Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
There is also a Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) for Cub Scout Den Leaders and Webelos Den Leaders.

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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders because it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

A new Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster is considered trained upon completion of Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training and the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. Troop committee members and Webelos Den Leaders who plan to move into a leadership position in a troop are encouraged to complete this training as well.

This hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a boy-led troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. In addition, the teaching methods, activities, and games model the variety of teaching used in effective and engaging Scouting programs. Participants should leave the training experience with a full understanding of how the patrol method operates, a feeling of comfort in working with and instructing their Scouts, and an increased level of confidence taking Scouts outdoors safely.

The local council and/or district usually offer Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills several times each year. Check with your troop, unit commissioner, district training chair, or local council service center for dates and locations.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, No. 33640 (April 2016), is required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to earn their Scouter's Training Award.

Contents

Skills Sessions

The skills sessions presented in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills closely follow The Boy Scout Handbook and are meant to serve as an adult training outline. By using these skills sessions in conjunction with The Boy Scout Handbook, new leaders can become proficient in many of the basic outdoor skills through First Class rank, and gain exposure to the patrol method and numerous teaching methods and learning games. Each skills session references specific chapters in the handbook and highlights the 2016 advancement requirements.

  • Campsite Selection
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Fire Site Preparation and Building
  • Cooking
  • Ropes—Whipping, Tying, and Lashing
  • Woods tools—Knife, Camp Saw, and Axe
  • Plant Identification
  • Animal Identification
  • Finding Your Way—Map and Compass
  • Packing and Hiking Techniques

See also

Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every year at my.scouting.org, where they can also complete the following courses:

  • Before the First Meeting
  • First 30 Days
  • Position Trained

Outdoor Leader Training

In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.

Other outdoor-related links

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