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IOLS, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

IOLS, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
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4/7/2021 7:10 PM
Last Day To Register
5/14/2021 5:00 PM
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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 how to set up camp, cook, work with woods tools and about ropes, first aid, planning campfire programs, map reading and compass skills, hiking and packing techniques, nature identification, and Leave No Trace. 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.

Who is Eligible to Attend? This course is required training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters who are looking to learn new skills, reinforce old ones, and build confidence to teach these skills to Scouts. This course is mandatory and must be taken in order to earn the "Trained" patch. 

Due to a limited number of participants in this course (to enable the trainers to meet the health guidelines), we ask that only one person per troop (Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster) registers for this course. If there is still availability after the deadline, Jeremy Ziegler will call you.

When?  8am Saturday, May 22, through noon Sunday, May 23. Register Online using the link to the left or at the Council office.


Where? Algodones, directions will be mailed after registration


Cost? $25 per Adult Leader


What’s Included?

·         Training Handouts

·         Training Certificate

·         Lunch on 5/22

·         Cracker Barrel Celebration 5/22

·         Breakfast on 5/23

·         Experience on how to become a better Scout Leader


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.



â–    Boy Scout Handbook



·     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

·     Tent and Ground cloth


·     Spoon

·     Plate

·     Bowl

·     Cup


·     Soap

·     Toothbrush

·     Toothpaste

·     Dental floss

·     Comb

·     Washcloth

·     Towel


·     Watch

·     Camera and film

·     Notebook or paper

·     Pencil or pen

·     Sunglasses

·     Small musical instrument

·     Gloves


 How should you prepare? Go to, create a Training Account Profile, if you do not already have one. On the right side of the page click on the BSA Learn Center to be directed to the Scouting U system, then under the “Course Catalog” tab at the top of the page search for the following three courses:

  • “Outdoor Programs for Boy Scouts”

  • “Outdoor Ethics for Boy Scouting”

    These courses will help you prepare for your IOLS Overnight course.

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$25.00 per Participant