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IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills)

May 6 @ 8:00 am - May 7 @ 11:00 am

Free – $35.00

IOLS – Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills  

DATES: Saturday May 6th 8:00AM to Sunday May 7th 11:00AM
LOCATION: Treasure Valley Scout Reservation (west side)
COST:  $35.00
UNIFORM:  Activity Uniform (Class B)

This session has reached capacity. Please add your name to the waitlist below, as we may get cancellations. 
Note that IOLS will be offered several more times in 2023. For more information, please email jay.gormley@heartofnewenglandbsa.org 


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is a fun-filled program of hands-on skills training in the outdoors, designed to help you become familiar with basic camp skills required for Scout to First Class.

IOLS builds and expands on concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training. It provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors. This hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills needed to lead Scouts in the outdoors. In addition, the teaching methods, activities, and games model the variety of teaching used in an effective and engaging Scouting program.

Instructors will help you learn how to set up camp, cook, work with woods tools, and about ropes. Also learn to plan and lead campfire programs, map reading and compass skills, hiking and packing techniques, nature identification, and outdoor ethics. Each outdoor session will bring to life the pages of the Scouts BSA Handbook to help you deliver the promise of Scouting to yourself and the youth you
serve. It will increase your comfort level and give you confidence as a trained, skilled leader.

This course includes a required overnight camping trip with participants sleeping in tents. Three meals are provided as part of the course. Detailed info will be emailed to enrollees after registration. Your participation in all in-person lessons is required to receive credit as trained.

Why should Scoutmasters & Asst. Scoutmasters be IOLS trained?

  • Get to know other Scout leaders and available resources.
  • Learn important Trail-to-First Class outdoors skills to share with your Scouts.
  • Understand the Scouts BSA camping program.
  • Get to know other Scout leaders and available resources.

Completion required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to be considered trained. Program fee includes training materials, snacks, and meals.


  • Tent and Overnight Gear, Outdoor Gear
  • Mess Kit / Water Bottle / Coffee Cup

Updated 04/11/23


May 6 @ 8:00 am
May 7 @ 11:00 am
Free – $35.00
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Chris Tedford


Treasure Valley Scout Reservation
394 Pleasantdale Rd
Rutland, MA 01543 United States
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