Boy/Varsity Scout” tab. Then, in the “Supplemental Training” section, take any course.

University of Scouting

This event is held once a year and made up of full day of different one-hour typically courses.  With over a hundred choices, there will be something of interest for everyone.  Recent example:  how to participate in a Board of Review. (calendar and details here)

Philmont Training Center

PTC offers week-long courses on topics that vary week-by-week and year-by-year which are also a great opportunity for a family vacation.  A wide variety of classes are presented by the nation’s best in each area.  (information here)

Trainer’s Edge

Trainer’s Edge is required to staff NYLT or Wood Badge. It is a day-long course, held at various every times around the Council.  This is the class that will teach you how to teach a skill–any skill–to anyone (calendar and information here)

Powder Horn

Powder Horn offers a “sampler” of a dozen high-adventure activities over two three-day weekends. Participants learn something about each activity, and the resources available to bring that activity to the unit. It is offered every 18 months by the Council. This course is split into two weekends and is open to youth 14 and older, and adults (it’s something that you could do with your son.) (calendar and information here)


This program is made up of two evening classes + two weekends and is offered by the Council each year.  Climbing is a favorite activity of the boys, and the BSA has strict requirements concerning trained personnel to conduct climbing activities.  If we want the boys to go climbing, we need to have trained personnel available. (calendar and information here)

Wilderness and Remote First Aid

Typically at least a two-day course, available at various times during the year.  The usual first aid course assumes that professional help is readily available.  That’s not true in the wilderness; WaRFA teaches how to deal with an emergency when help is 1+ hours away.  At least some members in every high-adventure crew must be WaRFA-trained.

(calendar here)

Regular first aid

This is typically a Red Cross class, and is also offered by the Boy Scouts and others, many times/year.  WaRFA requires current First Aid certification, which is a separate, one-day class.  We need someone with at least “regular” first aid certification on every outing.  A good idea for everyone. (calendar here)

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Scouts BSA Troop 11
First Presbyterian Church Houston
5300 S Main St, Houston, TX 77004

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