BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It’s the introductory training Cub Scout leaders should complete before taking Cub Scouts on an overnight camping trip.

Who should take BALOO?

The BSA requires that you have at least one BALOO-trained adult on every Cub Scout den or pack overnight outdoor event. That include pack camping and Webelos den overnighters.

A BALOO-trained leader should be at any overnighter regardless of whether it is a pack, district or council event.

Having at least one BALOO-trained adult will make your Cub Scouts’ camping experience as awesome as it can be.

Why should I take BALOO?

Leaders who complete BALOO training are better prepared to plan pack den or pack overnight events.

You’ll learn how to make camping activities and outings fun. You’ll discover how to keep your Cub Scouts safe and entertained. And you’ll learn how to plan an event that’s rooted firmly in Cub Scouting’s principles.

Successful experiences in the outdoors make Cub Scouts — and their parents — more likely to keep coming back.

Beginning in 2022, each level of Journey to Excellence requires a % of adult leaders to be Baloo trained.

Don't enjoy sleeping in a tent? Several of our training locations are trailer-friendly! If you'd like to bring your camping trailer, all of our locations are "trailer-friendly!" 

How do I take BALOO?

BALOO consists of two components: online and hands-on. You’ll need to complete both — in order — to qualify as a “Trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader and receive the BALOO recognition patch.

  1. Online component: The online portion of BALOO is available 24/7 on the BSA Learning Center. Just log in to to begin. The goal of the online portion is to make the best use of time to allow leaders to experience as much as possible during the practical hands-on training.
  2. Practical, hands-on component: This course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities.


  • $30 per person (includes meals and training materials)
  • Prerequisite: Online BALOO Prerequisite training at
  • Equipment: A list of camping equipment will be provided to registrants
  • Time: Start—1:30 PM Fri; End—6:00 PM Sat

Get registered...

  • BALOO - April 20-21, 2024 (Quail Creek Scout Camp, Hurricane, Utah) Register Now

  • BALOO - April 26-27, 2024 (Camp Kiesel, Huntsville, Utah) Register Now

  • BALOO - May 31 - June 1, 2024 (Camp Kiesel, Huntsville, Utah) Register Now

  • BALOO - June 21 - June 22, 2024 (Camp Maple Dell, Payson, Utah) Register Now

  • BALOO -July 12 - July 13, 2024 (Wyoming-Location TBD) Register Now


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