TFC: BALOO & Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training - Choose from 1 of 4 opportunities

April 21st-22nd
June 9th-10th
August 11th-12th
October 6th-7th


New Combined Course

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Complete two trainings in one class

 BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation 

Required training for: Cub Scout leaders to take the Pack or Webelos Dens camping

Recommended for all Cub Scout leaders and for those wishing to take Wood Badge training.

 Outdoor Leader Skills for the Boy Scout Outdoor Program 

Required training for: Scoutmasters/Ass’t.Scoutmasters and Crew Advisers

Recommended for all Boy Scout leaders and for those wishing to take Wood Badge training.

This combined course is designed as an introductory class and satisfy the requirements needed to take packs or Webelos dens camping, and required training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.  The benefit to Cub Scout leaders is that after taking this one training they will be prepared for Boy Scouts.  Leaders will not be required to retake an outdoor leader skills class for Boy Scouts.

​Participants are required to stay overnight as a part of this course.

IOLS Course Description:

  • Campsite Selection:Basics; Tent and Bag Specications
  • Cooking and Sanitation:Prep; Storage; Meal Planning
  • Fires, Stoves, Campfires:Equipment; Safety; Campfire Planning
  • Interfaith Services:Inclusion; Incorporation at Camp-outs
  • Outdoor Ethics: Leave No Trace; Tread Lightly!; Outdoor Code
  • Packing and Hiking:Proper Gear; Packing Techniques
  • Plant and Animal ID:Native and Invasive Species; Tracking
  • Map and Compass:Basics; GPS; Geo cache
  • Ropes and Knots:Whipping; Tying; Lashing
  • Woods Tools:Pocketknife; Camp Saw; Ax; Proper Care and Use; Whittling Chip

BALOO Course Description:
In addition to the above topics the following will also be covered:

  • Adventure Loops:Tips and Tricks for incorporation
  • Health and Safety: Unique Situations; Risk Reduction
  • Large Group Games:Tips and Tricks; Ideas
  • Outdoor Ceremonies:Recognition; Planning
  • Program Planning:Age Appropriateness; Recognitions