Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. The important scouting position you hold will be easier and more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver a quality scouting program every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturer desires. Every youth member of Scouting deserves a Trained Leader.

New Training Report Released in My.Scouting

New Position Specific Training Requirements

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

Leadership training is perhaps the most important opportunity available to our Scouts and Venturers. National Youth Leadership Training is a key part of the leadership development of the BSA’s youth members. NYLT is an intense, six-day experience centered on the concepts of what a leader should BE, what a leader should KNOW, and what a leader should DO. For Summer ’18 opportunities, follow options below to register for your location.

Summer 2018 Opportunities

 Camp Greilick

June 17-22, 2018

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 Rota-Kiwan Scout Reservation

June 17-22, 2018

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 Silver Trails Scout Reservation

June 18-23, 2018

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 Cole Canoe Base

July 1-6, 2018

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 Silver Trails Scout Reservation

July 8-13, 2017

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 Cole Canoe Base

August 10-12, 2018

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 Gerber Scout Reservation

August 12-17, 2018

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Wood Badge

As a result of attending Wood Badge training, participants will be able to do the following: View Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth. Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement. Apply the skills learned from their participation as members of a successful working team. Revitalize their commitment by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis.

2018 Opportunities

Winter Wood Badge – Silver Trails Scout Reservation

Course Director: Steve Buckman
 2 Weekends – Friday to Sunday

February 2-4, 2018

 February 23-25, 2018

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Spring Wood Badge – Camp Munhacke

Course Director: Mike Peterson
 2 Weekends – Friday to Sunday

April 20-22, 2018

 May 4-6, 2018

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Weeklong Wood Badge – Silver Trails Scout Reservation

Course Director: Don Wheaton

Monday, August 13 – Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Weekend Wood Badge – Camp Rotary

Course Director: Tom Porter

Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30, 2018

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Sunday Friendly Weekend Wood Badge – D-bar-A Scout Ranch

Course Director: Jeff Day
2 Weekends – Thursday to Saturday

September 20-22, 2018

October 11 – 13, 2018

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Download the 2018 Wood Badge flyer here


Powder Horn

The Powder Horn course is designed to help the troop, team, or crew by exposing older Scouts, Venturers, and adult leaders to safely conducted outdoor/high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure and is based upon giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high-adventure activities. The course presenters are expert consultants, from inside and outside of Scouting, in each outdoor high adventure activity. It is not a certification event. It is for any youth or adult interested in experiencing a unit-level, high-adventure program.

2018 Powder Horn – Cole Canoe Base

August 17-19, 2018

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Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is required for all registered Scout volunteers and must be completed every two years. At all times, youth safety is the number one priority. At the same time, adults need to know the rules for keeping themselves safe, too. Comprehensive Youth Protection training teaches all the do’s and don’ts of working with youth. The training is offered through the Online Learning Center, or it may be taken as part of a district or council training course. The online training takes about 35 minutes to complete at:

Training Calendar

For Additional Information:

The Michigan Crossroads Council provides training courses for every position in Scouting. The calendar below will help you find the courses you need for your current or future position, when they are scheduled, and contact information if you have questions about training courses offered in your area.