Home   >   Training   >   Outdoor Leadership Skills

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

Beaumont Scout Reservation | October 04-06 | Register Here

A new Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster is considered trained upon completion of Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).

This hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a Scout-led troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. The IOLS course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors.

The skills sessions presented in IOLS closely follow the Scouts BSA Handbook and are meant to serve as an adult training outline. By using these skills sessions in conjunction with the Scouts BSA 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.

Hands-on participation is the best learning tool, and this course models the techniques used by effective Scoutmasters, Advisors, and other leaders in the Scouting program. Attendees will experience different aspects of the Scouting program while playing the role of Scouts in a troop.

Participants should leave the training experience with a full understanding of how the patrol method operates, a feeling of comfort in working with and instructing their Scouts, and an increased level of confidence taking Scouts outdoors safely.

Intro to Outdoor Leadership Skills Challenge Course

June 1st |Beaumont |Register Here
November 9th |Beaumont |Register Here

The course is designed for Scouts BSA leaders who have been involved in Scouting for at least (2) years and who have both observed and practiced the Patrol Method. Participants in the course will be tested on a slate of skills needed to successfully take your youth into the outdoors. Each participant will have two chances to pass each skill center, with no remedial training available.  The intent of this course is to allow the participant to bypass the weekend long IOLS course, so it is imperative that the participant demonstrate proficiency in all of the following areas.

Prerequisites: Participants in the IOLS Challenge Course must be currently registered members of a Scouting unit, taken Scoutmaster Training either online or classroom session and must hold current certifications in Youth Protection and Hazardous Weather training.


Accessibility Toolbar