Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Each District Training Committee is responsible for conducting these trainings. Contact your District to find out when the next Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training will be held.

Purpose

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.

Attendees

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches. 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.

Learning Objectives

The course is a day and a half long, but a leader can move at an accelerated pace by demonstrating mastery of a specific skill. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than on attending the course.

  • Cooking
  • Campfire Programs
  • Map and Compass Reading
  • First Aid
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Ropes and Lashings
  • Plant and Animal Identification
  • Ax and Knife Safety (Totin' Chip)
  • Leave No Trace Instruction