Virtual Hybrid ILST/C Now Available

The Trained patch on a Scouting uniform indicates that the wearer has completed all training for their position of responsibility

UPDATE 2022: Modules 1 and 2 are no longer available from the BSA.

In response to the needs of Youth Leaders in Troops and Crews, Scouting U has released two new virtual training programs for Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). These new temporary instructional training programs are available by logging onto https://my.scouting.org and launching the BSA Learn Center. 

When the Learn Center opens, you can select the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) from Programs as applicable to you. In the Programs are two Learning Plans: Introduction and Tools of Leadership. Scouts will need to complete both. 

When selecting a Learning Plan, it will open with a description and course listing – Scouts need to click the Enroll Button to record completion progress. For courses within the Learning Plan, Scouts will click the Start button and take the course until completion. Both the Learning Plans and Course will show percentage of completion as Scouts progress.

Module 1 is a brief five-minute introduction to the organizational structure of the unit. In Module 2, participants will spend approximately 36 minutes learning about the Tools of Leadership designed to help Scouts and Crew members develop their leadership, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Specific topics include Creating a Vision, Goal Setting, Communication, Planning and Delegation, and the Stages of Team Development. Upon completion of these two modules, a certificate of completion will be available, and should be printed and sent to their Unit Leader. The completion certificate allows Scouts an opportunity to complete the third and final module in an online group environment.

Using Zoom or similar online video conferencing program, Module 3 provides Scouts an opportunity to virtually interact with their fellow Scouts and leaders to expand and integrate their leadership expertise. Topics covered in the final one-hour module includes Team Development and Characteristics, Group Decisions, Leadership Styles and Tools, Ethics and Values and the EDGE method.

Unit leaders interested in offering this new Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops and Crews can download the directions, PowerPoint and script for Module 3 from Garden State Council.