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Classes are listed by category - many new classes this year!!



CED 115 - offered Saturday Session 4
Light Weight Backpacking
Go on, get out there!! Backpacking can be as effortless as a hike in the park.  No need to subject yourself to the Bataan Death March!  Don't be a back-pack mule, come and learn about the latest inexpensive light weight back packing technology and techniques.  A little talking, a lot of touch and feel of the "stuff."


CED 118 - offered Saturday Session 1
Eating Well on the Trail!
It doesn't have to be oatmeal and granola!  If you give it some thought and plan ahead, the trail meals can be exciting, entertaining, and engaging!


CED 150 - offered Saturday Session 3
Cold Weather Camping
This winter take the tents - chuck the cabin.  Wake up with six inches of fresh snow on your tent, and enjoy it!  These techniques will teach you how.  


CED 170 - offered Saturday Session 5
Preparing a Crew for Philmont -  A Parent/Leader’s Perspective
This class will cover all aspects of crew preparation, from submitting your application to your arrival at the Philmont Scout Ranch. You will discover how to select your trail, how to pick your crew, how to overcome the transportation nightmare, what equipment you’ll actually need, some of the hidden expenses, how to lighten the admin load, and how to prepare your crew for the most enjoyable adventure ever.


CED 189 - offered Saturday Session 2
Wilderness Survival
Both Scouting and Venturing support Wilderness Survival programs.  Review the basics of WS and understand how it differs between programs.  Learn how to use it as a tool to prepare the younger Scouts for high adventure and to challenge the older Scouts, which boosts retention, facilitating rank advancement, and deeper exposure to the 3 aims of Scouting.


CED 200 - offered Saturday Session 7
Inter Troop Activities
The class is about getting troops to come together and hold inter troop activities. Not many, if any, troops get together with another troop and go camping. This training class is to help get the idea out there and teach them how to work together and to eliminate the fears of working together with another troop.


CED 204 - offered Saturday Session 3
Orienteering Resources for the Unit Leader
This course will explore the role of Navigation and Orienteering in each of the Scouting programs and will provide the Unit Leader with local orienteering resources.  It will also suggest ready-made activities that SMs can leverage for Scout advancement.
CED 208 - offered Saturday Session 7
BSA High Adventure - in Maine?
Have you heard about Matagamon High Adventure Base in Maine?  Learn about the exciting outdoor Scouting opportunities available beyond your local Council through the High Adventure programs offered by other BSA Councils.  This course focuses on the Main High Adventure program operated by the Katahdin Area Council.  Learn about the exceptionally flexible backcountry program for Venture crews and older Boy Scouts.  Learn how the Maine High Adventure program can support, reinforce, and extend your unit's outdoor program offerings. Find out how remote the canoeing locations are.  Find out how easy it can be to plan your unit's trip to northern Maine.  And learn how memorable the experience will be for every participant.
CED 219A - offered Saturday Session 4
Cell Phone Use in the Outdoors
New for 2022! Most of our Scouts have a cell phone in their pocket, especially when they are in the outdoors and away from civilization. This provides adults leaders a great opportunity to teach Scouts how to use (yes, actually use!) their phones in a responsible way in the outdoors. The focus is on setting boundaries and using helpful, Scout-friendly apps, with an eye toward the Outdoor Ethics implications of electronics use in the outdoors.
CED 230 - offered Saturday Session 7
Inclusive Menu Planning 
This course provides an opportunity to look at how different menu requirements such as allergies and auto-immune issues like Celiac's can be incorporated into our Scout menu planning as part of the effort to retain these Scouts and families.
CED 242 - offered Saturday Session 4
BSA Shooting Sports Programs  
This course will provide an overview of BSA Shooting Sports programs.  Learn about programs, opportunities, awards, guidelines and requirements for shooting sports participation by Scouting units.  This course will also introduce participants to BSA shooting sports resources.


CED 243 - offered Saturday Session 6
Shooting Sports in Baltimore Area Council  
This course will provide an introduction to the Council Shooting Sports Committee as well as specific opportunities and resources for units to participate in shooting sports in the BAC. Training opportunities, program opportunities and unit level shooting sports programs will be discussed.


