IOLS – Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

  • Required for Scoutmasters/Asst Scoutmasters
  • Good for all Troop committee membersGood for Boy Scout leaders when Cub Scouts are camping with the Troop

This combined class is more aligned with the new Cub Scout program and Cub Scout leaders taking this class will not need to retake the IOLS class in the future.

Note:  Camping overnight is now required for BALOO and is also a requirement for IOLS.

IOLS Course Description

  • Campsite Selection:  basics, tent and sleeping gear specifications
  • Cooking and Sanitation:  food prep, storage, menu and meal planning
  • Fire, Stove, Campfires:  fire building, equipment, safety, campfire planning
  • Interfaith Service: inclusion, incorporation at campouts, Chaplains Aid
  • Outdoor Ethics: Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly, Outdoor Code
  • Packing and Hiking:  proper use of gear, packing techniques, hike planning
  • Plant and Animal Identification:  native and invasive species, tracking
  • Map and Compass:  basics, UTM coordinates, GPS, geo caching
  • Ropes and Knots:  whipping, fusing, knots, lashings, pioneering projects
  • Wood Tools: knife, saw, ax, proper care and use, sharpening, Whittling Chip, Totin’ Chip
  • Health and Safety:  campout situations, risk reduction, aquatics safety
  • Program Planning:  age appropriate activities

In addition to the outdoor training, participants are required to complete all components of the Program Safety training prior to the BALOO/IOLS weekend.  These are available online at and include the following modules:

Hazardous Weather                            Safe Swim Defense                                         Safety Afloat

Trek Safely                                          Climb On Safely                                               Drive Safely


Note:  Each of the Program Safety training modules will take 15-20 minutes each.

Participants must bring their certificates of completion to the pre-course meetings on Thursday nights, 6 Sep or 13 Sep, to be allowed to attend the BALOO/IOLS course.  Hammond meeting will be immediately following the Chappepeela Roundtable (75 minute meeting) on 6 Sept 2018.  Mandeville meeting will be from 7:45 – 9:00 pm after the BT Roundtables on 13 Sep 2018.  Participants may attend either meeting.  We cannot accept emailed certificates.    The online training provides the background information and context needed to put to use the knowledge and experience gained from the BALOO/IOLS course.

All participants should also purchase a copy of The Boy Scout Handbook and bring it to the BALOO/IOLS course.


Cost:  $45 per participant  

Fee includes:   Meals (Saturday lunch, supper, and cracker barrel:  Sunday breakfast and lunch)

All course supplies (including course notes).  If you have any food allergies please contact the course director prior to the camping weekend.

Registration Deadline:  11:00 pm, 12 Sep 2018

Course Location:  Five Lakes Campground, Bush, LA

Course Schedule:   Saturday morning 15 Sep 2018 – Sunday after lunch, 16 Sep 2018 

BALOO:  Arrive Saturday 7:00 am     IOLS:  Arrive Saturday 9:00 am

BALOO and IOLS:  Depart Sunday 1:00 pm

File Name Description
BT/Chap Info Flyer Download
Position Name Telephone
Camporee Chairman Jack Hawkins (985) 264-2527 Email