Supplemental Training


Supplemental training includes a variety of courses given on a district, council, area, regional, or national basis. Courses are designed to give additional information on targeted areas of the program through a combination of additional knowledge of Scouting in general, additional skills and roles knowledge, and/or beginning advanced leadership skills knowledge.

  • Cubcasts are audio podcasts that provide Cub Scout leaders, parents, and unitserving executives with a variety of program how-to’s and informational topics that can be used right away. Produced in an AM radio format and updated monthly on, these information-packed programs can be downloaded and listened to on the computer or ripped to a CD or MP3 player and listened to at any time.
  • Roundtables are held the 1st Thursday every month at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin 7:00-8:30pm to give adult leaders the skills and ideas they need to deliver an exciting program to youth. The roundtable serves also to renew each leader’s enthusiasm and dedication through fellowship and idea sharing with other Scouters.
  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is a one day course provides a hands-on learning experience designed to give leaders and/or parents the techniques they need to plan and conduct pack overnight camping. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.
  • Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills (OWLS) provides activity badge skills and essential outdoor skills for Webelos leaders to pass on to their Webelos Scouts, as well as knowledge of planning, conducting, and leading Webelos den overnight campouts. It is designed to run in conjunction with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills but can also be held by itself.
  • Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is an exciting daylong carnival of action, activities, and program ideas for Cub Scout leaders. This Council-wide event is held annually in January.

How to Conduct a Pinewood Derby

Bullying: Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents

Supporting Scouts With AD/HD PPT DOC

Conducting an Interfaith Service

Selecting Quality Leaders

Planning and Conducting a Safe Scout Outing

Orientation for New Boy Scout Parents

The Order of the Arrow and Your Troop

Geocaching to Promote Scouting

Merit Badge Counselor Instructors Guide

Chain Saw Safety

Leave No Trace: Preserving the Beauty and Maintaining Our Access to the Land

Cooking Without Utensils

Beginning Cold Weather Camping

Universities of Scouting are a day- or weekend-long potpourri of courses that can cover many and varied topics. They are a chance for leaders to take a variety of courses that will help them serve youth.

National Conferences - The BSA operates a national volunteer training facility at the Philmont Training Center on the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. A variety of weeklong conferences for Scouters at all levels are offered in the summer and fall, including a staff-led program for the entire family.The Florida High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys has a conference center where winter conferences are held.


Leaders desiring a deeper understanding of the program or seeking additional leadership development will find advanced training highly rewarding. Successful completion of basic training is usually a prerequisite for advanced training. These training courses should supplement the roles knowledge and skills

learned in the other levels and in general are intended to support experienced leaders who are supporting not only units but potentially the district, council, area, regional, and national levels of the Boy Scouts of America.

Examples of some of the most common advanced courses in the BSA are:

Wood Badge – Wood Badge for the 21st Century takes many of the most current management and leadership principles, and puts them into the Scouting context. You will learn these effective principles, see examples of how they can solve real issues that you as scout leaders face, and have opportunities to practice what you have learned on the course. Blue Ridge and Palmetto Council alternate hosting Wood Badge each year. The next course is scheduled for Camp Old Indian, Sept 27-29th and Oct 25-27th. Wood Badge for the 21st Century. Contact Bill Mulligan for more information or Sign up today!

Kodiak Challenge - The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose.

Powder Horn (link to non-BSA site) - Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop or crew.