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IOLS- INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS

A new Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster is considered trained upon completion of Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training and the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

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.

Due to Guidelines with COVID-19 the format of Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will be a little different. We believe that the quality of training will remain at our high standards with additional flexibility to meet your busy schedules. The training will consist of two parts:

  1. Virtual training via Zoom. You can choose either April 19 or 26. The sessions will run from 6:30 to 9:00pm each night.
  2. Outdoor skills training will be accomplished in a one-day session. You can choose from the following dates and locations. Each session will begin promptly at 7:30 am and conclude by 5:30 pm.
    1. Saturday, May 8th | Beaumont Scout Reservation
    2. Saturday, May 22nd | Beaumont Scout Reservation
    3. Saturday, May 22nd | Camp Warren Levis
  3. REGISTER HERE

Lunch, coffee, & water will be provided during the outdoor sessions. You must wear a mask at all time  & there will be COVID-19 screening  when you arrive. Items to bring are: camp chair, coffee cup, water cup, day bag, rain gear, ink pen, and your mask.

IOLS Gear List 2021

The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (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.

Specifically, 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. 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 Scout Handbook and are meant to serve as an adult training outline. By using these skills sessions in conjunction with the 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.

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 see and experience different aspects of how Scouting works 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. With that comes great satisfaction.