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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 Varsity adults.

Classes 105 - How to Integrate Older Boys Into Your LDS Troop and 305 - Options for the Older LDS Youth have been added to the schedule to help LDS Troops, Teams, and Crews navigate the changes coming in January.

Class Descriptions

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)
111 Training the Youth Leadership of the Troop (for Adults and Youth) — This instructional ILST (Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops) is designed to help units put on the training for themselves. Participants will learn leadership skills and get ideas on how to teach them from some of the very best instructors in the council – our NYLT staff. For the troop to get the most out of this training, it should be attended by the youth and adult who will be doing and overseeing training in the troop. (5 hours, sessions 1 – 5)
113 Wilderness and Remote First Aid (Outdoors, plus Nov. 3-4 at Camp Pigott) — This 16-hour hands-on training is designed to prepare you to systematically deal with any accident or first aid emergency when you and your group are more than one hour away from Emergency Medical Services. The final part of this training will be Friday evening - Saturday, November 4-5 at Camp Pigott. Youth must be at least 14 years old. Come prepared to spend most of the day outdoors in fall weather. Bring a day pack with the ten essentials and a blue foam pad. To complete the class and be certified you need current CPR certification. The cost of the Program & Training Conference with this class is $65 (youth and early signup discounts do not apply). (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)
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)
120 The Scoutmaster Conference — How to effectively conduct a Scoutmaster Conference. Learn counseling strategies and the real purpose of a Scoutmaster Conference. (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)
124 Starting a New Crew — Curious about Venturing – the Scouting program for youth ages 14-20? Would you like to learn how easy it is to start a Venturing Crew? Maybe you have already started a Crew and need some pointers on what does and what doesn't work? Come check out this class and learn about Venturing - the Scouting program that opens the doors of limitless possibilities to all of our youth over 14 years old. (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)
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)
220 Trail to Eagle — Join us for a lively presentation on how to navigate through the documents and requirements to become an Eagle Scout! (2 hours, sessions 2 – 3)
221 Introduction to Shooting Sports — Learn about rifle, shotgun, muzzleloading, archery, and pistol shooting opportunities at the unit, district, and council levels, as well as certification and training opportunities for volunteers. (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)
305 New! Options for the Older LDS Youth — With the anticipated changes in the LDS program for the older Scouts, come learn about possibilities available for your youth. (There may be some overlap with Class 105.) (1 hour, session 3)
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)
317 New! Fundraising - Great Ideas Panel — Come get fundraising ideas and answers from a panel of successful Scouting fundraisers. (1 hour, session 3)
321 New! Integrating STEM into Scouting Programs — Our area is a hotbed of Science and Engineering. Learn techniques to integrate STEM into your program to take advantage of local resource and attract new youth. (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)
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)
421 Revised! High Adventure Planning — Do you want to get your Troop or Crew “High-Adventure Ready”? This class will cover what High Adventure programming entails and offer examples of Troop sponsored activities and National High Adventure camp opportunities. (2 hours, sessions 4 – 5)
422 Backpacking & Camping for Women — This is an information sharing session on the ins and outs of backpacking and camping for women. All ages & experience levels are welcome. Learn from experienced female backpackers. The more ideas, the better. (1 hour, session 4)
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)
425 Return! First Aid I - Making First Aid REAL — Let's face it, First Aid merit badge training mostly focuses on simple skills like how to splint an arm or put on moleskin. Come learn techniques you can use to take your Scouts to a new level by actually teaching them how to handle emergencies. Leave with an outline, scenario descriptions, and supporting materials you can use to plan and conduct a First Aid 'disaster training' that will become your Scouts' favorite event. Attendees are encouraged to take 524 (Bloody First Aid Disasters Your Scouts will Love). (1 hour, session 4)
426 New! Using Arduino Kits for Electronic & Programming MB — Arduino (see http://www.arduino.cc) is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use low cost hardware and software. Arduino boards can read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. It’s an outstanding platform for learning about both electronics and programming. This session focusses on how to use Arduino at the core of teaching the Programming and Electronics merit badges, and focuses on available resources that Leaders with an interest in these subjects can used to effectively deliver these merit badges. (1 hour, session 4)
428 Learn About Sea Scouting — This valuable session provides an overview of the Sea Scouting program; how it operates and where to find the active ships, and learn about fun and challenging activities your unit can do with ships. Participants will have the opportunity to visit a Sea Scout Ship at a later date. (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)
509 Merit Badge Counselor Training — Merit badges are a cornerstone of Advancement. Over the years, there have been many changes in how merit badges are handled. Learn the latest the National has to say on being an outstanding Merit Badge Counselor. (2 hours, sessions 5 – 6)
518 New! Roadmap to a Stronger Troop — Ensure your Boy Scout Troop 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 5)
520 Knots & Lashings for Boy Scouts — Go beyond the basics required for First Class Rank. More knots and lashings fun for your scouts! Useful too! (1 hour, session 5)
522 Ultra Light Backpacking — Discussion will include types of gear, places to find ultra-light gear, costs, and age appropriateness. (1 hour, session 5)
525 Return! First Aid II - Bloody Disasters Your Scouts Will Love — Want to get your Scouts excited about learning how to handle First Aid Emergencies? Come learn how to use simulated accident scenarios to liven up your First Aid disaster weekend training by using moulage (makeup) techniques to simulate bloody wounds, broken bones, hypothermia, bee stings and more. We'll send you home with handouts and instructions that you can put to use in your Troop. Your Scouts will LOVE IT. Attendees are encourage to take 424 (Making First Aid REAL). (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)
605 What OA Can Do for Your Troop — The Order of the Arrow provides a venue for your Scouts to further practice their leadership skills and to learn about the exciting activities from members of other troops. When they bring this practice and knowledge back to your troop, you will benefit from improved youth leadership and new program ideas to excite your scouts. (1 hour, session 6)
611 New! Why NYLT? Youth Run Units! — A panel of our outstanding NYLT youth leaders will field questions and give an overview of what occurs at NYLT and the benefits of sending your current and future unit leadership teams. And if you really want to ask adults questions, adult NYLT staff will be available as well. (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)
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)
621 Boards of Review — Discussion will include an overview for all ranks, and also the particulars for the Eagle rank board of review. (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)
623 Patrol Cooking — Tired of seeing Scouts breaking out the 'top ramen' for dinner? Come learn about menu ideas, cooking without utensils, and other ideas to enhance your unit's cooking skills. (1 hour, session 6)
624 Developing Troop Volunteers — Need more adults to get involved? Learn what your Troop can do so more adults can confidently help the boys succeed. Get specific ideas and tools from leaders already bringing this help to their Troops. (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)