University of Scouting

Each year, the council conducts a supplemental training course called the “University of Scouting.”  This is typically the last Saturday of January, starting with registration at 8 AM, welcoming words at 8:45, and then a series of 55 minute sessions on special interest topics.

If you are a Cubmaster or work with Cub-aged youth, you’ll find suggestions on where to take the Cubs on field trips, how to conduct derbies (rocket, pinewood, regatta), magic to spice up meetings and ceremonies and a bunch more.

Similarly, for Boy Scout leaders, this is not Boy Scout 101 and the fundamentals:  Your advancement chair will find information on Internet advancement, the Trail to Eagle, ideas for service projects;  Camping chairs will get “where to go,” backpacking, snow camping, and hints on the latest gear and gadgets to make camping fun.

The point is, there’s hundreds of classes for registered leaders as well as interested parents, from Cub Scouts to Venturing.  (We even have some classes that may be of interest to Boy Scouts and our Venturing team conducts special youth training too).

For an idea of what you can learn, click here for the 2014 University of Scouting compilation of handouts (not fully complete but a good start).