University of Scouting

Online classes  |  November 9-12, 2020

In-person classes   |  November 14, 2020 at Camp Strake

University of Scouting is a semi-annual training event for leaders of all program levels, district and council leaders and parents. For 2020, participants can take virtual and/or in-person classes at the new Camp Strake. 

Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. This unique day of seminars provides information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you. 


Pre-registration is required for both virtual and in-person classes; walk-ins are not permitted on Saturday.  At checkout, pay with a credit card or electronic check. Registration closes 11/11/20. Council refund policy.  How to Register.  How to change a class.

  Virtual In-person
Early Registration (before 10/16) $1/class $15
Registration (10/16-10/31) $1/class $25
Late Registration (after 10/31) $1/class $35

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What to Bring (in-person classes)

Camp Strake is located at Hines Lake Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331. Latitude and Longitude: 30.617127, -95.247358. Arrive 30-60 minutes prior to the beginning of your track.

• completed copy of pre-event screening form
• mask
• copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record 
   (Part A & B for all Scouting events)
• lunch and drink
• comfortable closed-toed walking shoes (for camp tour)
• Field or activity uniform, recommended
• Clothing appropriate for weather
• Camp chair
• Day pack or backpack, recommended
• Notetaking materials

For the in-person event: The latest state, county, and Center for Disease Control and Maintenance (CDC) requirements on the day of the event will be followed. Participants will be notified before the event of the specific requirements. All participants must follow any procedures recommended by the council's Enterprise Risk Management Committee such as completing a pre-event screening form, temperature checks, wearing a mask (unless for medical reasons), limiting group sizes that remain together during the event, frequent hand washing, and/or social distancing. See the council's COVID-19 "At-Risk" Participant Statement. Participants who are sick or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend.

How to Register

Click on the Register button

Step 1: Select Schedule for (participant)
Step 2: Choose activity (day)
Step 3: Pick a class (click “+” add)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each day of classes
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Click continue and the bottom of the page 
Step 5: Checkout
Step 6: Payment

Classes that are full will not show up.

How to Modify a Registration

To change your class selections after registering:

• Logon to or use the direct link in your emailed receipt.
• If you don't know your User ID and Password, select the Need help logging on? link. 
• Logging in will bring you to the Summary tab showing your current registrations.
• Click on the desired action button to update the registration. Please note that some classes might be full.  


Zoom registration links will be emailed to participants.

Monday, November 9  |  Virtual

6:00 pm   Advancement for Scouts with Special Needs
6:00 pm Duty to God
7:00 pm Scoutbook for Packs
7:00 pm Awards Beyond Rank -- Troops
8:00 pm Keep the Outing in Scouting
8:00 pm High Adventure Opportunities

Tuesday, November 10  |  Virtual

6:00 pm is it and What Use is It to Me?
6:00 pm Using Social Media
7:00 pm Scoutbook for Den Leaders
7:00 pm Recruit and Retain-The Keys to a Healthy Troop
8:00 pm Planning Pack Campouts
8:00 pm Not in My Backyard

Wednesday, November 11  |  Virtual

6:00 pm   ADHD and other Behavioral Concerns:
6:00 pm Recruiting and Engaging Parents and Volunteers: 
7:00 pm Awards Beyond Rank -- Cub Scouts
7:00 pm Scoutbook for Troops
8:00 pm Webelos-to-Scout Transition
8:00 pm Boards of Review

Thursday, November 12  |  Virtual

6:00 pm   Recognizing Volunteers
6:00 pm Religious Emblem Coordinator
7:00 pm Troop Committee Share
7:00 pm Understanding the Guide to Advancement
8:00 pm Scoutbook for Troop Advancement Chairs
8:00 pm Introduction to Outdoor Ethics

Saturday, November 14  |  Camp Strake

*Class sizes are limited.  Each track includes a walking tour of Camp Strake , 3 classes and a lunch break (bring your own lunch).

Track 1
Cub Scouts
• Cooking with Cub Scouts
• Games
• Planning Campfire Programs
Track 2
Cub Scouts
• Whittling Chip
• All Tied Up In Knots
• Blue and Gold Banquets
Track 3
Webelos Scouts
• Cast Iron Chef
• Planning Campfire Programs
• Webelos Outdoor Adventure
Track 4
Cub Scouts 
• Gathering Activities
• Flag Etiquette
• Meeting Pizzaz
Track 5
Scouts BSA 
• Scouting Safety
• Fostering Youth-Led Troops with Effective Planning
• STEM Supernova Activities
Track 6 -
Scouts BSA 
• Order of the Arrow Ceremony
• How to Conduct Troop Youth Leadership Training
• Building Advancement into a Troop's Outdoor Program
Track 7
Scouts BSA
• Building a Culture of Effective Youth Leadership
• Building Advancement into a Troop's Outdoor Program
• Advancement Judgement Calls
Track 8
High Adventure
• Introduction to Backpacking 
• Primitive Survival Skills
• Shooting Sports
Trainer's EDGE

Who should attend? 

There is something for everyone! From new Scouters or parents to Scouters with many years of experience, University of Scouting has something for you!


Lily Garrison
University of Scouting Registration
 (713) 756-3305

Pam Tyllick
University of Scouting Chair


Ajey Chandra
Council Training Chair
 (832) 459-4179

Brendan Cronin
Program Director and Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308