Fast Start Training

Fast Start Training is taken after Youth Protection Training.

When new leaders are selected in Scouting, it is essential that they receive immediate information that will help them get started. Proper training lays the groundwork for success in their leadership roles. This guidance will help new leaders understand what is expected, and establish effective meeting patterns so that the boys and their families can enjoy a quality program from the start.

As the second step in the training continuum, Fast Start Training provides all the information and resources for new leaders to conduct their first meeting, along with guidance for the meetings that follow. Self-study, rather than group training, is the method for Fast Start Training. This gives the new leader the opportunity to learn at his or her own pace.

There are Fast Start Training versions available for the following leadership positions: Den Leader*, Cubmaster*, Pack Comittee, Boy Scouting, Varsity Leader, Venturing, Chartered Organization Representative, and Unit Commissioner. Those noted with an * are also available in Spanish language versions.

All new leaders should take the Fast Start Training as soon as they are recruited. They are encouraged to participate in Leader Position Specific Training and attend monthly roundtables. Like Youth Protection Training, the BSA Fast Start Training is available at the my.scouting.org web site.

Cub Scout Leader Fast Start

Prior to running your first den or pack meeting, Cub Scout Leader Fast Start is the initial training course required for you to complete so that you may understand the fundamentals of the Cub Scouting program. There are separate fast start training courses for all Cub Scout leaders, catered to specific leadership roles in the pack. You will learn your specific responsibilities, how to keep your meetings fun and exciting, and what other resources there are to help assist you in planning for your den or pack meetings. This training is offered online or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

Boy Scout Leader Fast Start

This is the first training step for all new leaders and should be taken immediately after they register and before they meet with any youth members in the troop. Following this training, you will understand the basics of the Boy Scout program and will have the necessary tools to oversee your first troop meeting. This training course is offered online or on a DVD. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes