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Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Training


Introduction to the E-Learning Portion of Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
 
Cub Scout leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities are required to have at least one BALOO trained adult on independent Pack camping (not at a Council or District event) - including Pack Camping and Webelos Den overnighters. BALOO training sets a unit up to carry out a successful camping experience for Scouts.
 
As of May 2017, BALOO training is now comprised of two components - an online component, and a practical, hands-on component (This new course requires an overnight campout). Both components must be completed to qualify as a "Trained" Cub Scout outdoor leader, and to receive the BALOO recognition patch.
 
The online component contains introductory and basic information, and must be completed prior to the practical component. The goal of the online portion is to make the best use of time to allow leaders to experience as much as possible during the practical hands-on training. Successful completion of BALOO training should increase the confidence level of a Cub Scout Leader, and promote a willingness to plan a Pack overnighter. Camping activities and outings that are fun, based on the purposes of Cub Scouting, and successful, often whet the appetite of the Cub Scout, his parents, and the leaders to desire more of the outdoors.
 
The online portion of BALOO is available around-the-clock on the BSA Learn Center by logging into My.Scouting.org.

The outdoor training portion introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. Cub Scout packs may conduct a pack campout (overnight) activity as long as the activity is under the direction of a leader in the pack with this BALOO training.

The outdoor training portion prepares pack leaders to plan and carry out "entry-level" outdoor experiences. Ask a boy why he wants to be a Cub Scout, and nine times out of 10 he'll answer "to go camping." Cub Scouting has designed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training, so boys, along with their parents or some other adult, can participate in a successful overnight camping experience.

A pack camp-out is a great way for families to have fun and build confidence in outdoor skills. This kind of camping isn't the rugged high adventure outing geared toward older Boy Scouts. It's what you might call "soft camping," where families can simply drive up to a campsite and pitch a tent within a few feet of their vehicle's rear bumper. The emphasis is on family fun activities that don't require lots of advanced outdoor skills.

How do you get started? A member of your pack needs to get BALOO training. First, complete the online training module at 
My.Scouting.orgSecond, complete the outdoor training portion session (this new course requires an overnight campout) that will give your pack's outdoor activity leader the tools to conduct a safe and successful overnight.

With proper planning and your BALOO-trained leader, your pack should be set for a fun and exciting weekend event.

Visit the Sapona District Training Page for Upcoming District Baloo Training.
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Rowan District BSA,
Aug 31, 2013, 9:02 AM