University of Scouting | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

University of Scouting Offered by Crossroads of America

Carmel High School (Freshman Center)
November 14, 2020

Every Scout deserves a trained leader. The University of Scouting, the premier training event in the council, is one of the easiest ways for adult volunteers to achieve this goal. This single-day training event is designed to supplement any leader’s training. Any Scout leader may attend.

The University of Scouting is based on the Boy Scouts of America’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

Degrees and courses are available in three colleges related to each of the four functions (although commissioners are trained elsewhere, commissioner-related courses are available to leaders in units). Additional courses are available in General Studies to supplement your education experience. Each college offers a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program. There is also a Doctoral degree program available for those who have earned a Master’s degree.

7:00 – 8:10AM Registration
7:15 – 8:10AM Coffee Hour, Midway Open
8:10 – 8:20AM Greeting, Special Awards
Morning Sessions Afternoon Sessions
8:30 – 9:20AM Session 1 12:30 – 1:00PM Midway Booths
9:30 – 10:20AM Session 2 1:10 – 2:00PM Session 4
10:30 – 11:20AM Session 3 2:10 – 3:00PM Session 5
11:30 – 12:30PM Lunch 3:10 – 4:00PM Session 6
11:30 – 12:30PM Doctorate Presentations

Degree Program Requirements

There are four easy to understand options to gain a degree at the University. Each hour of coursework earns one credit toward your desired degree during the current year. Select any College to earn a degree. The degree option standards are as follows:

Bachelor’s Degree
  1. Complete your required training(s) for your registered position.
  2. Complete six (6) University credits to include:
    • Four (4) credits from the College of your choice.
    • Two (2) additional elective credits from the General Studies or any other College.

Master’s Degree
  1. Complete your required training(s) for your registered position.
  2. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree from this University.
  3. Complete six (6) additional University credits:
    • Three (3) credits from the College of your choice.
    • Three (3) additional elective credits from the General Studies or any other College.

Doctorate of Scouting Degree
  1. Hold a Master’s Degree from this University.
  2. Complete six (6) additional University credits:
    • Four (4) credits from the required Ph.D. courses.
    • Two (2) credits from any other College of your choice.
  3. Complete a written thesis / project under the mentoring and approval of the teaching staff.

Continuing Education Degree
  1. Hold a Doctoral, Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree and desire to continue the educational process.
  2. Complete six (6) additional University credits from any College. There is no limit to the number of Continuing Education Degrees you can earn from this University.

Sustainability Leadership Degrees

Sustainability means the ability to endure. Conserving the land, forests, air, water, wildlife, and limited resources we all share is everyone’s responsibility. Reducing what we consume and recycling, re-purposing, restoring, and repairing what we own all are parts of being thrifty, a key point of the Scout Law. Our journey began more than 100 years ago with an emphasis on conservation. In time, we deepened our commitment to environmental stewardship. Now, our focus has shifted to sustainability. We invite you to join us as our journey continues.

Complete all 6 sessions of the course selections to receive your degree in Sustainability and be qualified for joining our council’s Sustainability Committee


For more information, please contact:

Thomas Barrington
Program Director
(317) 813-7095

Sherry Webb
Training Assistant
(317) 813-7117

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