University of Scouting

March 5, 2022  |  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Camp Strake
2020 Camp Strake Rd.
Coldspring, TX 77331

University of Scouting is a semi-annual training event for leaders of all program levels, district and council leaders and parents. 

Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. This unique day of seminars provides information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, University of Scouting has something for you.

Leaders, volunteers and parents can select up to seven classes to attend focusing on Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, outdoors, high adventure, conservation, advancement, and STEM/NOVA. Several full-day (Trainer's Edge, and Range Master) and weekend classes are also being offered (Introduction to Outdoor Leader SkillsBasic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).


At checkout, pay with a credit card or electronic check.  
Council refund policy(How to Register.  How to change a class.)

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Fall 2021 Course Catalog


Registration (includes light breakfast and lunch) $15
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) $40
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) $40


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What to Bring

• copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record 
   (Part A & B for all Scouting events)
• snacks
• comfortable closed-toed walking shoes
• field or activity uniform, recommended
• clothing appropriate for the weather
• camp chair
• day pack or backpack, recommended
• note-taking materials
• hand sanitizer
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills participant list
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation participant list
Trainer's Edge participant list

Introduction To Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Saturday at 7:00 am to Sunday at 12:00 pm

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is a 16-hour overnight course that gives adult leaders the practical knowledge they need to help Scouts to learn outdoor skills. The skills presented closely follow the Scout Handbook and rank advancement requirements. This is a required training course for all Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters. Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank.  Topics covered: • Campsite Selection • Ropes – Whipping, Tying, and Lashing • Wood Tools – Knife, Camp Saw, and Ax • Fire Site Preparation and Building • Cooking • First Aid • Plant and Animal Identification • Packing and Hiking Techniques • Map and Compass • Leave No Trace. The training encompasses a weekend (16 hours of instruction).

What to Bring: In addition to the list above, bring the following: Clothes: field uniform, activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) or comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes (boots or tennis shoes), jacket, rain gear. Scouting ten essentials: pocket knife, first aid kit, extra clothes, rain gear, refillable water bottle, flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, trail food, match and fire starters, sun protection, map and compass. Personal Gear: tent, ground cloth, camp chair, sleeping bag or blanket, sleeping pad or cot, mess kit (knife, fork, spoon, bowl/plate, coffee cup in a mesh bag), bug repellant, sunscreen, personal hygiene products (e.g., toothpaste, deodorant), note-taking materials, 3-ring binder, backpack, personal medications. Recommended: Field BookTroop Leader GuidebookScout Handbook. Optional gear: sunglasses, camera, earplugs, gloves for saw and ax demonstration. The course fee includes three meals (Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday breakfast). Eat breakfast before arriving.  

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Saturday at 7:00 am to Sunday at 12:00 pm

BALOO is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. BALOO training is now comprised of two components – an online component, and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a “Trained” Cub Scout outdoor leader and to receive the BALOO recognition patch. The online component contains introductory and basic information and must be completed prior to the practical component at The practical component is an overnight that takes about 16-hours to complete. 

Bring:  In addition to the list above, bring the following: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad or mattress, sleeping attire, soap, washcloth, towel, hat, bug spray, camp chair, mess kit (knife, fork, spoon, bowl/plate, coffee cup in a mesh bag), camp chair, note-taking materials, appropriate clothes for weather [rain gear, jacket, field uniform (Scout uniform) or activity uniform (Scouting-t-shirt) or comfortable clothes], change of clothes, closed-toed tennis shoes or boots for a short hike, and the Cub Scout six essentials (first-aid kit, refillable water bottle, flashlight with extra batteries, trail food, sun protection, whistle). Optional gear: sunglasses, camera, earplugs. The course fee includes three meals (Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday breakfast). Eat breakfast before arriving.

Trainer's EDGE (full day class)

Trainer's EDGE is an all-day course and is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.  Trainer's EDGE brings to life the EDGE model taught in Troop Leadership Training, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training, National Youth Leadership Training, and Wood Badge.

What to Bring: In addition to the list above, bring a five-minute Scouting presentation with any equipment or props. Participants must prepare a presentation (about a five-minute duration) before the course and bring the material, equipment, and/or props they need to deliver the presentation.  Participants will be given an opportunity to practice this presentation in a small group setting and receive feedback.  The topic of the presentation is at the discretion of the presenter, Scouting topics/skills are always good. Additionally, participants will prepare a second presentation during the course, practice it with their small group and receive feedback. 

Range Master (full day class)

Cub Scout Rangemaster is an all-day class to learn how to run a Cub Scout BB gun and archery range that can be set up at a district or council event and covers setting up ranges, care and operation of BB guns, range etiquette and safety, handling equipment, using a bow stringer, maintaining and storing equipment, and instructing Scouts.

Cub Scouts can shoot BB-guns, slingshots, and archery in a council or district event only and is not approved as a unit event. BSA requires all Cub Scout shooting sports to be supervised by a BSA certified range master. "Archery and BB gun shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or for council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced. Archery and BB gun shooting are not to be done at the pack level." (Guide to Safe Scouting). BSA requires one certified range master for every eight stations on the BB gun and archery range. See the National Shooting Sports Manual (No 30931) for additional information. Learn more about Cub Scout shooting sports and restrictions.

How to Register

Click on the Register button

Step 1: Select Schedule for (participant)
Step 2: Choose activity (day)
Step 3: Pick a class (click “+” add)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each day of classes
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Click continue and the bottom of the page 
Step 5: Checkout
Step 6: Payment

Classes that are full will not show up.

How to Modify a Registration

To change your class selections after registering:

• Logon to or use the direct link in your emailed receipt.
• If you don't know your User ID and Password, select the Need help logging on? link. 
• Logging in will bring you to the Summary tab showing your current registrations.
• Click on the desired action button to update the registration. Please note that some classes might be full.  


Lily Garrison
University of Scouting Registration
 (713) 756-3305

Kathleen Sison
University of Scouting Chair
 (224) 660-4571


Brendan Cronin
Program Director and Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308