CED 244 - offered Saturday Session 1 NOW offered Session 2
Trek Leader & Advanced Outdoor Leader Training 
Outdoor treks provide the excitement that many older Scouts and Venturers are looking for.  With this added excitement comes the responsibility to pay close attention to every detail.  Your planning must anticipate weather changes, the itinerary's difficulty, and crew dynamics.  Trek Leader Planning and Advanced Outdoor Skills is designed to help Scouting leaders prepare for a trek.  Participants will leave prepared to teach other Scouters the outdoor skills needed for extended-stay outdoor activities.
CED 246A - offered Saturday Session 7
Seton Scout Naturalist Program
New for 2022:   This course will highlight the innovative Seton Scout Naturalist Program that enables Scouts and Scouters to serve as naturalists for their unit.  Graduates are able to present hands-on nature-themed camping trips and day programs and will also be recruited to serve as nature interpreters at Broad Creek on weekends. The program is a great springboard for Scouts interested in working for the National Park Service!   A handout will be given and discussed focusing on ten practical hands-on tips for sharing nature on camping trips.
CED 262 - offered Saturday Session 1  NOW offered Session 7
Advanced Backcountry Leave No Trace Techniques
Do you know what a bear cannister is? Or a mound fire? Or a poop tube? You probably never had to use any of these camping at Broad Creek, but if you're going out into the wilderness, you'll want to be prepared. This session highlights a number of advanced techniques to minimize your impact when going on outings in the backcountry. 
VSP 313 / SBP 313 / CED 313 - offered Saturday Session 4
Presenting the Kodiak Challenge
New for 2022! This session focuses on organizing and presenting the Kodiak Challenge at the unit level.  The Kodiak Challenge is a unit run leadership class that follow ILSC/ILST.  Designed to improve unit’s leadership skills while on a dynamic, multiday week long adventure.  This course will provide valuable information to will enable Units (Crews, Troops, and Ships) to deliver this content to their youth will incorporate updates from ILSC that were released by National on Dec 3.




CED 271 - offered Saturday Session 1
Introduction to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Introduction to diversity, equity and nclusion and how it relates to the BSA programs. This course aims to give scouters a solid foundation in the basics of DEI including definitions, bias, and privilege. This course is valuable for all Scouters who wish to gain a solid foundation in DEI.  


CED 272 - offered Saturday Session 2
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Cub Scouts
Diversity can be found throughout the scouting program. This course provides a basic understanding of DEI as it relates to the characteristics of cub scout-age youth and their families.  Explains concepts like religion, race, ability, gender, and diverse families.


CED273 - offered Saturday Session 3
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Scouts
Diversity can be found throughout the scouting program. This course provides a basic understanding of DEI as it relates to the characteristics of scouts-age youth and their families.  Explains concepts like religion, race, ability, gender, sexual orientation and diverse families.


CED 274 - offered Saturday Session 4
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Senior Youth Programs
Diversity can be found throughout the scouting program. This course provides a basic understanding of DEI as it relates to the characteristics of older-aged youth and their families.  Explains concepts like religion, race, ability, gender, sexual orientation and diverse families.


CED 275 - offered Saturday Session 5
Multicultural Cooking in Scouting
We all have our go to recipes for scouting events and trips. But what is it like to incorporate diversity into cooking for religious and cultural differences? In this course we will explore how to plan, shop, and cook meals that help support and foster diversity in scouting.


CED 276 - offered Saturday Session 6
Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Panel
The intent of this forum is to allow those who have questions about BSA’s new Citizenship in Society Merit Badge to seek information about the merit badge.  A panel of Merit Badge Counselors and BAC Advancement Committee representatives will respond to questions you might have, and will also provide information from the soft launch. Any updates which have been issued since the initial launch of the merit badge will be covered.   





