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IOLS Training

Is there a way to be “grandfathered” into the IOLS training? I’ve been a leader for 10 years , have grown up outdoors. I don’t need a INTRODUCTION to the skills, I’ve been teaching them for 10 years. I can’t afford to give up another weekend for stuff I already know.

Hi, @DougGurriell,

Not that I’m aware of. You could reach out to your District or Council Training Chair, but I suspect the answer wouldn’t change.

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Sorry, i am an eagle scout and have been a registered leader for 30 years. I took iols last spring (and still dont have my proof of training)

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Kevin,

Contact the instructor, the person who organized the class or your district or council training chair. One of them should be able to get your course recorded in ScoutNET so you can print your certificate.

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Everyone can use a refresher and learn new ways. This is why teachers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc. have continuing education requirements and why all BSA leaders must take YPT every 2 years.
Even if you have been teaching the skills discussed in IOLS for 10 years, I’m sure there are things you can learn from taking the course.

In order for you to be position trained if you are a Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster, you will need to take IOLS. There is no opt-out provision.

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I can’t believe I’m the only one running into this issue. What about people who work weekends, can’t take off work to do the class… are they out? Why would they not allow some to be grandfathered in?

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It’s a introduction to outdoor skills. Maybe it should be a online course and offer a more in depth class in person. I get that people need a refresher but it’s skills that are in the handbook, that haven’t changed much at all in all these years. The course like safe swim, safety afloat, climb on and hazardous weather are online and you only have to do them once I believe and they don’t expire. It seems to be to be a little backwards.

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All safety related training (safe swim defense, safety afloat, etc.) must be taken every 2 years to remain current.

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Ive been in touch with the instructor, my district exec and the training chair for the district where i took the training (same council different district) with limited luck beyond, “i will look in to it.”

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@DougGurriell - I managed to find IOLS offered on two Saturdays which worked out well for my schedule. It is also offered during summer camp sessions as well. These requirements have been in place for as long as I have been a registered leader. Additionally I have never heard of grandfathering nor exemption for life experience.

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It’s tough when you work some weekends and still try to do outings other weekends. I wish it would be offered during summer camp, it would be a lot easier. Our district offers it twice a year. I have found this, http://www.delmarvacouncil.org/document/introduction-to-outdoor-leader-skills-test-out-application-form/119292 as an alternative which I think would work.

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@DougGurriell - as a matter of fact Rodney has offered it for years at each and every weekly session.

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Where? I don’t know who that is and I’ve not seen it on our council website. I’m in north Jersey

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@DougGurriell - any council summer camp offers it. You posted something from DelMarVa, so I thought of Rodney Scout Reservation in DelMarVa. Now I gather you have not been involved in scouting for a long time as something like that form may not be accepted by the local council where you are. Beyond that the form mentions tenured scouters which could be applied in a number of wsys but more likely to be one who has been a registered scouters/scout for a while.

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I’ve been involved and a registered leader for almost 15 years as a registered leader. In both the cub scouts and for the last 10 years in the Troop. None of the summer camps that I’ve been to in the last 10 years have offered IOLS. They have some other leader training but not that

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@DougGurriell - fair enough. Which camps have you been to ?

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Trexler in Pa, NoBeBoSco in NJ and Turell in NY

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Pirtle in tyler texas didnt offer any training this summer

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Plenty of opportunities with a 2 minute Google search for IOLS in NJ

https://www.monmouthbsa.org/training-iols
https://www.nnjbsa.org/event/2419875


https://www.gardenstatescouting.org/adult-leader-training
https://www.jerseyshorescouts.org/itols

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Again, it’s tough when you have to work some weekends and still try to do outings with the Troop…

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