Supplemental training includes a variety of live and on-line courses that may be conducted on a district, council, regional or national level -- or training to benefit those who may have ancillary roles with Scouting Units. The supplemental training courses are designed to give leaders additional information on specific areas of Scouting. Many topics touched in basic training are covered in much greater detail during the supplemental training courses. Here are some examples of supplemental training:
BSA Certified Lifeguards are necessary for all aquatics activities in the BSA including boating and swimming. The BSA Lifeguard certification is a separate certification from the common Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. These trainings are taught in-person at local Scout Camps and other training facilities.
CPR Certification is required for a number of other Scouting Trainings and some advancement requirements for youth. The Atlanta Area Council offers two CPR Saturdays each year, where Scouts and Leaders can be certified in CPR by the Red Cross. Click here to learn more about CPR Certification.
Climb on Safely
Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.
Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) and Climbing Instructors are volunteers who are specially trained to deliver programs involving climbing, rapelling and other high ropes elements. Training for these instructor positions are held in-person at local Scout Camps. Click here for more information on COPE/Climbing Instructor Training.
Specialty trainings are available for volunteer rangemasters who supervise shooting sports events including Archery, BB Guns, Rifles, Shotguns and Pistols. These trainings are offered in-person at local Scout Camps and other training facilities. Click here for more information on Shooting Sports Trainings.
Safety Afloat is the required training for Adult Leaders participating in or supervising all boating activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed Safety Afloat training within the previous two years. Safety Alfloat is available online through My.Scouting.org.
Safe Swim Defense
Safe Swim Defense is the required training for Adult Leaders participating in or supervising all swimming activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense is available online through My.Scouting.org.
The Train the Trainer Series is a three-part course designed to help leaders conduct training sessions for other leaders. The three Train the Trainer series courses are taught in-person at the Volunteer Service Center. Click here for more information about Train the Trainer.
Trek Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s recommended procedure for organizing and carrying out outdoor treks that involve Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers. Trek Safely applies to all types of outdoor experiences that involve trekking, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, etc. Trek Safely is available online thorugh My.Scouting.org.
University of Scouting is an annual event where instructors from across the Atlanta Area Council gather to teach over 50 courses ranging from Basic to Supplemental Trainings. The largest training opportunity of the year, University of Scouting also includes new and experimental courses that aren't at any other point in the year. Click here for more information about University of Scouting.
Wilderness First Aid is a series of courses designed to train Leaders in how to respond to emergencies on back country and high adventure outings. These courses are taught in-person at local Scout Camps. Click here for more information about Wilderness First Aid.