RE: [Scouter_T] BALOO Training
- In October 2002 I sent the following message to my District...
I have been researching BALOO.My conclusion is that BALOO enables a Pack
(if planned accordingly) to recruit a Camping Chair and send them on a
trail that will lead to an awesome Pack Campout!
This course lists the Target Audience as:
"Ideally, your target participant is a parent who is not already part of
a pack leadership team. This position should be similar to the person
in charge of the pinewood derby, blue and gold dinner, or other special
pack activity. He or she may not have already attended Cub Scout Leader
Basic Training or Youth Protection training, but should be encouraged to
do so as part of this training. He or she will be responsible for the
success of this important activity and should be give adequate time to
prepare. That is not to say that pack leaders are not welcome, but it
will be important for you to convey this message as part of your
promotion and planning."
The course Campout Planning Calendar details a 120 day checklist with an
initial Planning meeting held 90 days prior to the event and ending with
Food Purchased at 1-5 days prior to the event. In other words, your
Pack Campout can be a well planned outstanding event!
This persons training coupled with the team recruited and followed with
a successful Pack Campout can only be beneficial to your Pack...Who
knows how many new involved Leaders your Pack may create? BALOO has got
According to the Guide to Safe Scouting #34416C(I realize there has been
a recent update that I do not have in my hands right now...) "Adults
giving leadership to a pack overnighter must complete Basic Adult Leader
Outdoor Orientation(BALOO No. 34162A)...". Additionally, the BALOO
syllabus specifically states that "This training course has a tight
schedule. It is recommended that trainers neither add to nor delete
from the course content."
Yours in Scouting
From: Hank Voegtle [mailto:pack890cm@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 1:24 AM
Subject: [Scouter_T] BALOO Training
Tonight was the district program kick-off for 2003-4. In looking over
training schedule, I did not see BALOO as a course. As the course
for the district's first course in 2001, I was a littled concerned about
this. When I asked about it, I was told that it would be integrated into
the Outdoor Webelos Course, a program that includes two nights of
Showing up for one day is not an option. The one-day course "may" be
offered in the spring.
Having been the course director for our district's first course, I was
than shocked by the idea that BALOO, an introductory course that
emphasizes "soft" camping will offered in this format. I'm tempted to
my pack leaders to districts were there is a one day course or offering
in my pack as a one day course. Does anyone have thoughts on the matter?
Does anyone think I ought to contact the Council Executive or Council
Training Chair? Am I being too much of a curmudgeon about this? Am I
to think that BALOO is one course that really ought to be taught
to the syllabus?
Thanks in advance.
Yours in Scouting,
Hank Voegtle--Eagle Scout-Class of '68
I used to be a Fox (SR-Y2K-X2)
Cubmaster, Pack 890, Dallas, Texas
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