Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

BALOO is REQUIRED TRAINING for all Cub Scout Packs that would like to do Overnight Camping as a part of their Pack activities. At least one leader/parent of the activity must be BALOO Trained in order to take Cub Scouts camping.

BALOO now consists of two components: online and hands-on. You’ll need to complete both – in order – to qualify as a
“Trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader and receive the BALOO recognition patch.

  1. Online component: The online portion of BALOO is available 24/7 on the BSA Learn Center. Just log in to to begin. 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.
  2. Practical, hands-on component: This 1.5-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.


When (2 opportunities)

Friday, September 13, 2019 to Saturday, September 14, 2019
Friday, March 27, 2020 to Saturday, March 28, 2020

From 6:30pm Friday until 7:00pm Saturday 

At Fire Mountain Scout Camp (26027 Walker Valley Road in Mount Vernon).


Cost: $25 (Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and materials) No meal will be provided on Friday night.

This is an energetic training that will cover everything you need to know to plan and run a pack overnighter. It is  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 cooking demonstrations!


On-line registration with payment is due no later than midnight the Saturday before the course.

No late registrations will be accepted.

Childcare: Sorry but childcare is not available during this course.