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“Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation”

Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Sunday, June 2, 2019
Cedar Point Scout Camp
$35 per person

BALOO is the best training available for any adult in Cub Scouts – parents or leaders.  It’s really that simple. 

BALOO is the perfect for Webelos Den Leaders, Adults new to Scouting, Adults who want to help but aren’t sure how, or anyone who wants to build their confidence in the outdoors.

BALOO will help you gain the skills needed to confidently venture into the great outdoors with your Cub Scout(s). Camping is the “outing” in Scouting so learn the skills needed to hold an awesome campout or outdoor adventure. 

NICE TO KNOW UPDATE AS OF APRIL 18, 2019

Update to Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
BALOO’s online modules have been updated! As part of a two-part blended learning format, these online modules are the first step to become BALOO trained. The online training modules contain introductory and basic information that will be built upon during the practical training that is completed during an in-person, council-instructed course. The in-person syllabus is facilitated by the council training committee. The online component must be completed prior to the practical component. The newly updated BALOO online training modules are now available at my.scouting.org in the BSA Learning Center

Some of the topics covered during BALOO include:

  • Aquatics and Cub Scouts
  • Basic Knots
  • Campfire Program
  • Campout Planning
  • Campsite Selection
  • Cooking and Sanitation
  • Duty to God
  • First Aid
  • Gear Selection
  • GPS with Cub Scouts
  • Health and Safety
  • Knife Safety
  • Large Group Games
  • Nature and Hiking
  • Outdoor Ceremonies
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Stoves, Lanterns & Fires

BALOO is an overnight training scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Cedar Point Scout Camp located near Fairmont, MN.  Check in begins at 8 a.m. with the course beginning promptly at 9 a.m.  Saturday lunch and dinner, breakfast on Sunday and treats will be provided.  You will be on your way home by 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Participants should plan to camp for the weekend.  Please provide your own tent, cot, sleeping gear and personal items.  If you do not have these items please contact Chris Scherer. 

Registration is open until May 25, 2019.  After this date you may still attend but must register through Chris Scherer.

 

Introduction To Outdoor Leader Skills

Friday, June 7, 2019 – Sunday, June 9, 2019
Norseland Scout Camp
$45 per participant and $10 per staff

This is the perfect opportunity for adult leaders to become trained adult leaders.  And it can be done in one weekend!  Friday, June 7th, you will arrive at Norseland Scout Camp at 3 p.m., pitch your tent and “Be Prepared” for a weekend of training sessions that are fun!  When you leave on Sunday, June 9th around 2 p.m., you leave with new found confidence, knowledge and skills.

Cost for the weekend is $45 if registered by May 24, 2019.  After that date you may still attend but must register through Shawn Pomeroy.  Staff will pay $10 to cover the cost of food.

Included in the fee are all program materials, meals, trained patch and T-shirt.  Please indicate shirt size when registering.  Also, please list you Scouting positions during sign up.

Each participant should bring their own tent, camping gear, person items, field uniform and activity uniform.

 

 

Troop Leadership Training

Friday, June 7, 2019 – Sunday, June 9, 2019
Norseland Scout Camp
$45 per person and $10 per staff

The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and to most effectively reach success in that role.  It is intended to help Scouts BSA in leadership positions within their troop, understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

Each Scout should “Be Prepared” to camp.  Please bring your camping gear, tent, field uniform & activity  uniforms and personal gear.   Check in on Friday, June 7th begins at  3 p.m. and you will on your way home Sunday, June 9th by 2 p.m.

This is a three day training session held Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Norseland Scout Camp located near St. Peter.  Cost to attend this training is $45 per person if registered by May 24, 2019.    After that date you may still attend but must register through Shawn Pomeroy.  Staff trainers will pay $10 to cover the cost of food.

Included in your $45 fee are all training materials, meals, trained patch, and t-shirt (if registered by May 24, 2019).  Please indicate shirt size when registering at  www.twinvalleybsa.org.

 

 

I’m A New Council Training Chair – Now What?

