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Boy Scout Troop 23
(Dormont, Pennsylvania)
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Troop Training Contact

Mr. Ted Dutkowski is the Troop 23 Training Chair

Leaders and scouts should submit copies of all training certificates to Mr. Dutkowski so that he can make sure they are properly recorded. Questions about training should be addressed to Mr. Dutkowski.

Scoutmaster & Asst. Scoutmaster Specific Training

Dear Leaders and Parents of Troop 23,

As the Leadership Development Committee Chairman for Eagle Valley District ,  I just want to make all the adults in Troop 23 -- both uniformed leaders as well as every parent  -- aware of upcoming training opportunities.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training is available throughout the Council several times a year. It has been suggested that the training will also be available for adult leaders, volunteers and parents who go to Summer Camp. This is a four-five hour, indoor training class that explains the organization, goals, and methods of Boy Scouting.  The topics discussed are important for new leaders and parents to understand. The class offers an opportunity to ask if you have unanswered questions.  This training is required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. It is recommended for Troop Committee members.  It is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any parent with a boy who has recently crossed over to Troop 23, because it gives you valuable information about how and why Boy Scouting is very different from Cub Scouting.

The cost for this training class is approximately $10. Pre-registration is required.

The training continues with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. The training sessions are also being offered throughout the council throughout the year.  This is a 2-1/2 day course that teaches essential outdoor skills to uniformed leaders so that they may in  turn teach these basic abilities to the Scouts in the troop. The outdoor training course begins at approximately 6:30 pm on Friday night, and concludes on Sunday at approximately 12:00 pm.  In order for uniformed leaders (particularly Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters) to be considered TRAINED participants must stay for the entire weekend.

The weekend will teach fire building, animal and plant identification, first aid, woods tools, how to use a compass or GPS to find  your way in the woods, cooking skills, knot tying, and other skills essential for adult Boy Scout leaders to learn and master.  The cost of this weekend course is approximately $35.00.

In order to be registered as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster, both training courses are required. This is only the first step. Leaders are not automatically assigned the Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster position in the unit. A BSA application must be completed and approved by the Troop and the Charter Organization.

Other training opportunities exists at the District and Council Level for Scouts. Some of the training topics are Den Chief Training for all eligible Boy Scots interested in attaining this leadership position and National Youth Leadership  Training Conference a week long training sessions offered at Camp Twin Echo for Scouts who are at least First Class.

Each year the Council offers a very special training opportunity for all levels of scouting, University of Scouting. A variety of formal and informal classes are offered. Consider making it a family training holiday when it comes up.

Online training for positions in Scouting are available at If you do any online training, be sure to login and to print out the certificate when you are finished. A copy of the certificate should be given to the Troop's Training Chair, Mr. Dudkowski who will make sure that the information is updated in Scoutnet.

If anyone has any questions or wants more information about training programs, please contact me at

Yours in Scouting,
Mercedes Faust
Eagle Valley District Training Team Chairperson



Upcoming Training Opportunities

The following is a list of training opportunities offered in the Laurel Highlands Council in 2019:
UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING  [MARCH 23, 2019 0730 - 1630 @ GATEWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL  Cost : $30.00]

The University of Scouting and Commissioner College is a supplemental training opportunity for all adult Scout leaders. It is the only time during the year where you can find, all in one place, the widest variety of training opportunities in all program areas (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing). Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting provides interesting courses in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and leadership training for Venturing.

The College of Commissioner Science is also being conducted at the same time. This program is open to all those who are servicing on the commissioner staff or may be interested in becoming a commissioner.

In addition to adult leader training, there are expanded course offerings to include sessions specifically for Scouts BSA members.


The training is open to adults and youth ages 16 and up.  Participants will learn the skills necessary to lead a group through the a challenge course program.

The training will take place at Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg, PA. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. While the participants have the option commuting each day, we highly encourage you to sleep at camp.


Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. This training is targeted to Scout Leaders that are taking troops or crews into the backcountry where medical help is more that an hour away.

Course topics are:

Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medici

The course begin at 7:30 pm on Friday.  On Saturday it will run 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 8:00 am to Noon on Sunday.  You are welcome to stay at camp on Friday and Saturdays nights.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.  If  you stay at camp on Saturday, you will be responsible for your own dinner. 

All participants must be at least 14 years of age and have completed CPR/AED Training prior to the start of the course

The course is currently wait - listed.

LACKAWANNA DISTRICT I.O.L.S. TRAINING   [APRIL 12-13, 2019 @ Camp Guyasuta COST: $40.00]

EAGLE VALLEY DISTRICT I.O.L.S. TRAINING   [APRIL 26 - 28, 2019 @   Camp Anawanna  COST: $35.00]

BEAVER VALLEY DISTRICT I.O.L.S. TRAINING  [ APRIL 26 - 28, 2019  @ Camp Baker COST: $35.00]

The introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, providing Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors. 

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troop, in order to be considered “trained”.

The course is also suggested for leaders of Crew who go camping. Any adult that enjoys camping and wants to participate with the unit in camping events will benefit from taking IOLS.

Leave No Trace / Tread Lightly Trainer Courses  [APRIL 26 - 28, 2019 @   Heritage Reservation  COST: $50.00/ $12.00]

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING  [June 16 -22, 2019 @ Camp Twin Echo COST: $220.00]

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

WOOD BADGE TRAINING  [AUGUST 23 -25, 2019 & SEPTEMBER 20 -22, 2019 @ Camp Twin Echo COST: $260.00]

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals.

Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome.

This course will help you better understand how all the Scouting programs tie together. It will provide you with many useful leadership tools to help enable our youth to have the best possible Scouting experience. There is no better time to attend a Wood Badge course and make a difference in your unit.

During the course you will experience session in:
Managing Conflict
Leading Change
Stages of Team Development
Coaching & Mentoring
Leadership for Different Stages
Servant Leadership
Project Planning
And more!

Here is the link to the Council's Training schedule for 2019: 

Registration for any of these courses should be done through the Council's website.                              





































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Flyer for the Dutch Oven all-day class.pdf  
Program Training Conference flyer specific for Troop Leaders.pdf  

Council SM-ASM Training Schedule


30 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Frontier
30 Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Frontier
30 Venturing Leader Specific Training Mingo Trails

February 2016 6 Trainers Edge Council
6 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Lackawanna
6 Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Lackawanna
20 Scoutmaster Position Specific Training & Troop Committee Challenge Eagle Valley
27 Den Chief Training Frontier

March 2016
12 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Frontier
19 College of Commissioner Science Council (opportunity to arrive Friday and to stay to Sunday if you want)
19 BALOO Council

April 2016 8 Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Frontier
8-10 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Frontier
15-17 Leave No Trace Trainer Council
22-24 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Seneca (dates need verified)
22-24 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Eagle Valley (dates need verified)
24 Den Chief Training Eagle Valley (dates need verified)
29-30 COPE Instructor Training Council

May 2016
1 COPE Instructor Training Council
7 Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Potomac
13-15 Webelos Leader Outdoor Training Council
21 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Frontier

JULY: NOTE: Scoutmaster Specific (Indoor) Training and other Training sessions are available during summer camp;

August 2016
18-21 COPE Instructor Training Council
26-28 Wood Badge Weekend #1 Council

September 2016
16-17 Wood Badge Weekend #2 Council
24 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Frontier

October 2016
1 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Beaver Valley
1 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Lackawanna
1 Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Lackawanna
8 BALOO Council
15 University of Scouting Council
21 Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Frontier
21-23 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Frontier

November 2016
1 Youth Protection Training Mingo Trails
5 Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Seneca
12 Cub Scout Leader Specific Skills Frontier
4-6 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Lackawanna
11-13 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Mingo Trails
18 - 20 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Potomac

December 2016
3 Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Mingo Trails
3 Scoutmaster Specific Training Mingo Trails
3 Youth Protection Training Mingo Trails
6 Weather Hazards Training Mingo Trails

It is very important that the troop leader(s) who are responsible for transitioning webelos to scouting know and understand the NEW Cub Scout program.
Trainer’s Edge Training
As adult leaders, we are all trainers of Scouts. We also may have responsibilities training other adults. Please consider registering for this training.

Description: Trainers Edge
Start Date/Time: 2/6/2016 8:00 AM
End Date/Time: 2/6/2016 4:00 PM
Last Day to Register: 2/4/2016 10:00:00 PM
Late fee: After 2/4/2016 a fee of $5.00 will apply.

Contact E-mail:

Cost: $25.00 per Participant

Details: If you serve as a trainer in any capacity, whether it is District, Council, Wood Badge, NYLT, or Summer Camp, this is the course where you have the opportunity to polish your presentation skills…

The Trainer’s EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through

Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

Pre-course Preparation –
Participant Presentations. Participants will make a presentation to the team (5-10 minutes) on a Scouting topic of their choice. The topic they select should be broad enough to allow the presenter to apply the learning from the morning sessions. The participants should bring any material or equipment they need for their presentation with them to the Trainer’s EDGE course.
Training at:  1275 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, US

Cancellation Policy: No fees will be refunded due to materials needed and food provided.

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TRAINING - tentative - Schedule FOR LAUREL HIGHLANDS COUNCIL JANUARY 2016 THROUGH DECEMBER 2016.docx Tentative Training Schedule LHC-BSA please verify dates with Training Chair  

How Long does your Training Last?


Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up to date with current information and methods means some of the BSA's training courses need to be retaken every couple of years.  

We all know about Youth Protection training and National Camping School, but there are some others—including some that have recently been added to the list.  
Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid: 

    Youth Protection—every two years
    National Camping School—good for five camping seasons
    Safe Swim Defense—every two years
    Paddle Craft Safety—every three years
    Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue—every three years
    BSA Lifeguard—every three years
    Visitation training—every two years
    Climbing Lead Instructor—every two years
    Climbing Instructor—every two years
    COPE/Climbing Inspector—every two years
    Safety Afloat—every two years
    Chain Saw Safety—every two years
    Trainer’s EDGE—every three years
    Hazardous Weather—every two years
    Physical Wellness—every two years
    Climb On Safely—every two years
    Trek Safely—every two years
          As other courses are introduced, or as our committees determine that courses have an “expiration date,” we will post them here—so keep watching!

          What makes a trained leader?

          In Scouting, you are never fully trained because training is ongoing. You may get a "trained" patch for your position after completing a course, but that training may have to be repeated within two or three years.

          A course you take may not indicate that you have to do it again, but the way things change, it is a smart move to always be on the look-out for opportunities to refresh your memory.

          Another tactic for remaining "forever" trained is to join the "Training Committee" for the Conestoga District.

          To check your training status and to take Online training go to 
 (Please try to create and maintain only one account on
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          Trained Leader Reqs.pdf What makes me a trained leader--plain and simple