IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills)

IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills)

The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training, and provides Scouters with the confidence to takeyouth into the outdoors.

This class will be offered on April 27th, 2018 and you can register at:

Specifically, this hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a boy-led troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. In addition, the teaching methods, activities, and games model the variety of teaching used in effective and engaging Scouting programs.

Hands-on participation is the best learning tool, and this course models the techniques used by effective Scoutmasters, Coaches, Advisors, and other leaders in the Scouting program. Attendees will see and experience different aspects of how Scouting works while playing the role of Scouts in a troop.

Participants should leave the training experience with a full understanding of how the patrol method operates, a feeling of comfort in working with and instructing their Scouts, and an increased level of confidence taking Scouts outdoors safely. With that comes great satisfaction. Be aware that Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills focuses on outdoor camping skills and does not cover all advancement requirements. For example, the program does not encompass practical swimming skills or first aid, which are more effectively taught in a different environment. These procedures should be covered in more detail separate and apart from this program by certified and/or professionally trained instructors as authorized or approved by the BSA.