CED 256 - offered Saturday Session 2
Family Scouting & the Linked-Troop Concept 
This course has two purposes.  First, how to coordinate the new linked-Troop for girls with an existing Troop for boys.  Second, how to explain the Scouts BSA concept to both girls and their parents that have no Scouting experience.  
The course will provide a summary background in what we previously called "Boy Scouting," and necessary organization and details needed for interested girls and parents of what to expect in the program.  We will also review youth leadership differences with a new Troop and an existing Troop, and how to start up with no trained youth leaders.  Activity cost, camping trips, leadership, and youth training can be structured around your current Troop for success with both Troops.





CED 161 - offered Saturday Session 5
Faith Based Scouting
This course will introduce you to the various program within BSA and the religious communities that draw Scouts closer to God.  This course will share not only what programs exist, but how one goes about recruiting, networking, presenting, and perpetuating such programs within the Scout units and the religious community.  The Baltimore Area Council's new "God and World Emblem" will also be featured.


CED 209 - offered Saturday Session 6
Emphasizing Duty to God 
Scouting teaches youth to do their duty to God through program delivery, special observances, and partnerships with various faith-based organizations, because the Boy Scouts of America believes in an obligation to God, and Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, believed that religion is a key component of the movement. The purpose of this course is to explain how and why Scouting encourages youth to be reverent - and how leaders and Commissioners can help units enhance the Reverent aspects of their programs. 


CED 235A - offered Saturday Session 7
Religious, Fraternal and Civic Organizations and Scouting:  The Benefits of working together! 


CED 247 - offered Saturday Session 6
Religious Emblem Coordinator Training
The Religious Emblem Program in Scouting can have a significant influence in developing spirituality, citizenship, and character of scouts-- of all ages--and can assist Scouts in keeping the twelfth point of the Scout Law "A Scout is Reverent." Learn the role of a unit Religious Emblem Coordinator, what emblems are available to Scouts, and the requirements for Scouts seeking to earn religious emblems. Gain an understanding of the resources that are available and points of contact for numerous faith traditions.




CED 125 - offered Saturday Session 1-2
Basic Knots  (2 sessions long)
Learn how to tie and how to teach your Scouts to tie the knots they need for advancement.  Learn the difference between an underhand loop and an overhand loop and why it makes a difference.


CED 145 - offered Saturday Session 3-4
FUN! Knots (2 sessions long)
Learn the Friendship Knot, the Chinese Lanyard Knot and the Monkey's Fist at a minimum.  Knots are Not a Problem, they are FUN!





CED 241 - offered Saturday Session 3 and Session 4
Dealing with Youth in Crisis  
This class will provide valuable tips that will help adult leaders in all program areas deal with suicide awareness. Be prepared to learn who to do or not to do; where to go for help; and your role in this situation.  This course is especially valuable for Advisors and Scoutmasters.
CED 299 - offered Saturday Session 6
The Council Key 3: Q&A and Updates
New for 2022:  The Key 3 of the Baltimore Area Council Join the Baltimore Area Council’s Key 3 (the Council President, Council Commissioner, and Scout Executive) for a session where you can ask what you really want to know about any Scouting topic!  The discussions can include BSA’s reorganization, improvements to Broad Creek, information on the work of the council’s standing committees, implementation of the strategic plan, and more.  Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain the latest news on those items that aren’t yet news.
CED 317 - offered Saturday Session 1-2
Interacting with People can be Difficult!? (2 Sessions long)
New for 2022:  Scouting presents opportunities for challenge and growth, as well as occasions where stress and conflict can injure and disrupt relationships.  In this offering, we will first consider sources of stress that affect Scouters today and how to repair relationships that have become damaged by conflict and stress.  Then we will turn to discuss “difficult” people – persons whose personality traits and emotional characteristics make them challenging to interact with and be around.  You will learn how to identify difficult people, what drives them, and how best to deal with their behaviors in the Scouting context.  This offering will include discussion, examples, and role-plays. 




CED 144 - offered Saturday Session 1
Introduction to the Principles of LNT
A detailed introduction to the seven principles of Leave No Trace.  The principles are the same no matter where we go or what we do in the outdoors, but we interpret them differently when we're in an established campground (front country) versus when we're in the backcountry, such as a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail or at Philmont.  Application of the principles in both contexts will be discussed.  This course is a must for leaders new to the BSA program and a good refresher for experienced leaders as well.


