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.

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 ’17 opportunities, follow options below to register for your location.

Summer 2017 Opportunities

June 18-23rd

Camp Greilick – Traverse City

Silver Trails Scout Reservation – Jeddo

June 25-30th

Rota-Kiwan Scout Reservation – Kalamazoo

July 9-14th

Silver Trails Scout Reservation – Jeddo

August 7-12th

Gerber Scout Reservation – Twin Lake

August 11-13th & 18-20th

Cole Canoe Base – Alger

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.

2017 Opportunities

April 28-30th

Gerber Scout Reservation – Twin Lake

2018 Opportunities

February 2-4th

Silver Trails Scout Reservation – Jeddo


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.