University of Scouting

November 13, 2021

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, the University of Scouting has something for you. 

For the in-person event: The latest county and Center for Disease Control and Maintenance (CDC) requirements on the day of the event will be followed. Participants will be notified before the event of the specific requirements. All participants must follow any procedures recommended by the council's Enterprise Risk Management Committee such as completing a pre-event screening form, temperature checks, wearing a mask (unless for medical reasons), limiting group sizes that remain together during the event, frequent hand washing, and/or social distancing. See the council's COVID-19 "At-Risk" Participant Statement. Participants who are sick or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend.


At checkout, pay with a credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.  How to Register.  How to change a class.

Registration      Spring Course Catalog

  Virtual In-person
Early Registration $2/class $15
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)   $40

Feedback Survey 

What to Bring (in-person classes)

Camp Strake is located at 2020 Camp Strake Rd., Coldspring, TX 77331. Please arrive by 7:30 am; classes start at 8:30 am.

• completed copy of pre-event screening form
• mask
• copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record 
   (Part A & B for all Scouting events)
• sack lunch, drinks, 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 participants
Trainer's Edge participants

Virtual Classes

Zoom registration links will be emailed to participants.

Monday, April 5  |  Virtual

6:00 pm Advancement for Scouts with Special Needs Paperwork
6:00 pm Intro to Outdoor Ethics
7:00 pm Counseling the Environmental Science and Sustainability Merit Badges
7:00 pm Summer Camp and Scouts with Special Needs
8:00 pm Conservation Awards
8:00 pm Summer Camp Staff - Working with Scouts with Special Needs

Tuesday, April 6  |  Virtual

6:00 pm - What is it and What Use is it to Me?
6:00 pm Using Social Media
7:00 pm Recruit and Retain - The Keys to a Healthy Troop
7:00 pm Scoutbook for Den Leaders
7:00 pm International Scouting
8:00 pm Planning Pack Campouts
8:00 pm Not in My Backyard

Wednesday, April 7 |  Virtual

6:00 pm  Duty to God / Religious Emblem Coordinator
6:00 pm Recruiting and Engaging Parents and Volunteers
6:00 pm Scoutbook for Packs
7:00 pm Awards Beyond Ranks - Cub Scouts
7:00 pm Keep the Outing in Scouting
7:00 pm Scoutbook for Troops
8:00 pm Awards Beyond Ranks - Scouts BSA
8:00 pm Webelos to Scout Transition
8:00 pm Boards of Review

Thursday, April 8  |  Virtual

6:00 pm Recognizing Volunteers
6:00 pm Understanding the Guide to Advancement
6:00 pm Venturing Goal Setting and Time Management Training (3 hrs)
7:00 pm High Adventure Opportunities
7:00 pm Troop Committee Share
8:00 pm Introduction to Venturing / How the VOA Can Help
8:00 pm Scoutbook for Troop Advancement Chairs

In-Person Classes

Saturday, April 10  |  Camp Strake

Track 1 - Cub Scouts  |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Cooking with Cub Scouts
• Games
• Planning Campfire Programs
• Crafts
• Scouting Means Service

Track 2 - Cub Scouts  |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Whittling Chip
• Blue and Gold Banquets
• All Tied Up In Knots
• Cub Scout Advancement Process
• Special Pack Activities

Track 3 - Cub Scouts  |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Cast Iron Chef
• Tips for Cub Scout Recruiting
• Running a Successful Pack Committee Meeting
• Webelos Den Camping

Track 4 - Cub Scouts  |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Gathering Activities
• Flag Etiquette
• Meeting Pizzaz
• Webelos Outdoor Adventure
• How Den Chiefs Can Build Packs and Troops

Track 5 - Scouts BSA  |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Scouting Safety
• Woodcarving and Whittling
• STEM Supernova Activities
• Retaining Volunteers
• Fostering Youth-Led Troops with Effective Planning

Track 6 - Scouts BSA  |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Order of the Arrow Ceremony
• Building Advancement into a Troop's Outdoor Program
• How to Conduct Troop Youth Leadership Training
• Scoutmaster Conferences
• Year-Round Scouts BSA Recruitment

Track 7 - Scouts BSA  |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Building a Culture of Effective Youth Leadership
• Advancement Judgement Calls
• Running a Successful Troop Committee
• Eagle Scout Courts of Honor
• Life to Eagle Scout and the Role of the Eagle Scout Service Project Coach

Track 8 - High Adventure |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Primitive Survival Skills
• Introduction to Backpacking 
• Shooting Sports for Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts
• Introduction to Venturing and How VOA Can Help
• Program Resources for Leaders Involved with Nature and Conservation

Track 9 - Commissioner Basic  |  8:30am-3:30pm
•  Commissioner Basic Training
•  Core Concepts of Commissioner Service

•  Linking District Resources
• Contacting Units

Track 10 - Commissioner Advanced  |  8:30am-3:30pm
• Combating Commissioner Stress and Burnout
• Managing Unit Service at the District Level
​• Resolving Critical Issues
​• Recruiting a Commissioner Team
​• Onboarding New Commissioners
​• Roundtables and Solving Unit Problems

Trainer's EDGE |  8:30am-3:30pm
Trainer's EDGE

IOLS  |  Sat at 8:30am-Sun at 12:00 pm
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Training   

Introduction To Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Saturday at 7:30 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: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events). 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, backpack, personal medications. Recommended: Field BookTroop Leader GuidebookScout Handbook. Optional gear: sunglasses, camera, earplugs, gloves for saw and ax demonstration.  

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: In addition, to the list above bring a five-minute Scouting presentation with any equipment or props. Participants must prepare a presentation (about 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.

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

Pam Tyllick
University of Scouting Chair


Ajey Chandra
Council Training Chair
 (832) 459-4179

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






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