Camporee Training Reminder

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Please remember to sign up for Camporee Training for IOLS (required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to recharter in the fall of 2017) and CPR/AED for Adults and Children, 2 sessions (required for some members of all high adventure crews; strongly recommended for youth crew members, since the adults are the most likely candidates to be the patient). (Scoutmaster Specific Training is required for rechartering, but is now available online as of this month. We will not offer it at Camporee as a result.)

Read this article for more details and sign-up links. We need your sign ups for CPR in advance the most, since we need to bring sufficient teach supplies.

SCOUTMASTERS: Remember staffing the camporee is higher priority than training. Plan accordingly.

Training at Camporee

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We will be offering two trainings at Spring Camporee.

In the last seven days, Scoutmaster Specific has been added online at, so no face-to-face session will be offered for this.

1. IOLS and OWLS in one class

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) concurrent with Outdoor Webelos Leadership Skills (OWLS) will be offered Friday and Saturday. Sign up is available here. IOLS is offered only face-to-face and is required for any Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster to recharter in that position in the Fall of 2017. Please note that the sign up looks like there are two separate classes, but these are, in fact, two sessions of the same class. Attendees must participate from Friday evening and all-day Saturday.

The same is true for OWLS of any Webelos Den Leader rechartering in the fall. Since Webelos now requires a heavier dose of patrol method training, this training is crucial to increase the quality of a Webelos Den experience.

Instructors will be Jeff Heck, District Commissioner; John Wiebke, District Chair; hopefully one scouter-extraordinaire to-be-named later; and Con Sullivan, District Executive. Other faculty are invited to teach modules, too. Contact Jeff Heck if you wish to teach module. The more, the merrier.

Ideal adult candidates for this training on future Scoutmasters, ASM’s, Webelos Den Leaders, and persons holding those positions now and wishing to recharter for 2018 in the same position. This session is useful for Junior Assistant Scoutmasters. Eagle Scouts since 2002 are automatically credited with completing this class because they lived the modern curriculum. Older Eagle Scouts are not grandfathered because of the significant advancement curriculum change in 2002.

2. CPR/AED for Adults and Children

We will also offer CPR/AED training courtesy of Kevin Neese from Troop 269. Sign up is available here for the morning or afternoon session. Please note that the afternoon session will not be held without a minimum of three participants or a full morning class.  This is required for at least one person to have on some scout outings under the Guide to Safe Scouting.

The curriculum will address resuscitating adults and children (not infants).

The class is open to adults and youth. To pass, all participants must demonstrate the ability to learn and retain the information and perform the physically demanding chest compressions. Sometimes sustaining adequate chest compressions are difficult for smaller youth because of the force production required.

IMPORTANT NOTE to Scoutmasters

Troops that do send participants to training still need to provide adequate adult or youth leaders to help staff the camporee. If your adults are participating in training, make sure you bring extra adults.

Staffing the camporee in order to serve our scouts will take priority over class participation.

Boy Scout leaders can now get trained anywhere at any time

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News from Dallas is that Scoutmaster Specific Training for Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters is now available online like Committee Training and Merit Badge Counselor Training.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Training remains face-to-face training. 

Spring Camporee Training

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North Star District is planning on holding three training sessions at the Spring Camporee at Camp Ransburg on Saturday, April 23rd.

  1. Scoutmaster Specific Training. Required for all scoutmaster, assistant scoutmasters, and scoutmaster-candidates to be rechartered in October 2017. (4 hours, likely beginning at 9:00 am.) National keeps promising that this will be offered online eventually. To date, it has not. This is recommended for Junior Assistant Scoutmasters.
  2. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (with Outdoor Webelos Leadership Skills). This is required for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Webelos Den Leaders. It is highly recommended for Cubmasters, Junior Assistant Scoutmasters, and Troop Committee members camping with scouts. This is an in-person only class. This will start 9:00 pm Friday and run from 9:00 am Saturday through dinner time Saturday. (We will try to get done early.) Eagle Scouts earned since 2002 are automatically waived for this class, since the class is designed to teach the Scout to First Class Scout Curriculum under the current Advancement system. Notify Con or Jeff if you have any eligible for this waiver, and we will talk you through how to proceed.
  3. CPR and AED training. This will likely be offered twice. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Class space is limited. This is required for at least one person on a high adventure outing.

We are happy to have scouters join us as faculty. Long classes are easier on the student if they get a variety of faculty throughout the day.

We will be posting a sign up for these classes shortly.

Training at Spring Camporee

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The District Committee is planning on offering adult training at Spring Camporee.

Tentative classes include Troop Committee Challenge, Scoutmaster Specific Training, Merit Badge Counselor Orientation, Introduction to Religious Emblem Curriculum, and Youth Protection Training.

If we can find an instructor, we are also considering CPR/AED training.

