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Sep 22-23, 2017
Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Training

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

2017 IOLS Flyer.pdf

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout HandbookExternal Link. The course is also ideal for VenturingExternal Link leaders because it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

New leaders are considered trained upon completion of Position Specific TrainingExternal Link and the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills are the skills required for the TenderfootExternal Link, Second ClassExternal Link, and First ClassExternal Link ranks and include: Animal Identification; Camp Site Selection; Cooking; Fire Building; First Aid; Map and Compass; Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace; Packing and Hiking; Plant Identification; Ropes — Whipping Tying Lashing; Woods Tools — Ax Knife Saw.

For more information regarding this training contact Chuck Forsythe at

(this is an overnight activity)

Camp Birch, Training Lodge


Arrive between 6:30 and 7:00 pm on Friday evening. Eat your evening meal before arriving.

Depart about 6:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.

Dress: Utility (class B) Scout uniform; you may wear your Field (class A) Scout uniform.

Items required:

  • 1 inch 3-ring binder
  • Personal Tent
  • Sleeping gear (sleeping bag, foam mat, etc.)
  • Mess kit and cup
  • Compass
  • Knife
  • Weather appropriate clothing (rain gear, jacket, etc. You will be out-of-doors for much of the course)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Scout handbook
  • Ink Pens / Pencil
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Strongly recommend boots (tennis shoes get wet and wet feet get blisters)

Participants will provide their own Cracker Barrel (snack) of Friday evening. Bring a light snack and beverage.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to post an email to me.

Thank you for your willingness to serve the youth of Tecumseh Council. You are making a positive difference.


IOLS: Because every Scout deserves a trained leader.


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