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The fundamentals of training

Next Course: TBA

BPU offers supplementary training for all Scouters at all levels of training and roles within the program! 
Course listing: Spring 2021

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District Committee Training Workshop

A 100% trained leader inititive course.

DCTW Memo to Districts - 100% Trained Plan

2019 DCTW Training Schedule and Contact info

Leadership Academy

The mission of the Grand Canyon Council
Leadership Academy is to develop district
and council leaders prepared to inspire
and lead those with whom they serve, and
to deliver a constantly improving Scouting
program to a diverse and ever-increasing
number of youth in the communities the
Council serves.

Overview and Nomination Criteria

Informational Brochure

College of

Commissioner Science

The College of Commissioner Science offers over 60 course selections allowing Commissioners of all types to customize a training program to suit his or her individual interests and needs.  Whether you are a brand new Commissioner or have served for many years, you will find fresh and relevant information to help you provide enhanced support to Units and leaders throughout our Council.

Sept. 21, 2019

Click here to register!


Save the Date flyer

Training for

Unit Leaders

100% Trained Leader Plan

Position Specific Trainings

These instructor-led courses are designed to help Scouters learn how to effectively carry out their Scouting roles. In most cases, completing the course will make a Scouter “trained” for the role(s) covered in the course. E-learning versions of some courses may be found below in the E-learning section.

All Positions -  Leader Specific Training - Dec. 06, 2020

Basic Adult Leadership Outdoor Orientation


This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. 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. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.​

BALOO packing list

Feb. 22-23: Heard Scout Pueblo

(IOLS Combined)

March 28-29: Little Grand Canyon Ranch

August 29-30: Little Grand Canyon Ranch

Intro to Outdoor Leadership Skills


Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Scouts BSA troops in order to be considered “trained”.​

Feb. 22-23: Heard Scout Pueblo

(BALOO Combined or IOLS only options)

Advanced Training and High Adventure

Trainers Edge

While the Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills.​

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.

The 2019 course occurred in January 2019.  There is a new syllabus for Wood Badge that will be introduced in 2020. 

2020 will include two courses of  the new Wood Badge program.


Feb. 28-March 1 & March 14-15, 2020

(both weekends are part of the program)

October 9-11 & 24-25, 2020

(both weekends are part of the program)

More info

Leave No Trace/ Tread Lightly Courses

Must attend basic before instructor course


Rifle Instructor Course

Basic Instructor Training: Feb 15

Basic Rifle Course: Feb. 22

Rifle Instructor Course: Feb. 23

Range Safety Officer

Jan. 18, 2020

Archery Instructor - Level 1

Feb. 15

National Youth Leadership Training(NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training, or NYLT, is an intense, 6 day, outpost adventure outdoor leadership training experience for youth leaders. The course goal is to prepare youth to become superior leaders in their units, their district and other organizations they belong to now and in the future.

2020 will feature three co-ed NYLT sessions:

Camp Geronimo  May 25-30

Camp Geronimo June 29 - July 4

Heard Scout Pueblo Dec. 28 - Jan. 2, 2021

Powder Horn

Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 14 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your area training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.


The POSEIDON event is a weekend filled with Aquatic adventure, like sailing, scuba, paddle craft, and maritime learning being offered to adult Scouters and youth that are 14 years of age or older.

April 30 - May 3

Click here to download our flyer (PDF)


High Adventure Trek Training (HATT)

Must attend all three parts to complete full training.

Every Scout deserves a trained leader!

The Boy Scouts of America believes in empowering our leaders by providing them the knowledge, confidence, resources, and skills they need to better serve our youth, save time, and have fun! 

The safety of every Scout is our number one priority.

Every Scouting volunteer must complete Youth Protection Training before they can register.

Basic level trainings can be completed online at at your leisure.

Additional trainings, such as advanced leadership courses, skills courses, Wood Badge,  and more occur throughout the year upon request and availability of our trainers, who are volunteers themselves! Be sure to check here regularly for new courses that have become available, and feel welcome to ask about opportunities for trainings that you would like to be a part of! 

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Contact Information

(602) 955-7747
(602) 955-0570 (Fax)


2969 N Greenfield Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-7715


Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(excluding Holidays)

GCCBSA is a 501c3 organization

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