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Apr 13-14, 2018
Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Training

IOLS - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training

This course will be held on Friday, April 13 at 6 pm thru Saturday, April 14 at 6 pm at Camp Birch Turner Building. The early bird sign up fee is $30 if registered by March 31 and $40 after March 31. The last day to sign up is April 8  2017.

Bring your own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, and personal items).  

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all ScoutmastersExternal Link, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Leaders of Eleven Year Old ScoutsExternal Link, . These same skills will enable the Webelos Den Leader to hold a proper Webelos den overnight campout.

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 VentureExternal Link leaders because it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

A new ScoutmasterExternal Link, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Leader of Eleven Year Old ScoutsExternal Link is considered trained upon completion of Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Indoor Leader Specific TrainingExternal Link and the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, which are the skills required for the TenderfootExternal Link, Second ClassExternal Link, and First ClassExternal Link ranks. Because emphasis is placed on a leader's previous knowledge of the skill rather than course attendance, a new leader can complete this course at an accelerated pace. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than on attending the course.

For more information regarding this training contact Chuck Forsythe at [Click for member's page] or 937-689-2350.

IOLS Participant Letter

Dear Participant:

We are happy you have signed up for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. Our goal is to help you learn the basic skills each Scout needs to learn from Scout through First Class ranks. You will not master these skills, but you will gain a basic understanding of each skill. Mastery will come after you leave our encampment and practice what you learn!

Here is the basic information you need:

Location: Camp Birch, Turner Building

Date: Friday, April 13 – Saturday April 14 (this is an overnight encampment)

Arrive: Friday, April 13 between 6:30 and 7:00 pm. Eat your evening meal before you arrive.

Depart: Saturday, April 14 5:00 pm

Cracker Barrel: Bring a personal snack for Cracker Barrel on Friday night.

Items You Need:

  • Tent, sleeping bag, ground pad (closed cell or insulated)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Utility Uniform (Class B) to wear on Saturday
  • Other clothing appropriate to the weather
  • We highly recommend you wear hiking boots and not tennis shoes (to keep your feet dry (NO open toed shoes)
  • Mess kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Camp chair
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Scout Book
  • 2 pens or pencils and note pad
  • Compass

Again, we are happy you will be part of our camp. I look forward to meeting you, Friday, April 13!

Chuck Forsythe, CD 2018 IOLS

(937) 689-2350

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