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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...
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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...



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.



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!





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.





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