I’ve been a Scoutmaster for several years, and I look forward to University of Scouting every year as an opportunity to hear from others about their experiences, ask questions, learn new skills, and gather fresh ideas. It’s been fabulous every time.
One of the greatest things about UoS is that course selection is entirely up to you, your role in the Scouting program, and what you would like to get out of the training. In other words, you can pick whatever interests you the most from a wide variety of topics!
For example, one year I went to learn more about Order of the Arrow, Wilderness First Aid, and how to support a boy-lead program. The next year I attended to learn how to present more effective Scoutmaster Minutes, how to leverage Journey to Excellence, and to get some guidance on Life to Eagle strategies.
Last year one class in particular caused me to reevaluate and newly appreciate the value of the entire Scouting program. I was beginning my 5th year as a Scoutmaster and had been asked in this class to think about my vision of the program. This caused me to wonder how well aware parents were of that vision. Did they know what our Troop was working on deep below the surface? Much introspection followed and I feel like the program I run is much better for it.
Scouting is not just about teaching boys to camp, hike, and enjoy the outdoors … This program is a tool to do so much more! With the few opportunities we have to be an influence in the lives of these young men, we ought to do whatever it takes to boost that impact. Training events such as University of Scouting hold great opportunities to sharpen the saw and start the coming year out with new ideas and renewed energy.
In the end, your motivation to attend could be for any number of reasons that ultimately helps guide our boys in the right direction to be successful for life. Please prepare to attend this awesome training opportunity with the expectation of seeking information, and more importantly, inspiration.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
John Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org | Scoutmaster, Great Salt Lake Council, University of Scouting attendee 2014
What is University of Scouting?
It is an annual training event for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing leaders. This one-day training conference is for leaders from the entire council and takes place in a festive atmosphere. Classes are taught by experienced volunteers who share not just their knowledge. but their passion about their subject.
The University of Scouting is a one-day “convention.” Each leader no matter what position is invited to this learning extravaganza. Often, a leader can chose up to three morning and three afternoon sessions. Some classes may take two sessions, and others are all day.
Sessions cover many topics across seven different colleges including helps for new leaders, outdoor skills, advancement, creative activities, great ceremonies, Wood Badge, NYLT, dutch oven cooking, building youth leaders, administration, and much, much more. It’s a time for experienced, new, and prospective leaders to share ideas and see what other troops, teams, crews, and packs are doing. With more than 110 classes to choose from, University of Scouting has something for everyone — and a wonderful day well spent. Plan now to attend and bring your friends! See you there!
Who can go?
Any Scouting leader, parent, ward or stake leader is invited.
What does it cost?
The whole day of learning and fun is only $10! (additional fees for some classes like CPR certifcation, etc. may apply). A delicious catered lunch is available at an nominal cost of $6.
Author: Laurel Martinson | University of Scouting staff