Please contact Jeff Heck with classes that you would be most interested in seeing offered.

Also let Jeff know if you are willing to serve as faculty, too.

Del-Mi Training Day Sat., Mar. 18

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Hat tip: District Chair John Wiebke.

We have received the following email courtesy of Del-Mi District, serving Hamilton and Tipton Counties (some editing to fit with our website’s format):

Leader Training next Saturday, March 18

Camp Belzer, 6102 Boy Scout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226

A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!
Please register online before next Thursday, March 16, at 11:59 p.m. as food and other consumable materials must be obtained prior to the training. See below for available training opportunities next weekend.

Cub Leader Training  (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) required training for Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Pack Committee Members and assistants.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) (1 – 5 p.m.) Every Cub Scout camping trip requires a BALOO trained adult.

Troop Committee Challenge Training (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) required training for Troop Committee Members.

Scoutmaster Specific Training (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) required training for Scoutmasters and assistants

Venturing Advisor Training (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) required training for Crew Advisors and assistants.

Venturing Crew Committee Training (1 – 5 p.m.) required training for Crew Committee Members.

April Trainings in Del-Mi

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training is scheduled for Saturday, April 22. This required course prepares Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to teach young boys the outdoor skills practiced by Boy Scouts.


Effective January 1, 2016: Del-Mi District requires all unit leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Team Coaches, Crew Advisors) and committee chairs who were registered in their role as of January 1 be fully trained for their position of responsibility by December 31. Units with leaders who fail to meet this requirement will not be renewed until the leader completes the training or is replaced in consultation with the chartered organization.


Hoosier Trails Offers IOLS and BALOO Training

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Hoosier Trails Council (our neighbor to the south and council surrounding Ransburg) is offering Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills and Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation  Trainings (just a few minutes past Ransburg and just short of the Deem Wilderness fire tower).

These both take place Saturday, May 13, 2017.

IOLS is required to be a “Trained” Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. It must be taken in person. It is required to recharter with your unit for next fall as a scoutmaster or ASM.

If you have a new scoutmaster or ASM starting in August, send them to this trainings so that they are prepared to hit the ground running.

Wabash Valley District Cub and Webelos Leader Training

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Council through our Wabash Valley District will host at Camp Wildwood in Terre Haute a Cub Scout Leader Training on April 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, for more information contact the Terre Haute Service Center 812-232-9496.

Later in the month, they will host Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills Training (which is similar to IOLS but specific to Webelos Leaders) April 22-23, 2017 at Camp Wildwood from 9 am (Sat) – 12 pm (Sun) – For more information contact the Terre Haute Service Center 1-812-232-9497. You will likely need to plan to stay overnight. OWLS is very important in the new Webelos advancement program. The increased emphasis on outdoor skills and working as a “patrol” require a Webelos Den Leader have more knowledge than the old advancement requirements. Get ready for the 2017-18 Webelos Den Program by getting trained now.

Sagamore Council Offers BALOO in Lebanon on April 1

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No joke, BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) will be offered by our neighboring council to the north, Sagamore right outside our back door.

It will be West Lebanon on April 1, 2017. See their website for more information.

This training is required of at least one Cub Leader attending a Pack camp out. Prepare your new leaders for the Fall of 2017’s campouts by getting them trained now.

2017 Wabash Valley BALOO Training Day

This event will help meet the requirement that every pack have at least 1 adult trained for an outdoor activity. This will only help Pack Leaders, not Boy Scout leaders. This training will last 1 day and help cover a variety of subjects to help your Cubs have a fun and safe outdoor experience. All leaders may take the course, not just Cubmasters. The event will move to the West Lebnaon “Scout Woods” for lunch and outdoor activities. less
Location: West Lebanon Library
Cost: Individuals registered by March 10th at 5pm will be able to attend for free. Registrations after 5pm will cost $10, up until March 28th at 5pm. No walk in registrations will be accepted.
Reservation by: Individual Participant
For: Adult Participant
Registration: 1/8/2017 Midnight – 3/28/2017 6:00 PM
Event Contact:

NEEDED: Range Officer Training in Preparation for Spring Camporee

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For our Spring Camporee, we need range safety officers. The more RSO’s we have, the more we can use the ranges for more scouts.

Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati is offering the US Archery Level 1 Instructor Course on March 25, 2017. This is at Cubworld, part of the Camp Friedlander campus just within the eastern outskirts of Greater Cincinnati.

They are offering BB and Archery Rangemaster training on April 1, 2017 at the same Cubworld.

They are offering the NRA Instructor Training and another version with Pistols on the weekend of March 17-19, 2017. Familiarity with firearms safety is a pre-requisite. See the website for more information. The basic instructor training is only $35.00. This is at Camp Friedlander (see notes above).

Please help us by sending a member of your troop to the training in preparation for our great Spring Camporee!