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Colonial Training: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) & Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

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Colonial District Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) & Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)



Note that there will be no separate classroom session; only the overnight session at Gunston Hall.

Colonial will offer a BALOO and IOLS training for both Cub and Scouts BSA leaders in October. Note there are some prerequisites for the IOLS and BALOO courses; please see those listed at the bottom of this page.

WHO:  Cub Scouters, WEBELOS Leaders, Arrow of Light Leaders, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Associate Crew Advisors who need to complete their program-specific training requirements, as well as those other adult volunteers who want to help with the outdoor program activities  and basic advancement skills.
WHAT:  Instruction designed to hone outdoor skills will use the Den and Patrol methods. It will focus on safety & risk, unit structure, event planning, camping, Scout craft skills, Outdoor Ethics, and outdoor cooking. Partially fulfills the training requirements for Cub Scouters, WEBELOS Leaders, Arrow of Light Leaders, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, and Assistant Venture Crew Advisor positions..
WHEN: Weekend Session starts at 10:30 am, Saturday, October 30, and runs through 3:30 pm, Sunday, October 31, at Gunston Hall, Lorton VA
COURSE FEE:  The fee for the course registration is $25.00 and covers site rental and portable latrine; additional costs will be assessed on-site to cover food. Participants are asked to bring cash (or a blank check) to cover the costs. The actual cost shall be based on the final purchase costs and the number of course participants.
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Questions may be directed to the Colonial District Training Chair, Dominick Caridi.

BALOO & IOLS Prerequisites:

All participants must have current YPT certification!

FIRST, for the BALOO Certification:

Complete the Safety Modules:

Hazardous Weather
Safety Afloat
Safe Swim Defense

Complete the BALOO Modules:

Introduction to Cub Scout Outdoor Program v2 – 5 mins.
Pack Camping Program – 8 mins.
Planning Your Event – 5 mins.
Planning Your Cub Scout Outdoor Event v2 – 17 mins.

SECOND, for the IOLS Certification:

Current certification in Hazardous Weather and YPT is required.
We strongly urge that you take this opportunity to update all the Safety Modules.

These trainings are all available online at under the "My Training" tab.

Participants must provide documentation of completing the online courses. This can be done by presenting the certificates provided upon completion OR providing documentation that you have already completed the courses and hold current certifications.


All participants must complete the BSA-Medical-Form-A&B (no physician’s signature is required). This Medical form should be brought to the campout; do not email. NO PAPERWORK = NO TRAINING

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When & Where
Gunston Hall
Saturday 10-30-2021 11:00 AM ET to
Sunday 10-31-2021 3:00 PM ET Past
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