Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills 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.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout coaches. 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.

Learning Objectives

The course is a day and a half long, but a leader can move at an accelerated pace by demonstrating mastery of a specific skill. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than on attending the course.

  • Patrol Method
  • Campfire Programs
  • Orienteering
  • First Aid
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Ropes and Lashings
  • Plant and Animal Identification
  • Packing / Hiking techniques
  • Leave No Trace Instruction
  • Wood Tools
  • Camp Site Preparation
  • and much, much more!

Things to bring with you

Tent, personal overnight camping gear, cup, camp chair, Boy Scout handbook, pen/pencil, notepad, pocket knife and Scout uniform (see Boy Scout handbook, Chapter 9 for additional items you may need)

Course Information:

Date Location Time Contact
April 14-15, 2023 Camp Crooked Creek Chris Mohler at
April 29-30, 2023 Ohio County Park, Hartford, KY Amy Phelps at
May 12-13, 2023 Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation Mike Wright at


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Course $30
Payment to be made with registration.

  • Covers all food, training materials, and patch
  • Provided meals include Friday night cracker barrel, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • No walk-ins for this training.

Times may vary.  Please contact the course director or staff advisor listed by the training.

What To Bring

  • Tent
  • Personal Overnight Camping Gear
  • Cup
  • Camping Chair
  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Notepad
  • Pocket Knife
  • Scout Uniform
  • (See Boy Scout Handbook, Chapter 9 for additional items you may need.)