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IOLS, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

IOLS, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Registration Begins
9/28/2021 1:00 PM
Last Day To Register
10/8/2021 5:00 PM
South Valley
Albuquerque, NM, US
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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS):

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. Instructors will help you learn

Outdoor Ethics

Fire Site Preparation

Campsite Selection and Setup

Wood Tools

Hiking and Packing Techniques

Cooking and Meal Planning

Map and Compass Skills

Campfire Program Planning

Plant and Animal Identification

Conducting Interfaith Worship

Ropes and Knots

Flag Etiquette


Each outdoor session will bring to life the pages of the Boy Scout Handbook to help you deliver the promise of Scouting to yourself and the youth you serve. It will increase your comfort level and give you confidence as a trained, skilled leader. The program will also give you the opportunity to work with other Scout leaders from your area, meet new friends, and reinforce skill techniques with fellow unit leaders.

IOLS is an introductory course and does not teach survival skills. It is designed for Leaders to take Troops on basic camping trips. High Adventure and Back Country trips generally require additional training.

Who is Eligible to Attend? This course is required training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters in order to earn the "Trained" patch. It is also recommended for troop, pack and crew leaders who are looking to learn new skills, reinforce old ones, and build confidence to teach these skills to Scouts. The overnight campout is mandatory for course credit.

When? 8am Saturday, October 16, through 12:30pm(?) Sunday, October 17. Register Online using the link to the left or at the Council office.


Note: Registration will close on Friday, October 8, so that patrol assignments can be made, and both staff and patrols can conduct campout planning!


Where? to be announced


Cost? $25 per Adult Leader


What’s Included?

·Training Handouts

·Training Certificate

·Dinner on 10/16 (Participants’ patrols must provide all other meals)

·Evening Cracker Barrel 10/16


·Experience on how to become a better Scout Leader


How should you prepare? If you have not already completed Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster position-specific classroom or online training, go to, create a Training Account Profile, and complete the online training, including especially the Hazardous Weather Training, module “SCO_800”. If you are position-trained for some other scouting role, please complete the Hazardous Weather Training and the following online modules:

· “Outdoor Programs for Scouts BSA”

· “Outdoor Ethics”




What do you need to bring?

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.


Boy Scout Handbook Food (for Saturday breakfast and lunch,

Uniform (preferred, but not required) Sunday breakfast)

Extra clothing appropriate for the season Cooking gear as required by patrol menu,

(warm-weather or cold-weather, at 7,200 feet elevation) including camp stove and fuel

Sturdy walking boots/shoes Dining fly or tarp w/poles and stakes

Rain gear Extra nylon/polyester cord (50’ should do)

Tent and ground cloth Repair kit (heavy needle/thread, duct tape)

Sleeping bag or adequate bedroll Camp lantern

Sleeping pad (pillow optional) Cleanup items (dish soap – biodegradable

Toiletries kit (toothbrush/toothpaste/floss, preferred, sanitizing tablets, scouring pads,

washcloth/towel, comb/brush, soap, tissues) sponge/dishcloth, wash basin, plastic trash

Mess kit (cup, spoon, bowl, plate) bags, paper towels, toilet paper)

Camp chair

Backpack with rain cover Group extras:

Canteen/Water bottle filled with potable water Hot pot lifters, potholders, tongs

Sun protection, including hat Grill, camp shovel

Personal First-aid kit Extra spices

Flashlight Small U.S. flag


Matches and fire-starters (no lighter fluid)


Personal extras:



Notebook or paper

Pencil or pen


Small musical instrument

Contact E-mail
$25.00 per Participant