By Darryl Alder
Aug 23, 2017

Do You Need an Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills?

Nearly every Scouter in the Council has some training in Scouting and now, with the new online courses at training has become a breeze. However, the capstone to basic training, is NorthStar or Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. This course is only taught well…

We will teach you all the skills youth need to advance and be good outdoorsmen and afterwards, how to teach it to your Scouts. 


In order to be considered “trained,” along with Scoutmaster Specific Training, this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, and while, Venturing Advisors are encouraged to attend, the course is especially helpful to 11 yr old Scout leaders. That’s pretty much your whole ward’s Scouting team.

Topics include:

  • Campsite Selection
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Fire Site Preparation and Building
  • Cooking
  • Ropes—Whipping, Tying, and Lashing
  • Woods Tools—Knife, Camp Saw, and Ax
  • Plant Identification
  • Animal Identification
  • Finding Your Way—Map and Compass Reading
  • Packing and Hiking Technique 

One upcoming course, sponsored by Hobble Creek and Provo Districts, is scheduled for September 15-16, 2017, at Camp Jeremiah Johnson. Being on staff again, I am anxious to teach Scouters about the flora and fauna of Hobble Creek Canyon, both in the fall on our new nature trail. And I know the rest of the staff look forward to helping you learn the above topics. 

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides Scouters practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. The goals are to help leaders feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank and camp comfortably alongside them on outdoor adventures.

Registration opens at 5:00 pm and training will begin at 6:00 pm. Cost is $30.00 and includes materials and food (Cracker Barrel Friday and Breakfast/Lunch/Snack Saturday). Participants only need to bring their own tent, bedding, warm clothing, and personal items. Cooking gear is provided.    

Last day to register is September 12, 2017   

Please preregister at:

Questions?  Call Bill Greer at 1-801-310-3169  


Author:Darryl Alder |  Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council.

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4 thoughts on “Do You Need an Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills?

  1. AvatarDean

    Not sure about this being an on-line subject. We had a Scoutmaster who was “fully trained”. He’d done it all with a computer. He was a disaster.

    1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

      Yes. North Star is the cute little name we have traditionally called it in the Utah National Parks Council, it is the same as Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills everywhere else.


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