CED 174 - offered Saturday Session 7
Tread Lightly! Workshop
The course introduces the Five Tread Principles of Tread Lightly!, skills and ethics for minimizing the impacts of mechanized outdoor recreation. BSA has partnered with the Tread Lightly! organization to provide outdoor ethics guidance for use in motorized activities and shooting sports.  If you're already a pro at the seven principles of Leave No Trace, this is the perfect session to expand and deepen your Outdoor Ethics knowledge.


CED 175A / SBF 175A - offered Saturday Session 4
Earning Outdoor Ethics Awards
Youth and adults in the Scouts BSA and Venturing programs can earn two levels of Outdoor Ethics awards: the Awareness award (a patch) and the Action award (a nameplate).  This session reviews the requirements for each award in details, along with tips on how to integrate the requirements into the unit's regular program.


CED 227 - offered Saturday Session 6-7
Outdoor Ethics Orientation (2 Sessions long)
A comprehensive overview of Outdoor Ethics programs in Scouting, including Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly!, the Outdoor Code, the Land Ethic, and Outdoor Ethics awards.  Completion of this session, CED 227: Outdoor Ethics Orientation, along with CED 144: Introduction to the Principles of Leave No Trace and CED 174: Tread Lightly! Workshop, will qualify the participant to lead activities that count for the Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards.
CSP 120 / CED 228 - offered Saturday Session 6
Outdoor Ethics for Cub Scouts and First Year Scouts BSA
BSA Outdoor Ethics is integral to Scouting.   Learn how the Leave No Trace Bigfoot’s Playbook can be used with your outdoor program and advancement requirements for Scouts 6 to 13 years old.   Found out how the 38 activities in this guide can help you to develop and incorporate Outdoor Ethics activities into your Pack and Troop outings.


CED 237 / SBP 237 - offered Saturday Session 6
The Role of the Outdoor Ethics Guide in the Troop  
The Outdoor Ethics Guide position counts as a position of responsibility for Star, Life, and Eagle Scout rank requirements.  Although the position can be held by any Scout, those who have more experience with Outdoor Ethics will be the most successful. This session will provide information to help Scouts and their adult leaders understand how to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Troop Outdoor Ethics Guide and be able to serve as a member of the Patrol Leaders' Council representing outdoor ethics.  Both youth and adults are encouraged to attend.
CED 238 - offered Saturday Session 3
Authority of the Resource Technique
New for 2022! Have you ever been hiking an seen a dog running up the trail with no owner in sight? Or arrived at a campsite only to find someone drove their car into the middle of the site just to make it easier to unpack? The Authority of the Resource Technique gives you a toolkit to address Outdoor Ethics challenges like these with others that you encounter in the outdoors.


CED 261 - offered Saturday Session 5
Leading a Conservation Project 
Three hours of conservation-related service are required for the Life rank. A good conservation project has a lasting impact on the environment, and it is important that Scouts understand what that impact is. This session will teach how to conduct a conservation project, including project selection and significance, tool use, and safety.




CED 154 - offered Saturday Session 2
Heritage & Symbology of  Scouting
Scouting is rich in tradition and history.   This class will shed light on how the implementation of today's Scouting program was built on the foundations laid by Lord Baden Powell over 100 years ago and implemented in America by James West in the early 20th century.  We will explore how the methods of today's Scouting program seek to achieve the aims of Scouting, which were built on these traditions and history.   A deeper understanding of Scouting traditions and history will help you in your own understanding of the Scouting program, and improve your ability to explain the Scouting program to others.





