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Program & Training Conference
Saturday, October 20, 2018

You are welcome to take any classes at PTC that interest you, but this page focuses on classes most useful to Commissioners.

Suggested Schedules

New Commissioner

  • 109 – Unit Commissioner Training (3 hours)
  • 428 – Districts and Commissioners
  • 528 – Commissioner Tools
  • 628 – Detailed Assessments

New District Commissioner or ADC

  • 109 – Unit Commissioner Training (3 hours)
  • 409 – District Commissioner (and ADC) Training (2 hours)
  • 629 – Fireside Chat with Council

These classes are not part of your basic training and you may wish to substitute a different class.

Class Descriptions

109 Unit Commissioner Training — Learn why we have commissioners, the basics to be effective, top priorities, and helping the unit succeed in delivering a quality Scouting program. (3 hours, sessions 1 – 3)
409 District Commissioner (and ADC) Training — Learn to be a more effective District Commissioner or Assistant District Commissioner, supporting Unit Commissioners as they help their units deliver a quality Scouting program. (2 hours, sessions 4 – 5)

Electives to Enhance Your Program

These electives are most useful for Commissioners. A complete list of classes is available here.

114 Scoutbook for Cub Scout Packs — Scoutbook delivers a suite of easy-to-use Web-based tools that are helpful to both Scouts and unit leaders. It enables units to better communicate, update records, and manage activities. It can also be integrated with our membership system, simplifying the way our members can track their advancement throughout Scouting. As Scouters, unit leaders, and volunteers, you will now have mobile access to what’s happening across our organization and will be able track your Scouts’ progress in real time. (2 hours, sessions 1 – 2)
115 Understanding Teenage Boys' Learning & Behavior — Ages and stages of brain development, emotional maturity, best teaching styles, and effective models of instruction. Meant to help both adult Scouters and any youth understand what is behind boy behavior and to help them take that into consideration when planning the teaching and guidance of youth. (2 hours, sessions 1 – 2)
116 FUNdamentals of Training — This class introduces teaching techniques and skills that can be used when working with the youth in a unit or with adults. It is designed to help all Scouters, both youth and adult, to be more effective instructors. This is the first part of the Train-The-Trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Scouts of America. (3 hours, sessions 1 – 3)
122 Dutch Oven Cooking Basics (Outdoors) — Learn the basics required to cook with a Dutch Oven. Get recipes and resources and even sample some cooking. Class will be held outdoors. (2 hours, sessions 1 – 2)
129 Expanded! Serving Scouts with Special Needs — This course will provide Commissioners and unit leaders with tips and ideas that promote inclusion of Scouts with disabilities, medical conditions, and aggressive or inattentive behaviors. Learn techniques on how to involve and manage youth to get better cooperation for smooth-running meetings. (2 hours, sessions 1 – 2)
130 Fox Hunt (Jamboree on the Air) — Use radio location techniques to find a hidden transmitter, aka “the fox.” These are the same techniques used by search and rescue. (1 hour, session 1)
131 Radio Room (Jamboree on the Air, sign up for any session) — Come visit the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) Radio Room. There will be several activities you can sample during the hour. (1 hour, session 1)
230 Ham Radio and Scouting (Jamboree on the Air, take EITHER 230 or 530) — Ham radio has been a part of Scouting since 1918 and the Wireless merit badge. Learn about how ham radio is more important today than ever, how to incorporate radio into your unit, Morse code and radio operator insignia, the largest Scouting event in the world (Jamboree on the Air), and merit badge opportunities. (1 hour, session 2)
231 Radio Room (Jamboree on the Air, sign up for any hour) — REPEAT of Class 131. Come visit the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) Radio Room. There will be several activities you can sample during the hour. (1 hour, session 2)
315 New! Scouting for LDS Families, 2020 and Beyond — This class will focus on starting LDS cultural units (units built of LDS families). We will share the pattern of Pack 501 in Foothills, which is a LDS cultural Pack that has been doing Tiger and Lions for LDS families. It will help LDS families understand why a LDS cultural unit may be needed, how the traditional program will be different from what they are doing in their ward, what the council is doing to support them, and a recommended timeline to help transition Cub Scouts and Scouts. We will also cover the option of starting Troops and dens for LDS girls. (2 hours, sessions 3 – 4)
