iolsiolsIntroduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is the final course required for Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters of Boy Scout troops and Crew Advisors Assistant Crew Advisors of Venturing Crews with an outdoor focus to earn their “Trained” status. This course is an outdoor training experience designed to teach the skills it takes to be a First Class Scout. This training is usually done on a Friday night through Saturday night and is put on by the district training teams.

IOLS is a required course for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters to be rechartered with their Troop.

IOLS should be taken after Youth Protection Training and Position Specific Training.

While no longer required, This is Scouting is still a very useful training program and the Dan Beard Council Training Committee STONGLY recommends that all leader review this course. New leaders and parents can review the course to get a better understanding of the ‘whole’ BSA picture.