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Training Opportunities for You! 

Youth Protection – our Mission

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

Please Note: EVERY registered leader must take the updated youth protection by the end of September, 2018.  This certification is then good for 2 years.

Now that the Kasperson Center for Scouting (850 Forest Edge Drive, Vernon Hills) is open, we will host Youth Protection Training periodically on Saturday mornings starting at 9:30 AM. Look for this and other ways to support your unit.

September 8 and 15 and 22!

Registration is open – And, we take walk-ins too!   Please arrive promptly for a 9:30 AM start.  Expect to finish by 11:00.

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout Leaders)

The BALOO course is required for all packs that want to go camping.   At least one adult (leader or other parent) camping with the pack must be “BALOO certified.”   This course is only offered  a couple times per year so plan ahead!

September 29

Spring 2019 course dates: – April 28 (Oakarro) and May 11 (Crown)

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (OLS)

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 and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”.

Offered twice each year:

Saturday – Sunday, September 29-30, 2018 (patrol formation meeting 9/19)

And Friday – Saturday, May 3-4, 2019  (patrol formation 4/24)

Also watch for news of our Scouting Universities in November and February.

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