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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout Coaches and is know as Scoutmaster Outdoor Training.

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. 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.

A new Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach or Assistant Varsity Scout Coach is considered trained upon completion of Fast Start Training, This Is Scouting (was New Leader Essentials), Scoutmaster/Coach and Assistant Scoutmaster/Coach Indoor Leader Specific Training and the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. Troop committee, Team committee members and Webelos Den Leaders who plan to move into a leadership position in a troop are encouraged to complete this training as well.

Leader Specific Training is divided into four parts. The first three parts are designed to teach troop operations and can be completed indoor in one full day or three evenings. The fourth part is completing Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, which are the skills required for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. Because emphasis is placed on a leader's previous knowledge of the skill rather than course attendance, a new leader can complete this course at an accelerated pace. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than on attending the course.




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