Debra Johnson is our District Training Chair. If you would like to discuss training or to volunteer to help train, please contact Debra.

Training has a very large impact on the quality of your unit’s success and your personal growth as a Scouter.   The District urges all leaders & parents to become trained.

BSA Training

Online Training

BSA Online Training Click HERE

Official BSA training requirements are always being reviewed and updated as needed.  The Boy Scouts of America website’s Training Page is a valuable source of up to date information on both Adult and Youth training guidelines and requirements.  For the most recent training updates click on  The Training Times

Recently, there are two changes to the training requirement that impact All volunteers.

  1. Youth Protection (click to see details)
  2. Steps to Becoming “Fully Trained
  • Leadership and confidence are critical to success in Scouting and life. The Middle Tennessee Council and the Trail of Tears District offer various training programs so you have the skills, the knowledge, and the experience it takes to help Scouts learn to make the most of their opportunities.
  • The BSA training mandate requires “top unit leaders” – SMs, CMs, Varsity Coaches, Venturing Advisors, Skipper and Explorer Advisors – be fully “trained” for their registered position, effective 01-01-11.

Outdoor Skills

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) This training will provide Cub leaders the necessary knowledge and skills for a pack to be able to go Family Camping in the Middle Tennessee Council. Each pack is required to have a BALOO trained individual on any family campout.

Outdoor Leader Skills For Webelos Leaders (O.W.L. — formerly known as WLOE) Watch the Council web site for event dates and registration.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (OLS) for Boy Scout Leaders

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters and Varsity Scout coaches. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in the Boy Scout Handbook.

The registration form for the Outdoor Leadership Skills is located at the Council website.

Middle Tn. Council Whitewater School on Facebook

Adult training and Youth training schools. Click HERE to see the Facebook page


The High Adventure Resource Management course for Venture Crew Leaders and will enable you to provide an exciting and safe high adventure program for their crew members.

Supplemental Training

Wood Badge for the 21st Century

Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership training program for the Boy Scouts of America. It teaches contemporary leadership and team development skills in an outdoor setting.

University of Scouting

Courses for Cub, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders. Watch the Council web site for event dates and registration

Youth Leader Training

The Middle Tennessee Council offers various training programs for Scouts so you have the skills, the knowledge, and the experience it takes to make the most of your opportunities.


Philmont National Training Center

Serving as the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America since 1950, the Philmont Training Center (PTC) provides a unique environment for the training of volunteer and professional leaders. Each year, more than 6,000 Scouters and family members attend PTC.