Training Information

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One of the key factors in building a strong Scouting Unit is quality training. It is through training that Scout Leaders understand their specific responsibilities, learn from experienced Leaders, and gain motivation to continue.

Whether you are new to Scouting or a seasoned Scouter, we are here to meet your training needs. The Greater Los Angeles Area Council offers a continuum of training for all experience levels.

Trained leaders provide a quality, fun-filled program for Scouting units. When leaders understand Scouting, they are more effective in their roles.

Leadership Laurels:

Leadership Laurels is an outdoor training weekend where adults in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts can get the in-person training required to lead our youth in camping or hiking excursions.

Over the course of a weekend, leaders will get their Position Specific training (Webelos Den Leader, Cubmaster, or Scoutmaster) and the related outdoor training (BALOO for Cub Leaders, IOLS for Boy Scout Leaders). Youth may accompany their parents, and a program will be made available to them based on their age and rank. Participants in this course will be awarded both BALOO and IOLS.

BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

BALOO is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including pack camping overnighters and Webelos den overnighters.

BALOO training is comprised of two components—an online component and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “TRAINED” Cub Scout outdoor leader. The online component must be completed prior to the practical component. The online training contains introductory and basic information that will be built upon during the practical training.

IOLS/OWLS Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills

Welcome to Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training. The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training, and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors.

Specifically, this hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a boy-led troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. In addition, the teaching methods, activities, and games model the variety of teaching used in effective and engaging Scouting programs. The skills sessions presented in Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills closely follow the Boy Scout Handbook and are meant to serve as an adult training outline. By using these skills sessions in conjunction with the Boy Scout Handbook, trainers can be sure new leaders are proficient in many of the basic outdoor skills through First Class rank, and gain exposure to the patrol method and numerous teaching methods and learning games. Each skills session references specific chapters in the handbook and highlights the 2016 advancement requirements.

Hands-on participation is the best learning tool, and this course models the techniques used by effective Scoutmasters, Coaches, Advisors, and other leaders in the Scouting program. Attendees will see and experience different aspects of how Scouting works while playing the role of Scouts in a troop. 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. With that comes great satisfaction.

Positional Specific Training

Over the course of the weekend, participants will be broken into groups based on their position. These groups will attend position specific training sessions. Currently, Leadership Laurels offers the following position specific training:

  • Scoutmaster (S24)
  • Cubmaster (C40)
  • Webelos Den Leader (C61)