Adult leaders in units are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem when they have completed Youth Protection Training and the supplimental training courses outlined by the BSA for their registered position or its previous basic training course when it was current.

Youth Protection Training

This is a joining requirement for all registered adults and must be retaken every two years (annual for in our council effective January 1, 2024) in-person or online at

Find Training Courses in the Western Mass Council

Use our website "Search Bar" to search for these these local in-person trainings and find more information or Check the Training Calendar to find any of these courses that are currently being offered.

  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
  • Certified Angler Instructor (CAI)
  • Climbing Instructor
  • College of Commissioner Science (CCS)
  • Introduction to Ourdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
  • Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructor
  • Trainers Edge
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
  • Wood Badge
  • Youth Protection Training (YPT)

BSA Online Training

The national office offers some basic and supplemental training online. You can take Youth Protection Training, Hazardous Weather, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Troop Committee Challenge, and more through the Online Learning Center. If you are interested in taking online training, please go to and log into your account or create a free account.

Training on Request

In an effort to meet the changing needs of our volunteers, the Council and District Training Committees  are committed to providing training where and when you need it. This Training on Request is facilitated by the volunteer Training Committee staff. If you and your Unit or several Units in your area would like a training course offered for you, we can help. Please fill out the online Training on Request form.