Cascade District

New South District Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

When September 28 -29, 2019 (Saturday 8:00 am to Sunday 2:00 pm)

Where Nick and Cassie Heaton’s (Thank you Heatons!) 9015 188th ST SE Snohomish, WA 98296

How To sign up, go to either the Chief Seattle Council Training web site (IOLS – Maltby) or the Events Registration site (New South District Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) starting on Saturday September 28th 

Why This weekend is for all adult leaders who want to make a difference for the youth program in their troop! This will be a fun filled day-and-a-half of learning camping skills! This is for you!

This is a standard BSA accredited course with a syllabus -- and you will receive a certificate after completion! Think of this as a train-the-trainer event. Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank.

If you are thinking of becoming an SM or ASM this training is required. For any parent, this training is a great step in becoming a more involved member of your troop, and you will make great friends!

What …are we doing at IOLS??

DAY ONE: Are you ready for the best day ever?!

Your day will be guided by your very own Troop Guide, who will help you through all your skills sessions and learning about the Patrol Method. Most of your Troop Guides and Instructors will be current Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. Your skills sessions presented follow the Scouts BSA Handbook through the First Class rank.

Skills sessions will include:

  • Campsite Selection
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Fire Site Preparation and Building
  • Cooking
  • Ropes- Whipping, Tying, and Lashing
  • Woods Tools--Knife, Camp Saw and Ax
  • Plant Identification
  • Finding your Way--Map and Compass Reading
  • Packing and Hiking Techniques

You will have a great time preparing and cooking delicious meals with your “patrol” and enjoying an entertaining Campfire program and evening Cracker Barrel.

DAY TWO: Skills sessions will include:

  • Interfaith Worship
  • Finding your Way
  • First Aid
  • Short Service Project
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Break Camp

Other Details

  • Two weeks prior to the training, you will be provided with a packing list appropriate for an overnight car camping outing. Do you know what the ten essentials are?
  • Food and cooking gear will be provided, and your “patrols” will practice cooking skills (prep, cook and clean together).
  • Bathrooms are available.

Online Training

Initial Training for parents and leaders for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing can be found at Online Training .


The Purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen units.

Wood Badge is an advanced, intense, experiential course on small-group leadership. There are presentations and activities. There are games, but there is no dead time – the games are all with a purpose. The course, and working your ticket afterwards, will help you make your Scouting unit stronger, and will also help you in your work, church, family, and everywhere else.

Wood Badge is for all adults in Scouting, anyone age 18 or older, male or female. It is for people involved with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturing, district, and council.

Participants must attend all six days of one course or the other. Courses start about 7:00 a.m. on the first day of each weekend and end about 5:00 p.m. on the third day of each weekend.