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Back Country Outdoor Leader Skills: Sept 28 and Oct 12-13

September 18, 2019

This course was developed by a group of Scouters in 1993; it has been continually updated to meet current techniques and technology. It is aimed at all adults working with older youth regardless of program (Boy Scouting, Venturing, or Exploring).  This This training IS NOT recommended for Cub Scout leaders or people without camping experience. All participants are strongly encouraged to complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, as well as the position-specific training for their program area (Venturing or, Boy Scout) prior to attending this course. All participants must be able to meet current physical requirements of the BSA Annual Health & Medical Record.


The target audience is adult leaders planning High Adventure treks at back country venues not supported by BSA infrastructure; however, units planning to attend High Adventure bases supported by BSA will find this course useful, inasmuch as unit shakedowns will, most likely, take place in venues not supported by BSA infrastructure. If you are participating in an NCAC-sponsored High Adventure Trek, you must also take the course offered by the NCAC High Adventure Committee.

Part 1 — Addresses ways to effectively work with older youth and covers the detailed preparation and planning that must be done before you go out, including risk management.  Summarizes the personal and crew equipment used for lightweight camping.  Plans are also made for the weekend overnight session.  (Part 1 is the EXPLAIN & DEMONSTRATE part of EDGE.)

Part 2 — Participants will practice core leader skills for the outdoor program — Leave No Trace, navigation (map & compass plus GPS), terrain awareness, expedition menu planning and food preparation, stove and stove maintenance, wilderness first aid issues, expedition health and hygiene, team building.  (Part 2 is the GUIDE part of EDGE.)

Part 3While not required, we strongly suggest participation in the Hike-o-ree which will allow BCOLS trained leaders   to apply the BCOLS training with their youth at a real-world event.  (Part 3 is the ENABLE part of EDGE.)

Register via the NCAC web-site — BCOLS

Class size limited to 40.  Adults receive preference.   Fee is $50.00

Classroom: Sat.. 9/28 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Heritage Presbyterian Church
8503 Fort Hunt Rd
Alexandria, VA 22308
Overnite: Sat. 10/12, 7:30 AM thru Sun. 10/13, 1:30 PM
Camp Big Mac
12647 Moss Hollow Rd
Markham, VA 22643
FOR INFORMATION: Dominick Caridi: / 703-625-4196