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The Boy Scouts of America, Rio Grande Council offers training and certification in the following areas:

  • Adult Basic Training
  • Adult Supplemental Training
  • Youth Training Opportunities

Council schedule of Leader training sessions will soon be posted. Be aware that ALL CUB SCOUT LEADER TRAINING is now available online to all leaders.


To be considered fully trained in your program; you must attend and complete all of the items on your check list section for your program of Scouting. See the adult basic training section of the umbrella check list.



Online Training Center Courses Offerd:

  • Youth Protection Training
  • Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat
  • Cub Scout Fast Start Training
  • Cub Scout Leader Specific Training
  • Boy Scout Fast Start Training
  • This is Scouting

To take any of our online training sessions, you must create an account.

Descriptions of Trainings offered Throughout the Year:

So, you are a new leader or have a child who is new to Cub Scouts<>, now what? Although Cub Scouting can seem daunting, as it is the first step many youth, leaders and parents often take into Scouting, it is well worth it. The skills learned in this program will be the essential building blocks for a future in Scouting. Cub Scouting also provides children with opportunities to work with their peers, explore the outdoors, build confidence and so much more. Check out this beginners survival guide packed with all the Cub Scouting essentials you will need.
There are online video to help the new cub leaders as well.  This includes Den Leader, Cubmaster, and pack committee.

Baloo:   BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience.

YPT:   Youth Protection Training is split into two groups, one for adults and the other for youth. Adult training is REQUIRED for all volunteers ! This training reviews the policies and procedures that registered adult leaders and parents in Scouting must know and enforce during any Scoutingactivity.

Scoutmaster Specific training:  Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training  The instructor’s guide is intended to be used by trainers leading Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training. The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills:  The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training  and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors.

Merit Badge Counselor training:  The purpose of this training unit is to provide council- or district-approved and registered merit badge counselors with understanding of the methods of counseling and their role in the advancement program of Boy Scouts of America.

Commissioner Service training:  Commissioners come in several flavors:  Unit, District Commissioner,  Council Commissioner, Area Commissioner, Regional Commissioner and National Commissioner.  We train the commissioners at the district and unit level. Unit Commissioner Basic Training This training examines what a Commissioner is, what a Commissioner does and how a Commissioner does it.

District Committee and Board Leadership training:  The duties and responsibilities of various parts of a district or board, representing, Finance, Membership, Program, and Commissioner service.  An outline for conducting the meetings and how to recruit new members.

ATV training, proper safe operation according to BSA guidelines.

Membership training for recruiting:  both an upper and lower valley training is offered, with instructions on which units recruit where, what fees are charged, program changes and what dates the leaders will coordinate with the scouting professionals.

Religious Emblems training:  Duty to God is an important part of scouting and this helps youth and adults have a greater awareness of the awards they can earn for attending and participating in the religious program of their choice.

Budget training:  For activities and various events, this training creates an outline to help in following BSA guidelines, council policies, and accounts for insurance, property rentals, material supplies, etc.

Trainers EDGE:  The Trainer’s EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience.

Ideal Year of Scouting:    Providing a year-round, quality Scouting program should be the goal of every Scouting unit. The Ideal Year of Scouting helps you develop an annual program plan, a budget to go along with that plan, and a fundraising plan to reach your program goals.

National Youth Leadership Training:   National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use.

WoodBadge:  Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership program and the related award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations throughout the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement.
Note:  Has been offered in both English and Spanish previously in this council.

Powder Horn:
Powder Horn is an amazing, out-of-the-box, mind-expanding course that introduces and exposes Venturing and Boy Scouting youth and adult leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor, high adventure unit-level program.

Online  Leader Training courses offered:
set up a account to take many courses online such as:

Youth Protection training
Safe swim defense and safety afloat
Cub Scout Leader Fast Start training
Boy Scout leader Fast Start training
Venturing leader Fast Start training
Exploring leader Fast Start training
New Commissioner Fast Start training
This is Scouting
Hazardous weather training
troop or pack committee challenge
Physical Wellness
Stem orientation
Climb On Safely
Trek Safely

Course offerings to be considered for the near future:

Leave No Trace Awareness:  This is part of an outdoor ethics training to teach youth and leaders how to minimize negative impacts when camping or holding other activities in the outdoors.  It includes the Outdoor Code, and Thread Lightly, concepts to help make sure the scouts keep a good reputation when camping on private property or Public parks or forests.

Wilderness Medicine:  Scouts sometimes camp in remote areas such as the back country at one of the high adventure bases, and this training helps teach what to do if 8 hours or more from a hospital.

CPR and AED training:  rescue breathing and automatic Electronic Defibrillator, training that can save lives.

Shooting Sports Range Safety Officer,  training conducted by the NRA to help insure we meet BSA guidelines for our shooting sports programs

Certified Angler course:  Instructs the scouter how to train others in fishing, catch and release, fly fishing, and making good ethical choices.

Youth Protection Materials


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Youth Protection Training / Normas de Proteccion Juvenil:

These English/Spanish-language materials are designed to increase child-abuse awareness in the family structure through community organizations.

  • Youth Protection Guidelines (video and leader's guide) (No. 94-126)
    This is the Spanish-dubbed translation of the full-length Youth Protection Training for Leaders.
  • Boy Scout Youth Protection Parent Guide (Spanish) (No. 100-016) Click Here
    Spanish translation of the Youth Protection Parents' Guide found in the Boy Scout Handbook.
  • Boy Scout Youth Protection Parent Guide (English) (No. 100-015) Click Here?
    English version of the Youth Protection Parents' Guide found in the Boy Scout Handbook.

Materiales de Proteccion Juvenil

Se dise?aron estos materiales en espanol para aumentar la conciencia del abuso infantil en la familia por medio de organizaciones comunitarias.

  • Boy Scouts of America Normas de Protecci?n Juvenil Gu?a del Expositor (video y gu?a para el leder) (No. 94-126)
    ?sta es la traducci?n completa doblada al espa?ol del Youth Protection Training for Leaders.
  • C?mo Proteger a sus Hijos del Abuso Infantil: Una Gu?a Para los Padres (No. 100-016) Click Here
    Traducci?n en espa?ol de Youth Protection Parent's Guide, que aparece en el Boy Scout Handbook (Manual Boy Scout).
  • Como Proteger a sus Hijos del Abuso Infantil: Una Gu?a Para los Padres (No. 46-073) Click Here
    Traducci?n al espanol de Youth Protection Parent's Guide que aparece en todos los manuales Cub Scout

Woodbadge 2012

Guide to Safe Scouting:

For the online version CLICK HERE


All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting, applicable program literature or manuals, and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America practices, policies, and guidelines. The Guide to Safe Scouting is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources. For some items, the policy statements are complete. Unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities.

In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners.

Philmont Training

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District and council volunteers can benefit from training opportunities offered at Philmont Volunteer Training Center.

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Ranked among the top 10% councils in America, by Cub Scouts and Cub Scout Parents! 

Partner Agency of  North Cameron County South Texas United Way 

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Be informed! Follow us on social media!


Ranked among the top 10% councils in America, by Cub Scouts and Cub Scout Parents! 

Partner Agency of  North Cameron County South Texas United Way 

© 2014  Rio Grande Council, Boy Scouts of America - Copyrights - All Rights Reserved