Baloo Training - Fall 2021


Oct 29, 2021 6:30 pm to Oct 30, 2021 4:00 pm



Idaho Youth Ranch - Hands of Promise Campus
28371 El Paso Rd
Caldwell, ID 83607



Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

Training for the Cub Scout Program


Mountain West Council, BSA


Why do you want to be a Cub Scout? Nine times out of ten the answer will be: "to go camping!"

Cub Scout Packs may conduct a pack campout (overnight) activity, as long as the activity is conducted under the direction of a leader in the pack trained to do so. Packs are encouraged to do a campout in both the fall and spring. The reasoning being that each scout will have a positive outdoor experience within 60 days of joining a Pack. The training course to prepare these leaders is called Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO for short). Cub Scout leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities are required to have at least one BALOO trained adult on every Cub Scout den or pack overnight outdoor event - including Pack Camping and Webelos Den overnighters. BALOO training sets a unit up to carry out a successful camping experience for Scouts.

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 contains introductory and basic information and must be completed prior to the practical component. The goal of the online portion is to make the best use of time to allow leaders to experience as much as possible during the practical hands-on training. Successful completion of BALOO training has a positive impact on the confidence level of a Cub Scout Leader and promotes a willingness to plan a Pack overnighter. Camping activities and outings that are fun, based on the purposes of Cub Scouting, and successful, often when the appetite Cub Scouts, parents, and leaders to desire more of the outdoors. The online portion of BALOO is available around-the clock on the BSA Learn Center by logging into Click on BSA LEARN CENTER to select your course.

A day of FUN and learning prepares pack leaders to plan and carry out "entry-level" outdoor experiences, one that is safe and appropriate for Cub Scouts. This training is not required for all Cub Leaders, but at least one member of a Pack must be BALOO trained in order for their Cub Scout Pack to be authorized to go camping.

When: Friday, October 29, 2021 (Check-in is from 6:30 to 7:00) to Saturday October 30. Session starts promptly at 8:00 am.

Where: Idaho Youth Ranch – Hands of Promise Campus, 28371 El Paso Rd., Caldwell, ID 837607

Cost: $10.00 per participant You provide your own Dinner Friday and Breakfast Saturday. Items to prepare your lunch will be provided. Hot water, coffee and tea will be available as well.

Contact: Course Advisor: Donna Kemper 208 376-4411 or

Register by Sunday, October 24th at 5PM.

$5.00 late fee will be applied after October 24th.

No refunds will be available for cancellations.