Training Classes

The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, through the efforts of many committed volunteers, sponsors a series of “hands on” training classes throughout the year. They are largely divided by unit type. Cub Scout leaders take “Cub Scout Leader Specific Training” and “Basic Adult Leadership Outdoor Orientation.” Boy Scout Leaders take “Boy Scout Leader Specific” and “Introduction To Outdoor Leadership Skills.” A list of classes scheduled for these courses can be found on the main Training page.

Online Training

Online Training courses can help adult leaders deliver quality Scouting experiences to youth. A log-in is required, however anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member number (as part of their user profile) to receive credit. This is not a requirement to receive credit for your course. You may also print the course certificate upon completion and submit it to either Council Service Center. Courses include:

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. This course must be completed to earn the “Trained” emblem. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is completed online.

New leaders are required to take “Youth Protection Training” within 30 days of registering and before volunteer service with youth begins. Thereafter, “Youth Protection Training” must be completed every two years to remain current. If you are not sure when your training expires, simply log into and click on the Youth Protection graphic. It will show the status of your training, including the expiration date.

Fast Start

An orientation training for your specific volunteer position that you can take to get started before position-specific training is available.

Supplemental Training

Safe Swim Defense

“Safe Swim Defense” training is to be used for all swimming activities. Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed this training within the previous two years. “Safe Swim Defense” standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean.

Safety Afloat

“Safety Afloat” has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat.

Climb On Safely

“Climb On Safely” is the Boy Scouts of America’s recommended procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

Trek Safely

“Trek Safely” is the Boy Scouts of America’s recommended procedure for organizing and carrying out outdoor treks that involve Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venture Scouts. The training applies to all types of outdoor experiences that involve trekking, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, horseback riding, caving, rafting, kayaking, sailing, ski touring, mountain climbing, and mountain biking.

Weather Hazards

“Hazardous Weather” training must be completed prior to requesting a tour permit from the BSA. The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs. You will answer questions about the topics after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.

Physical Wellness

“Physical Wellness Training” is appropriate for leadership in all program areas and for Boy Scout and Venturing youth. The module focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit. Learning objectives include the ability to define physical wellness; identify ways to improve the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit; describe the role self-responsibility plays in wellness; and answer questions about nutrition.

Get Started!

To access any of these training courses, simply follow the link to The right column of the home page includes graphics with links to the types of training offered.

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