June 16-22, 2019
Philmont Training Center, Cimarron, NM
$555 per person

Our Scouts deserve the very best programs.  In order to deliver these top-rated programs to our youth, leaders must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and motivation they need.  It is the responsibility of the council training committee to help those leaders to “Be Prepared!”  Come join us in June, and you will expand your knowledge of:

  • The role of the council training chair
  • The functions of the council training committee
  • How to plan, organize, make and implement a training plan
  • Locating resources available to your training team
  • How to organize and train your council training committee
  • The latest information on online and instructor-led training
  • The latest “What Makes a Trained Leader” information
  • How to maximize the success of your district training chairs
  • How to use Training Manager in My.Scouting Tools
  • How to get 100% of your direct contact leaders trained
  • Applying these concepts within your council

The primary audience for this conference is council training chairs and members of the council training committee. Others who will benefit from this interactive conference include anyone interested in serving on a training team.  Our promise to you is an action-packed, fun-filled week where we will all learn from each other and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and surroundings at Philmont Training Center!

About the Faculty

Hal Scott is the Wood Badge coordinator for Tidewater Council in Virginia Beach.  He has served as the council training chair, Wood Badge course director, Scoutmaster, associate crew advisor, pack committee chair, Cubmaster, den leader, unit commissioner, OA chapter adviser, and is a member of the council’s executive board.  He has previously served as a PTC faculty member.

John Donat is the training committee chair for Tidewater Council in Virginia Beach and recently served as training adviser for Order of the Arrow Section SR-7A 2017 Conclave.  He has also served as OA Blue Heron Lodge adviser, OA NEXT team guide, OA Section SR-7A training adviser, national jamboree staff, Wood Badge course director, Wood Badge staff, Scoutmaster, and Webelos den leader and is a member of the council’s executive board.  John has also previously served as a PTC faculty member.

 

I’m A New District Training Chair – Now What?

June 16-22, 2019
Philmont Training Center, Cimarron, NM
$555 per person

Our Scouts deserve the very best programs.  In order to deliver these top-rated programs to our youth, leaders must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and motivation they need.  It is the responsibility of the district training committee to help those leaders to “Be Prepared!”  Come join us in June, and you will expand your knowledge of:

  • Recruiting and leading your training team
  • What goals you and your team are expected to meet
  • How to meet and exceed your district’s training needs
  • Locating resources available to your training team
  • How to plan, organize, make and implement a training plan
  • The latest “What makes a Trained Leader” information
  • How to get 100% of your direct contact leaders trained
  • What training you are expected to provide
  • Providing online and instructor-led training
  • Which meetings you should attend
  • How to use Training Manager in My.Scouting Tools
  • Applying all of these concepts within your district

The primary audience for this conference is district training chairs and members of the district training committee. Others who will benefit from this interactive conference include anyone interested in serving on a training team.  Our promise to you is an action-packed, fun-filled week where we will all learn from each other and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and surroundings at Philmont Training Center!

About the Faculty

George Kunkel has served on council and district training committees for several councils.  He is a Vice Chair of the Greater St. Louis Area Council Training Committee, serves as an instructor for several region and local Universities of Scouting, is the Dean of the Commissioner Basic Program for the Gateway Region College of Commissioner Science, as well as a returning PTC faculty.  Previous training positions include course directorships for NYLT and the GSLAC Okpik Program, and several Wood Badge staffs.  Served on three national jamboree staffs.  Currently serves his home district as District Commissioner.

Don Hall is currently serving as the Lakeview District training committee chair for Trapper Trails Council in West Haven, Utah.  He has also served as Order of the Arrow section university adviser, has served on numerous Wood Badge and national jamboree staffs, and also as a Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, OA assistant lodge advisor and chapter advisor, and commissioner.

 

 

 

Train The Trainer Week At Philmont

July 21-27, 2019
Philmont Training Center, Cimarron, NM

Want to be the BEST trainer you can be?  Want to enjoy the Land of Enchantment?  We have the answer!

Join us July 21-27, 2019 for Training for Trainers: Fundamentals, EDGE and More!

This will be a week full of training, memories and Fun!

This conference will teach new techniques and skills for Trainers to enhance their abilities and prsent effective training.  Learners will benefit from hands on experience, feedback, and a space to grow as a trainer.  A variety of topics will be covered including:

  • Training Resources
  • Trained Leader Requirements
  • Latest News in Volunteer Training
  • Advanced Training Skills

 

This is the finest training environment!  Activities for the entire family!

 

 

 

BSA Certified Angler Instructor Course

Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
John Woodhall II’s private property
Spicer, MN

“Having attended BSA training at John’s facility, his program set a new bar for how to properly teach fishing skills.  While my class was comprised of seasoned anglers, not only would the course have been appropriate for people with less experience, but all attendees came away with increased knowledge and appreciation of all aspects of the art.  The curriculum was well designed.  The outdoor facilities were exceptional.  And the host/instructors incredibly helpful from first aid to the fly tying/gear to tactics, this was the most educational and fun outdoor class that i have taken.”  Matthew Arnett.

Join in the fun on August 23-25, 2019, on the private property of John Woodhall III’s near Spicer, MN.  The class begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and continues through Sunday morning.  This is a BSA Nationally recognized training course and all participants will receive their training certificate and patch.

This course is designed for those who are willing to actively help and promote fishing in their Council, District or within their Unit.  The Chief Instructor and host is John Woodhall III, Area 1 fishing advocate and Section Director for National Camp School first year camper and outdoor skills program.

Some of the topics covered at this training include 

  • Fishing and the BSA
  • Review of basic fishing skills
  • Learning the art of Fly
  • Fishing casting
  • Fly tying, knots and equipment
  • Background on Merit Badge Programs for Fishing and Fly Fishing
  • The Complete Angler Award for Scouts BSA
  • Fishing topics for Troops, Crews and Pack
  • Fishing promotions and activities

Cost for this event is:

$35 basic fee which includes certificate, patch, bait, materials and food for the weekend
$55 fee includes everything in basic fee plus a set of fly tying tools in a wooden box
$110 fee includes everything mentioned above plus a Fly rod with reel and line.
There will be a cracker barrel on Friday evening, three meals provided on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.

You will be fishing on private ponds owned and stocked by John Woodhall III located between New London and Hawick, MN, just off of Highway 23.     Catch and release will be practiced except for fish kept for the fish fry on Sunday morning.  Row bots and canoes will be available but bring your own life jacket and fishing equipment of your choice.  Fly rods will be provided.  There are no docks on ponds so bring rubber boots or “Be Prepared” get to get your feet wet.  Also, there are no landings or ramps for larger boats.  Since these are gravel pit ponds, they drop off quickly in places and there is good shore fishing.  Fish species include northern, bass, crappie, sunfish, trout and walleye.  Minnesota Fishing License required.  Fly Fishing equipment and fly tying tools and supplies will be provided.  

This weekend will be rustic camping.  Please bring your own tent, sleeping bag with cot or mattress, plus whatever else you would like for your campout.  Clothing should be appropriate for early fall and wearing of the BSA uniform is optional.  Please bring a solar shower or plan to swim.  An outhouse is available as well as a solar shower shelter. 

There will be outdoor cooking all weekend.  Meetings will be held in a canopy tent.  Generator supplied power for lights and power point presentations.  There will be water available for washing and drinking. 

To sign up for your spot, please send payment made payable to John Woodhall III to 9571 NE Highway 23  Spicer, MN  56288.  For questions please call John at 320-894-3700 or email jawiii@charter.net.

 

Commissioner Conference

“Helping Units Better Serve Youth”

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Morson Ario VFW Post Mankato
$5 per person


Helping Units Better Serve Youth” will be the topic at the Commissioner Conference in September.

There will be great discussions and learning sessions such as

  • Recruiting and mentoring Lion/Tiger/Wolf Den Leaders
  • Promoting Cub Camp
  • Helping units develop an annual program plan and budget
  • Webelos to Scout transition
  • Helping Packs prepare for School Night
  • On-time charter renewal
  • Unit Health Assessments

Also on the agenda for the day is the detailed assessment of a unit each commissioner is asked to complete yearly.  More specifically, you’ll be looking at a few key factors such as are leaders trained and do they have a succession plan?  Does the unit have an annual program and budget?  Does the unit have a summer camping program? And does the unit have missing age groups of Scouts?

Cost to attend this event is only $5 (to cover lunch) and registration will be open until September 7, 2019.

For questions please contact Tim Adams.

Den Chief Training Now Online

The new online Den Chief Training is now available for Scouts who are registered in troops, crews and ships.

The new online course identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks and describes the den chief’s relationship with supporting den leaders and how it relates to the den chief’s activities with the den.

At the end of the online training module, den chiefs can print their certificate of completion signifying they are trained for their position and fulfilling a requirement toward their Den Chief Service Award.

The training is available at scouting.org or by clicking here.

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.