324 New! Introduction to International Scouting — For almost as long as there has been Scouting, it has been international. Learn about some of the opportunities International Scouting offers our own Scouts. (1 hour, session 3)
329 LGBTQ Resources for Leaders — Learn about resources available to Scout Leaders serving LGTBQ youth and their families. Includes a discussion of recent BSA policy changes. (1 hour, session 3)
330 Electronic Kit Building (Jamboree on the Air) — Come learn a bit about electronics and build a kit. This is not the electronics merit badge. We cover it a different day. See www.woodinvilleARESgroup.org for more info. (1 hour, session 3)
331 Radio Room (Jamboree on the Air, sign up for any session) — REPEAT of Class 131. Come visit the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) Radio Room. There will be several activities you can sample during the hour. (1 hour, session 3)
411 New! Making Cub Scouts Welcome — The New Member Coordinator is another Cub Scout parent who helps keep new families informed about what is happening in the den and pack, and feels more approachable and less intimidating to new parents than a uniformed leader might, not just right after new Cub Scout join, but for as long as they are needed. (1 hour, session 4)
412 Cyber Chip for all Ages — Our young Scouts have never known life without computers or the Internet, so it is critical that they know how to safely navigate the Web. The Cyber Chip program builds on BSA's commitment to youth protection. Learn how your unit can get the most out of this program to keep kids safe. (1 hour, session 4)
413 New! Girls in Cub Scouts — Come learn the latest information on Family Scouting from the national office and how Packs are making this exciting new program work. (1 hour, session 4)
422 Advanced Dutch Oven Cooking (Outdoors) — You’ve mastered chili and cornbread. Your chocolate cake with cherries is cooked, not burned. If you’re ready for more complex recipes, this is the class for you. Class will be held outdoors. (2 hours, sessions 4 – 5)
423 Outdoor Ethics Orientation — Qualifies participants to facilitate outdoor ethics activities required for their Scouts and Scouters to earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award. Topics include the Outdoor Code, principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!, the Land Ethic, and the Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards program. (2 hours, sessions 4 – 5)
424 Winter Sports Safety — Learn the basics of avalanche safety, how to spot and avoid terrain hazards, and what to do when wild weather hits. Will also touch on the proper use of equipment and clothing. Great for everyone from experienced winter sports enthusiasts to beginners. (1 hour, session 4)
428 Districts and Commissioners — Learn how to use the resources available to the commissioners that can assist in identifying strengths and bring improvements to weaknesses found in the district. (1 hour, session 4)
430 Morse Code Interpreter Strip (Jamboree on the Air) — Do you know that there is a BSA Interpreter Strip for morse code? Come learn a bit about morse code, send your name and earn a certificate, or come prepared to pass a 5 WPM (words per minute) test to earn your interpreter strip. (1 hour, session 4)
431 Radio Room (Jamboree on the Air, sign up for any session) — REPEAT of Class 131. Come visit the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) Radio Room. There will be several activities you can sample during the hour. (1 hour, session 4)
514 Webelos to Scout Transition — The last six to twelve months of Cub Scouting (Webelos). This class is designed for Commissioners, Webelos parents, Webelos leaders, and Cubmasters. It focuses on transitional issues and ways to ensure a seamless transition between programs. (1 hour, session 5)
515 New! What About Teenage GIRLS? — During the teen years girls mature faster than boys, but what does that mean in a Scout unit? We’ll try to help both adult Scouters and any youth understand what is behind girl behavior and to help them take that into consideration when planning the teaching and guidance of youth, in Cub Packs or Scouts BSA Troops. (1 hour, session 5)
