Beyond Basic Training

Beyond Basic Training

There are a variety of training programs available beyond those required for basic training. These programs focus on specific skills that leaders need to deliver a quality program.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

Baloo BearBasic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) 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. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a Pack campout.

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." That's why Cub Scouting has introduced 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, at a location approved by the local council, 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.

Participants who complete this training course will:

  • Understand the focus of the Cub Scout level of the BSA outdoor program.
  • Gain the skills needed to plan and carry out a successful Cub Scout-level overnight activity.
  • Learn more about the resources available from the BSA for carrying out this activity.

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


Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders

Webelos den campouts serve to move the Webelos Scout to the next level of the BSA's ever-increasing challenge in the outdoors. The boy and his parent will be introduced to the basics of Boy Scout camping. A trained Webelos den leader who has completed position-specific training and Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders should conduct these events. Webelos dens are encouraged to participate in joint den-troop campouts, particularly in the fifth-grade year.

Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants, the Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders course teaches outdoor-related skills through demonstration and hands-on practice. Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den. In addition to covering basic camping skills, this training features planning campouts and finding resources.

The Council offers Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders several times each year.


POW WOW is a one-day Cub Scout leader training extravaganza! It goes beyond Basic Leader Training, providing ideas and how-to's in a wide variety of topics. POW WOW is an event to renew knowledge, learn current policies, and share experiences.



University of Scouting

Scout University

A University of Scouting is an event during which fellowship is developed and scouting knowledge is enhanced. There are courses for unit leaders, unit and district committee members, and commissioners.Choose the course that you would like to attend. Come and enjoy the day's fellowship with over one hundred scouters from four Councils.