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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 Cub Scout adults.

Suggested Schedules

Cubmaster or assistant

  • 102 – Cubmaster (& assistant) Training (3 hours)
  • 417 – Pack Ceremonies
  • 517 – LIONS and Tigers and Bears! OH MY!
  • 615 – Planning Great Campouts for Your Pack

New Pack Committee Chair or member

  • 115 – Planning an Engaging Cub Scout Program
  • 217 – Building a Successful Cub Scout Recruitment Plan
  • 319 – Roadmap to a Stronger Pack
  • 402 – Pack Committee Training (3 hours)

New Pack Trainer

  • 114 – FUNdamentals of Training (3 hours)
  • 402 – Pack Committee Training (3 hours)

New Lion or Tiger Den Leader or assistant

  • 116 – Backyard Adventures
  • 219 – Cyber Chip for all Ages
  • 316 – Out and About with Cub Scouts
  • 401 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)

New Wolf Den Leader or assistant

  • 117 – Making First Aid FUN for Cub Scouts
  • 216 – Make it Grow!
  • 315 – Map & Compass Essentials
  • 401 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)

New Bear Den Leader or assistant

  • 101 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)
  • 418 – Cub Scout Knots
  • 516 – Make it Move!
  • 616 – Cub and Webelos Grub

New Webelos Den Leader or assistant

  • 101 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)
  • 415 – Fish On!
  • 515 – Mad Scientist!
  • 617 – Whittling Chip

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

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Class Descriptions

101 Den Leader (& assistant) Training (take EITHER 101 or 401) — Learn about running a den meeting with the Adventure program. Learn about Cub advancement, behavior issues, and how to have fun with Cub Scouts. (3 hours, sessions 1 – 3)
102 Cubmaster (& assistant) Training — Learn about your role in the Pack as a Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, or prospective Cubmaster. This class shows what it takes to be a Cubmaster, including roles of the Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster, the Cub Scout advancement program, the importance of Pack program planning, planning a Pack meeting, the Cubmaster Award, and how to succeed as a Cubmaster. (3 hours, sessions 1 – 3)
401 Den Leader (& assistant) Training (take EITHER 101 or 401) — REPEAT of Class 101. Learn about running a den meeting with the Adventure program. Learn about Cub advancement, behavior issues, and how to have fun with Cub Scouts. (3 hours, sessions 4 – 6)
402 Pack Committee Training — Make sure your Pack thrives with a strong Pack Committee! Objectives include defining the role of the Pack committee, makeup and functions of the Pack committee, recruiting leadership and volunteers, record keeping, and the Pack planning process. (3 hours, sessions 4 – 6)

