Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Training
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping.
Day One: April 21, 2018, Cub Scout Leaders will learn the basics of Outdoor experience.
Day Two: May 11, 2018 (evening arrival & next day May 12th) Cub Scout Leaders will go camping alongside BSA Boy Scout Troops. The evening program and next day program will give Cub Scout Leaders first-hand experience and see the BSA Troop Campsites and how they operate.
A day of fun and learning 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.
In the future & possibly this summer 2018, leaders can organize a pack camp-out at a location approved by the local council. It is a great wy 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 is 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 committee needs to attend BALOO training. The six-hour BALOO session will give your pack's outdoor activity leader the tools to conduct a safe and successful overnight.
Day One (4/21/18) BALOO sessions include the WHY and HOW of Cub Scout camping - planning, equipment, meal preparation and campfire programs. In the afternoon, Cub Scouters rotate among four round-robin sessions - fire safety, stoves and lanterns; first aid and sanitation; nature hikes and games; and cooking. Scattered throughout the day are plenty of the four S's: songs, stunts, stories and showmanship.
Day Two (5/11-12/18) BALOO session revolves around CAMPING, as you and fellow adult Cub Scout Leaders, attend the Tanana District Spring Camp-O-Ree as guests, campout in tents and set up your own campsite and learn from Scouts.
With proper planning and your BALOO-trained leader, your pack should be set for a fun and exciting weekend event.
Upcoming BALOO Training Opportunities...