Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Instruction
Every Scout deserves to have a trained leader!
DATES: Spring 2018
WHEN: Arrive: March 23th, Friday Evening Check-in: 6:00pm
Course Completion: March 24th, Saturday Evening: 6:00pm
WHERE: Camp Old Indian
FOCUS: 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. The skills sessions presented in this course closely follow the Boy Scout Handbook and are
meant to serve as an adult training outline. By using these skills sessions in conjunction with the Boy 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. Each skills session
references specific chapters in the handbook and highlights the 2016 advancement requirements.
Who should take this course?
This course is intended for every adult leader and active parent in every Boy Scout Troop. It is designed to
provide a working knowledge of the basic outdoor skills necessary for the success of a Boy Scout Troop.
• It is great for ALL Leaders and active Parents.
• It is ideal for Second Year Webelos (Arrow of Light) Leaders, to help them to be prepared for the
upcoming Boy Scout program.
• Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and OLS will provide leaders and
active parents with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start or maintain a quality program.
• OLS is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, ASMss, and Varsity Coaches.
• The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders because it focuses on skills that build confidence and
competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.
• Active Parents: If you are an active parent, meaning you camp with your Son’s unit or you merely
want to ease your Son’s journey to Eagle, this course is a must.
Course topics include:
• Running a Troop using the Patrol Method • Nature: including Plant and Animal Identification
• Ropes: Whipping, Knots, and Lashing • Packing and Hiking Techniques
• Woods Tools and Fire • Map and Compass
• Camp Site Preparation • Leave No Trace and Outdoor Ethics
• Cooking • Camp Sanitation • Flag Protocol
BRING: Sleeping bag, warm/cool layered clothing for the overnight, Scout handbook, flashlight, rain gear,
writing utensil, and Scout Spirit (Check Scout handbook for a complete list of necessary camping equipment).
Meals will be provided (including all cooking and eating gear). Your accommodations will be the open-air
Adirondacks at Camp Old Indian, so you do not need a tent. A small daypack to carry stuff during the day may be
useful, as well as a camp chair.
*** Bring a copy of your Medical forms Part A & B with you. They will be shredded after the course. ***
Training Registration (Please register on or before September 1st, with a deadline of September 5th )*
* The sooner you can register, the better we can prepare for the course. There is a minimum and maximum number of participants, so please