IOLS / Baloo
Please arrive to course in your Field Uniform. Field Uniforms will be worn during check-in, dinner, campfire, and closing ceremony. Activity Uniforms will be worn during the day on Saturday.
8:00 am – 8:45 am Saturday. Please eat breakfast before you arrive.
Saturday Lunch and Dinner, Breakfast Sunday
It is highly suggested that you complete Hazardous Weather Training before the course. You can find this training at my.scouting.org. It is required to be fully trained.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) S11
This is a hands-on skills training in the outdoors, designed to help you master basic camp skills required for Tenderfoot to First Class. It is required for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
You will learn how to set up camp, cook, work with wood tools, knots, first aid, plan campfire programs, map and compass skills, hiking and backpacking techniques, nature identification and Leave No Trace.
Each instructional session is designed to help build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences. Designed for fun, as well as learning, course participants will be divided into patrols, where they will gain firsthand experience in this traditional Boy Scout technique for teaching teamwork and leadership. Patrols will camp and
prepare meals together, as well as attend training sessions together.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation C32
Who should take BALOO?
The BSA requires that you have at least one BALOO-trained adult on every Cub Scout den or pack overnight outdoor event. That includes pack camping and Webelos den overnighters.
A BALOO-trained leader should be at any overnighter regardless of whether it is a pack, district or council event.
Having at least one BALOO-trained adult will make your Cub Scouts' camping experience as awesome as it can be.
Why should I take BALOO?
Leaders who complete BALOO training are better prepared to plan pack den or pack overnight events.
You'll learn how to make camping activities and outings fun. You'll discover how to keep your Cub Scouts safe and
entertained. And you'll learn how to plan an event that's rooted firmly in Cub Scouting's principles.
Successful experiences in the outdoors make Cub Scouts - and their parents - more likely to keep coming back.
How do I take BALOO?
BALOO consists of two components: online and hands-on. You'll need to complete both - in order - to qualify as a
"Trained" Cub Scout outdoor leader and receive the BALOO recognition patch.
1. Online component:
The online portion of BALOO is available 24/7 on the BSA Learn Center. Just log into My.Scouting.org. select BSA Learn Center and search for BALOO in the catalog. The goal of the online portion is to make the best use of time to allow leaders to experience as much as possible during the practical hands-on training.
2. Practical, hands-on component:
This 1.5-day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. Check with your district or council to see if they're offering a BALOO training soon
Making the Most of BALOO
Here are some tips for making the most of your BALOO experience:
1. Take your time with the online modules. While you could zip through all the modules in 35 minutes, try to go at a slower pace. Step away from the computer between modules, and take time to explore some of the online resources provided. Also, review any sections you find confusing. Each module includes a table of contents that allows you to repeat previous sections. Just click the TOC button at the bottom of the window.
2. Bring your questions - and your skits. Several of the online modules preview weekend content and will probably prompt questions you'll want to ask. Bring those questions to the weekend, as well as skits or songs to share during the campfire program your class will plan.
3. Arrive with an open mind. If your idea of roughing it is a motel without high-speed internet, try to view the content through the eyes of your Cub Scouts. They're thirsting for adventure. On the other hand, if you're an expert camper, remember the purpose of the course is to prepare you to lead den and pack overnighters -not rugged backcountry excursions.