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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Pre-registration is required, preferred by March 23rd but no later than April 5th.

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program.  Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right and help their Scouts reach First Class rank. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in the Boy Scout Handbook.  

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.

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. 

You will need to bring your own personal and sleeping gear.  Prepare for any type of weather as you will be outdoors much of the time.   A gear list is provided below:

Small Mess Kit

Insulated cup and plate or bowl

Utensils (fork, knife, spoon)

Sleeping Bag and ground pad

Warm sleeping clothes including hat

Tent with ground cloth

Scout Uniform

Shoes or hiking boots

Pocket knife


Flashlight with extra batteries

Toiletry Kit

Boy Scout Handbook

Folding camp chair

Appropriate clothing for the weather

Extra-long sleeve shirt

Shirts, underwear, pants, and socks

Jacket for the temperature

Sweater, sweatshirt

Rain gear

Long underwear as needed

Warm gloves/mittens


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