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Adult Leader Training

Training Schedule

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills - IOLS Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they...
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders...
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders...
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills - IOLS Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they...
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders...
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills - IOLS Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they...



Council Wide Leader Specific Training


Do you want to deliver a quality program to your scouts? Of course you do!

Do you want that awesome trained patch on your uniform? Silly question right?

Then make sure to join in on some great Scout Leader Specific Training Opportunities!


Cub Leader Position Specific Training – (4 hours) For Den Leaders (all ranks) and Assistant Den Leaders , Cubmasters and Assistants , Pack Committee Chairs and Committee Members - Spend one morning with us and receive certification as “Trained” for all of these positions.

Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training – (4 hours) For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters

Troop Committee Challenge – (3 hours) For Troop Committee Chairs andTroop Committee Members

Venture Leader Specific Training – (4 hours) For Venture Crew Advisors and Associate Advisors, Venture Crew Committee Chairs and Committee Members - All Venture positions listed are covered in this 4- hour training and “trained” certification is awarded for all positions.

Charter Representative Training – (1 hour/multiple available sessions) For all Charter Representatives

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation - (1 hour/multiple available sessions) For anyone who serves as a Merit Badge Counselor

Unit Commissioner Training – (3 hours) For all Unit Commissioners, bonus classes available after the first session.

Youth Protection Training - available on request. – (45 minutes)

Please bring the leader manuals/handbooks for your registered position.



If you have any questions or would like to help teach, please contact Mike Yeo, Council Training Chair, at training@blackswampbsa.org        

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation Training (BALOO)

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.

A day of fun and learning prepares pack leaders to plan and carry out "entry-level" outdoor experiences. Ask a boy why he wants to be a Cub Scout, and nine times out of 10 he'll answer "to go camping." Cub Scouting has designed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training, so boys, along with their parents or some other adult, can participate in a successful overnight camping experience.

A pack camp-out, at a location approved by the local council, is a great way for families to have fun and build confidence in outdoor skills. This kind of camping isn't the rugged high adventure outing geared toward older Boy Scouts. It's what you might call "soft camping".. The emphasis is on family fun activities that don't require lots of advanced outdoor skills.

How do you get started? A member of your pack registered adult leadership needs to attend BALOO training. The six-hour BALOO session will give your pack's outdoor activity leader the tools to conduct a safe and successful overnight.

The morning BALOO sessions include the why and how of Cub Scout camping—planning, equipment, meal preparation, and campfire programs. In the afternoon, Cub Scouters rotate among four round-robin sessions—fire safety, stoves, and lanterns; first aid and sanitation; nature hikes and games; and cooking. Scattered throughout the day are plenty of the four S's: songs, stunts, stories, and showmanship.

With proper planning and your BALOO-trained leader, your pack should be set for a fun and exciting weekend event.


BALOO at Camp Lakota - Click Here to Register

BALOO at Camp Berry - Click Here to Register

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) training is a hands-on program which gives adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out -of-doors. Imagine having hands-on knowledge of setting up a campsite, pitching a tent, hiking, outdoor cooking—all the skills necessary to see the outdoor program of the Boy Scouts of America come to life.

The skills sessions presented in IOLS closely follow the Boy Scout Handbook and are designed for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Members, WEBELOS leaders, Varsity Scout leaders, Venturing leaders and others desiring to learn or improve outdoor Scouting skills. Mastering these skills allows leaders to become confident in the basic outdoor skills used by their Scouts through First Class rank. Each skills session connects with specific chapters in the Boy Scout Handbook.  WEBELOS leaders will receive credit for OWL (Outdoor WEBELOS Leader) Training and IOLS by attending.

Hands-on participation makes the best learning tool.  Participants will be placed into patrols and operate using the patrol method during the course.

Scoutmasters and Assistants can complete Leader Specific Training by registering f or the Friday evening session.  Join us for the entire weekend and become fully trained for your position!


IOLS at Camp Lakota - Click Here to Register

IOLS at Camp Berry - Click Here to Register

Fundamentals of Training T-1


This one-day course is designed for all Scout Leaders who are involved in training.  This is the first part of the three-part train-the trainer continuum (T3) in Scouting and is intended for both youth and adult

trainers. This session is designed to introduce new Scouting trainers to teaching techniques and skills. Most of the BSA’s instructor-led training is designed around a variation of what educators are calling the “team-based learning model.” Using small groups, team-based learning promotes learning and team development through frequent and immediate feedback by a facilitator/ instructor. It helps members learn from each other during and after the course. The team based learning approach is similar to the patrol method Scouting has used for more than a century all over the world. The patrol method has proven effective in operating a den, patrol, squad, and crew, as well as in learning. We will use this method throughout the course.

This first part of the T3 continuum, The Fundamentals of Training, is designed to help Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. The course will also help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques. And, it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.

Upon completion of The Fundamentals of Training, new trainers will be able to apply the techniques they have learned across the BSA’s leadership development programs, from unit level youth leader training taught by youth for youth, to position-specific and supplemental training for adult leaders. Upon completion of this first part, new trainers are coached and mentored by experienced trainers as they become comfortable with and confident in their training skills.                                                 

Completion of this course is required for obtaining a Doctoral Degree from the Black Swamp Area Council University of Scouting, and is required training for those registered as Pack Trainers.



Advance Leader Training

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals.

Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.

What do we see on course?

We do many things on course, like:

  • Listening
  • Managing conflict
  • Leading change
  • Stages of team development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Leadership for different stages
  • Servant leadership
  • Project planning
  • And more!

These come to you in presentations, games, discussions, activities, and other methods.

Why do you want to go?

You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons’ and daughters’ units — stronger.
  • What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.

Here’s another summary of why to go. This was originally aimed particularly at Scouters in the Cub Scout program, but it applies equally to all of us.

This course will help you better understand how all the Scouting programs tie together. It will provide you with many useful leadership tools to help enable our youth to have the best possible Scouting experience. There is no better time to attend a Wood Badge course and make a difference in your unit than when you are a Cub Scout Leader.

Purpose of Wood Badge

The purpose of Wood Badge is to develop skilled leaders who can strengthen Scouting units in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

When we accomplish the mission of Scouting, we do it in the units. Therefore, the short form of the purpose is, the purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen units.

Although the course is different today, what Baden-Powell said in 1919 still applies:

One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath.

Powder Horn

Powder Horn is a high-adventure resource-management course designed to educate adult and youth involved in the Venturing program about the Ranger Award. This course will give all participants an opportunity to experience the Ranger Award program themselves, and become knowledgeable about how to safely conduct outdoor activities of a fun and challenging nature. 


Black Swamp Area Council
2100 Broad Avenue, Findlay Ohio
(419) 422-4356