University of Scouting

University of Scouting: 3 days and counting

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The University of Scouting is this Saturday!

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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!

National Guard Thank You for Popcorn 2015

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Brigadier General Ronald Westfall, Chief and Director of the Joint Staff of the Indiana National Guard, visited University of Scouting 2016 to offer his thank you to the Crossroads of America Council’s scouts for their donation of 20 palettes of popcorn worth $85,000. Listen to General Westfall’s comments.

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.