Please visit the "Training" section of the Santa Clara County Council website for the latest informaton on training courses for both youth and adults. Also, please visit our troop's calendar for dates of training events.

Troop Leader Training
Troop Leader Training
Troop 494 conducts Troop Leader Training (TLT) as a first step in developing their youth leadership. Scouts that successfully complete the training receive the Trained Patch insignia. All Scouts are invited to the course, but must be First Class.

Patrol Leader Training
Troop 494 conducts additional training for scouts that are elected as Patrol Leaders. The training consists patrol leader's duties and responsibilities, leading meetings, participating at the Patrol Leaders Council, organization skills and leadership skills.

National Youth Leader Training: Bristlecone, Brownsea or White Stag
Leaders are made, not born. This one-week training program is designed to build leadership and communication skills necessary to lead a quality program in Boy Scouts or Venturing. This is an intense program that leads young men and women through numerous activities and learning exercises to discover their leadership skills and make them better.


  • Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the troop program.
  • Provide participants with a clear understanding of how to lead themselves and others in their troop and patrol with a "vision" of future success by goal setting, planning and problem solving.
  • Guide the participants through the use of the "stages of team development" to reach their full potential.
  • Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other troops.
  • NYLT offers leadership, fun, challenge and adventure.

Den Chief Training
Cub Scouts do not magically become Boy Scouts. They make the transition because they enjoy the program, and have established relationships they want to continue. As a Boy Scout, you can work with a Den Leader and their den to provide a quality Cub Scout program and serve as a Boy Scout role model to cubs. This 1-day training program is design to train Den Chiefs in their responsibilities, how to work with cubs, how to work with Den Leaders, and how to create fun and excitement in den meetings. It is strongly suggested that the Den Leader attend with the Den Chief to begin developing leadership teamwork. There is an introduction to Den Chief Training at the BSA online training website. The link is Den Chief Fast Start

National Youth Leader Training 2009
This table will be updated when the councils publish their dates

NYLT Bristlecone Aug 2-8 Chesebrough SCCC Bristlecone NYLT

Adult Leader Training
Fast Start Training
Fast Start is a program designed to help you get up and running as a Boy Scout leader. You'll find out about the Boy Scout program and the specific responsibilities of your job. Boy Scout Fast Start Training is available online.

This Is Scouting
This is Scouting gives an overview to the various programs of scouting. It is an on-line course session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting. It can be taken at any time in the training sequene to earn the "trained" patch.

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training
Once a volunteer has a solid overview of the BSA's values-based program, he or she can begin training for a specific Scouting position through Leader Specific training. This training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies. For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, the training lasts 7.5 hours.

Outdoor Leader Skills Training
The last training segment covers basic outdoor skills and knowledge. Adults spend the weekend serving in a patrol while learning and passing all of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. The session begins Friday evening and lasts through Sunday noon.

Youth Protection Training
This is an online course recommended for all adults that interact including those that wish to attend scout outings. This course is valid for two years and must be renewed to maintain trained status.

Link to Adult Leader Training @ Santa Clara County Council

Woodbadge Training
Woodbadge is advanced training for Boy Scout leaders. The course spans three full weekends as well as meetings in between. Requires completion of Boy Scout Leader Training. For more information regarding Woodbadge Training, go to the Woodbadge website for schedules, details and registration.

Additional Training
There's lots more training available to help you as a Boy Scout leader. You can take the additional training anytime! There are more courses being added to the online section of the BSA website including Trek Safely, Scoutmaster Conference Training, Youth Protection, Hazardous Weather, and much more.

Groups of Boy Scout leaders meet every month to discuss ideas, share new resources, and solve problems. Get in on the fun and learning. Polaris Round Table is held on the 2nd Tuesday each month at West Valley Presbyterian on the corner of Bollinger and Miller.

Troop Committee Training
This is cours is now available on-line. It gives an overview of the troop operations and recommended for all parents that are active with the troop committee. For large groups, the council or district can accomodate a 'live' training session.

High Adventure Training (H.A.T.)
A good Scouting program requires outdoor activities that provide challenge and adventure. It's the reason boys come to Scouting. As a Scouting leader, you need to be prepared to deal with the challenges high adventure presents.

Merit Badge Counselor
Any adult can participate in the Boy Scout program is to serve as a merit badge counselor. Boys can adopt lifelong hobbies or choose career paths based on involvement in a merit badge. A one-evening course is required before you can begin to work with the Scouts on their merit badges. Provides overview of the merit badge program, your role as a counselor, and the standards for approving the Scout's work. Merit Badge Counselor Application.

Last updated on June 27, 2009