Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

… and all Venturing /Sea Scouting Youth are entitled to training to get the most from Scouting because you only get out of it what you put in!

Unlike the other boy and girl youth programs offered today, Venturing / Sea Scouting is the ULTIMATE, Youth-led program that is created, developed and executed BY THE YOUTH! The Scouting program can only be successful when both the Youth and Adults are trained which is why Venturing / Sea Scouting has always had 2 key training courses for Venturing / Sea Scouting;

  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) for Youth

  • Venturing Leader Specific Training (VLST) for Adults!

Here is the Training available for all Venturing / Sea Scouting Youth as well as Adults here in the Atlanta Area Council. Before you begin the advanced Training listed below, make sure you compete the preliminary training required by Scouting BSA

Click Here to create a MyScouting account to begin your training
Click Here For Introductory Training
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Advanced Training for Youth and Adults

Wood Badge for the 21st Century

Who do we work for? We work for the youth that we serve. Youth at every level of scouting deserve a well trained leader. If our goal as leaders of the largest youth organization is to offer the best possible program, we must be properly trained to implement that program.

2011 Courses

Visit the AAC Wood Badge website, call the AAC Program Center (770) 989-8820 if you are interested in learning more information.

Course Registration: To register for a course, please click on the course date above to be linked to the council calendar. From that point choose the "Register" button at the bottom.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

This six day course is intended for Senior Youth Leaders. It is conducted by the council in a camping situation. The NYLT experience models a month in the life of a unit – three unit meetings and a big event (outpost camp). The course uses the patrol method, model Team Leaders’ Council meetings and skill sessions to guide patrols on their "Quest for the Meaning of Leadership" and help participants develop leadership and teamwork skills to take back to their Units.

For more information visit the NYLT website or download the NYLT Information Flier.

Powder Horn

Powder Horn is a training opportunity designed to expose Venturing and Boy Scout Leaders to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful Venturing Ranger or Troop High Adventure Program in several ways:

  • Help Venturing Leaders and Scouters to safely conduct outdoor activities of a fun and challenging nature

  • Provides an introduction to the resources necessary to successfully lead their Ventur- ers and older Boy Scouts through a pro- gram of high adventure.

  • Familiarizes the Advisor with the Ranger program so that he or she can help the Ven- turer to meet the requirements of the Ranger Award.

  • The course is based on the Venturing Ranger requirements giving participants an expo- sure to outdoor/high adventure activities.

The Powder Horn Course will include Activities and Presentations selected from the Ranger Core Requirements and Electives:

First Aid, Communication, Cooking, Emer- gency Preparedness, Land Navigation, Leave No Trace Principles, Wilderness Survival, Con- servation, Backpacking, Caving, Cycling, Ecol- ogy, Equestrian, Fishing, Hunting, Lifesaver, Mountaineering, Outdoor Living History, Physical Fitness, Plants & Wildlife, Project COPE, Scuba, Shooting Sports, and Watercraft.

There will also be Presentations on Working with Teens, Working with Adults, Expedition Planning, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Climb on Safely, the Venturing Program and Venturing Awards.

After completing the course participants should have sufficient introductory information, which will provide the following outcomes:

Detailed knowledge of the Venturing Ranger Award and associated Silver Award requirements

  • Knowledge of the health and safety re- quirements, and rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America as they apply to outdoor programs.

  • Introduction to the skills necessary to oper- ate an outdoor High Adventure program and the certifications necessary and how to obtain those certifications.

  • Knowledge of how to identify local re- sources and consultants for Ranger Award and High Adventure activities.

The course is not a total training program, and is not intended to enable the leader to be an expert or even self-sufficient in any aspect of outdoor skills. The leader will most likely still need knowledgeable, trained, and certified in- dividuals (Consultants) to help provide a safe and correct outdoor/high adventure program.

More information on Powder Horn Training is available at:

CLICK HERE to register, or to request more info, or visit the Volunteer Service Center

Introductory Training for Youth and Adults

Venturing Crew Officers Orientation

Training module primarily for Venturing youth that are elected into Venturing officers’ positions within their crew but it is also recommended that adult leaders take this module to better understand the duties of the officers in the crew.

This course is very useful for youth officers to fully understand their roles and responsibilities as it relates to Crew Officers Briefings and Seminars. This course will help the youth develop an annual plan of activities for the crew, as well as acquiring leadership and team-building skills.

Take Venturing Crew Officers Orientation Now! Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC)

The Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course is to teach crew members about leadership positions, the roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Ventures’ understand the responsibilities of leadership within their crew and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Ventures’ and replaces the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a prerequisite for Ventures’ to participate in the more advanced leadership courses; National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), Kodiak and for the Venturing Silver Award.

National Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops.

Learn more about NYLT

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience

The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program where young men enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont backcountry. Scouts will expand upon team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).

NAYLE Overview

Philmont NAYLE video


Atlanta Area Council Venturing

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