Big, better BALOO training for Cub Scout leaders

(This story first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue Scout Magazine.)

A few years ago, long-time Cub Scout coaches Matt Marham and Jesse King-Markham testified that volunteers were often frustrated when they enrolled in a second and special training camp to learn the basics of adult leadership. Then there are external leadership skills (usually called “OWLS”) for Webbelu leaders.

“One of the challenges we faced in dividing the course into OWLS was that people didn’t go, because they had to take another course.

There seems to be a lot of overlap in content, so the Couple District in the North Star Council has a mixed curriculum that covers both curricula. The night’s event allowed leaders to train Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts on outdoor skills.

That hybrid is still an official approach. The BALOO curriculum covers Cuba And Webb Scout leaders need to know. And he does it on a 30-hour weekend — for example, all day on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Covering the weekend

Cub Scouting has changed dramatically over the past few years, especially since When a new development program is launched in 2015. That means major changes in curriculum, especially on the Web. OWLS is built around the old development program.

Furthermore, Markham says, Cub Scout Camp has improved with the advent of activities such as Cub Scout Camp.

“There are a lot of people who don’t know how to do it, and there is no way to teach them,” he said. Now there is really a course that deals with those outdoor activities and techniques.

Those activities and techniques help explain why the lesson is longer.

A.D. “We had a lot more skills to adapt to the program, so we need to take more time,” says Dennis Campa, who took over BALOO in 2000 as a member of the Cuban Scout Committee.

Online and in the field

This weekend’s experience is only part of BALOO. The course begins with eight short online modules at Each module lasts for 10 minutes or less, and covers basics such as external program benefits and health and safety considerations. Once you have completed these prerequisites, you are ready for the weekend.

Of course, knowledge is the sole purpose of knowledge, says King Markham.

“If we can find a Cub Scouts camp, they will become a lifelong scout,” she says. “They will be people who want to be saved out of the house. They become people who bring their own families abroad. ”

Using the best of BALOO

Here are some tips to make the best use of your BALOO experience

  1. Take your time with online modules. Although you can zip all modules in less than an hour, try to slow down. Stay away from computers between modules, and take the time to browse some of the available online resources. Also, review any sections that may be confusing to you. Each module includes a content table that allows you to repeat the previous sections. Click the TOC button at the bottom of the window.
  2. Bring your questions – and your skills. Many online modules preview the content of the weekend and suggest the questions you want to ask. Bring skates or songs to share those questions over the weekend, as well as during your class’s camp fire program.
  3. Come with an open mind. If your idea of ​​scrolling is a motel without high speed internet, try viewing the content through the eyes of your cube scouts. They are thirsty for adventure. On the other hand, if you are a professional camp, remember that the purpose of the course is to prepare you to guide the cave and load up the hikes – not difficult back trips.

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