IOLS- INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS
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.
Please Note: All participants must also attend a virtual orientation session to be held Monday, September 26th from 7 – 8:30 PM via Zoom. Cost of the training is $35, which includes 3 meals on Saturday, Breakfast on Sunday, and cracker barrel both evenings.