Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

 This hands-on program gives adult Boy Scout leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors.

Imagine having hands-on knowledge setting up a campsite, pitching a tent, hiking, outdoor cooking - all the skill necessary to see the outdoor program of the Boy Scouts of America come to life. Participants leave the training experience knowing they can show their Scouts how to accomplish outdoor skills while fulfilling rank requirements through First Class.

This training may be offered as a 3 day weekend beginning Friday Evening, all day Saturday and Sunday until 2:30 p.m. or it may be offered as 2 full day sessions, usually on Saturdays.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in learning how to set up camp, cook, work with woods tools and ropes, as well as first aid. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will focus on these basic Scoutcraft Skills. You will also learn information on: Planning campfire programs, Map reading & Compass skills, Hiking & Packing techniques, Nature identification, and Leave No Trace Principles.

IOLS is the Outdoor requirement of the Position Specific training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmaster. To be considered a Trained Leader, this course is required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters who have not previously attended the Scout Leader Basic course. The course is also a prerequisite for attending Wood Badge for these positions.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is also a great training opportunity for Venturing Advisors, 2nd Year Webelos Leaders, Troop Committee members and others who desire to improve their ability to know and help teach basic outdoor skills.

IOLS is conducted at Camp Perkins. Friday evening 6 PM until Sunday afternoon 3 PM. The fee will be $25 per participant and will include food.  Please bring your personal camping gear and cooking equipment. There will be no open fires, including charcoal.  

See the calendar for session dates.

What should you bring?

Reference: Boy Scout Handbook, chapter 9, “Camping”

Overnight gear, outdoor essentials, and appropriate clothing are the heart of camping equipment. Carry a light load of only what you need to keep yourself safe and make a good camp; leave all unnecessary items at home. Use lightweight backpacking tents for two only—no wall or large recreation types.

Personal Overnight Camping Gear: Boy Scout Handbook

Outdoor Essentials

■ Pocketknife

First-aid kit

■ Extra clothing

■ Rain gear

■ Water bottle filled with potable water

Flashlight

Matches and fire starters

■ Sun protection

Map and compass

■ Clothing for the season (warm-weather or cold-weather)

Backpack

Rain cover for backpack

Sleeping bag, or two or three blankets

Sleeping pad

Ground cloth

Eating kit

Spoon

Plate

Bowl

Cup

Cleanup kit

Soap

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Dental floss

Comb

Washcloth

Towel

Personal extras (optional)

Watch

Camera and film

Notebook or paper

Pencil or pen

Sunglasses

Small musical instrument

Swimsuit

Gloves