University of Scouting

UNIV. OF SCOUTING – November 17 2018

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A Scout deserves a Trained Leader!

Please consider attending the University of Scouting, the premier training event in the council, which is one of the easiest ways for adult volunteers to achieve this goal of becoming a Trained Leader.  This single-day training event is designed to supplement any leader’s training.  Any Scout leader may attend. UoS Logo

The University of Scouting is based on the BSA’s nationally recognized Four-Function plan, which includes:

  • Program: training, camping/outdoor, advancement, and activities/civic service
  • Unit service: commissioner service
  • Finance: including marketing
  • Membership and Relationships

Date:  Saturday, November 17 2018

Time:  7am – 4pm

Location:  Carmel HS Freshman Center, 520 E. Main St., Carmel IN 46032

For more information, to view the catalog and register please visit this link on the Crossroads of America Council site.


Supplemental info for Unit Commissioners:  Commissioner Training Codes_May 2018


University of Scouting this Week (1/13/18)!

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From an email to Cub Leaders, but it applies to all scouting volunteers equally well:

Crossroads of America Council
Boy Scout of America
Dear Cub Scout Leaders:
The Crossroads of America Council’s premier training event will bring together Scout leaders from across Indiana to share their knowledge and learn more skills to share and guide the future leaders of our nation.
There are over 30 specific courses for Cub Scout Leaders from “Making a Keepsake Arrow” to how to put on a world class “Pinewood Derby” from the nationally recognized 2017 Riley 500 Pinewood Derby team.  If you are a new Cub Scout Leader, turn to page 16 of the catalog for an easy reference to picking out your courses for the day. This one day training will answer hundreds of your Who, What, Where, When and How Do They Do It questions.  Cub Leaders will have the opportunity of taking a wide range of classes during the day (day-long training) on January 13 at Warren Central High School, 9500 E 16th St., Indianapolis.

UoS service patch 2018

The University is also the training grounds for the newly appointed members of the Pack/Troop/Crew committees.  Additionally, unit leaders and all Scout volunteers find an exciting array of courses.
Spend the day with us!  Take basic training for every position in the pack.  Take advanced training for specialized tasks, such as Advancement Chair.  Take hands-on classes like Woodworking or Leatherworking.  Check out your opportunities at the link below.  We think you’ll be glad you did!
John Stewart
University of Scouting Chancellor

University of Scouting: 10 days away

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Don’t forget to enroll in your University of Scouting Classes now. Classes fill up.

Most all required courses are offered. Electives are very interesting.

Help North Star District have the highest per capita attendance of any district.

Unit chairs should be contacting or having their Training Coordinators contact each adult leader or leader schedule to step up in 2017 to attend training.

Call for Faculty for Cub Classes at Univ. of Scouting

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From Advancement Chair Mark Pishon:
The Crossroads of America Council badly needs instructors for the Cub Scout Program at the University of Scouting Saturday, January 14, 2017.  Can you either volunteer or scour up some talent?  Only three classes remain without teachers and we have the materials and lesson plans to make it Easy Stevie.
PC131 Cub Scout Awards and Recognition: One comprehensive course covering special awards (outside of rank advancement) for Cub Scouts and adult Cub Scout Leaders (outside of training knots). Learn how to help your pack get the most out of the program and to get special recognition for those who deserve it (1 credit, Period 5).
PC137 Cub Scout Advancement Basics: Learn about advancement and record keeping for the new program (1 credit, Period 6).
PC140 Unusual Cub Scout Advancement Ceremonies: Cub Scout advancement is at the heart of an enjoyable learning experience for each boy. Jazzing up advancement ceremonies can highlight the benefit for boys, parents and leaders alike. Come learn new and unusual ceremonies that can be used to enliven your pack meetings (1 credit, Period 6).
Please consider this opportunity and get back to me ASAP.
Mark Pishon
Advancement Chair
North Star District
Cell 317.374.2262

University of Scouting 2017

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Online registration and information for the 2017 University of Scouting at Warren Central High School are now open. The classes are on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 7:00 registration to 4:00 pm end of classes. The Course Catalog can be downloaded here, too.image_14787060570_1372

The University of Scouting (often the coldest day of the year, so great to be indoors!) is a one-stop offering of many of the mandatory and elective trainings offered in the BSA. Many of the common online trainings are offered live, like Den Leader, Cubmaster Specific, Committee Challenge, and Venturing Advisor Specific! Many live-only classes are offered, too: Scoutmaster Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills.

If you have scouters who will need training for future rechartering or scouters will be assuming new position in Fall 2017, this is the time to get them trained. If you have prospects that you would like to recruit but are hesitant, get them in the class to learn more about what they are being asked to do.

The most popular classes fill up quickly and discounts for early sign up are available, so sign up today!

University of Scouting this Saturday

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Just a quick reminder for all that the University of Scouting is this Saturday at Warren Central High School (enter through north end of the building).

Registrations are running behind previous years, so many good classes are still available.

For newer adult scouters, the University of Scouting is the primary Council training event of the year. Most major training courses are offered. Newer Assistant Scoutmasters should consider taking the Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, because it is being taught by our talented District Committee Chair John Wiebke. Many other North Scouters will be serving on faculty, too.

Remind your Scouts that they, too, can be trained as Den Chiefs.

Sign up is available on the Council website.

Training for New Year

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As we bring in a new year, all scout leaders should have a resolution to become trained in their new positions.

University of Scouting is coming up in less than 2 weeks. This is a great opportunity to get Outdoor Leadership Training for Scouts (PB109) or Webelos. It will take the whole session of classes, but it will be done. BALOO for Cub Scouts is PC103.

New District Committee members should plan on taking the District Committee Training at University of Scouting. (PG112) This is only half of the required course. We may elect to offer both parts at Camporee, too, but we would prefer to offer other training if at possible.

Chartered Organization Representative Training is available. (MG121) There are also course for the unique characteristics in different denominations of churches (MG123-126).


Take a look at all the offerings. Look at your unit’s needs and encourage your adults and Den Chiefs to get trained at University of Scouting.

We are also considering what classes to offer at the Winter Camporee. If you have certain preferences, please contact District Commissioner Jeff Heck with your thoughts.