A note from the training chair - September 2016

Is BALOO A Bear?
by Ernest Froemel

In Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Baloo is indeed a bear. He was the teacher of the wolf pack cubs, including the “man-cub” Mowgli. In the Disney versions, Baloo was a friend, mentor, and protector to Mowgli. In the Boy Scouts of America, BALOO is an acronym for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, a one-day course designed to give Cub Scout leaders the knowledge, skills, and confidence to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, especially camping.

How comfortable are you with foil cooking, the 10 outdoor essentials, conducting campfire programs, and health and safety in the outdoors? Take this informative course and improve your outdoor skills, meet your peers, and have some fun. See the Pathway to Adventure web site for available courses.

From a practical viewpoint, every Cub Scout overnighter requires the active presence of at least one BALOO-trained adult leader.

From a realistic viewpoint, every youth deserves a trained leader who can make Scouting experiences fun and safe; a leader who can be a friendly mentor and protector. Take BALOO and be Baloo to your Cub Scouts.

Leader-Specific Training

Leader-Specific Training is required for new Scout leaders, either for the first time, or in a new capacity.


When and where is Wood Badge offered in the Council?

Spring 2017: April 28-30 and May 19-21 at Camp Frank Betz in Berrien, MI. See https://scoutingevent.com/456-9490 for further information and to register.

Fall 2017: September 22-24 and October 13-15 at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta in Burlington, WI. See https://scoutingevent.com/456-10440 for further information and to register.


YOUTH PROTECTION is the very first training you should take, and this training must be retaken every two years. It is done online and only takes 20-30 minutes. Definitely a first and top priority. When you go to the site, make sure your account includes your BSA membership ID so that the training can be automatically recorded.


If you are a Cub Scout, Boy Scout Venturing Leader, you can complete all of your training through the Myscouting.org Training Portal.

> Take Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Online

Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills 

Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) teaches basic camping and outdoor safety skills, and is required training for Scoutmasters (and Assistants), and Varsity Team Coaches (and Assistants).

Click here for dates!

Leader-Specific Training 

Districts throughout the Council offer Leader-Specific Training courses. This includes training for all unit leadership positions as shown below. Please use the links below to find the next course in your area.

  • Cub Scout Leader-specific Training 
  • Boy Scout Leader-specific Training
  • Varsity Vision (Varsity Leader-specific Training)
  • Venturing Leader-specific Training

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Roundtables are a monthly gathering of pack, troop, team, crew, and district leaders. Get the latest information on district and council events, training opportunities, BSA policies and learn about great available resources. Roundtable is an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. The roundtable commissioner and staff demonstrate elements of a model meeting that leaders may use as a pattern for their own meetings. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, and able to provide a stronger program for Scouts

The goals of Roundtable are four-fold:

  1. To help motivate unit leaders and refresh their morale, enthusiasm, inspiration and vision.
  2. To provide unit leaders with relevant skills, techniques, ideas, information and know-how to make their unit operation successful. This instruction builds strong and exciting scouting programs.
  3. To provide resources to help unit leaders in their roles.
  4. Respect the time given by each Scout or Scouter that is attending-- it can never be replaced.

All Adult Leaders who hold any position within their units are invited to attend each month. Come and share your knowledge, skills and resources for the benefit of all your leaders and youth in your local district.

For more information on your District's Roundtable, contact your local Unit Commissioner or a member of the District leadership. You may also click on "Districts" on the top navigation bar and then select your district to see when and where your Roundtable is being held.

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