National Capital Area Council - Outdoor Skills Training Courses (Seneca)

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Outdoor Skills Training Courses (Seneca)

Event Details

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) (S11)
OR

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) (C32)

May 4-5, 2024

These courses are designed to help Scouters with skills related to the BSA’s outdoor program.

Seneca is offering two training tracks during this single weekend.  You need to select EITHER IOLS (for Scouts BSA) or BALOO (for Cub Scouts).

Welcome to Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training. Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Scouts BSA Troops in order to be considered “trained”.

Welcome to Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation training.  This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.

Admin...

Registration: (This is key) - record your real BSA number (can found on your YPT certificate) or if you don't have a BSA number - enter 0000 and enter the word Pending in the field below the BSA number on the registration form.  Notify Mary Lou Gundersen when your Pending registration converts to a real BSA number.  Your BSA number will be used to apply your credit for the class.  If your registration is pending, your credit will be not be applied until you are officially registered.

In addition, on the registration form: please let us know if you have any physical limitations or special dietary or medical needs so we can be prepared before the course begins. The staff looks forward to working with you and seeing you there! 

COVID Regulations:
- We will be in compliance with Montgomery County and BSA COVID-19 regulations and masking requirements at the time of the event.
- As BSA does not endorse sharing of vaccination status, AND given the abundant supply of rapid screening tests, It is suggested that all participants (attendees & staff) self-administer a rapid screening test 24 hours prior to the event and volunteer results. Anyone testing positive, should exclude themselves from participation.
- Bring your Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist/Form for the training event.
- You will be informed prior to arriving what current expectations will be enforced. 
- If you are not in compliance, you will not be permitted to attend the event - No refunds.

Required Paperwork - All must be printed:
Complete and bring the Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A, B1 and B2 - this is NOT signed by a doctor) and a copy of the front and back of your insurance card to the training event.
Don’t forget to bring your Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist/Form.

When/Location:
Location: National Izaak Walton League
     707 Conservation Lane
     Gaithersburg, MD 20878 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 4 through Sunday, May 5.  
- Arrive on Saturday at 7:45 AM.
- Leave on Sunday at 12:00 PM.
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).

Cost:
$45

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.

We understand that things happen: If for some reason you will not be attending, you must contact Mary Lou Gundersen (cell - ‭301-704-7722‬), this includes the day of program. She will confirm that she has gotten your message. We will have people on the wait list who wish to take your place.  Do not assume that we know that you are not showing up. Food and materials have been purchased and we need to know if you will be on the property. Your not contacting Mary Lou delays the program for others and may hinder the oppertunity of someone else attending.

Online PRE-REGISTRATION Required!                 
NO WALK-INS 
Registration closes Monday, April 29  (or until class limit is reached)
If the class is full, please sign up on the waitlist (no charge).  Mary Lou will contact you if there is an opening.

Class size limit is 24 for BALOO and 24 for IOLS

Uniforming:
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 have a current YPT certificate prior to the course bring your printed paper certificate.

Technical Details: For Windows - Use Google Chrome browser; for Macs - Use Safari or Chrome browser. If you are having technical problems with any of the online classes, take screen shots and email them with details to Kelly Wratkowski.

How to Access Online Training:
To access the classes - go to my.scouting.org.
Youth Protection Training
- Click on BSA Youth Protection (click on the YPT logo) - This opens a new tab
- Click on the class title
BALOO Prerequisite Training v2
- Scroll down to BSA Learn Center (right side) - This opens a new tab
- Click on Catalog
- Enter BALOO in the Search bar
- Click on View or the image for BALOO
- Select Enroll to start the couse
Print Completion Certificates
- Under my.scouting.org
- Click on Menu, then My Training
- Click on Completions
- Click the bubble in front of the class
- Click on the Certificate download (dark gray bar above class selection)

IOLS Prerequisite:
Youth Protection Training - Printed Youth Protection certificate
- If you took YPT in 2022, check your expiration date.
- Retake YPT as required (due every 2 years)

BALOO Prerequisite:
Youth Protection Training - Printed Youth Protection certificate
- If you took YPT in 2022, check your expiration date.
- Retake YPT as required (due every 2 years)
Online BALOO component V2 (about 35 minutes)
- Print proof of completion (found under My Training/Completions)

IOLS and BALOO Prerequisite:
Hazardous Weather Training SCO_800 (due every 2 years) (30 minutes)
- Click on the link above and then click on the class after the title Hazardous Weather
- Sign in
- Scroll down to BSA Learn Center (right side) - This opens a new tab
- Click on Catalog
- Enter Hazardous in the Search bar
- Click on View or the image for Hazardous
- Select Enroll to start the course

Camping:

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.

You will be camping Saturday night.
Bring your own tent.  (Sharing a tent with same sex or related person only unless Covid restrictions are in place)
Chair (very important for your comfort! There is no place to sit)
Closed toe shoes (no sandals)
Refer to the selected course's packing list for required supplies
- IOLS packing list.
- BALOO packing list
The entire weekend is outdoors!!!

Available on site:
Potable water 
Port-a-pottie & hand washing station
Pavilion (in case of severe weather)

Meals:
Please bring a lunch and drink for Saturday (we provide water)
We are providing food ingredients for the remaining meals
Saturday dinner will be prepared in patrols/dens (cooked meal)
Saturday night cracker barrel
Sunday breakfast will be provided

Questions?
Course Director - Ben Overbey – bfoverbey76@gmail.com

If you have problems registering, contact the Training Coordinator; Mary Lou Gundersen at 301-869-5625 or mdtrainingrecords@comcast.net
- Day of Event call 301-704-7722

Seneca attendees will be added to the NewsFlash.

Contact
When & Where
BALOO Training
National Izaak Walton League
Saturday 05-04-2024 8:00 AM ET to
Sunday 05-05-2024 12:00 PM ET Past
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IOLS Training
National Izaak Walton League
Saturday 05-04-2024 8:00 AM ET to
Sunday 05-05-2024 12:00 PM ET Past
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Staff
National Izaak Walton League
Saturday 05-04-2024 8:00 AM ET to
Sunday 05-05-2024 12:00 PM ET Past
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