trainers-edgeTrainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.  Trainer's EDGE brings to life the EDGE model taught in Troop Leadership Training, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training, National Youth Leadership Training, and Wood Badge.

Do you train Leaders? Parents? Scouts? Are you someone who has thought about training but you don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you have years of experience in training but want to add some pizzazz to it? The Trainer’s EDGE is for anyone interested in different training methods. It will equip you with ideas, techniques, and materials for improving presentations by enabling you to select approaches that will communicate your messages most successfully, and with PIZZAZZ!!

The Trainer’s EDGE emphasizes the importance of “experiential learning,” or learning by doing, as well as numerous other contemporary training strategies. These strategies can then be applied to a wide range of training programs. Trainer’s EDGE is the second part of the three-part train-the trainer continuum (T3) in Scouting.

Upcoming Courses

What to Bring

  • Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events) 
  • Lunch, if not purchased during registration
  • 10-12 minutes Scouting presentation with any equipment or props.

Participants must prepare a presentation (about 10-12 minutes duration) before the course and bring the material, equipment, and/or props they need to deliver the presentation.  Participants will be given an opportunity to practice this presentation in a small group setting and receive feedback.  The topic of the presentation is at the discretion of the presenter, Scouting topics/skills are always good. Additionally, participants will prepare a second presentation during the course, practice it with their small group and receive feedback.

What does EDGE mean?

Explain how it is done – Tell them
Demonstrate the steps – Show them
Guide learners as they practice – Watch them do it
Enable them to succeed on their own – Use memory aids, practice it, they teach it 

The course is designed for individuals who will be delivering training to adults and youth leaders in all parts of the Scouting program:

  • District and council trainers
  • Merit badge counselors
  • Summer and winter camp staff
  • Roundtable staff members
  • Pack trainers
  • Commissioner trainers
  • NYLT and Wood Badge staff
  • Troop guides or instructors
  • Unit leaders


Tess Wall
Trainer's EDGE Coordinator

Brendan Cronin
Program Director and Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308