Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (Blue Oak)
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
(Blue Oak 41)
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 outdoors. 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 Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.
This course has two parts - an indoor portion on March 1 and an outdoor portion March 24-26. Both the indoor and outdoor portions are required to complete the course.
NOTE: You only need to enroll in the Wednesday session. Enrolling in that session will automatically enroll you in the outdoor portion.
For Scoutmaster/ASM, the required training includes:
- Youth Protection Training
- Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (classroom or online)
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
- Mandated Reporter Training (California AB506 requirement)
Please note that the indoor portion of Twin Valley's Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is not the same as the Scoutmaster/ASM Position-Specific Training you may have already completed. The Wednesday session is an integral part of the IOLS course where we cover some content before heading to Rancho Los Mochos, create patrols, and have the initial patrol meetings and the first PLC meeting.