Last Spring BSA announced online training for all Scouting programs on BSA’s Learn Center. Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, Team Coaches and their assistants must must complete leader specific training online or from their district or council in a face-to-face classroom course. In addition these positions must also take Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Youth Protection Training to be considered fully “trained.”
The simple answer to that question, is Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), which is one of my favorite courses to teach. The IOLS course expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training to give new leaders a “taste” of camping.
In the above video you get a glimpse of the course the way Larry Green does it for Pee Dee Area Council Scouters at their Camp Coker. Notice how participants work as patrols learning some of Scouting’s basic outdoor skills and then having fun using them. This way participants get a practical introduction to the patrol method, taking the roles of youth while learning and practicing outdoor skills.
Sessions follow the Boy Scout Handbook; as an outline the Handbook helps trainers insure new Scouting leaders are competent in First Class outdoor skills. Each session references specific chapters in the Handbook and highlights the most recent Scout advancement requirements.Hands-on participation is is a hallmark of outdoor learning and as course, attendees face different aspects of how Scouting works to make things come together for use back home. Participants leave training with a better understanding of how the patrol method works, a comfort level in coaching their Scouts outdoors, and an increased level of confidence taking Scouts camping safely.
Call your district trainer or council office to get details on an upcoming course.