Orange County Council


Training FAQ

Orange County Council BSA Training Policy – Updated February 2022

Yes. All adult volunteers are required to complete Youth Protection Training before they start as a volunteer, and every years thereafter to ensure their training extends through the calendar year of registration. The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements and it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth

  • Youth Protection Training is mandatory for any adult who participates in an outing lasting longer than 72 hours.
  • All Adult Volunteers are required to take Youth Protection Training prior to completing the registration process.
  • Units cannot re-charter unless all unit leaders have current YPT through the new Charter Year.
  • Adult Youth Protection Training is required for adult program participants 18 years or older.
  • Adult program participant (Venturing, Order of the Arrow, Exploring) must complete adult Youth Protection Training before submitting their adult application.

The BSA strives to prevent child abuse through comprehensive policies and procedures, which include the following safeguards to serve as barriers to abuse.

  • Ongoing youth protection education for all volunteers, parents and Scouts.
  • A formal selection and screen process for adult leaders and staff that includes criminal background checks.
  • A volunteer Screening Database system to prevent the registration of individuals who do not meet the BSA’s standards due to know or suspected abuse or misconduct inside or outside the organization.
  • Two or more adult leaders are required to be present with a youth at all times.

Youth protection begins with you.  All units, adult leaders and youth members have responsibility to enforce youth protection program policies.  Our education and training programs are specifically designed to teach Scouts, parents, and adult volunteers to recognize, respond, and report abuse-in and out of Scouting.

All registered leadership positions: Committee Chair, Committee Member, Charter Representative, Den Leader, Cub Master, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, Associate Advisor, Sea Scout Skipper and Mate, Pack Trainer and New Member Coordinator . Training can be taken by going to my.scouting.org. Position Specific Training is now required for all registered adults serving the program.

To see the current required training by position, go to our Training page and view the “Position Specific Training Requirements” link under Training Information.

All direct contact positions are now required to take Hazardous Weather to be consider position training, effective April 30, 2018.  Direct contact positions are Cubmaster (CM), Den Leaders (DL), Webelos Den Leaders (WL); Scoutmasters (SM); Leaders of 11 -year old Scouts – LDS; Crew Advisors (NL); Skipper (SK); Post Advisor (AA).  Course can be taking by going to my.scouting.org.

Yes.  Many of our Scouters have years of experience and we value their knowledge.  100% trained leaders are the best way to achieve the highest quality program and Scouting experience for our youth.  We thank you in advance for your willingness to build upon your existing knowledge and affirm skills you already demonstrate, knowing it is a gift to the scouts you serve.  Additionally, from a risk management standpoint, given the nature of what we do in Scouting and the outdoor environment in which we take both our youth members and our adult volunteers, documented trained leaders are absolutely necessary in order to protect our volunteers, the Orange County Council and the Boy Scouts of America from exposure to unwarranted legal liability actions.

Over the years training courses and their names have changed.  If you have a training certificate or other information about the training you had such as the: year, name of the course, place and instructor, you could be given credit for the course.  Contact your Unit Commissioner or District Training Chair.

Your Unit Commissioner and District Training Chair will work together to give a training report to your unit’s committee chair who will let you know what training you need to complete.  Some courses are available online at my.scouting.org where you took your Youth Protection Training and others are “live” courses. The “live” course calendar is linked on our Training page.  You can also view the “Position Trained Requirements” syllabus from the Training page under Training Information and see what course(s) you need to take based on your Scouting position. 

NOTE: courses in the document are shown to include the individual videos in an online course.  Those are packaged into the curriculum on our training tool.

You may not officially be registered for that role yet.  If you are not registered in this position you have to add that particular training to your account, after its been added you can then take the training.  Here’s How: Sign into their my.scouting.org account.  From the Menu in the upper left, choose “My Training”.  Once in My Training choose the “Training Course by Program” to narrow your selections.  Follow the navigation and now you can choose any Scouting program you require training in.  When you click on your selection, it will open a new window and take you to “ScoutingU”.  Scroll down, find the class you require and choose + Add Plan.   You can now take the course.

The Council and Districts will be providing training courses multiple times throughout the year.  As mentioned above, several of the courses are available online in “My Dashboard” where you took your online Youth Protection Training through my.scouting.org. You will have ample opportunities to complete your training requirements and you can take the training in any District or Council.  Summer camps often offer required training as well.  If you take training at a summer camp or out of council, be sure to send a copy of your training certificate to Kim Whitaker, the Council Registrar, to update your records.

Yes.  Leaders need to do the online “Joining”, “Orientation” and “Position Specific” training within 30 days of assuming your new role.  A leader who assumes a position that also requires Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) has 90 days immediately following the date he/she assumed the new position to complete IOLS.  If current timing or schedules do not allow you to attend a multiday training event within those 90 days, your District training chair can provide an extension for an additional 90 days.  Courses can be taken in advance of assuming your new role.

