The VAHC Outdoor School held at Camp Shenandoah will feature Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO), Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS), and Leave No Trace Level 1 Instructor training. (Due to course preparation needs, there will be no walk-in registration for this event.
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 out a successful camping experience.
IOLS. Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Scouts BSA Troops in order to be considered trained.
LNT Level 1 Instructor. Level 1 Instructors are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting-edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. Level 1 Instructors are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace Basics course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness card.