University of Scouting

April 1, 2022

Location: TBD

University of Scouting is a semi-annual supplemental training program. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help leaders and parents enhance their ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. 


Courses include a variety of classes for leaders and parents focusing on Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, outdoors, high adventure, conservation, advancement, and STEM/NOVA that will provide information, techniques, and best practices on how to enhance the Scouting program. 

Additional trainings are also typically held, such as Introduction to Outdoor Leader SkillsBasic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, Trainer's Edge, Short-Term Camp Administrator Training.


At checkout, pay with a credit card or electronic check.  Council refund policy

(click on the course title for more information and what to bring)




(opens in Feb.)

University of Scouting (2022 Course Catalog) Sat., 8 am - 4:00 pm     Register
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Sat., 8 am to Sun., 12 pm Includes Sat. lunch, dinner; Sun. breakfast $45 Register
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Sat., 8 am to Sun.,12 pm Includes Sat. lunch, dinner; Sun. breakfast $45 Register
Short-Term Camp Administrator Training Sat., 9 am to 5:30 pm Includes lunch $70 Register
Trainer’s EDGE  Sat., 8 am to 4 pm Includes lunch $20 Register

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Introduction To Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

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: copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events); drinks and snacks (optional); field uniform, activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) or comfortable clothes; comfortable closed-toed walking shoes (boots or tennis shoes); appropriate clothes for weather (jacket); 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; tent and 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; toiletries (e.g., soap, toothpaste, deodorant); washcloth and towel; note-taking materials; 3-ring binder; day pack or backpack; personal medications, hand sanitizer. Recommended: Field BookTroop Leader GuidebookScout Handbook. Optional gear: sunglasses, camera, earplugs, gloves for saw and ax demonstration. The course fee includes three meals (Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast). Eat breakfast before arriving.  

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

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. 

What to Bring: copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events); drinks and snacks (optional); tent; sleeping bag, sleeping pad or mattress or cot; sleeping attire; toiletries (e.g., soap, toothpaste, deodorant); personal medication; washcloth and towel; hat; bug spray; camp chair; mess kit (knife, fork, spoon, bowl/plate, coffee cup in a mesh bag); note-taking materials; appropriate clothes for weather (rain gear, jacket); field uniform (Scout uniform), activity uniform (Scouting t-shirt) or comfortable clothes; change of clothes; comfortable 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), day pack or backpack, hand sanitizer. Optional gear: sunglasses, camera, earplugs. The course fee includes three meals (Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast). Eat breakfast before arriving.

Trainer's EDGE

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: copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events); drinks and snacks (optional); field or activity uniform is recommended, clothing appropriate for the weather (jacket); closed-toed shoesnote-taking materials; hand sanitizer; 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. 

Short-Term Camp Administrator Training

short-term camp is any council-organized overnight camping program, whether one-time or continuing, that is one, two or three nights in length where the council or its agents provide the staffing and program and may provide food services, and includes camps conducted off council properties.  

All council, district coordinated overnight events that are three nights are less (e.g., camporees, Webelos Scout events, training) are required to have one trained short-term camp administrator to ensure safe and quality outdoor programs. Contact the council's program service department for STAT (Short-Term camp Administrator Training) dates. This person is responsible for ensuring that the planned camp complies with the NCAP Short-term Camp Standards.  This means walking the property to ensure that it is appropriate for the event; ensuring that paperwork is filed and any written BSA approvals are completed and obtained through the council; confirms facilities and program are safe and in good order before starting operation; and that appropriate health, safety and sanitation provisions are made.  This individual also ensures that all activities at the short-term camp comply with the applicable BSA National Camp Standards. This individual is selected by the district committee to take the training.

What to Bring: copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events); field or activity uniform is recommended, closed-toed shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather (jacket, rain gear), note-taking materials; hand sanitizer; drinks and snacks (optional)



Hope Mahoney
University of Scouting Registration
 (713) 756-3305


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