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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (iOLS)

July 16, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - July 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops in order to be considered “trained”.
6:30 PM Friday, July 16, 2021
Check-in at 6:30 -7 PM
Through Sunday July 18, 2021
Finish approximately 12:00 noon
Camp Chesebrough Scout Reservation
Highway 9
Los Gatos, CA 95033
Please bring a completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record – Parts A, and B, # 680-001, 2019 Printing. http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf
Please wear your Scout uniform, and bring rain gear and layers, as the weather may change rapidly in the Santa Cruz mountains (and it’s never the same as in the valley).  Please bring a mug and/or water bottle, Scout BSA Handbook and pen & paper.  Please eat dinner before you arrive, or bring a “no-prep” meal with you.  We will provide the ingredients, and you will prepare all your meals for Saturday and Sunday.

The Patrols (this means you) will be putting on a Campfire on Saturday.  Bring some ideas/skits/songs/stories/run-ons, etc. to aid the process.  Please let us know if you have any physical limitations, special dietary or medical needs so we can Be Prepared before the course begins.

You will be outdoors most of the time.  Your campsites will be about 200 yards (uphill) from the parking area.

Overnight gear, outdoor essentials and appropriate clothing are the heart of camping equipment.  Please refer to the Scout BSA Handbook, chapter 9, “Camping.”

You should bring:

Appropriate foot wear – you’ll be outside on rocky, wooded, uneven, unpaved terrain

Boy Scout Handbook
Scout Uniform (wear)
Notebook, pen
Water bottle/canteen, cup
Personal First Aid Kit, suitable for hiking
Tent (consider sharing if you know other participants)
Sleeping Bag, pad
Rain gear
Jacket, gloves (including work gloves),
Layers of clothing (to adjust to varying temperatures and varying levels of exertion) – It can get hot and cold at Chesebrough!
Pocket Knife
Scout Outdoor Essentials (http://boyslife.org/outdoors/outdoorarticles/6976/scout-outdoor-essentials-checklist/)

Personal eating ware – utensils, plate/bowl, cup (we provide the “cooking” ware)

Multiple face masks

If you don’t have the appropriate equipment you may be able to borrow items from others in your unit.

Covid Considerations
We are designing this course to be as safe as possible and we all have a duty to do our part to keep each other safe.
-We will use social distancing and masking in accordance to state and county guidance. Please bring a supply of clean face masks with you to camp.
-While we will try to have participants distanced as much as possible, there will be some group work and hands on instruction.
-Handwashing stations will be available to you at all times, please use them frequently.
-We encourage all participants to get a COVID-19 vaccine, especially those at high risk. For those that cannot receive a vaccine we encourage taking a test before attending.
-We will screen you for symptoms when you arrive and you will be asked to leave if you are symptomatic. We ask that anyone feeling sick does not attend the training and contacts our office.


July 16, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
July 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
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Chesebrough Scout Reservation
26005 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States
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