Adult Leader Training Courses

Flagship Course  I  Four Days

Introduction to Outdoor

Leadership Skills

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) is the BSA's premier outdoor skills course for new Assistant Scoutmasters, Scoutmaster, and any adult leader camping with youth.  This course mirrors the skills a Scout will learn as they progress to First Class.  At Lost Valley, we structure the experience around the Merit Badge program, with IOLS candidates learning different skills taught at our various program areas.  

 

IOLS is required for all Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters, in addition to position-specific training.

 

Logistics

 

Cost: $17/participant 

(covers cost of food for cooking lesson)

 

Schedule:  Course will run during same time as Scout's Merit Badge classes, and is subject to change to accomodate for exisiting programs.

IOLS Course Schedule

Monday: Program Skills  I  Tom Tabb Center

  • Flag Ceremonies

  • Scouts' Own Interfaith Ceremonies

  • Campfires

  • Planning Campouts

Tuesday: Scoutcraft  I  Scout Skills Center

  • Ropes, Knots, and Lashings

  • Woods Tools (Knives, Axes, Camp Saws)

  • Camp Cooking

  • Fire Building

Wednesday: Medical Skills  I  Health Lodge

  • Basic First Aid

  • Hurry Cases

  • CPR/AED (not a Red Cross/AHA certificate)

  • Understanding the EMS process

Wednesday: Nature Skills  I  Nature Center

  • Plant Identification

  • Animal Identification

  • Leave No Trace

Thursday: Hiking Skills  I  Hike/Bike Center

  • Packing and Hiking Techniques

  • Navigation by Map and Compass

  • Hike

Want to help?  If you are a previous IOLS paricipant, council IOLS instructor, or have other prior experience in any of these areas, our camp staff would love your help teaching the course! Speak to the Director of Leader Services when in camp to inquire about volunteer instructor roles.

30 Minutes  I  Mondays @ 8:00pm

Safe Swim Defense

This course is taught by our our Aquatics staff (BSA Lifeguards) and introduces the BSA's policies on swimming events.  Leaders supervising swimming activities are required to have this training.  Valid for two years.

30 Minutes  I  Tuesdays @ 8:00pm

Safety Afloat

This course is taught by our our Aquatics staff (BSA Lifeguards) and introduces the BSA's policies on boating events.  Leaders supervising water craft activities are required to have this training.  Valid for two years.

30 Minutes  I  Thursdays @ 8:00pm

Climb On Safely

This course is taught by our our Climbing/High Adventure staff (BSA Climbing Instructors) and introduces the BSA's safety policies on climbing events. This is not a climbing instructor certificate and does not teach any climbing skills.

30 Minutes  I  Tuesdays @ 8:00pm

Trek Safely

This course is taught by our our Hike/Bike staff and introduces the BSA's policies on and best pracitices for planning treks, including day treks and overnight treks of any duration.  Leaders supervising trekking activities are encouraged to have this training.  Valid for two years.

Four Days  I  M,T,W,R @ 1:30pm

Climbing Instructor

This course is taught by our our Climbing staff and covers the basics of top-rope climbing, belaying, spotting, and climbing instructional methods.  This is an excellend choice for leaders looking to guide their Troops on climbing outings.