Leadership Training for Cub Scouts

Cub Scouting is a family-centered program designed for boys first grade through fifth grade. The boys are introduced to Scouting at first grade when they join the Tiger den of their Cub Scout pack. A new Cub Scout begins by earning his Bobcat badge. During the next four or five years, the Cub Scout meets weekly with his den and works toward completing the requirements for each rank.


Step 1 - Become an Official Scout Leader

  1. Register with the Boy Scouts of America. Fill out the Adult Application at Scouting.org. Alternatively, you may get an Adult Application from your BSA local council office.
  2. Complete Youth Protection training at MyScouting.org It will take about half an hour.

Step 2 - Complete Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is required for all leaders prior to submitting the Adult Application.

From the MyScouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take Youth Protection training.

Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application, to the pack committee chair (to be submitted to the BSA local council office).

  • Once your paperwork (Adult Application and YP certificate) has been submitted to the council office, it takes approximately two weeks for the background check to be completed. After two weeks you may then begin your service.
  • When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will be issued a BSA member ID number (your committee chair should be able to tell you what it is). After you know your member ID number, log back into MyScouting, click on My Profile, and update the system by inputting your ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and any other training records in MyScouting.org)  to your BSA membership.
  • To learn more about BSA policies regarding Youth Protection, click here.

Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training. To take Youth Protection training go to https://myscouting.scouting.org and create an account.

Step 3 - Take Cub Scout Leader Fast Start Training

FAST START TRAINING IS FIRST and will help you prepare for your first meeting with the Cub Scouts.

Fast Start training is available for the following Cub Scout leader positions:

  • Den Leader Fast Start
  • Cubmaster Fast Start
  • Pack Committee Fast Start

To take Fast Start training for your position go to Fast Start Training.


LEADER POSITION-SPECIFIC TRAINING IS REQUIRED for all Cub Scout leaders, and should be taken within 30 days of service.

Once you have finished Fast Start training, you are ready to learn more about your duties and responsibilities as a leader working with Cub Scouts. Some required training is only offered in live sessions but most training is available online at MyScouting.org –> Training –> E-Learning (scroll down to the Cub Scout tab and click onto the course).

To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “What Makes a Trained Leader” (www.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/what_makes_a_trained_leader.pdf).  This is where you’ll find the most up-to-date training requirements for most (not all) Scouting leadership positions.

To be considered “Trained” leaders must take the appropriate leader position-specific training. Fortunately most of the position-specific training for leaders serving in Cub Scouting can be taken online. For most of the online training you don’t have to complete the whole course in one sitting.

  • Leader position-specific training for Tiger den leaders (and assistants), and Wolf den leaders (and assistants), Bear den leaders (and assistants), Webelos den leaders (and assistants), and Cubmasters (and assistants) is available online at MyScouting.org.  Each course takes about 2 1/2  hours.
  • Pack committee members will be considered “Trained” after completing either the online Leader Position-Specific – Pack Committee (at MyScouting.org) OR the new, interactive (and more fun), live course, Pack Committee Challenge, offered by district and/or council training teams.
  • Pack trainers will be considered “Trained” after completing the live course, Fundamentals of Training,AND either the online Leader Position-Specific – Pack Trainer at MyScouting.org  OR the new,  interactive (and more fun), live course, Pack Committee Challengewhen offered by your district and/or council training team. (* NOTE: If Fundamentals of Training or Pack Committee Challenge is not being offered by your district or council within the next month or two, check your council calendar to see if they are being offered by another district within a reasonable distance. All BSA training courses are the same throughout the U.S., so you may take Fundamentals of Training and Pack Committee Challenge in another district or council.)