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Program & Training Conference
Saturday, October 20, 2018

The 2018 Program & Training Conference class list will be published in May 2018. The information below is for the 2017 PTC.

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

Suggested Schedule

New Commissioner

  • 109 – Unit Commissioner Training (3 hours)
  • 429 – Assessing Unit Health/JTE
  • 529 – Unit Service Plan
  • 628 – Fireside Chat with Council

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

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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. (1 hour, session 4)

Electives to Enhance Your Program

105 New! How to Integrate Older Boys Into Your LDS Troop — Learn how to retain older LDS youth in your Troop once they no longer have a Team or a Crew, without taking opportunities away from the younger Scouts. (2 hours, sessions 1 – 2)
114 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 Boy Scouts of America. (3 hours, sessions 1 – 3)
118 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 1)
119 The Recharter Process (take EITHER 119 or 619) — 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 1)
123 New! 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 1)
128 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 1)
129 New! 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 1)
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 New! 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)
215 Cub Scout Advancement: Delivering Adventure — The Cub Scout Adventure Program focuses on being active at home, in the community, and the outdoors. Learn how to make the most of all the new features in your den. (1 hour, session 2)
218 Revised! 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 2 – 3)
219 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 2)
223 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 2 – 3)
228 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 2 – 3)
229 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. (1 hour, session 2)
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)
317 New! Fundraising - Great Ideas Panel — Come get fundraising ideas and answers from a panel of successful Scouting fundraisers. (1 hour, session 3)
329 New! 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 New! 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)
419 Revised! Scoutbook for Boy Scout 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 4 – 5)
423 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)
424 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)
429 Assessing Unit Health/JTE — This class is for anyone on a District membership committee and Commissioners. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of a Unit; determine the resources needed to assist that unit's leaders in addressing its strengths and weaknesses and improving its program. (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)
505 New! You’re an LDS Commissioner, Now What? — Understanding the relationship of the LDS roles and effective commissioner service in the BSA. (1 hour, session 5)
528 The Commissioners and Diversity — Increase knowledge and understanding about your diverse communities and ways of reaching groups that have not traditionally been involved in Scouting. (1 hour, session 5)
529 Unit Service Plan — As Commissioners, learn the ins and outs of Unit Service Plans and how you can assist a unit in delivering a quality Scouting program. (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)
607 New! District Commissioner: Assisting the LDS Environment — Understanding the roles and responsibility of LDS church positions, how they relate to BSA roles, and how to better support Scouting with LDS chartered units as a District Commissioner. (1 hour, session 6)
614 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)
619 The Recharter Process (take EITHER 119 or 619) — REPEAT of class 119. This course 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)
626 New! 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 6)
628 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)
629 Commissioner Tools/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)
630 Ham Test Session (Jamboree on the Air) — Take a test to earn your ham radio license. You need to study before Program and Training Conference, this isn’t something you can just walk in and pass. Also, this session will run slightly more than an hour. (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)