Baloo and IOLS Training 2020

Baloo and IOLS Training 2020
Registration Begins
10/16/2020 1:00 PM
Last Day To Register
11/3/2020 8:30 PM
Camp winding trails
Mt. Airy, MD, US
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THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO Carroll and Arrowhead DISTRICT Scouters


Carroll and Arrowhead Districts is pleased to announce a hybrid VIRTUAL and in person edition of the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills - IOLS (S11) and BALOO courses in Mount Airy, Maryland.  While some elements will be taught at the same time, other elements will be specific to BALOO and IOLS and thus, only a single Training will be awarded upon completion.  An orientation and preliminary course work will be held on Wednesday Evening November 4th, via Zoom.  On Friday November 6th at 7:00PM the courses will continue at Winding Trails Camp in Mt. Airy, MD (  The camp will end with presentations of certificates before 8:00 PM on Saturday November 7th, 2020.  The cost will be $20.00 for all participants.  Enrollment will be capped at 30 to adhere to Covid-19 Mitigation Plan.

Who should attend BALOO? This one-and-a-half 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. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course by a MINIMUM OF ONE adult is required for a Pack overnighter. 


How is BALOO taught?

The on-line training modules contain introductory and basic information that will be built upon during the practical training that is completed during an in-person, council instructed course. The on-line component must be completed prior to the practical component and the course facilitator should check this before allowing enrollment into this part of the course. The in-person syllabus is facilitated by the council training committee and the syllabus must be followed to include the overnight portion of the training. Otherwise the training code will not be awarded.  Prerequisite is online training at select Training and search the catalog for “BALOO Prerequisite Training v2” (~35 minutes.)


Who should attend IOLS? 

This course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to wear the Trained patch.  It is also required for Venturing Adult Leaders if their Crew has an outdoor activity focus.


What is IOLS?

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: All participants must complete the following online training modules BEFORE the course begins:

  1. My.Scouting Learning Plan Modules ( - My Training - Training Center (not required if the participant has already taken these modules as part of the current Scoutmaster Specific training or the S24 Classroom training courses)::
  • Scouts BSA: Scoutmaster - First 30 Days section - "Patrol Method for Scouts BSA" (9 min)
  • Scouts BSA: Scoutmaster - First 30 Days section - "Outdoor Programs for Scouts BSA" (9 min)
  • Scouts BSA: Scoutmaster - Position Trained section - "Outdoor Ethics for Scouts BSA" (8 min)
  • Expanded Learning: Program Safety section - "Hazardous Weather Training" (31 min)
  1. Troop Program Resources - Campcraft Skills Videos


COST:  $20.00 - Prepaid online registration is required by November 4th, 2020 and is non-refundable.  This covers meals and program elements.

CLASS SIZE: Maximum of 30 total participants, first come-first served. Registration will close early if maximum capacity is reached.

REQUIRED UNIFORM: A Leader Field Uniform is required for all virtual classroom sessions and during the outdoor component.


REQUIRED CAMPING EQUIPMENT: Full camping gear for an overnight stay (tent, ground cloth, lantern/flashlight, sleeping bag and pad, sturdy shoes, change of clothes, rain gear, coat/jacket/hat, water bottle, and camp chair) and two approximately 30-inch-long pieces of rope. 

SUGGESTED PREVIOUS CAMPING EXPERIENCE: Participants will ideally have at least three prior overnight camping experiences; more is preferable. Participants will also benefit by having learned tenting, outdoor cooking and sanitation, and basic campership skills equivalent to a First Class Scout (see Scouts BSA Handbook).

REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY: PC or MAC and a high-speed internet connection with sufficient memory and processor to handle video streaming. ZOOM client or web browser edition is required with both audio and video capability (both mic and camera must be operational and active throughout the course). 

MEALS: will be provided and will include a cracker barrel on Friday night, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will also be provided on Saturday.  Please indicate to Course Directors Randy Baldwin and Wendy Isett if there are ANY food limitations that need to be considered.

Click here to read COVID Procedures  These rules and conditions will be in place for this event.

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