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

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

This one-and-a-half 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. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands-on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter


November 15, 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

Limited to 20 participants.

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 16-17, 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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June 22-27, 2019 - Camp Illinek


The aims of NYLT are to give each participant a basic knowledge of various leadership skills while helping them relate these skills to their own troop/crew responsibilities; to give them the confidence and knowledge necessary to run their troop/crew program; to provide an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other troops/crews; and of course, to have FUN.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what they must KNOW, and what they must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Cost will be $ 260.

Dates & Locations: NYLT – June 22 – 27, 2019 (Saturday 7:30am – Thursday 9:00pm)

Location: Camp Illinek Location: Sailing/Training Center

Eligibility: Must be a registered member of a Scouting unit. Must have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C.

  • As of March 1, 2019, Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be at least 13. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. For 2019 only, an exception will be granted for girls registered in Scouts BSA to attend NYLT without first achieving the First Class rank. Boys registered in Scouts BSA will still be required to earn the First Class rank before attending NYLT.

  • Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.

  • Have a unit leader recommendation.

Additional information or questions contact: Howard Olson - NYLT Course Director e-mail:


The 2018 Woodbadge Course has been cancelled.  

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



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.

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Scoutmaster Specific Training

Dates for the Next Scoutmaster Training will be announced soon.