In my council (Juniata Valley [Central PA]), we hold BALOO in conjunction
with OWL, but it's a separate course. We share many of the
advisors/teachers, but have had separate course directors for the courses,
because they are separate entities.
These training events are generally held the same weekend as Outdoor Leader
Skills for Boy Scout Leaders. We normally don't share instructors between
OLS and OWL/BALOO, but is has been known to happen on occasion.
The OWL people report Friday evening and training starts. They create their
patrol flag and head off to their cabins (yep, cabins -- the BS Leaders tent
camp outside of the cabins) to decide what they're doing for snack, and
breakfast for the morning [food is provided, they determine which breakfast
items they're having which day]. We have a "feast" Saturday evening with
everyone contributing a dish.
Saturday morning BALOO participants arrive. Lunch is a DUAL deal with both
BALOO and OWL participants learning to make various foil pack meals. Oh,
and the OWL/BALOO staff join in here, too.
BALOO leave between 3:30 and 4:00 PM, and about that time OWLs leave to
prepare their dish for the feast.
YP Discussion after the dinner, which includes the leaders from our OLS
group (SM/ASM) ... campfire and then everyone retires.
Sunday morning includes a Scouts Own Service, a Flag raising and retirement
and just a couple short sessions. OWL Scouts Own and Flag sessions are held
with the OLS group.
So .... what should you do? I'd contact the course director for your BALOO
course (OWL), and find out exactly what the situation is. It could be that
the situation 'fixes' itself. If the cub scout leaders are adverse to the
two night camping, they won't attend the training, or they will find other
training sessions on their own.
If you find they're enforcing the two nights camping rule for BALOO
participants, I would encourage your leaders to go to other training. I
think it's good to go to another council/district/etc. training just to see
what they're doing. Maybe you can find some ideas ... or maybe you can
share some ideas on how to make their program better.
Whatever you do .... encourage them to TRAIN, and not just skip the
Nittany Mountain District Cub Scout Training Chair
Juniata Valley Council Training Team