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Leader Training

Being a Scout leader at any level or in any capacity is a rewarding opportunity to shape the future by shaping today’s youth. It’s also a lot of fun. You’ll camp, hike, fish and tackle outdoor challenges alongside boys and young men and women.

You’ll coach, mentor and lead remarkable young people to significant accomplishments. Montana Team 315 offers many ways to get involved, even if you don’t have a child in Scouts.

Basic Training

Boy Scouts of America offers easy access to comprehensive online training for unit leaders as a way to ensure you have the skills and confidence to chart a path of achievement for your den, pack, crew, ship or troop. 

Training addresses leader specific issues, scouting in general and protecting youth. 


> Trained Leader Positions
> Current Training Codes
> Online Training
> Training Quicklinks

To be considered a fully trained Leader, you must take the trainings listed in the “Trained Leader Positions” as well as the following trainings:

Youth Protection
Offered either face-to-face or online, and is required before your BSA application is turned in.

Training Programs

Youth Protection

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

Montana council requires all volunteers renew their training every year. You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection Training.

To take Youth Protection training go to and create an account. For more information visit the National Council Youth Protection page.

Wood Badge

Course Location: K-M Scout Ranch (Lewistown, Montana)
Dates: June 20 – 24, 2022
Cost: $275

Trained volunteer leadership is one of the keys to a successful Scouting experience. As the core leadership skills training course for the Boy Scouts of America, Wood Badge focuses on strengthening each volunteer’s ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults.

Since its introduction in 1919, Wood Badge has been an essential component in the success of the Scouts. Volunteers who complete Wood Badge training receive a certificate, neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong.

Wood Badge is a national adult training program for the Boy Scouts of America. It is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here. The course consists of classroom & hands-on instruction conducted in an indoor/outdoor environment. Modeled on the Scouts BSA troop & patrol methods. There is a focus on your ticket goals, which are designed to benefit yourself, others, and realizing your Scouting vision. Ticket goals are completed within 18 months. Volunteers who complete Wood Badge training and their tickets, receive a certificate, neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong.

Powder Horn

Course Location: Grizzly Base (Big Fork, Montana)
Dates: TBD

Powder Horn is a comprehensive, “hands-on” course that is physically demanding in an outdoor setting. The course is a week long program camping near Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

You will experience activities like rock climbing, black powder shooting, packing, and emergency scenarios. In addition to experiencing all details to the course, you will learn how to find the resources to help you deliver a fun, challenging, and dynamic high adventure program for today’s youth.

The course is designed for Venturing crew advisors, Sea Scout skippers, Troop scoutmasters, Varsity coaches, other unit leaders, district, council, area, regional leaders and committee members interested in the ranger and high adventure programs with goals to move their organizations to the next level and who meet the selection standards.

NOTE: The Powder Horn course is not designed or intended to make leaders experts or self-sufficient in any skill or skill area. The leader will still need to rely on knowledgeable, trained, and appropriately certified individuals to assist them in the delivery of a high adventure program.

Future course dates will be announced as they are determined.

Montana council National Youth leadership Training (NYLT)

Course Location: Grizzly Base (Big Fork, Montana)
Dates: June 20 – 25, 2022

Every Scouts BSA and Venturing unit is encouraged to send at least one youth to National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT.)

This is an exciting, action-packed CO-ED training course designed to provide all youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

Applications & resources

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide all youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

Montana Council is offering this National Youth Leadership Training course which emphasizes the operation of an adult-led, youth-run unit and is closely linked to the Wood Badge course. The presentations are conducted by NYLT trained youth working under the leadership of Wood Badge trained adults.

THIS IS A CO-ED EVENT! This training is open to Scouts BSA and Ventures.

In order to attend an NYLT course, a youth must have the following qualifications by the beginning of the course:

    • Must be a registered member of a Scouting unit.
    • Must have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C.
    • As of March 1, 2022, Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be at least 13. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops and earned the First Class rank before attending NYLT.
    • As of March 1, 2022,   Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.
    • Have a unit leader recommendation.

Yes! It is expected that the troop Scoutmaster/Advisor or a designated adult scout leader, will work with the scouts prior to attending NYLT to provide them with the basics of leadership and outdoor skills. It is required that participants be graduates of the Troop Leadership Training or the Crew Leader Training.

Scouts attending NYLT are expected to arrive in their complete official field (Class A) uniform. A complete uniform consists of a Scout shirt, Scout Pants, Scout belt and Scout socks. NYLT T-shirts will be issued for the participants to wear during the conference.

We are taking registrations for the waitlist through June 16, 2022.

The course is currently capped at a maximum 48 participants as pandemic levels allow. We will be monitoring the recommended and required health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Most of all NYLT-is fun! After attending, most participants list it as their top experience in scouting. The lasting friendships made between Scouts from all around the state go far beyond Scouting.

** NEW **  Application Process:

  • NYLT Applicant submits online Participant Application as soon as possible.
  • Applicant’s Unit Leader submits his/her online Unit Leader Recommendation Form.   
  • Communications will be ongoing to those on the waitlist, with the first round of participant selection notifications communicated no later than March 15.
  • All applicants will get a status update and successful applicants will receive a welcome e-mail with a link to pay online via Tentaroo.  

The NYLT course fee of $250 includes all course material and food during the course. This fee is due in full prior to the first day of the course or the applicant will not be allowed to participate in the course.

Cancellation requests received on or before April 1, 2020, will receive a full refund and their place in the course will be filled by an applicant from the waiting list. Cancellations between April 1st and May 15, 2020, will be charged a cancellation fee of $75. Cancellations after May 15, 2020, will be assessed the full $ 250.00 course fee.