National Capital Area Council - CLOSED: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) / Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) (Seneca)

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CLOSED: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) / Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) (Seneca)

Event Details

No Registration Needed

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This course provides certification for both Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader's outdoor training requirements.  Certification is awarded for both BALOO and IOLS upon completion.


Indoor Session:

There will be a 2 hour indoor session on Wednesday, May 8 which is required for IOLS certification.
Location: Fairhaven United Methodist Church
    12801 Darnestown Rd
     Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Time: 7:30pm
Outdoor Session:
Location: National Izaak Walton League
707 Conservation Lane
Gaithersburg, MD 20878 
Friday May 17 through Saturday May 18.  
Arrive Friday by 5:30 PM.  (Eat dinner before arriving.)
Leave Saturday at 5:30 PM.


National Izaak Walton League, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 

From intersection of Great Seneca Hwy and Muddy Branch Rd travel North on Muddy Branch 0.8 mile. IWLA is on the left (requires U-Turn).

Who May Attend:
Must be 21 years or older and a registered adult scout. Youth Protection must be current.

This event is being hosted by Seneca District.  Attendance is open to all districts.

PRE-REGISTRATION Required!                 
Registration closes Tuesday, May 7

Class size limit is 40

This is a uniformed event, if you have one wear it.

Additional Training to complete before attending:

Important: To receive credit for the course and a training card, you must complete all prerequisites prior to the class.

BALOO Certification:
Youth Protection Training
Online BALOO Training v2 (modules SCO-280-283) - about 1 hour)
Hazardous Weather Training (about 30 minutes)
Safe Swim Defense (about 30 minutes)
Safety Afloat

IOLS Certification:
Youth Protection Training
Safe Swim Defense (about 30 minutes)
Safety Afloat

Required Paperwork:
Complete and bring the Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B only)


Course is organized as a collection of small classes - each focused on an outdoor topic.  Most classes will be attended by both Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders.

Wednesday agenda:
- Risk Management / Health and Safety
- Map and compass
- Assign patrols - each patrol will include Cub Scout and Boy Scout members
- Patrol meeting:
  - Coordinate camping and cooking equipment
  - Organize food shopping

Friday agenda:
- Setup camp
- Assembly
- Campsite selection
- Campfire planning
- Safe food handling
- Dutch oven cooking
- Campfire
- Ashes ceremony
- Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)
- Cracker Barrel

Saturday agenda:

Full agenda with additional details will be posted later.

You will be camping Friday night.  See the equipment section below for a packing list. The entire weekend is outdoors!!!

Friday Night Campfire:
We will be teaching campfire planning and actually having a campfire to practice at.  One aspect of our campfire is an “Ashes Ceremony”.  An Ashes Ceremony is explained here.  So, what is the “lineage” of our ashes?  Here is a description from Howard who will be supplying the ashes for our ceremony:

“My collection of ashes go back to the very creation.  No, not that one. The creation of Scouting. The lineage has campfires with Baden Powell and his wife present, campfires from over 20 countries, most of the US states, ashes from the howitzer shot off at Ronald Ragan’s funeral, and much more. The collection even went to the moon and back on an Apollo Mission.”

How to Access Prerequisites/Water Outings:
To access the last 4 classes - go to and log on.
- Click on BSA Learn Center (right side red block) - That opens a new tab
- Scroll down to Expanded Learning
     - Click on BALOO for the Online BALOO modules
     - Click on Program Safety for the last 3 classes
- For each of the two - click on Add Plan (Expect a green success banner)
- Click on the class title
- Select Launch Course for each desired module above
- When finished with each course wait for the music to finish
- To get to the next course hit the back arrow - top right side
KEY: When finished with each course wait for the music to finish and wait to see the Scouting U , Learning, Challenge, Lead Image before you hit the back arrow to take the next course.

Claiming Credit for Prerequisites (BALOO):
When completed all 8 BALOO online modules:
At the bottom of the page where all 8 courses are listed you will see on the bottom right side View Certificate. Click on it and print your certificate
and bring it to the outdoor training to show that you have taken the prerequisite(Part 1). Without this prerequisite you can not be fully trained. You will also need this for the back ground of the outdoor (Part 2) course.

Claiming Credit for Prerequisites (BALOO & IOLS):
Printed Youth Protection certificate

Online BALOO Resources for your Pack
Campout Health and Safety Checklist
Pack Overnighter Site Approval Form
Outdoor events for new Cub Scouts
Individual campout checklist for Pack overnighter
Outdoor Ethics
NCAC Approved BALOO Sites (where can I take my Cub Scouts camping?)
NCAC Cub Scout Camping (Keep or Toss?)


Equipment (Personal):
Shelter: tent and ground tarp
Sleep system:  sleeping bag or blankets, pad, pillow?  If you don’t have a sleeping pad (foam or inflatable) a few extra blankets can be folded to make a pad.
Rain gear
Closed toe shoes - no sandals
Warm clothes (check the weather forecast)
Minimal toiletries. (Tooth brush etc)
Eating utensils (plate or bowl, knife/fork/spoon, cup)
Water bottle
Chair (very important for your comfort!)

Equipment (Patrol):
(To be negotiated at Patrol meeting)
Rain fly
Cook & cleanup gear

Available on site:
Potable water
Port a Pottie
Pavilion (in case of severe weather)

Friday - eat dinner before you arrive (or bring with)
Friday evening - Cracker Barrel (Boy Scout bedtime snack) at pavilion
Saturday breakfast will be prepared in patrols (coffee etc available) at pavilion
Saturday lunch will be prepared in patrols

What if I don’t know how to set up my tent?
No worries.  Bring it (make sure you have all the parts) and we will teach you how to pitch it.

Course Director - Bill Majurski – 

If you have problems registering, contact the Training Coordinator; Mary Lou Gundersen at 301-869-5625 or

Note: Photos taken at the event are permitted to use for publicity.

Seneca attendees will be added to the NewsFlash.

When & Where
Patrol Session
Fairhaven United Methodist Church
Wednesday 05-08-2019 7:30 PM ET to 9:30 PM ET Past
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National Izaak Walton League
Friday 05-17-2019 5:30 PM ET to
Saturday 05-18-2019 5:30 PM ET Past
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