One of the key values of the Boy Scouts of America is Life-Long Learning. The Great Alaska Council has many opportunities for youth and adults to receive training.

Youth Training

Introduction to Leadership Skills (ILS)

This course is put on by the Troop/Crew/Ship for the members of the Unit.

Info and syllabi for ILS courses

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. This course is offered every summer through the Great Alaska Council. 

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program of the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico where young men and women enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont backcountry. Scouts will expand upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NAYLE uses elements of the Philmont ranger training as well as advanced search-and-rescue skills to teach leadership, teamwork, and the lessons of selfless service. NAYLE will offer Scouts an unforgettable Philmont backcountry wilderness experience where they live leadership and teamwork, using the core elements of NYLT to make their leadership skills intuitive. Scouts BSA participants must be at least 14 years of age to participate; Venturing youth must be at least 13 (and have completed the 8th grade) to participate; in either case, participants must be approved by their unit leader to participate in NAYLE. NYLT is a prerequisite for participation in NAYLE. 

Adult Training

All Scouting leaders need to have a account and need to associate their account to the Great Alaska Council along with their Membership ID Number.  This will allow the staff and the Pack, Troop or Crew’s leadership to have access to training that has been completed on the account. 

Questions about re-setting your account and training taken there can be directed to the Council Registrar at 907-337-9547.

Access to Unit Training Records

Chartered Organizational Representatives, Committee Chairmen, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and Crew Advisors can view Youth Protection Training Status and Position Specific Training Status for the adult members of their Scouting program online using the Training Manager at Their account will need to be associated with the Great Alaska Council for this function to work.

Questions about re-setting your account and training taken there can be directed to the Council Registrar at 907-337-9547.

Youth Protection Training

Every registered person registered with the Boy Scouts of America needs to complete Youth Protection Training every two years. The purpose of the training is to eliminate abuse in Scouting. Youth Protection Training can be taken online at My.Scouting.Org.

New Adult Volunteers/New Leaders need to complete Youth Protection Training online at, print off the certificate, and turn the certificate in with their Adult Registration. Adult Applications wihtout Youth Protection Training will not be processed.



Roundtable is a monthly workshop for Scouting Leaders who work directly with youth. Ideas on how to present the program and work with youth are discussed each month. It is strongly recommended that all leaders who have direct contact with youth attend.

University of Scouting

The University of Scouting is an annual event where a variety of topics are presented to help enrich your Scouting program. It is open to all Scouting leaders and parents. The Great Alaska Council’s University of Scouting takes place on the third Saturday in November.

Wood Badge

Open to adults and Venturers ages 18 through 20, Wood Badge serves as the advanced leadership training program for all branches of Scouting, including the Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Sea Scouting, and Venturing programs. Wood Badge allows an in-depth exploration of leadership skills as well as a supervised implementation of the skills through a multipart delivery plan referred to as a “ticket.”


Okpik Cold Weather Camping is the BSA’s premier winter camping program. At Okpik, Scouts experience a true winter: learning how to thrive in subzero temperatures, travel across frozen wilderness lakes and construct their own sleeping structures out of snow.

Resources for Trainers

Link to National Training Syllabuses Webpage 

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