Tri-District IOLS Training


Mar 24, 2023 7:00 pm to Mar 26, 2023 12:00 pm



3685 Looper Lake Road
Gainesville, GA 30506


Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) provides leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right.

This outdoor training is required for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. However, Troop Committee members will also gain an understanding of the outdoor program and how to best support the Scoutmaster in delivering a quality outdoor program to the scouts.

To receive credit you are required to attend the entire course (no partial credit is provided)

What are the areas of training?

  • Campsite Selection
  • Outdoor Ceremonies
  • Woods Tools
  • Maps and Compass
  • Ropes, Knots, and Lashings
  • Plant and Animal Identification
  • Interfaith Worship Services
  • Advancements During Camp-outs
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Cooking
  • Backpacking and Hiking

You will become a member of a patrol in a adult training troop. As a member of a patrol, you will learn how to train scouts in patrol operations including patrol outdoor activities. You will learn how the advancement program works from Scout through Eagle Scout rank and how to organize the Troop patrols to provide an effective program for the youth in your troop.


What to bring

Required Documentation

You cannot attend this course without the following documentation

  • Med Forms (Part A & B)
  • Proof of YPT (certificate from
  • Proof of Hazardous Weather Training (certificate from or in-person can be accepted, but you must bring proof)

 Scout Basic Essentials

  • Pocket Knife
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Rain Gear
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Matches (small pack, but make sure you can light them)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Protection
  • Compass
  • Topograpical Map (optional)

Day Gear

  • Scouts BSA Handbook
  • Field Uniform ("Class A")
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
    • Nights will be cold
    • Rain will be cold
  • Coat or jacket
  • Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Day pack
  • Mess kit with eating utensils
  • Metal/Plastic coffee cup
  • Camp chair
  • Notebook, pen, pencil
  • Hiking Staff (optional)

Sleeping Gear

  • Warm Sleeping Attire
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Extra Blanket
  • Sleeping Pad or Mattress
  • Tent
  • Ground Cloth
  • Extra tent stakes

Personal Hygiene

  • Travel soap
  • Washcloth
  • Towel
  • Comb
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Don't forget to floss!