BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientations

Part 1 - On-line (required before live course)
Part 2 - Live - Sept. 29-30, Camp Illinek


The new BALOO combines the previous BALOO and a course called Outdoor Leader Skills for   Webelos Leaders, or OWL.

Recent updates to this two-part course make the content more impactful, useful and convenient.

Who Should Take BALOO?
The BSA requires that you have at least one   BALOO-trained adult on every Cub Scout den or pack overnight outdoor event. 

Why Should I Take BALOO?
Leaders who complete BALOO training are better prepared to plan overnight events  You’ll learn how to make camping activities and outings fun.  You’ll discover how to keep your Cub Scouts safe and entertained.  And you’ll learn how to plan an event that’s rooted firmly in Cub Scouting’s principles.

Successful experiences in the outdoors make Cub Scouts - and their parents - more likely to keep coming back.

How do I take BALOO?
BALOO consists of two components:  online and hands-on (live).  You’ll need to complete both in order to qualify as a “trained” BALOO Cub Scout outdoor leader.

Online component:  The online portion of BALOO is available 24/7 on the BSA Learn Center.  Just log in to My.Scouting to begin.   

Live component:  This 1 1/2 day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities.

Live Course
When:  Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m. to
             Sunday, September 30, 11:30 a.m.
Cost:     $17, paid in advance
              Includes Lunch-Saturday, Dinner-Saturday, Breakfast-Sunday, Program Materials

BALOO Training Gear List (What to bring)

Tent, Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad or mattress, Sturdy shoes, Change of clothes, Sleeping attire, Soap, washcloth, towel, Sunglasses, Camp chair, Cup, Notebook, pen, pencil, Coat jacket, cap, rain gear, Cub Scout Six Essentials

Course Contact:     Mark Wilson,

Scoutmaster Specific Training

There is no fee association with this training.  Registration is requested for planning purposes only.

October 3 & 10, 2018 - Council Office (both parts required)

April 3 & 10, 2019 - Council Office (both parts required)


Starts Friday at 7 pm. Concludes Saturday at 9 p.m. Camp Illinek.

October 5-6, 2018 - This session has been cancelled due to low registration numbers. Please mark your schedules now to attend the April session and watch for the registration to be up soon. Register early to ensure the can staff and offer this course.


November 3, 2018 - Camp Illinek, Sailing Center

All adults and youth leaders in all program divisions are welcome to participate in this training course.

As leaders, we are all teaching others all of the time, whether we realize it or not.  This course, part one of three, introduces teaching techniques and skills.  It will also freshen up skills of experienced trainers.

There is no cost to participate, but we ask for registration to help in preparation of course materials.  If you have questions, contact Randy Heidorn at 217.725.0546.


There is no fee associated with this training.  Registration is requested for planning purposes only.

November 7, 2018 - Council Office

The Chartered Organization Representatives serve as the liaison between the sponsoring group any Scout unit (Pack, Troop, Team, Crew, or Ship) the group charters.

They are the voice of the organization on every level:

- To all Scout units chartered to that organization (not a different person for each unit).

- To the council and district, this person is a voting member of the Abraham Lincoln Council at our annual meeting and at any special meetings called.

- They are also the Scout Unit's voice to the organization.

Training is offered to better explain the role and help everyone better understand their rights and responsibilities.


November 14, 2018 - Council Office

This one evening course teaches the general do's and don'ts of being a Merit Badge Counselor.

It is open to all current Merit Badge Counselors, people interested in becoming a Counselor, or those who wish to better understand the method of counseling Merit Badges.

There is no fee associated with this training.  Registration is requested for planning purposes only.



November, 16, 2018 or April 5, 2019

Register early for a spot in your preferred session.  Registration is not guaranteed until payment is received.

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Time: 5:30 – 10:30 pm 

Where: Sailing Training Center – Camp Illinek

Cost:  $25.00

The Adult First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for victims about 12 years and older. Successful students will receive a  certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

Anyone who just wants CPR/AED can come for the first three hours of the class.  

For more information contact:
Mark Wilson
American Red Cross
Abraham Lincoln Council - BSA

November 16 Session almost full. Registration closes November 7 or when full.


