Outdoor Leader Courses

The following training are open to anyone in Scouting (no matter what Council you are in).

Cub Scout Course(s):


Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience.

Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.


Boy Scout Course(s):


Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

This course is intended for every adult leader in every Boy Scout Troop/Ship/Crew. It is designed to provide a working knowledge of the basic outdoor skills necessary to succeed as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. 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.


IOLS is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters,and Venturing Crew Advisers (if the crew is engaged in outdoor programs). The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders because it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

Cub Scout Course links:

  • BSA Training Page:  Click to see course descriptions as written and provided by the National Office.
  • Pre-course How To:  Click to download/print step by step instructions on how to find and take the required pre-course work.
  • my.scouting.org—  Log on to your account, select “training” tab, go to BSA Training Center (Scouting U page), select course catalog, then select BALOO prerequisite training and take prior to the in person weekend course.