Blue Ridge Council - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Instruction


Every Scout deserves to have a trained leader!


DATES:       September 22-23, 2018
WHEN:        Arrive:                   Saturday Morning: 7:45-8:00 a.m.
                   Course Completion:  Sunday ~12:00 noon
WHERE:      Camp White Pines (~1 mile from Camp Old Indian)
COST:         $40.00

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 Boy Scout handbook and highlights 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, ASMs, 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 and/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


Camp Sanitation


Flag Protocol


BRING: Sleeping bag, warm/cool layered clothing for the overnight, Scout handbook, water bottle, brimmed hat, 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 tents, provided by the participants. Therefore, bring a tent if you have one*. A small daypack to carry stuff during the day may be useful, as well as a camp chair.

* If you do not have a tent, we will pair you up with someone who has one. We will try to gather tent availabilities within the online registration and/or an email survey.


*** Bring a copy of your Medical forms Part A & B with you. They will be shredded after the course. ***



Training Registration (Deadline: September 17th)*

* The sooner you can register, the better we can prepare for the course.

There is a minimum and maximum number of participants, so please register early. ☺ Thank you



When & Where
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Camp White Pines
Saturday 09-22-2018 7:45 AM to
Sunday 09-23-2018 12:00 PM Past
More Information
Marty Yigdall
Council Training
Traci Bridwell
Program Registrar Support
Blue Ridge Council Service Center
1 Park Plaza
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
Phone: 864-233-8363