IOLS is Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skill.   IOLS is a two day program that provides Scouter with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors.  Specifically, this hands-on-program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a scout-led-troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors.  In addition, the teaching methods, activities, and games model the variety of teaching used in effective and engaging Scouting programs.  The skills sessions presented in IOLS closely follow the Scouts BSA Handbook, trainers can be sure new leaders are proficient in many of the basic outdoors skills through First Class rank and gain exposure to the patrol method and numerous teaching methods and learning games.

BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation.  This is a two day program designed as introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their pack activities.  BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the District and Council level.  BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with necessary tools to help units carry out successful camping experience.  Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.

Ultimately, it’s up to the Unit Key Leadership team and the individual leader to be responsible for tracking required training and making sure that Youth Protection Training is updated every two years.  Unit Commissioners and District Training Chairs can access online training records to assist in this.  Official training record validation is located in the Training Manager in my.scouting.org, and each unit should have a designated member of the unit committee (Training Coordinator), whose responsibility it is to keep the records up to date. As an individual volunteer, you can access your entire training record in “My Training” in my.scouting.org where you took your Youth Protection Training. In doing so, make sure you have linked your account (upper left o screen, in your Account settings) to your membership number (located on your membership card) and to the Orange County Council (#039–Santa Ana). If courses are missing from your training record, follow-up as was discussed under a prior question.


Follow these 3 simple steps and begin your Scouting journey.


Find a Scouting Unit

Select your preferred program(s) (i.e., Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing), enter your zip code, choose your nearest unit, and select APPLY NOW.


Complete a Youth Application

Create an account with my.scouting.org, complete the application, and make a payment.


Start Scouting!

Download the My Scouting app, contact your unit’s leader, and begin your Scouting journey!


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Adventure Passes

The following is a sample Adventure Pass schedule.  Number of passes available per adventure will vary.  Our goal is to have as many youth experience an Adventure at Scout-O-Rama as possible, and spend less time in lines.  Each adventure is approximately 60 minutes and includes training time.

AdventurePasses OpenActivity Time
Archery7:30 am8:30 am
Archery8:00 am9:00 am
Archery8:30 am9:30 am
Archery9:00 am10:00 am
Archery9:30 am10:30 am
Archery10:00 am11:00 am
Archery10:30 am12:00 pm
Archery11:00 am12:30 pm
Archery12:00 pm1:00 pm
Archery12:30 pm1:30 pm
Archery1:00 pm2:00 pm
Archery1:30 pm2:30 pm
Archery2:00 pm3:00 pm

This copy of the waiver is for reference and easier reading.  You will agree to the waiver electronically, as part of event registration. 

Informed Consent, Release Agreement, and Authorization

I understand that, if any information I/we have provided is found to be inaccurate, it may limit and/or eliminate the opportunity for participation in any event or activity. The participant has permission to engage in adventure activities described, except as specifically noted by me or the health-care provider.

I understand that participation in Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America (OCBSA) activities involves the risk of personal injury, including death, due to the physical, mental, and emotional challenges in the activities offered. Information about those activities may be obtained from the venue, activity coordinators, or your local council. I also understand that participation in these activities is entirely voluntary and requires participants to follow instructions and abide by all applicable rules and the standards of conduct.

In case of an emergency involving me or my child, I understand that efforts will be made to contact the individual listed as the emergency contact person by the medical provider and/or adult leader. In the event that this person cannot be reached, permission is hereby given to the medical provider selected by the adult leader in charge to secure proper treatment, including hospitalization, anesthesia, surgery, or injections of medication for me or my child. Medical providers are authorized to disclose protected health information to the adult in charge, camp medical staff, camp management, and/or any physician or health-care provider involved in providing medical care to the participant. Protected Health Information/Confidential Health Information (PHI/CHI) under the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, 45 C.F.R. §§160.103, 164.501, etc. seq., as amended from time to time, includes examination findings, test results, and treatment provided for purposes of medical evaluation of the participant, follow-up and communication with the participant’s parents or guardian, and/or determination of the participant’s ability to continue in the program activities.

(If applicable) I have carefully considered the risk involved and hereby give my informed consent for my child to participate in all activities offered in the program. I further authorize the sharing of the information on this registration with any OCBSA volunteers or professionals who need to know of medical conditions that may require special consideration in conducting Scouting activities.

Assumption of Risk
With appreciation of the dangers and risks associated with programs and activities, on my own behalf and/or on behalf of my child, I hereby fully and completely release and waive any and all claims for personal injury, death, or loss that may arise against the Boy Scouts of America, the local council, the activity coordinators, and all employees, volunteers, related parties, or other organizations associated with any program or activity.

