IOLS book

IOLS: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

  • Teaches Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Coaches basic scoutmaster patchoutdoor leader skills
  • Offered by the district or council as hands-on training
  • Note: This training is also required for Venture Crew Advisors who participate in outdoor activities

April 8-10, 2016 – Camp Indian Trails, Janesville, WI                        Fee $33.00  Check-in opens Friday, April 8 at 6:00pm and the training concludes Sunday, April 10 at 2:00pm.    Registration deadline is April 1, 2016. Late registration: $40.   No Walk-Ins.   This training weekend also includes the Boy Scout  Leader Specific Training, combined with IOLS.

Register here:  Online Registration

A few notes to aid you in planning for the weekend:

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training: This 5-hour course addresses the needs of adults who accept the responsibility of delivering the Scouting program to youth by serving as Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. The purpose of Scoutmaster Position-Specific training is to provide an active, fun, and positive learning experience for new and experienced Scoutmasters and assistants to learn and apply proven techniques for running an effective Boy Scout troop. Participants will learn how to meet the aims of Scouting by applying the eight methods of the Boy Scout program during the four main sessions of the course:

  • Patrol Method
  • Support Team
  • Advancement
  • Annual Planning

Outdoor Leader Skills: This training allows leaders to learn all the outdoor skills a boy must learn while earning the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.  The training is therefore held in an outdoor setting where participants can experience and practice these skills first-hand.

What to bring:  The majority of this course will be taught in an outdoor setting. April in Wisconsin? — anything can happen! Bring clothing and outerwear that are appropriate to the weather.
NOTE: The Annual Health and Medical Record Form is required for all participants.

  •     Scoutmaster Handbook (BSA item# 33009)
  •     Guide to Safe Scouting
  •     Boy Scout Handbook
  •     Tent, Ground Cloth
  •     Sleeping Bag, Sleeping pad
  •     Pocket Knife, Compass, Flashlight
  •     Personal First Aid Kit, Sun Protection
  •     Extra Clothing
  •     Rain Gear
  •     Water Bottle
  •     Matches and Fire Starters
  •     Backpack or Duffel Bag
  •     Plate, Bowl, Cup, utensils
  •     Soap, Washcloth, Towel
  •     Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Dental Floss
  •     Optional:  Watch, Camera, Notebook, Pen/Pencil, Sunglasses, Gloves

NOTE: If you have already completed the Leader-Specific Training and just need the Outdoor Skills, you may arrive 7:30AM on Saturday with your gear and plan to spend the rest of the weekend at camp.


Training at Boy Scout Summer Camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation is being offered each week. The training is free and sign up is at the Sunday evening leaders’ meeting. Both Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills are offered.