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A BALOO-trained leader is needed for a Pack to go camping. This day-long course provides guidance on Safe Scouting, equipment, camping facility selection, and entertainment -- all of the essentials for a great Cub camping experience.

This training is delivered in-person several times per year, and may be attended by any registered Cub Scout leader. Packs typically send multiple leaders to ensure they have sufficient availability and coverage to support camping plans.

BALOO is short for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. That isn't on the quiz, but we thought you might want to know.


Webelos Leaders deliver and Boy Scout Leaders oversee the continuous training of Scouts in outdoor skills. Pine Tree Council has combined the WLOT and ITOLS courses and leaders taking this new course get credit for both. This course is available several times per year in-person.

WLOT/ITOLS training uses the Patrol Method to instruct Leaders how to safely conduct Den and Troop camping and outdoor activities, and to effectively deliver outdoors skills training to Scouts. The focus of this course is not to develop your outdoor skills, but to enable you to serve as an instructor and mentor as Scouts develop their outdoor skills.

WLOT is Webelos Leader Outdoor Training, and is essential to take your Webelos Den/Patrol camping. ITOLS is Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.


In addition to the BALOO, WLOT and ITOLS courses which explain how to integrate outdoor program in to Scouting, Pine Tree Council offers a number of courses throughout the year to help elevate the outdoor skills of youth and adult leaders.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training 'goes far beyond what you may know as “first aid.” While it contains substantial medical information and teaches skills required for medical emergencies in the wild, the deeper purpose is to train participants to manage acute situations. The bottom line is this: Better decision-making at the incident scene miles from base facilities can save valuable time and human resources. It can save lives, too.'

Pine Tree Council offers Wilderness First Aid training several times per year. See the schedule for upcoming opportunities. WFA training is also offered through WMA and SOLO.

LNT, Powder Horn, Okpik

Outdoor Ethics should be applied by all Units. Outdoor Ethics includes the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lightly! Contact the Council's Leave No Trace Coordinator for guidance on training opportunities.

Powder Horn training provides guidance on how to deliver High Adventure program within a Boy Scout Troop and Venturing Crew. This training is available to both adult and youth leaders. Offered annually, check the schedule for details.

Offered weekends throughout the winter season, Okpik training provides winter skills to Boy Scout and Venturing youth and adults. Scouts have an opportunity to sleep overnight in a quinzhee (snow shelter) and become more capable and prepared outdoorsmen.

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