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University of Scouting – Crossroads of America

Training Academy Weekend

Due to COVID-19 University of Scouting is cancelled for 2020 and this year Crossroads of America Council is hosting the CAC Training Academy Weekend.  November 14 and 15 is the weekend to complete online training.  We will also host select live virtual trainings for topics like Scoutbook and in-person Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) and Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).  While nearly all training is available online today, this is the weekend we all commit to complete all our training.

Register your commitment to complete online training November 14-15 below. Committed participants may also purchase a Trained Leader CAC Council Shoulder Patch.

Already Completed Position Training Online?

There’s so much more training you can do.  Do you have a secondary position in another unit? Complete that training. Are you a Merit Badge Counselor? Complete that training.  When was the last time you took a program safety course like Drive Safely?  Complete or retake those courses.  Is your Youth Protection Training expiring soon?  Have you taken the optional Youth Protection Training courses?  The list of online training goes on and includes:

  • Cub Scout Pack Committee Chair, Cubmaster & Assistant, Pack Committee Member, Den Leader & Assistant
  • Scouts BSA Troop Committee Chair, Scoutmaster & Assistant, Troop Committee Member
  • Venturing Crew Committee, Crew Advisor & Assistant, Crew Board of Review
  • Youth Protection Training Mandatory & Recommended
  • New Member Coordinator
  • Chaplain Training
  • Succession Planning for Volunteer Leaders
  • Scouting Alumni & Friends – for Scouters interested in development
  • Council Market Analysis – for Scouters interested in membership
  • Program Safety Training’s – Climbing, Boating, Swimming, Driving, and Weather
  • Chartered Organization Representative
  • Catholic Charter Organization Representative
  • STEM in Scouting
  • Journey to Excellence
  • Merit Badge Counselor
  • Commissioner Training Basic & Expanded
  • District Committee
  • Sea Scouts Adult Leader Basic
  • Exploring Advisor, Committee and Service Team
  • STEM Scouts

2021 University of Scouting

Save the Date – Saturday, November 13, 2021

Carmel High School (Freshman Center)

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

Have a question about training events offered by Crossroads of America Council, including our University of Scouting?