Baloo Training INFORMATION

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

Location: R.A. Henson Scout Reservation

Time: 8:45am to 5:00pm


Ask any new Cub Scout why he wanted to join Scouting, and 9 times out of 10, his answer will be "to go camping". While his leader may have the desire to follow through on the young boy's hope, the leader may not have the skills or the confidence to actually take him camping.


BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation Boy Scouts of America regulations state that no Pack campout may be conducted without at least one adult leader who has completed BALOO training.


What's New .... It's BALOO!

Overview The revised Camping guidelines for each year give councils the authority to allow Cub Scout packs to conduct a pack campout (overnight) activity, as long as the activity is conducted at a council-approved location and is under the direction of a leader in the pack trained to do so. The new training course to prepare these leaders is called Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO for short).

Who is Baloo For?

The target participant for BALOO training is a new Cub Scout leader with a desire to plan and carry-out an entry-level outdoor experience for the pack. Successful completion of this training will result in an increased level of confidence and a willingness to plan an age-appropriate pack overnighter.

Target Participant: The BALOO target participant is a parent who is not already part of the pack leadership team. This position should be similar to the person in charge of the pinewood derby, blue and gold banquet, or other special pack activity. He or she may not have already attended Cub Scout Leader Basic Training or Youth Protection, but should be encouraged to do so before or as part of this training.


The goal of the pack overnight activity is to provide a successful pack event that is Age appropriate, based on the purposes of Cub Scouting, successful in whetting the appetite of the Cub Scout, his parents, and the leaders to want to do more in the outdoors, a fun time with family and friends

Chapter 10 of the Cub Scout leader Book (as revised in 2000) has more information and background on this outdoor activity area. BALOO Learning Objectives By completing this training course the participants will: Understand the focus of the Cub Scout level of the BSA program Acquire the skills and confidence necessary to plan and carry out a successful Cub Scout-level overnight activity. Increase their knowledge of the resources available from the BSA for carrying out this activity.

The course is presented in one full-day session. A member of your pack committee needs to attend BALOO training. This one day session will give your pack's outdoor activity leader the tools to conduct a safe and successful overnight camping experience.


* Apply the six steps of planning to planning a pack campout

* Understand the camping equipment needs of an individual and a group of Cub Scouts.

* Demonstrate the proper ingredients of a successful campfire program.

* Describe applicable safety standards for fire, water, and weather considerations.

* Explain how the outdoor program runs progressively through different age levels of Scouting.

* Demonstrate a knowledge of foil cooking practices.

* Understand the focus of Cub Scout level outdoor cooking.

* Describe health, safety and sanitation procedures for outdoor activities.

* Organize and lead different types of nature hikes with confidence.

* Demonstrate and supervise the lighting and operation of different styles of campstoves and lanterns.

* Describe the advantages of using stoves over campfire style cooking.

* Have fun on a campout.

CHECK OUT THESE OTHER TYPES OF TRAINING: New Leader Essentials (NLE) Cub Scout Leader Specific (CSLS) Webelos Leader Outdoor Training (WLOT) Troop Committee Training Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leadership Training (SALT) Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS)



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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

February 25, 2006

Camp Henson -- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  --  Fee $ 7.00

Directors: Jeff Bell, Choptank District

For more information Contact:

Choptank: Jeff Bell  (410) 820-5582

Sussex: Barbara Hicklin (302)628–9906

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.  The training includes: Site selection, Preparations, Parent Involvement, Health & Safety, Equipment, Feeding, & Intro to Camping skills.

This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a Pack campout.


Registration Form  - Due by February 11, 2005

Pack#  ______                    District: ____________________

Name: __________________________________________    

Address: ________________________________________            

City:___________________    State  ____       Zip:_______

Phone:   (          )  ___________________________    

email (if available) __________________________

Special dietary needs:______________________

Fee:  $7.00 -  to include lunch, snack and course materials.  

Mail to: Jeff Bell,7352 Shirley Drive, Easton, MD 21601

          phone: 410-820-5582