VSP 101A / CED 220 - offered Saturday Session 1
Here’s Venturing
Introduction to the mission of Venturing, its aims & methods, and unique place in the Boy Scouts of America.  Youth-led aspects of the program are emphasized, including District and Council Venturing Officers’ Associations.  This course is valuable for all Scouters who wish to learn more about the Venturing program.
VSP 313 / SBP 313 / CED 313 - offered Saturday Session 4
Presenting the Kodiak Challenge 
This session focuses on organizing and presenting the Kodiak Challenge at the unit level. The
Kodiak Challenge is a unit run leadership class that follow ILSC/ILST. Designed to improve
unit’s leadership skills while on a dynamic, multiday week long adventure. This course will
provide valuable information to will enable Units (Crews, Troops, and Ships) to deliver this
content to their youth



SND 140 - offered Saturday Session 6
New for 2022:  This presentation provides leaders and parents with the basic knowledge and skills needed to work with youth who have  different allergies. It will also approach allergens and how to deal with them. It briefly touches on emergency situations and who may have what responsibilities.
SND 200 / CED 713 - offered Saturday Session 7
Advancement for Scouts with Disabilities
New for 2022!  This course will go over how to get a Scout with Specials Needs to advancement properly.  It will highlight what should be done with a scout and his advancements.   In the National Commissioner Science Continuing Education Curriculum, this course is designated CED 713. 
SND 210 - offered Saturday Session 5
Program & Planning Strategies for Units with Scouts with Special Needs
New for 2022!  This course will show you tools and resources should be used in planning Scout meetings, preparing for attendance to large Scout events and how to provide access to programs and events for each individual Scout.
SND 220 - offered Saturday Session 1
Camping Considerations for Scouts with Disabilities
New for 2022: This presentation provides leaders, parents, and Scouts with key planning and logistical considerations prior to and during camping trips in order to create a positive outdoor adventure for all Scouts, including those with different abilities. 


SND 230 / MCS 322 - offered Saturday Session 3

Advanced Special Needs Scouting
New for 2022!  Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (disAbilities). This course will provide Leaders and Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed. This course is more of a Disability Awareness for Scouters and what to look for when a Scout with Special Needs may look into your unit.  This course is for all Scouters not just Commissioners.  This course is designated as MCS 322 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Masters courses. 
CSP 307/CED 225 - offered Saturday Session 6
Cubs with Special Needs
This course will describe some of the things you can do to help Cubs of all abilities to Do THEIR Best to have fun, learn new skills, and help the pack go in your Cub Scout Program. Learn how to work with parents to better understand the strengths of their Cub and to adapt Cub Scout adventures to the special abilities of their scout.  Learn how Cubs with different ABILITIES enhance the experience of the whole pack and can even teach the most seasoned leader a thing or two.
CED 714 - offered Saturday Session 2
Special Needs Scouting: ADHD
This course will identify the characteristics of ADHD and a number of useful tips that leaders can apply.  It is important for leaders to be aware of this incidence and strategies they can use that will help facilitate a successful Scouting experience for these youth (not to mention their contemporaries and the adult leadership!).  


CED 715 - offered Saturday Session 4
Autism: Does This Scout Fit Our Unit?  Do We Fit This Scout?
How to do a proper intake on a person with Autism to ensure success! We will review some of the behaviors, triggers and repairs to be considered when bringing in a new scout into your unit. You will get helpful hints as well as a sample intake form to use while interviewing a scouting candidate as well as to train all your leaders to be able to work successfully with these young people!  


CED 719 - offered Saturday Session 6
Girls have Special Needs Scouting Too!
This is a quick basic course on how to recognize, work with and appropriately register your female scouts with special needs! In this class you will learn why it is more difficult to recognize these scouts early on in development, why they are often missed and when you do recognize them, how to work more effectively and have the greatest of fun with them! These scouts will simply amaze you!  





CED 137 - offered Saturday Session 3  NOW offered Session 5
International Scouting 
This course provides an overview of International Scouting opportunities available to scouts (Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturers) and scout leaders.  Participants will learn about: Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet events (which connect scouts around the world via ham radio and the Internet every October), Jamboree-on-the-Trail, the World Jamboree, attending summer camp at a Scouts Canada camp (e.g., Haliburton Scout Reserve near Toronto), participating in a Council or National sponsored scouting exchange program, supporting Scouting in developing countries through the BSA World Friendship Fund, and qualifying for the new International Spirit Award (for youth and adults) and the International Scouter's Award square knot (adults only).