Electives to Enhance Your Program

110 BALOO: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (Outdoors) — Learn what it takes to safely organize a fun Pack or Den campout. At least one leader on any Pack (or Den) overnight must have taken this class. Part of this class will be outdoors. (all day, sessions 1 – 6)
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)
115 New! Planning an Engaging Cub Scout Program — Come and learn how to plan and budget a compelling and engaging year of Cub Scouting. (1 hour, session 1)
116 Backyard Adventures — Explore the wilds of your own backyard: urban hiking and camping, 'campfires', nature conservation, and weather watching. (1 hour, session 1)
117 Making First Aid FUN for Cub Scouts — In this course we will cover the new First Aid Requirements for Cub Scouts of all levels. We will also cover methods that you can take back to your boys that will help them learn and have fun doing it. This is not a First Aid class, but a class to help you gain the tools to teach it to boys in a way that they will never forget. We will show you interactive ways to keep them focused, fun demonstrations you can do, games you can play, ways to make it look and feel real (but not scary). First Aid is a vital Scout skill that even Cub Scouts need and can learn. They just need your help! (1 hour, session 1)
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)
121 The Outdoor Classroom (Outdoors) — This class will explore the advantages and possibilities of teaching in the outdoors. Specific teaching techniques that enhance learning will be reviewed and discussed. The class will be outdoors. (1 hour, session 1)
122 Hiking — Hiking is an activity which can be enjoyed by all levels of the Scouting program. Discussion will include safety, gear, trip planning, and all the stuff you need to get your unit hiking. (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)
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)
216 Make it Grow! (Outdoors) — Everyone can earn their 'green thumb' with easy ways to teach gardening and composting. Great for Wolf* and Bear den leaders. *Satisfies Nova requirement. (1 hour, session 2)
217 Revised! Building a Successful Cub Scout Recruitment Plan — Learn all about today’s parents, “the Millennials,” and how Scouting can fit into their family goals. Explore the use of social media and experience-oriented Scouting events to give an unparalleled experience to new and current Cub Scout families. (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)
222 Backpacking — Learn the basics of backpacking. Topics include gear, clothing, food, Outdoor Ethics (Leave No Trace), gender-specific tips, and other useful information. (2 hours, sessions 2 – 3)
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)
224 Cooking & Menus in the Back & Frontcountry — Create balanced menus and inexpensive backcountry meals. Learn to dehydrate food, determine quantities, repackage, store, and prepare. Sample menus will be presented for weekend and week-long outings. (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)
315 Map & Compass Essentials (Outdoors) — Learn some great tricks and techniques for teaching map and compass skills to your Cub and Boy Scouts. Through fun games and hands-on activities, they’ll master these essential skills. Please bring your own compass. Class will be held outdoors. (1 hour, session 3)
316 Out and About with Cub Scouts — Great ideas for fun and educational field trips with Cub Scouts, both generic and specific places around the Council. (1 hour, session 3)
317 New! Fundraising - Great Ideas Panel — Come get fundraising ideas and answers from a panel of successful Scouting fundraisers. (1 hour, session 3)
319 Roadmap to a Stronger Pack — Ensure your Cub Scout Pack is strong and thriving for years to come. Learn strategies for parent volunteer recruitment, planning, and how to leave a legacy for your next unit leaders. (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)
403 Chartered Organization Leaders & Representatives Training — This class helps chartered organization leaders (Institution Heads) and chartered organization representatives explore ways to make their Scouting programs more effective. It explains the chartered organization concept and allows participants to provide ideas for integrating Scouting with existing youth programs. (2 hours, sessions 4 – 5)
414 Games, Games, & More Games! — Learn about, and play, some themed games! Includes gathering games, games that pair well with den meeting achievements, and quiet games that the boys can play while they're waiting on field trips. (2 hours, sessions 4 – 5)
415 Fish On! — Fishing is a simple, fun pastime that kids will remember their entire lives. Whether you're amateur or advanced, this class will give you the tools to teach fishing to your Cubs of all ages. Learn about local fish species, different aquatic ecosystems, and regulations. Great for Bear and Webelos den leaders. Satisfies Nova requirements. (1 hour, session 4)
416 Pack Events — Learn the secrets of staging a Blue and Gold banquet, bottle rocket launch, rain gutter regatta, space derby, and pinewood derby. Learn how to maximize fun and participation and promote Scouting values and positive competition. Get ideas to keep within the tightest of budgets and preserve your sanity! (1 hour, session 4)
417 Pack Ceremonies — Ceremonies! Ceremonies! Ceremonies! Learn the Who, What, Where, When, and How of ceremonies. Basic ceremonies, flag ceremonies, advancement ceremonies, opening and closing ceremonies. Leaders will have the opportunity to learn the basics, simple props to use, and how to make ceremonies fun and educational. (1 hour, session 4)
418 Cub Scout Knots — Learn how to introduce this important skill to Cub and Webelos Scouts. (1 hour, session 4)
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)
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)
515 Mad Scientist! — Out of your league with science and technology? Learn how to make science fun with some simple experiments. (1 hour, session 5)
516 Make it Move! — Have fun tinkering with Rube-Goldberg machines and Robotics in this introductory class to Bear Electives 'Make it Move'* and 'Robotics'* Be the den leader all the kids remember! *Satisfies Nova requirement. (1 hour, session 5)
517 LIONS and Tigers and Bears! OH MY! — Learn about our newest group of Cub Scouts - Lions. This exciting new program is for boys 5 years old or in kindergarten. (1 hour, session 5)
526 Climbing (Outdoors) — Under the appropriate conditions, climbing is an activity which can be enjoyed by all levels of the Scouting program. Discussion will include safety, gear, planning, and all the stuff you need to get your unit climbing. Weather permitting, we will have Chief Seattle Council's portable climbing tower for those that want to try it. (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)
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)
615 Planning Great Campouts for Your Pack — Feel overwhelmed about planning a campout for the whole Pack? We'll help you break it down into easy steps. Your campout will be manageable and successful! (1 hour, session 6)
616 Cub and Webelos Grub (Outdoors) — Hands-on cooking for fun anywhere with Cubs and Webelos. Get recipes and various indoor and outdoor cooking techniques and equipment. Class will be held outdoors. (Note: Dutch Oven cooking is a separate class.) (1 hour, session 6)
617 Whittling Chip (for Adults) — To whittle or not to whittle, that is the question. This class will show parents and leaders how to handle a knife safely, Whittling Chip requirements, and basic skills. Please bring your pocket knife. For adults only. (1 hour, session 6)
618 Decorative Knots — Learn to tie bracelets, key chains, and other useful items out of parachute cord. Project ideas for patrols or crews on outings. Survival bracelets tied on the trail? A keychain tied around a pebble? A unique woggle for the high adventure trip? Suitable for older Scouts. $3 charge for a stainless steel buckle for survival bracelet (optional). (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)
622 Where to Go Camping — Gain some suggestions of where to hike/camp based on group ability. Instructor will cover car camping, short backpacking trips, long term trips, bike trips, canoe trips, etc. This is an audience participation event, so come with details of your favorite outings. (1 hour, session 6)
625 Scouting Heritage — Get an overview of the origins and history of the Boy 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)
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)
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)