There are a variety of training opportunities provided for youth and adult leaders offered by BSA, Mecklenburg County Council, and Troop 144.

Youth Training

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)

ILST is intended to help Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills (S.E.A.L.S.)

S.E.A.L.S. is a leadership course for younger Scouts, ages 11-14, to prepare them for leadership positions in the Troop. During the S.E.A.L.S. weekend at Belk Scout Camp, Scouts learn skills such as communicating, taking notes, and planning effective meetings. By the conclusion of the course, Scouts have created a "contract" - a unique agreement each Scout makes to improve their home unit by achieving his SMART goal.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program for older Scouts, ages 14-20, who have completed ILST and are currently or will soon hold senior leadership positions in the Troop. NYLT focuses on the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

NAYLE is an exciting program that enhances leadership skills and expands upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NAYLE is for older Scouts, ages 14-20, emphasizing leadership, teamwork, and selfless service, using the core elements of NYLT to help youth strengthen these skills. 

Adult Training

There's a saying: Everything Scout deserves a trained leader!

In order to be a registered adult leader, we must be trained to position,
which includes Youth Protection Training and Position-Specific Training. 

Contact the Troop Training Coordinator with questions.

Youth Protection Training

The Youth Protection program is a set of standards, guidelines and training developed by the Boy Scouts of America to eliminate opportunities for the abuse of youth members. 

Outdoor Leadership Skills (OLS)

This is a fun-filled program of hands-on skills training in the outdoors, designed to help Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to master and teach the basic camping skills required for Tenderfoot to First Class. This Course is required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to receive the Trained Patch and attend Wood Badge. Instructors will help you learn how to set up camp, cook, work with woods tools, learn about ropes, planning campfire programs, map reading and compass skills, hiking, and packing techniques, nature identification, and Outdoor Ethics. 

OLS-Trained Adults

Tom Howard Kevin Ellis Joe Balent

Catherine Howard Leslie Barden Kathy Peniston

Gary Snyder Ron Fish

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boy Scouts of America. The focus is on leadership, where leadership techniques and skills are shared with participants to enable them to become better leaders not only in Scouting but in their personal lives as well. The objective is to demonstrate the aims and methods of Scouting through the presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and a variety of activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest in team development theory. Additionally, participants enjoy the fellowship of sharing with other Scouters, while having a great deal of fun.  

Wood Badge-Trained Adults

2012: Joe Balent, Jenise Tate

2013: Catherine Howard

2014: Tom Howard

2022: Leslie Barden