2023 Basic Adult Leader Orientation (BALOO)
BASIC ADULT LEADER OUTDOOR ORIENTATION Training -- for Cub Scout volunteers
Welcome to BALOO training! It is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including pack camping overnighters and WEBELOS den overnighters. BALOO training is comprised of two components: an online component and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “TRAINED” Cub Scout outdoor leader. The online component must be completed prior to the practical component. The online training contains introductory and basic information that will be built upon during the practical training.
Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader
BALOO is a fun, exciting and required training for all those in your Pack who are in charge of conducting a Pack family campout. It is recommended that each Pack have at least two BALOO-trained adults.
What is BALOO?
BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It’s designed to introduce Cub Scout leaders to the opportunities for pack overnight camping. This is an energetic training that will cover everything you need to know to plan and run a pack overnighter. It’s more than just camping—it includes ideas for outdoor activities, games and ceremonies; information on selecting and using camping equipment; how to run a campfire program; and hands-on Cub Scout & Webelos cooking demonstrations! In short, everything you need to know to make your pack overnighter a fun, successful event!
Why do I need BALOO?
BSA has made several changes to the camping policy for Cub Scouts. Besides participating in council camps (day camp, resident camp), packs may organize overnight campouts and outings for Scouts and their families. Adults leading a pack overnighter must attend BALOO training.