November 17-18, 2018 or April 6-7, 2019

Register now to reserve a spot in your preferred session. Registration is not confirmed without payment.*

Groups attending Philmont and other national high adventure bases, as well as self-designed high adventure trips are required to have at least one - and preferably two - individuals current in Wilderness & Remote First Aid.

●     Ideal for anyone in a recreational or occupational environment an hour or more from EMS response.

●     Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines.

●     16-hour course

●     Prerequisites:  Minimum age of 14 with certification in adult CPR/AED.

Learn Skills That Could Save a Life
Ideal for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts or employees in remote environments an hour or more from EMS response, our new 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives you the skills and confidence you need to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed.

Course Highlights
To prepare participants to give care for potentially life-threatening emergencies in a delayed-help situation, the Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid course covers the following:

●    Primary and Secondary Assessments
●    Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries
●    Bone and Joint Injuries
●    Allergies and Anaphylaxis
●    Burns
●    Wounds and Wound Infection
●    Hypothermia
●    Heat-Related Illnesses
●    Altitude-Related Illnesses
●    And more…

You’ll receive an emergency reference guide for use in the course, as well as a compact, weather-resistant pocket guide for reference in the field.

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days
Location:  Sailing Center, Camp Illinek
Cost:  $28.00

45 minute lunch each day on your own.

*This course requires a minimum of six (6) registrants to be registered a week before the class date or the course will be canceled.  Don’t wait.

Thanks to Mark Wilson and his crew, this training and First Aid/CPR/AED has been made available to our leaders at a very nominal fee.

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February 9, 2019 - Council Office


The 2018 Woodbadge Course has been cancelled.  

Please check back for information on a 2019 course to be offered


Many adult leaders take advantage of supplemental and advanced training courses in the Boy Scouts of America for many reasons:

  • Expand their comfort zone

  • Learn new skills

  • Be better prepared for issues

  • To assure that they are offering a safe program for their Scouts

  • To meet national requirements for outings and high adventure activities

  • to be better able to guide their own youth leaders

To find out more about training "beyond the basics", download the 




The BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse.

This starts with an enhanced online Youth Protection training course all volunteers and professionals must complete.

Even those Scout leaders who took the previous version of Youth Protection training must log into and complete the updated Youth Protection course. You have until Oct. 1, 2018, to do so.

The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse.

“There is no substitute for hearing directly from experts who have spent their careers studying child predators and abusers,” said Michael Johnson, the BSA’s director of Youth Protection. “They shine a new light on the challenge we all face in protecting kids and how parents and volunteers can put barriers in place to keep them away.”

Next, the BSA has made it impossible for an individual to register as a new volunteer without first completing Youth Protection training. Unit rechartering is affected, too. Packs, troops, posts, ships and crews cannot recharter until all leaders — 100 percent of them — are current on their Youth Protection training.

Finally, beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection training. This includes parents, merit badge counselors and any other adult who will be there for an extended time.

The BSA is serious about fighting child abuse, and you’re an important part of that fight. Thanks for your vigilance and dedication.

Who must complete the updated Youth Protection course?

All registered Scouters (volunteers and professionals), including any adult who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 total hours or more.

The updated course debuted in February 2018; if you took Youth Protection training prior to that, you’ll need to complete the updated course by Oct. 1, 2018.

How do I take the updated Youth Protection course?

Here’s a PDF that outlines the steps.

What’s updated in this Youth Protection course?

  • Videos from survivors of abuse. “In developing this training, we discussed whether or not to include survivor videos,” Johnson said. “It was the right decision. Their testimony is powerful and highlights how predators work and the tragic impact like nothing else.”

  • Video interviews with psychologists and law enforcement professionals who discuss the root causes of abuse, how to recognize it and how to respond.

  • Three all-new training modules and a test.

What are the latest Youth Protection training requirements?

Youth Protection training must be taken every two years.

Effective Sept. 1, 2017:

  • No unit may recharter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection training.

Effective Jan. 1, 2018:

  • No new adult volunteer can be registered without first completing Youth Protection training.

  • No council, region or national leader will be allowed to renew his or her registration if their Youth Protection training is not current.

Effective June 1, 2018:

  • Adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. This includes completing a criminal background check and Youth Protection training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.