BALOO Training

Friday, October 12, 2018 5:00 pm - Saturday, October 13, 2018 6:00 pm
Mitigwa Scout Reservation
Cost $20

Welcome to BALOO training! It is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including pack camping overnighters and Webelos den overnighters.

BALOO training is comprised of two components—an online component and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “TRAINED” Cub Scout outdoor leader.

The online component must be completed prior to the practical component. The online training contains introductory and basic information that will be built upon during the practical training. The online component is found at

This is an all new course for 2018. This course replaces the previous Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) and the Outdoor Webelos Leaders Skills (OWLS) courses.

Here is some of what Scouting Magazine has to say about the new BALOO course...The new BALOO is not a mere mashup of the older courses. Cub Scouting has changed significantly in the past few years, most notably with the introduction of a new advancement program in 2015. That meant significant changes to the syllabuses, especially on the Webelos side. OWLS was built around the old advancement program. What’s more, Matt Markham says, is that Cub Scout camping has evolved with the advent of activities like geocaching “There’s a whole lot of people that want to do it that have no idea how, and there wasn’t really a way to teach them,” Markham says. “Now there’s actually a course that captures some of those newer outdoor activities and newer methods.” The weekend experience is just part of the new BALOO. For the first time in volunteer training, the BSA is using a blended approach with the new course. The course begins with eight brief online modules, available at Each module lasts 10 minutes or less and covers basics like the benefits of the outdoor program and health and safety considerations. Once you’ve completed those prerequisites, you’re ready for the weekend. Here is the link to the full article


Staff will also need to register by clicking HERE. There is no registration cost to be on staff, only cost for food is $5 per meal. You will need to register and pay for any meals you are eating during the training. Plan to eat before you come on Friday; a light "Cracker Barrel" snack will be provided before lights out late Friday night. Meals available to purchase will include Saturday breakfast and lunch.

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