- The Varsity huddle (Roundtable) is a district adult training event held on a monthly or quarterly basis, normally at the same time as other district roundtables. Included at a huddle are discussions about strengthening units in the five fields of emphasis, ways to train Varsity team youth leadership and project managers, topics found in Varsity Team Program Features, and recruiting advisers for project managers. At the Varsity huddle you meet other Varsity team Coaches and share ideas, opportunities, and ways to successfully implement the five fields of emphasis.
SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING: 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 an outing or activity. The course is online and must be repeated every two years. The training takes about 40 minutes to complete and is both age-appropriate and recommended for all adult leaders and for youth in Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews.
- 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. 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 leaders in LDS units and other 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.