I also hereby assign and grant to the local council and the Boy Scouts of America, as well as their authorized representatives, the right and permission to use and publish the photographs/film/ videotapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings made of me or my child at all Scouting activities, and I hereby release the Boy Scouts of America, the local council, the activity coordinators, and all employees, volunteers, related parties, or other organizations associated with the activity from any and all liability from such use and publication. I further authorize the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, broadcast, electronic storage, and/or distribution of said photographs/film/videotapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings without limitation at the discretion of the OCBSA, and I specifically waive any right to any compensation I may have for any of the foregoing.

Shooting Sports (Archery, BB Gun, Wrist Rocket, Tomahawk)
Injuries and accidents can be near eliminated when safety rules are followed. Participants will show clear knowledge of the
safety rules and procedures prior to using any equipment. Participants will be taught proper form, safety rules and general
knowledge of the equipment. Participants will be expected to adhere to all safety rules and follow guidelines on the care
of equipment. Anyone ignoring or not the following expectations maybe sidelined from the activity until sufficient
retraining has occurred to ensure everyone’s safety. Participants under 8 must be always accompanied by an adult one-on-one. No personal or outside equipment is permitted.
* California Penal Code Section 12552: Every person who furnishes any BB device to any minor, without the express or implied permission of the parent or legal guardian of the minor, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Adventure Hill (Zip Line, High Ropes, Low Ropes, & Climbing)
Adventure Hill activities offered at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center involve a certain degree of risk that could result in
injury or fatality. All participants shall be provided with and instructed in the proper use of helmet, harnesses, belay equipment and
other items required to complete each specific challenge area safely. Participants will be taught proper form, safety rules and general knowledge of the equipment. All participants will be expected to adhere to all safety rules and follow guidelines for proper care of equipment. Participants MUST always follow the instruction of the of IROEC staff. Anyone not adhering or following activity
expectation may be sidelined from the activity until sufficient retraining has occurred to ensure safety. No personal or outside
equipment is permitted.
Weight Restrictions: Zip Line and High Ropes Course- Participants must weigh between 50 lbs. and 275 lbs. Climbing Tower-
Participants must weigh between 30 lbs. and 275 lbs.
Age Restrictions: Zip-Line & Climbing- Minimum 5 years of age. Low Ropes- Minimum 8 years of age. High Ropes- Minimum 11 years of age. Participants must fit into all required safety equipment properly regardless of weight or age.

Aquatics (Swimming, Water Sports, Water Slide)
All participants will be expected to adhere to all safety rules and follow instructions of the IROEC Aquatic Staff and Lifeguards.
Anyone not following expectation may be sidelined from the activity until sufficient retraining have occurred to ensure everyone’s
safety. An adult must accompany children 5 years and under, one-on-one in the water at all times.

Other Activities
Other available activities at the IROEC include but are not limited to: Mine Immersion, Wacky Science Immersion, Lawn Games, Team Building Games, Breakout Box, Ranch Immersion.

All Activities
All activities and programs at the IROEC follow the standards of the Boy Scouts of America, American Camp Association (ACA), American Red Cross, or Association of Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT).


NOTE: Due to the nature of programs and activities, the Boy Scouts of America and local councils cannot continually monitor compliance of program participants or any limitations imposed upon them by parents or medical providers. However, so that leaders can be as familiar as possible with any limitations, list any restrictions imposed on a child participant in connection with programs or activities in this registration.

In consideration of the benefits to be derived and after carefully considering the risk involved and in view of the fact that the Boy Scouts of America is an organization in which participation is voluntary, and having full confidence that precautions will be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of myself (and any minor children for whom I have the capacity to contract), I have carefully considered the risk involved and have given the participant identified below, my consent to participate in the Recreational Activities available at The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center* (IROEC).
In consideration of accepting this registration, and to the extent permitted by law, I hereby agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless on behalf of myself (and any minor children for whom I have the capacity to contract), the IROEC, the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council, event staff, activity coordinators, all employees, volunteers, or other organizations associated with IROEC from and against any and all liabilities, claims, penalties, losses, or expenses (including attorneys’ fees), of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether related to bodily injury, property damage or any other form of injury or loss to myself (and to any minor children for whom I have the capacity to contract), caused by any negligent act or omission of the IROEC or its officers, clients, agents or employees, arising out of or in any way related to participation in the activity for which I (and any minor children for whom I have the capacity to contract) am registering.
I give permission to the IROEC to take photographs of me, my children, and any minor children for whom I have the capacity to contract while participating in this activity for use in future publicity and understand that I will not receive any compensation for such use.
In case of emergency, I hereby give my permission to the physician selected by the IROEC, to secure proper treatment, including hospitalization, anesthesia, surgery, or injections of medication for myself or any minor children for whom I have the capacity to contract.

I acknowledge that the activities to which this release applies can be dangerous and as a result of signing below, I am accepting those risks for myself and for any minor participants for whom I can contract.