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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 Cub Pack adults.

Suggested Schedules

Cubmaster or assistant

  • 102 – Cubmaster (& assistant) Training (3 hours)
  • 411 – Making Cub Scouts Welcome
  • 511 – LIONS and Tigers and Bears! OH MY!
  • 612 – Planning Great Campouts for Your Pack

New Pack Committee Chair or member

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

New Pack Trainer

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

New Lion or Tiger Den Leader or assistant

  • 101 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)
  • 412 – Cyber Chip for all Ages
  • 512 – Cub Crafts
  • 613 – Out and About with Cub Scouts

New Wolf Den Leader or assistant

  • 112 – Map & Compass Essentials
  • 212 – Backyard Adventures
  • 312 – Cub Scout Nova Awards
  • 401 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)

New Bear Den Leader or assistant

  • 113 – Bear Carnival
  • 213 – Make it Move!
  • 401 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)

New Webelos Den Leader or assistant

  • 101 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)
  • 414 – Mad Scientist!
  • 514 – Webelos to Scout Transition
  • 614 – Whittling Chip

New Den Leader or assistant for a Girl Den

  • 101 – Den Leader (& assistant) Training (3 hours)
  • 413 – Girls in Cub Scouts
  • 512 – Cub Crafts
  • 613 – Out and About with Cub Scouts

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)
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)
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

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

111 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)
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)
113 New! Bear Carnival (Bear Rank Adventure) — Fun events, creative ideas, planning tips and tricks, how to have the scouts lead the way, etc.. (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)
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)
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)
211 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)
212 Backyard Adventures — Explore the wilds of your own backyard: urban hiking and camping, 'campfires', nature conservation, and weather watching. (1 hour, session 2)
213 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 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)
311 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)
312 New! Cub Scout Nova Awards — Come explore ideas for activities your den and pack can use to help the Cub Scouts earn these exciting Awards. (1 hour, session 3)
313 Cub Scout Knots — Learn how to introduce this important skill to Cub and Webelos Scouts. (1 hour, session 3)
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)
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. (1 hour, session 4)
407 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 Scouts can play while they're waiting on field trips. (2 hours, sessions 4 – 5)
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)
414 Mad Scientist! — Out of your league with science and technology? Learn how to make science fun with some simple experiments. (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)
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)
511 LIONS and Tigers and Bears! OH MY! — Learn about our newest group of Cub Scouts - Lions. This exciting new program is for youth 5 years old or in kindergarten. (1 hour, session 5)
512 New! Cub Crafts — Cub Scouts enjoy creating. Get ideas involving crafts and wood-working you can use as you help your Cub Scouts advance. (1 hour, session 5)
513 New! Cub Scout Derbies — A Cub Scout Derby can be a highly competitive Pinewood race, or you may want something more low key. A derby can be a summertime event where every Cub Scout puts together races a boat on the spot, or a recruiting event where every child gets to race a ‘space ship’ down a line. Come gather and share ideas. (1 hour, session 5)
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)
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)
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)
611 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 6)
612 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)
613 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 6)
614 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)
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)
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)
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)