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ASM Training   [PacSky Training Calendar]

To be a fully trained ASM, you must complete the following training:

  • The Scouts BSA Scoutmaster online training; a series of 18 short training videos, OR
  • Scoutmaster Position-Specific (SMPS, S11) training, occasionally offered in a 3.5 hr classroom setting.
    The classroom instruction often follows the IOLS camping weekend.


  • Hazardous Weather Training, online course (S_800)


  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS, S24)
    This class helps you teach many of the skills necessary for a scout to reach the rank of First Class.
    This class is offered as two weeknight classes plus a weekend of camping, once in the Fall and once in the Spring.
    It is frequently taught to adults who are attending Oljato.

Two more Really Good ideas - 

Read these two documents and take them to heart; links in the LINKS section.

  • The Guide to Safe Scouting
  •  New Leaders Guide to a Boy-Led Troop


  • BSA Link to Position Requirements: [LINK]
  • IOLS Syllabus [LINK]
  • Scoutmaster Position-Specific [LINK]
  • Guide to Safe Scouting [LINK]
  • New Leader's Guide to a Boy-Led Troop [LINK]

Additional Training


Merit Badge Counselor

Focused on the mechanics of being a counselor.

Teach any MB you feel qualified for. A small number of MBs require special certifications.

From the Guide to Advancement 2021 [LINK] , p.42, Section

"Several badges involve activities for which the Boy Scouts of America has implemented strategies to improve safety, enhance the Scouts’ experiences, and manage risk. These activities often require supervision with specialized qualifications and certifications. Merit badge counselors who do not meet the specific requirements may use the services of helpers who do. Additional details can be found below, and also in the Guide to Safe Scouting and the merit badge pamphlets."

  • climbing
  • snow sports
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • lifesaving
  • motorboating
  • rowing
  • scuba diving
  • small boat sailing
  • swimming
  • water sports
  • whitewater
  • archery
  • rifle shooting
  • shotgun shooting

In the Stanford District, this course is usually taught on the Second Tuesday of each month. See the Council Calendar [LINK] for details.



In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for  Scouters.  He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Wood Badge recipients now number more than a hundred thousand, and can be found in all corners of the world.

The objective of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. Five days (two weekends) in duration, the course is a multi-faceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest of team-development theory. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteer and along the way will have a great deal of fun.

Next offered: 4/17/2020


Intro to Snow Camping

Conduct fun and safe snow trips with your troop or crew!

Learn about appropriate clothing & equipment, meal planning, cooking techniques, weather considerations, shelter construction and much more! Bring back to your troop or crew the experience of both “hands-on” winter outdoor training and a weekend camping in the snow!

Next Offered: TBD


High Adventure Training (HAT)

For anyone who intends to take Scout units on outings that are more than a few miles from the trail head.

Emphasis is on safety, first aid, and program planning. Cost includes syllabus, snacks and meals, and training badge.

Next Offered: 3/9/2020


Powder Horn

The Powder Horn course is designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scouting adult leaders and Venturing participants (14-20) and Scouts BSA high adventure youth (14-17) to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high adventure unit-level program. 

The course will feature a variety of high adventure hands-on activities including climbing, wilderness survival, geocaching, orienteering, archery, pistol, high power rifle, fly fishing, Discovery Scuba, equestrian, stand up paddling, kayaking, High and Low Cope and much more.

Next Offered: 8/2/2020, SFBAC


Wilderness First Aid

What is wilderness first aid?

Wilderness first aid, or “WFA”, is a generic term that commonly refers to any training course that focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment for an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. This is defined as being an hour or more away from advanced care.  WFA courses are intended for anyone planning a remote high adventure, from lay responders to medical professionals.

BSA Info Page & Scenarios:

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