Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

A Chief Black Dog/Southern Skies Joint Event

The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training, and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors.


Specifically, this hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a boy-led troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. In addition, the teaching methods, activities, and games model the variety of teaching used in effective and engaging Scouting programs.


The skills sessions presented in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills closely follow the Boy Scout Handbook and are meant to serve as an adult training outline. By using these skills sessions in conjunction with the Boy Scout Handbook, trainers can be sure new leaders are proficient in many of the basic outdoor  skills through First Class rank, and gain exposure to the patrol method and numerous teaching methods  and learning games. Each skills session references specific chapters in the handbook and highlights the  2016 advancement requirements.



Where: Phillippo Scout Reservation, Cannon Falls, MN

Date: October 14, 2017

Time: Registration 7:30 am - Class Start 8:00 am

Participants should bring a notebook, beverage, bag lunch, and camp chair.  


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