Your Scouts Deserve Trained Leaders!

If you had a magic wand, would you use it to make your Scouting program better and more fun for youth so they stayed in Scouting longer, so it had a larger impact on their lives? What if the same magic wand made leadership roles easier, more rewarding, and led to better retention among adult leaders? Would using that magic wand be a top priority?

Well, such a magic wand does exist—in the form of the learning programs for leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.

Common sense tells us that training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed.

What Courses Do I Need to be Trained for my Scouting Position?

my.scouting.orgTraining is required for most people to be considered trained for their Scouting position. You can check your own training status, and take most training online at Unit leaders and committee chairs can check the training status for all adult leaders in their unit online as well.

Send your training questions to: Jim Witte, Prairielands Training Chair.


Get Trained. Win $100!

Prairielands Scout units that reach 70% of leaders and committee members fully trained on their 2019 charter will be eligible to enter a drawing for a $100 credit at the Scout shop. Ten (10)  $100 credits will be awarded, so the chances of winning are good! Drawing winners will be announced at the Prairielands Training College on Saturday, Feb. 9 2018.


Check out our Get Trained. Win $100! Flyer for more details!

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation & Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills April 26-27 2018 @ Camp Drake

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is a face-to-face, outdoor overnight experience that provides an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program. One adult leader with BALOO training is required to conduct pack overnighters.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is the outdoor skills course for Scouts BSA troop leaders. IOLS teaches most of the outdoor skills that Scouts learn from Tenderfoot to First Class. IOLS is required for Scoutmasters and Asst Scoutmasters.


Registration for both courses will open Feb 1 2019.

Get Started with BSA Online Training @ Champaign Public Library

Do your BSA training online, including Youth Protection, with expert technical assistance to make the process go smoothly! Bring your own laptop, or use a computer at the library.


Adult Scouters taking online BSA training (youth protection and/or position specific training)


  • Monday, Nov 19 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 5, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thurs Dec 6, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Champaign Public Library – Main Library
200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 
2nd floor, computer area


If you have a login and password, bring that information with you.
Bring headphones if you bring your own laptop!
Look for the tech help person who will be wearing a BSA uniform.