Outdoor Leader Training

Youth Protection Training (2 hours)

The BSA places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. All Cub Scout and Boy Scout adult volunteers should take this course. It covers the BSA's Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures. It does so by taking you through situations that require choices and produce consequences.  Online Training

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills  (ITOLS) (1 1/2 days with overnight)

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting Program. The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start the program right. Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is a day and half long, but a leaders can move at an accelerated pace by demonstrating mastery of a specific skill. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than attendance at the course.

BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation  (1 day)

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is a one-day training event that introduces leaders and parents to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.  This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout.  Participants who complete this training course will

  • Understand the focus of the Cub Scout level of the BSA outdoor program.
  • Gain the skills needed to plan and carry out a successful Cub Scout-level overnight activity.
  • Learn more about the resources available from the BSA for carrying out this activity.

OWL (or WLOT)- Outdoor Webelos Leader training (Or Webelos Leader Outdoor Training)   (1 1/2 days with overnight)

OWL/WLOT is a specialized course designed to give both new and experienced leaders a better understanding of the Webelos program and especially the outdoors program in preparation for the transition to Boy Scouting.

Safe SwimSafe Swim Defense (1 hour)

Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card (No. 34243) with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan. Online Training.

Safety Afloat (1 hour)

Safety Afloat

Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, floating in an inner tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat Training, No. 34159, have a commitment card, No. 34242, with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all ninepoints of Safety Afloat.  Online Training.

Climb On Safely (1 hour – training card only from formal class)

Boy Scouts of America's recommended procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower. Read the Overview or the Training Outline.

Trek Safely (1 hour – training card only from formal class)

Trek Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s recommended procedure for organizing and carrying out outdoor treks that involve Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers. Trek Safely applies to all types of outdoor experiences that involve trekking, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, horseback riding, caving, rafting, kayaking, sailing, ski touring, mountain climbing, and mountain biking. Read the Overview or the Training Outline

Wilderness First Aid (16 hour training)  BSA High Adventure Bases now require at least one crew member to be certified in WFA and CPR.   Here are the specifics on First Aid requirements from Philmont.

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