CED 169 - offered Saturday Session 5
STEM-tastic Scouting – Inspiration, Imagination and Innovation
This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) session is designed to help you, your unit, district of council integrate STEM programs and activities into your current programming.  Whether your involved in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting or Venturing, this course takes a fresh approach to open the STEM program to all Scouting youth.   Discussions on how to implement, modify, and incorporated STEM programs through organized activities is the focus. Excitement, roadblocks, funding, recruitment, training, resources, and tracking are covered. 
CED 186A - offered Saturday Session 4  NOW offered Session 6
How to plan an International Scout Trip
New for 2022: Learn  how easy it is to plan a successful and fun an international scout trip.  We’ll cover how to pick a travel location and important consideration for the trip, review of time line for planning and recruiting scouts and leaders, review of places to stay, how much money, buying airfare, itinerary for the trip. Tips on getting home safely.  If you are  interested an leading an overseas scout adventure trip make plans to attend this class. 


CED 211 - offered Saturday Session 5
Scoutbook 101 Cub Scout Pack Edition
In early 2015 the Boy Scouts of America announced the acquisition of (aka Scoutbook). Scoutbook is a web-based unit management, communication and advancement tracking tool. In this class we will explore the tool and show you how to use Scoutbook to manage your Pack. We will review how to manually enter new scouts, how to link to Scoutnet to import your charter information, how to track leader training, how to track Cub Scout advancements and upload those advancements to Scoutnet. We will show how to use Scoutbook to send email to unit members and how to use the built-in calendar. Scoutbook makes managing your Pack much easier - come learn how!


CED 212 - offered Saturday Session 6
Scoutbook 101 Scouts BSA Troop Edition
In early 2015 the Boy Scouts of America announced the acquisition of (aka Scoutbook). Scoutbook is a web-based unit management, communication and advancement tracking tool. In this class we will explore the tool and show you how to use Scoutbook to manage your Troop. We will review how to manually enter new scouts, how to link to Scoutnet to import your charter information and how to track leader training.  We'll explore how you AND your Scouts can track their Rank Advancement, sign up for and track Merit Badge work (and show you how to assign Merit Badge Counselors within the tool) and how to upload all advancement information to Scoutnet. We will show how to use Scoutbook to send email to unit members and how to use the built-in calendar. Scoutbook makes managing your Troop much easier - come learn how 


CED 213 - offered Saturday Session 1
BSA CyberChip
A new facet to the protection of our youth, BSA has established the “CyberChip” an annual electronic media certification for safe use of all social media by Scouts. This session will enable adults to teach the CyberChip certification to Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts.  CyberChip includes all social media (Internet, cell phones, gaming devices, etc.).  CyberChip is required for several new Merit Badges, and starting January 1, 2016, required for the Star rank.  While completing the CyberChip, Scouts will learn benefits & dangers of social media, develop standards with their parents, Scout Leaders and/or Crew Advisors.  


CED 214 - offered Saturday Session 5
NYLT - What the course must BE and what leaders need to KNOW for their youth to DO Leadership Skills Training 
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) has been described as giving a life-long advantage to the Scouts who complete the course.  This course—intended for adult leaders and parents of prospective course participants—is youth-led and explains the basics of - What is NYLT? as well as - What is its purpose?  It covers how to determine if youth at this point in their Scouting careers are ready to attend, and provides some information on synergy between adult leaders attending The Course for the Wood Badge while their youth leaders attend NYLT.  It also provides information that parents will want to know to help them support their youth.  Topics of how the benefits participants receive from the skills gained from taking the course and how that can affect their lives outside of Scouting are also discussed.


MCS 280 / CED 280 - offered Saturday Session 2  NOW offered Session 3
Succession Planning in Scouting
The key to long term volunteer success at the Unit, District, and Council levels is having a continuous and seamless succession of qualified and trained volunteers, especially in Key-3 positions.  Planning for the inevitable change in volunteers takes continuous effort and attention. 


This Page Updated 04/28/2022
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