One of the key values of the Boy Scouts of America is Life-Long Learning. The Great Alaska Council has many opportunities for youth and adults to receive training.


Leadership Training Opportunities for Youth


Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILS)

This course is put on by the Troop for the members of the Troop.

Syllabus for Introduction to Leadership Skills foor Troops


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. This course is offered every summer through the Great Alaska Council. 


National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program of the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico where young men and women enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont backcountry. Scouts will expand upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NAYLE uses elements of the Philmont ranger training as well as advanced search-and-rescue skills to teach leadership, teamwork, and the lessons of selfless service. NAYLE will offer Scouts an unforgettable Philmont backcountry wilderness experience where they live leadership and teamwork, using the core elements of NYLT to make their leadership skills intuitive. Boy Scout participants must be at least 14 years of age to participate; Venturing youth must be at least 13 (and have completed the 8th grade) to participate; in either case, participants must be approved by their unit leader to participate in NAYLE. NYLT is a prerequisite for participation in NAYLE. 

Register for NAYLE

The Kodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant—an experience that will encourage a young person to try new things beyond his or her comfort zone. It is an experience, but it is grounded in the application of the leadership skills learned in ILS, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose. Participants design and implement an adventure of their choosing, and through the assistance of a Kodiak guide, explore the leadership skills in the context of their adventure. Kodiak treks should be implemented by the leadership of a troop or crew.

Approval by your council’s leadership training chairman is required for a unit to deliver a Kodiak training course. Boy Scout participants must be at least 14 years of age to participate; Venturing youth must be at least 13 (and have completed the 8th grade) to participate; in either case, participants must be approved by their unit leader to participate in Kodiak. ILS is a prerequisite for participation in Kodiak

Kodiak Instructor Syllabus


Trainings for Adults

All Scouting leaders need to have a account and need to associate their account to the Great Alaska Council along with their Membership ID Number.  This will allow the staff and the Pack, Troop or Crew's leadership to have access to training that has been completed on the account. 

Questions about re-setting your account and training taken there can be directed to the Naitonal Help Desk at (855) 707-2644.


Access to Unit Training Records

Chartered Organizational Represenatives, Committee Chairmen, and Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches or Crew Advisiors can view Youth Protection Training Status and Position Specific Training Status for the adult members of their Scouting program online using the Training Manager at Their account will need to be associated with the Great Alaska Council for this function to work.

Questions about re-setting your account and training taken there can be directed to the Naitonal Help Desk at (855) 707-2644.


Youth Protection Training

Every registered person registered with the Boy Scouts of America needs to complete Youth Protection Training every two years. The purpose of the training is to eliminate abuse in Scouting. Youth Protection Training can be taken online at My.Scouting.Org.

New Adult Volunteers/New Leaders need to complete Youth Protection Training online at, print off the certificate, and turn the certificate in with their Adult Registration. Adult Applications wihtout Youth Protection Training will not be processed.

Every Scouter must completed the updated Youth Protection Training by October 1, 2018.*

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More Information on Youth Protection


Position Specific Training

There are training courses available for adults who work directly wiht youth in Scouting for each position and their are courses for the adults who volunteer to be on the committee. They are called Position Specific Training.

Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.* See bottom of page for FAQ

The Great Alaska Council is moving to be a 100% Position Specific Trained Leaders Council. To that point the Council's Board passed this policy in 2015:

"This policy is being proposed to increase the percentage oftrained youth leaders in our council to improve the overall quality of our programs and membership retention. Resolved it shall be the policy of the Great Alaska Council (GAC) that to recharter a unit as of January 1, 2018 100% of the adult leaders will need to have completed their position specific training.

The implementation of this policy will be phased in as follows:

1. Re-charter year 2016: No change from the present system but all leaders are encouraged to start accomplishing their training in preparation for the next two years.

2. Re-charter year 2017: All Cubmasters, Lone Cub Scout Friend & Counselors, Scoutmasters, Lone Boy Scout Friend & Counselors, Crew Advisors, Post Advisors, Varsity Scout Coaches, Den Leaders, Leaders of 11 year-old scouts in LDS Troops, Committee Chairpersons and Charter Organization Representatives will need to have completed position specific training and outdoor skills as appropriate for their position.

3. Re-charter year 2018: In addition to the 2017 leader training requirements, the remaining youth leaders Assistant Cubmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Crew Associate Advisors, Vice Post Advisors, Assistant Varsity Scout Coaches and Assistant Den Leaders will need to have completed their position specific training and outdoor skills as appropriate for their positions. 

If a unit fails to meet the above requirements because of leadership changes or extenuating circumstances and can present a training plan which ensures the unit will come in compliance with the policy during the calendar year the GAC will grant a year conditional charter. Should a conditionally chartered unit fail to meet the training goal in that year a charter will not be granted for the coming year.

All training is to be recorded in a leaders My Scouting record. Leaders are ultimately responsible for assuring their records are correct. If a leader's record is not current they should contact the GAC office and request the training be updated. Leaders who will be leading high adventure treks or activities will need to have competed the appropriate advanced training which may include but is not limited to: Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Climb on Safely, Trek Safely, Weather Hazards and Wilderness First Aid."

Position Specific Requirement for the following programs:

Cub Scouting

Boy Scouting

Varsity Scouting





Roundtable is a monthly workshop for Scouting Leaders who work directly with youth. Ideas on how to present the program and work with youth are discussed each month. It is strongly recommended that all leaders who have direct contact with youth attend.


University of Scouting

The University of Scouting is an annual event where a variety of topics are presented to help enrich your Scouting program. It is open to all Scouting leaders and parents.The Great Alaska Council's University of Scouting takes place on the third Saturday in November.


Wood Badge

Open to adults and Venturers ages 18 through 20, the Wood Badge course is an internationally recognized leadership development course. Wood Badge serves as the advanced leadership training program for all branches of Scouting, including the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Sea Scouting, and Venturing programs. Wood Badge allows an in-depth exploration of leadership skills as well as a supervised implementation of the skills through a multipart delivery plan referred to as a “ticket.” Venturing participants in Wood Badge need to have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews prior to enrolling in the Wood Badge course. 

Resources for Trainers

Link to National Training Syllabuses Webpage 



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