Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

In December 2014 the Boy Scouts of America released a new version of one it’s main training courses for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. The name of the course was changed from Scoutmaster & Assistant Specific Training to Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, although the course number remains the same: S24.

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for their positions.

My wife and I ran the new course for the first time in our council this weekend at our Merit Badge University event. Overall, I think the course is a great improvement over the previous one. It’s more interactive and discussion based, which beats the old course’s format of sitting through hours of lecture.

The only drawback on this course was the fact that the syllabus constantly references using the new Troop Leader Guidebooks, a two volume set that replaces the old Scoutmaster Handbook – which as of this post, is still not available – neither as a PDF download or for purchase.

This blog post on Scouting magazine’s blog about the Troop Leader Guidebooks from August 2013 shows an update from June 2014 that the books have been postponed until December 2014.scouting-blog-august-2013 Well, the syllabus for the Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training came out n December 2014, but we’re still waiting on the new guidebooks.

The absence of the new guidebooks made putting the course together a little tricky but using already available materials and a packet of handouts, we were able to run the new course successfully.

If you’re a BSA Scouter looking for materials to run the new Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training course, you can download the handouts we used here:  Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (532 downloads)  And you can get to the PowerPoint presentation we created here on SlideShare.


  1. Thank you for posting: We are presenting SM training this weekend and have been mulling over the fact that the Troop Leader Guidebooks will not be available until the end of the year. Makes connecting the dots difficult but not impossible.
    As I have been working on a powerpoint for this I may just use yours since it has the same background I was using and is nearly identical (except yours is better) except for graphics and objects.
    Thanks again.
    Rick Saunders

  2. Peter Paras says:


    I am unable to download the new sm specifc training from slide share. Is it possible you could email it to me?

    thank you
    Pete Paras
    SM Troop 41


  3. John Cass says:

    John, great slides and presentation. Would you mind sending them to my email address. Very much appreciated.

  4. Robin McAlister says:


    I like your presentation, could you email it to me?


    Robin McAlister
    SM T427

  5. Walt Windisch says:

    John, I would like a PowerPoint copy of your Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training. I will be presenting this material at the Baltimore Area Council and would like to draw on it.

    If you are able, please send it to me at


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