Training Books

Training Opportunities

BALOO Training
“An Introduction to Camping”

BALOO TRAINING 2020 
“An Introduction to Camping with Cub Scouts”
Saturday, May 30 – Sunday, May 31, 2020
Check-in at 8 a.m. Saturday; Check-out 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Cedar Point Scout Camp
$20 per adult

This training is the BEST training for any adult in Cub Scouting; it’s really that simple.

“Introduction to Camping with Cub Scouts” or BALOO, will help you gain the skills needed to confidently venture into the great outdoors with your Cub Scouts; whether it’s as a family or as a Pack.  Camping is the “outing” in Scouting and  learning the skills needed to hold awesome campouts is a must.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 30th, at Cedar Point Scout Camp located near Fairmont.  Over the next 24 hours you will learn and have hands on experience with multiple camping skills.  By 11:30 Sunday morning you will be on your way home. 

Please eat breakfast before you arrive and all other meals will be provided.

Twin Valley Council is fortunate enough to have three camps that are available for your use.  Cedar Point Scout Camp offers modern bathrooms/showers, multiple campsites, and two beautiful lodges all located next to a great lake.  

As part of the training course, there is a pre-requisite that needs to be completed before attending.  You will find this module on your my.scouting.org page.  Once logged into your account, click the learning center block on the right, then click on Expanded.  You will find the Baloo training listed there.

Topics Covered At Training
  • Aquatics & Cub Scouts
    • Introduces the Cub Scouting program’s aquatic adventure activities and demonstrates how the requirement for each rank builds on the one from the previous rank.
  • Basic Knots
    • This session is intended to teach the basic knots all Cub Scouts will need to know from Tiger through Arrow of Light.
  • Campfire Program
    • This session provides guidance in planning a campfire to ensure a fun, exciting, and memorable experience for all!
  • Campout Planning
    • This session provides information on program planning to ensure your campout is a fun and safe introduction to camping for Cub Scouts.
  • Campsite Selection
    • This session will provide helpful hints to consider when selecting a site to set up camp on an overnight outing.
  • Cooking & Sanitation
    • Participants will learn about food safety, nutritional guidelines, meal planning, cleaning dishes, and methods of food preparation for the great outdoors.
  • Duty to God
    • This session introduces adults ways they can help Cub Scouts show their duty to God in an outdoor setting.
  • First Aid
    • This session provides information on what should go into first aid kits and how they can be used in an emergency. Also, the importance of keeping medical forms secure and available to first responders will be discussed.
  • Gear Selection
    • Each outdoor adventure is different, and the equipment you take may change from one camping trip to the next. This session covers some basic gear that you will need on every campout in order to provide a good outdoor experience.
  • GPS with Cub Scouts
    • This session introduces the basics of geocaching and using a global positioning system (GPS) device to locate a geocache. 
  • Health & Safety
    • Intended to provide information on health and safety policies of the BSA and the importance of following these policies on all Cub Scout outdoor activities.
  • Knife Safety
    • This session introduces the Cub Scouting program’s knife safety rules and reinforces why the safety rules must be followed at all times.
  • Large Group Games
    • This session is intended to provide ideas for games to be played in a large group setting, such as pack outings and overnighters.
  • Nature and Hiking
    • Hiking is a great outdoor activity for Cub Scouts. This session is intended to introduce the basics of hiking and provide ideas to help make hiking fun.
  • Outdoor Ceremonies
    • Using ceremonies stimulates and encourages increased participation in any event. Outdoor pack activities can start with an opening ceremony and end with a closing ceremony or closing campfire.
  • Outdoor Ethics
    • This session deals with introducing outdoor ethics to Cub Scouts and how the learning should progress as they mature.
  • Stoves, Lanterns & Fires
    • Sometimes the gear used on campouts appears scary and dangerous.  Once they are trained on how to properly use the equipment, it becomes more familiar and can provide years of good camping experiences. It is important that all participants of a pack camping activity understand and abide by the safety rules.  
  • And How To Have Fun!
    • “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how”!
What To Bring

Each participant should plan to bring the following items.  If you need assistance, we have tents and basic gear we can provide.  Please request gear needed during the registration process.

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag and/or blankets
  • Sleeping pad and/or mattress
  • Pillow
  • Sturdy Shoes (flip flops not allowed)
  • Change of clothes
  • Personal medication and toiletries
  • Camp chair
  • Notebook and writing utensil
  • Coat/Jacket, Cap or Gloves
  • Rain Jacket/Poncho
  • Tableware (plate, bowl, cup, knife, spoon, fork)
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlight
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Camera (optional)

Registration is open until Monday, May 25, 2020.

Let’s Get Our Cub Scouts Camping!

Questions please contact
Greg Hitchcock
605-270-2358
gregods2@yahoo.com

Leadership Training

One of the keys to a successful Scouting experience for young people, second only to the selection of the right person for each responsibility, is trained volunteer leadership. Leadership training provides adult leaders with fundamental information about the aims and methods of the movement, as well as specifics about their particular roles in Scouting.

For this reason, the Twin Valley Council is committed to provide top quality training opportunities for leaders, parents and Scouts at the district and council levels. Through these efforts, the delivery of a better and quality Scouting program can be provided to our entire youth membership.

Adults are welcome to attend any training opportunity regardless of location.  There are no district boundaries; all are welcome!  Please look through the upcoming dates and mark your calendar today!

Click any of the below links for training information!

General Council Training and Leadership Development Information

  • Training News
  • Training Calendar
  • Council Training Committee

Leadership Training Information

New Training Material

See new presentation that promotes and teaches using my.scouting.org! Coming soon.