To do anything well, people need training, in whatever form that takes. Training may be formal or informal; it may help someone learn to ride a bicycle, drive a car, or perform better at a job. Training can be conducted in a group setting or individually. In the end, the result of high-quality training is a person’s ability to do something new or better, and a feeling of satisfaction from the accomplishment.
How effectively the Boy Scouts of America influences the lives of youth depends on its leaders and their ability to apply the aims and methods of Scouting—these are the keys, and developing the ability to use these keys is what this course is all about.
Scoutmaster Position-Specific training, course code S24, is the BSA’s initial level of training for the top leaders of Boy Scout troops. It is designed for Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and junior assistant Scoutmasters. However, committee members and other adults connected to a Boy Scout troop are welcome to attend.
When Scoutmaster Position-Specific training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) have both been completed, new Scoutmasters will have the tools needed to begin an effective Boy Scouting program.