University of Scouting

November 13, 2021

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. 

This fall we welcome the College of Commissioner Science into the University of Scouting programming.  Classes for commissioners will now be offered at this event, alongside classes in the Colleges of Cub Scouting, Webelos Leaders, Scouts BSA Leaders, Venturing and Sea Scouts Leaders, Outdoors and High Adventure, Conservation, Advancement and STEM/NOVA.

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. 

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. Participants who are sick or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend.


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

Registration (opens soon)      Sample Course Catalog

Registration (includes light breakfast and lunch) $15
Registration + Friday night commissioner overnight $25
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) $40

Feedback Survey 

What to Bring

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

Introduction To Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Saturday at 7:00 am to Sunday at 1:00 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, 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.  

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 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.

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



Ajey Chandra
Council Training Chair
 (832) 459-4179

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