517 Scoutbook for Troops — Scoutbook delivers a suite of easy-to-use Web-based tools that are helpful to both Scouts and unit leaders. It enables units to better communicate, update records, and manage activities. It can also be integrated with our membership system, simplifying the way our members can track their advancement throughout Scouting. As Scouters, unit leaders, and volunteers, you will now have mobile access to what’s happening across our organization and will be able track your Scouts’ progress in real time. (2 hours, sessions 5 – 6)
528 Commissioner Tools — Introduction to new digital tools available now from BSA with an emphasis on Commissioners' use of the tools to better serve their Units and Districts. (1 hour, session 5)
529 New! Commissioners Serving Family Scouting — Learn the tools and tips you need to better serve our units that have embraces family scouting. (1 hour, session 5)
530 Ham Radio and Scouting (Jamboree on the Air, take EITHER 230 or 530) — REPEAT of Class 230. Ham radio has been a part of Scouting since 1918 and the Wireless merit badge. Learn about how ham radio is more important today than ever, how to incorporate radio into your unit, Morse code and radio operator insignia, the largest Scouting event in the world (Jamboree on the Air), and merit badge opportunities. (1 hour, session 5)
531 Radio Room (Jamboree on the Air, sign up for any session) — REPEAT of Class 131. Come visit the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) Radio Room. There will be several activities you can sample during the hour. (1 hour, session 5)
540 Updated! Youth Protection Training — The newest edition of the Scouts of America Youth Protection Training. This single course satisfies the youth protection requirement for all programs: Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Exploring. (2 hours, sessions 5 – 6)
607 The Recharter Process — This class will cover the three major steps in Rechartering your unit including: 1) everything you need to do to Be Prepared for recharter, 2) using the Internet Recharter application, and 3) collecting all the applications, training certificates, approval signatures, and fees necessary to submit your recharter on time. (1 hour, session 6)
609 LDS Commissioner — Understanding the relationship of the LDS roles and effective commissioner service in the BSA. (1 hour, session 6)
615 New! Troops for Girls — What you need to know to be ready for girls crossing over from Cub Scouts and bringing their friends into Troops this year. We’ll talk about the latest coming out of the national office on Family Scouting and discuss concerns and ideas about how to make these new Troops succeed (1 hour, session 6)
616 Campfire Skits & Songs — Take advantage of everyone's acting and singing ability. Identify resources to liven up any campfire or other Scouting occasion using showmanship, skits, stunts, songs, and stories. Learn how simple props and costumes enhance performances. (1 hour, session 6)
622 Scouting Heritage — Get an overview of the origins and history of the Scouting movement; the development of its ideals, methods, and age appropriate programs. Followed by a discussion of ways to continue our Scouting heritage by preserving the living history of local Scouting, your unit, and its individual members. Appropriate for leaders in all programs. (1 hour, session 6)
623 Cooking and Menus for Special Dietary Needs — Learn how to prepare delicious meals the entire group can enjoy. This course will define a variety of special diets and food allergies, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan. We will cover safety precautions for food allergies, as well as simple substitutions. Sample menus will be presented for campouts and backpacking. (1 hour, session 6)
625 Unit Tools at my.Scouting.org — This class will cover the Unit Tools at my.Scouting.org, including membership, announcement, calendar, and training tools. If we have time we will work with you individually, so please bring your My.Scouting.org login and password. (1 hour, session 6)
628 Detailed Assessments — Introduction to new digital tools available now from BSA with an emphasis on Commissioners' use of the tools to better serve their Units and Districts. (1 hour, session 6)
629 Fireside Chat with Council — This is a Question-and-Answer session with our Council Key 3: Council Executive, Council President, and Council Commissioner, plus other Council leaders. (1 hour, session 6)
631 Radio Room (Jamboree on the Air, sign up for any session) — REPEAT of Class 131. Come visit the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) Radio Room. There will be several activities you can sample during the hour. (1 hour, session 6)