Trainings

What does Tomahawk Offer?

Currently, Tomahawk is planning on offering three trainings for the summer of 2022, but are looking at adding additional trainings. The three we are preparing for next summer are:

If you want us to offer a specific training not on this list, please contact us and we'll see if we can make it happen!

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

What is IOLS?

This hands-on program gives adult leaders a practical introduction to the patrol method of a youth-led troop by teaching many of the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the outdoors. In addition, the teaching methods, activities, and games model the variety of teaching used in effective and engaging Scouting Programs. IOLS is a training program that teaches leaders the skills they need to help out in their troop. It also covers many of the skills needed to become a First Class Scout.

What Do I Learn?

  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Fire building
  • Knots and Lashings
  • Plant Identification
  • Animal Identification
  • Tool Usage
  • and More!

When Does IOLS Run?

IOLS takes place beside its companion program Brownsea - The First Year Camper Program. Leaders who want to take IOLS will attend Brownsea and learn from the skills from the staff and help the staff teach the Scouts the different skills needed. The Brownsea Program meets Blocks 1A and 1B. In addition to participating in Brownsea, Leaders will need to complete some additional items.

Cost

No cost, it’s free!

How To Sign Up

Sign up with your Brownsea Director on Sunday morning at camp. The Brownsea Director will let you know what skills you should start preparing to teach and when and where they need you.

Extra commitments

  • Attend the Sunday Orientation
  • Learn about Cooking and Meal Planning at the Cooking Demo
  • Go on a hike to Logging Camp
  • Attend the Skill Testing Session on Friday Morning at the end of the week.

Leave No Trace Awareness 

What is it?

Learn the key principles of Leave no Trace and how you can practice it in your outdoor adventures. This 30 minute course is just the first step in further learning with Leave No Trace.

When is it available?

The Leave no Trace Awareness course happens during Troop/Crew Activity Time

Where will it be held?

The Leave no Trace Awareness Course will take place in the Scoutcraft Areas

Cost

No cost, its free!

How To Sign Up

Speak with your Camp Commissioner to set up the time.

Wilderness First Aid Training (WFA) 

What is wilderness first aid?

Wilderness first aid is a course for everyone planning a remote high adventure ranging from lay responders to medical professionals. It focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment for an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. This is defined as being an hour or more away from advanced care.

When is it available?

In odd-numbered years, WFA will be offered on odd-numbered weeks. For example, in 2023, WFA will be offered weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7.

In even-numbered years, WFA will be offered on even-numbered weeks. For example, in 2024, WFA will be offered weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8.

In 2022, WFA will be offered as an two-day all-day course on Monday and Tuesday. There are 4 different sessions available weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Why is WFA important?

WFA prepares participants to identify and addresses medical issues that can arise in the backcountry.

WFA courses contain substantial medical information and teach the skills to respond to medical emergencies in the wild. WFA training has enabled Scouts and Scouters to provide assessment and treatment miles from advanced care.

Treatment skills are important, but so is educating Scouts and adult leaders to recognize illnesses early and minimize the potential for injury. WFA skills can save lives.

Finally, we depend upon emergency services in urban areas. In event of catastrophes, these services may be strained. WFA knowledge can be lifesaving during hurricanes, floods, fires, or other mass causality events as well.

"When an emergency occurs in the wild, the goal must be to provide the greatest good for the greatest number in the shortest time, and do no harm in the process."

Who needs WFA?

Adult Scout leaders are encouraged to take this 16 hour first aid course, which offers management dimensions that most curriculums fail to address. Participants will likely find it the most valuable program they'll ever take.

All four of the BSA High-Adventure Bases require at least one person per trek (two per trek at Philmont Scout Ranch) to be current in WFA through an approved provider. Of course, having more participants train in WFA skills is highly recommended for any high adventure or back country experience.

Cost

$50 per participant

how to sign up

Adults will be able to sign up for this program online through their summer reservation on ScoutingEvent.com. You will be able to select this class in any adult's registration. The fee is due up front to register.

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