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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 Scout Troop adults.

Suggested Schedules

New Scoutmaster or assistant

  • 104 – Scoutmaster (& assistant) Training (all day)

New Troop Committee Chair or member

  • 105 – Troop Committee Training PLUS (3 hours)
  • 420 – The Troop’s New Member Coordinator
  • 525 – How Troops Successfully Grow
  • 618 – Why NYLT? Youth Run Units!

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

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Class Descriptions

104 Scoutmaster (& assistant) Training — This leader-specific training is for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and interested parents. Learn how a 'Scout-led' troop operates. Have confidence managing the Scoutmaster role. Learn about the resources available to ensure success. (Scoutmasters and assistants will also need Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills to recharter.) (all day, sessions 1 – 6)
105 Troop Committee Training PLUS — This leader-specific training is for everyone on the Troop committee and parents (and is useful for Scoutmasters and assistants). It provides an overview of all the positions of the committee and how they contribute to the success of a Troop. The PLUS? Tips on how you can take this training back to your unit as a team-building training for YOUR committee. (3 hours, sessions 1 – 3)

Electives to Enhance Your Program

These electives are most useful for Scout Troop adults. A complete list of classes is available here.

110 Wilderness and Remote First Aid (Outdoors, plus Nov. 2-3 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)
112 Map & Compass Essentials (Outdoors) — Learn some great tricks and techniques for teaching map and compass skills to your Scouts in your Pack or Troop. 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 1)
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 Boy Scouts of America. (3 hours, sessions 1 – 3)
117 Expanded! Patrol Cooking (Outdoors) — 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. (2 hours, sessions 1 – 2)
118 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)
119 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 1 – 2)
120 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 1 – 2)
121 Expanded! 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. (2 hours, sessions 1 – 2)
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)
123 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 1 – 2)
124 New! Bicycle Touring, Local to International — Learn how to help your Scouts plan, prepare, and lead a high adventure bicycle tour. We’ll cover route planning, gear, preparation, and logistics. Think Olympic Peninsula to Switzerland. (2 hours, sessions 1 – 2)
125 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 225 (Bloody First Aid Disasters Your Scouts will Love). (1 hour, session 1)
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)
225 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 125 (Making First Aid REAL). (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)
307 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 3)
317 New! Growing Scouts into Leaders — Just as we don’t teach swimming by throwing a Scout off the end of the pier, but by building the skills needed; we have to teach leadership skills. Learn how to set the Scouts up for success by coaching and mentoring them in their leadership roles. (1 hour, session 3)
319 Ultra Light Backpacking — Discussion will include types of gear, places to find ultra-light gear, costs, and age appropriateness. (1 hour, session 3)
321 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 3)
322 Learn About Sea Scouting (includes a ride on a Ship, later) — 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 3)
323 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 3)
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)
325 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 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)
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)
405 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. (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)
416 Roadmap to a Stronger Troop — Ensure your 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 4)
417 New! Mountaineering — Learn about Scout Mountaineering - climbing the Cascade Volcanoes. (1 hour, session 4)
419 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 4)
420 New! The Troop’s New Member Coordinator — More youth drop out in the first 3 months after joining a troop than at any other time. The New Member Coordinator is another Scout parent who helps keep new Scouts and their families informed about what is happening in the troop and makes them feel welcome, not just right after the new Scout joins  but for as long as they are needed. This person may feel more approachable and less intimidating to new parents than uniformed leaders might. (1 hour, session 4)
421 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 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)
429 New! Invisible Backpack - What Youth Bring That You Might Not Know About — Learn what youth are carrying in their daily lives and how you can identify problems to address, and the resources available to assist. (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 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)
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. (1 hour, session 5)
516 Knots & Lashings for Scouts — Go beyond the basics required for First Class Rank. More knots and lashings fun for your scouts! Useful too! (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)
519 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 5)
520 New! What Makes a Good Troop Meeting? — Review the structure of a troop meeting and what can be done to make Scouts glad to be there. (1 hour, session 5)
525 New! How Troops Successfully Grow — How do units create a culture of successful and growing units? What they do, why they do it. Listen to what successful troops have done, and share concerns and ideas. (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 Boy 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)
608 New! Intro to Exploring Scouts — Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Whether you’re a local organization looking to strengthen the community or a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start. (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)
618 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)
620 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)
621 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)
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)
624 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 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)
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)