The Cub Scout roundtable is a lively monthly training event sponsored by the district designed to help leaders carry out a successful Cub Scout program in their dens and packs. At roundtable you will receive information on BSA policies and the Cub Scout program. You’ll hear about upcoming district and council activities and training events. Most Cub Scout roundtables have breakout sessions for your specific position (Cubmasters; committee members; and Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders). At roundtable you’ll have the opportunity to share experiences with other Cub Scouters and enjoy fun and fellowship in a relaxed and interactive environment.


 To take these and other online training courses go to MyScouting.org.

  • Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather:  This training is required for at least one leader who is going with your unit on any outing or activity. The course is online and must be repeated every two years. The training takes about 40 minutes to complete and is recommended for all adult leaders and den chiefs.
  • Safe Swim Defense: Required by at least one leader (preferably all adults) on outings involving activities that include swimming or wading in water over knee deep (that’s not very deep for a short Cub Scout!). The course is online and must be repeated every two years.
  • Safety Afloat: Required by at least one adult on outings involving more than just swimming (boating, tubing, waterskiing, and so on). The course is online and must be repeated every two years.


Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. It was designed by Lord Baden-Powell to enable Scouters to learn the skills and methods of Scouting; it is “learning by doing.” Those attending the course are divided into patrols consisting of about eight adults. The patrols form a troop.  The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week (or for two weekends), practicing Scouting skills, such as fire-building, camping, cooking, tying knots and lashes, and so on.

Many councils offer a “Sunday-friendly” course, over two weekends from Thursday through Saturday. This allows religious organizations to return home on Saturday night so they can attend their regular Sunday services.

To learn more about Wood Badge training and how you can attend, contact your local council office or check your council’s website.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

  • A one-day training event, presented by the council, that introduces Cub Scout leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping


  • A monthly audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to information for Cub Scouting leaders and parents

Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders

  • Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants
  • Teaches outdoor-related skills and activity badge instruction through demonstration and hands-on practice
  • Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den.
  • Offered through the council

Pow Wows/University of Scouting

  • An annual training conference for Cub Scout leaders by a council or district
  • Generally includes sections on games, crafts, skits and puppets, ceremonies, administration, and Webelos activity badge skills